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When He Was Wicked: The Epilogue II (Bridgertons #9.6)

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Do the best things really come to those who wait? Three years have passed since Francesca's and Michael's marriage, and they are still childless. And Francesca wonders, can a woman be truly and completely happy when a little piece of her heart remains empty? But just when she makes peace with her fate, something unexpected occurs.
Published May 2007 by Harper Collins Publishers
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The story of Francesca and Michael, “When He Was Wicked” is not my favorite novel of the Bridgerton series. But this novella is the best of the line of the second epilogues. First, it is about the two of them, and not someone else. Second, it is emotional and sweet.

Just perfect!
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Mar 31, 2011 willaful rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who've read the first book
Oh, this was just shooting fish in a barrel, as far as I'm concerned... of course it made me cry. Count me as one who anxiously scoured the family trees of the Bridgerton books after When He Was Wicked, hoping to see that Francesca finally got to have a complete happy ending. (view spoiler) ...more
Jessica B
Perfect! This was positively the most perfect book in the series. I have always been a fan of the quiet, more set apart from her family heroine. It is not that she doesn't love them, it's just that she is slightly different. I love this story line because it reminds me of myself.

I truly felt Francesca's pain at not having a child and it made me a little teary-eyed. This was a perfect short story, Absolutely perfect!

Julia Quinn has outdone herself again!
This was by far my favorite of the epilogues written for the Bridgerton books. This one focused on Michael and Francesca and their difficulties in conceiving a child. I found it very interesting to read about this struggle which is not really talked about much in many books about this time period. Francesca's difficulty is magnified because of her extremely large group of siblings and their abilities to procreate with fervor. There are no lack of Bridgerton grandchildren, and that doesn't help F ...more
I think some people have mentioned it before, but Francesca's story must be the most serious story out of all the Bridgerton series. Her own book, When He Was Wicked was also considerably darker compared to her siblings' books, and this epilogue, while it was short, still sounded more "mature" than the other epilogues.

This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I think it's the opposite. Francesca has always been portrayed to be a lot more serious than any of the Bridgertons, and it is only f
This was short and sweet, with just the right amount of cheese. I was happy to see Francesca finally get her wish to have children. JOHN JR! ...and Janet? This was a great ending to the Francesca/Michael story.
I found myself with tears rolling down my face in the final scene, so I almost have to give it five stars for that alone. However, When He Was Wicked is one of my absolute favorite books, so of course, I was going to enjoy the epilogue. If you didn't enjoy the book, then you can probably skip this. I do wish it had been longer! $2 was a bit much to pay for what amounts to only around 40 pages. 40 lovely pages, but still.
Tiko Telia
i had a lot of fun reading this little epilogue... i loved it so much xD havnt read julia quinn for a long time and i almost forgot how damn good she is... love her.
it was so very little... only 11 pages in pdf file, but it was enogh to make me laugh a lot and almost cry like 4 times :D
I Lovelovelove this <3
in this book, after everyone is very happy with their children, left Frannie who is expecting a baby.(view spoiler) ...more
She was counting again.
Counting, always counting.
Seven days since her last menses.
Six until she might be fertile.
Twenty-four to thirty-one until she might expect to bleed again, provided she didn’t conceive.
Which she probably wouldn’t.

Sejak buku When He Was Wicked, saya selalu merasa bahwa Francesca ini yang paling menderita dari semua Bridgerton Fam :(. Dia terluka karena suami pertamanya meninggal saat dia hamil, dan kemudian bayi dia keguguran. Despresi saya bacanya. Kasihan sekali Fran
I read "When He Was Wicked" years ago. I knew at the time that there was a second epilogue, but I only recently got my hands on it. I'm giving it three stars, not because it was bad (it was pretty good), but because it was NECESSARY. The author has a short note at the beginning saying that she wrote this in response to an outcry from her readership, wanting to know if Francesca ever had a baby. The author had thought the story was over when the couple got together. Well NO, it wasn't. What Franc ...more
Khye Chwin
I found it quite satisfying but really, really short...>.< Unlike her other 2nd epilogues books...they were longer and they sort of tell more of the characters. But I still enjoy the outcome of Michael's and Francesca's marriage...You can feel the happy, joyful and warm marriage life between them. And you can even feel the liveliness of the Brigerton family. All the 8 children ended up with love marriages and living happily. And I sort of understood Frannie's desperation for a child...desp ...more
'maniell Dulay
BRILLIANT. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. It made my heart leap in joy for them. My heart went to Francesca completely throughout her story and this epilogue (Sadly, I myself, have fertility issues), and I am glad that she finally has the children she needed. Brava J.Q. BRAVA!
4 stars

What a marvelous happy ending this on. I'm truly happy for Francesca and Michael.

Remember that Francesca had difficulty to get pregnant? Previously, she got miscarriage and it was a child of her and her late husband. Now she married to Michael after sometime of years and she started to give up and decided she would gain happiness from her nephews and nieces.

Reading a part that she wished for children was so heartbreaking. Her sadness infected Michael and her mother, Violet Bridgerton and
Adlina Haezah
Bagus bangettt. Aku suka suka banget sama cara Fransesca dna Gareth saling mencintai. They are perfect for each other, and sweet, and romantic. Pokoknya kalo di novelnya aku kasih 3 bintang, karena epilog ini aku kasih 5. Sempurna. Akhirnya Fransesca punya anak. Dan aku bahkan bisa merasakan rasa sedih karena sudah hampir percaya dirinya mandul dan kebahagiaan luar biasa ketika Fransesca akhirnya membawa anaknya ke pangkuan Violet. Dan.. dan aku bisa ngerasain semua perasaan Fransesca, kerinduan ...more
Yohana Arrows
Este epílogo es de los mejores, me encantó. Francesca ha tenido que sufrir mucho pero al final como siempre, Violet sabe cómo llegarle a sus hijos. La familia Bridgerton es lo máximo :D me encantan
So. Freaking. Cute.

“He’s beautiful,” Violet said, not caring that she’d been kept in the dark. She didn’t care about anything in that moment—nothing but the tiny boy in her arms, gazing up at her with an impossibly wise expression.
“He has your eyes,” Violet said, looking up at Francesca.
Frannie nodded, and her smile was almost silly, as if she couldn’t quite believe it. “I know.”
“And your mouth.”
“I think you’re right.”
“And your—oh, my, I think he has your nose as well.”
“I’m told,” Michael
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Unabridged audiobook review - included in the 9/09/09 Speaking of Audiobooks column titled Why Do We Listen.

Narrated by Simon Prebble
Simon Prebble stands out from many a male narrator in that he doesn’t choose to pitch his voice high for his female characters. By roughening the hero’s voice, the leads are easily distinguishable. Although there was a slight popping noise at times (I assume from production) in the background, it’s mostly easy listening. It’s doubtful I will listen to this one agai
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By far the best second epilogue! I really do love Michael and Francesca's relationship. This novella was so cute and full of cheeky but heartwarming quotes. :)
I think out of all the 2nd Epilogues this has been my favorite so far. It felt longer and more fulfilling to me.
An inevitability. Francesca has not been able to have children in either her first or second marriage ...
Again... the strength of their relationship. the love and care moved me to tears
Viviana Ortiz rivera
Francesca me termino de enamorar aqui
I have to say that WHWW was my least favorite Bridgerton book but so far out of her 2nd epilogues it is my favorite. In such a short story- Julia manages to get into your heart with Francesca's struggle with infertility and her husband's reaction and wishes for his wife. It shows the bond of love they have for each other and there is a scene that shows the bond between mother and daughter that I thought was so terrible sweet.
It really was a good read. I give this book only 3 stars because I just didn't like many parts of it. I hated that Michael fled to India. I really hated it when he came back with Malaria. I also didn't seem to agree with his opinion that he couldn't marry her after his cousin John died. Wasn't that specifically done back in the day????

In the end all of her refusing his proposals was just irritating beyond belief.
Brenda Margriet
This felt much more in tune with the original book. Francesca's trials with barrenness are heart-wrenching, although I was a little miffed there was no hint it might have been Michael's fault. Possible that it is faithful to the time period. Also, was surprised they didn't tell her mother until after the birth...and maybe one child would have been enough...two seemed too perfect. But enjoyable.
Francesca has redeemed herself! She faces a problem and it certainly is a serious one but she finally manages to grow up and deal with it.

I wasn't expecting what happened in this story but I'm very happy it did. It gives them their HEA and they do deserve it. Also, I still have a soft spot for Michael and sympathize with the female population (even seven year-olds) socializing with him.
Dominique Eastwick
Of all the Epilogues this was my favorite. My heart always broke for Francesca, unlike the others that were filled with humor this one tackled the serious issue of infertility and the heart break of not being able to have a baby. This short addition actually had me tearing up. So grateful to have read it as it was a great addition to the book.
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“Francesca couldn’t say anything, because that would just make her mother feel even worse, and so
instead they stood there as they always did, thinking the same thing but never speaking of it, wondering
which of them hurt more.”
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