Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology

Review: Four Weddings and a Sixpence: An AnthologyFour Weddings and a Sixpence: An Anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Stefanie Sloane, Laura Lee Guhrke
Published by Avon on December 27th 2016
Genres: Anthology, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls who find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings…
“Something Old”Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine Beatrice Heywood and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.
“Something New”In Stefanie Sloane’s unforgettable story, an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her twenty-first birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways.
“Something Borrowed”Elizabeth Boyle tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love.
“Something Blue”In Laura Lee Guhrke’s story, unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding.
“... and a Sixpence in Her Shoe”Julia Quinn finishes with the story of Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man!

Review:

Four Weddings and a Sixpence is a cute historical romance anthology featuring four lovely authors! With weddings as the theme (obviously) the first story is Something Old, a prologue introducing our four heroines. This was a nice set-up, showing us four best friends who didn’t think they’d find love but with a lucky sixpence (and many years later), it looks like luck is changing for them!

Something New is by Stefanie Sloane and is quite adorable! When Anne needs to marry by age twenty-one, Rhys decides he’s the perfect person to find her a husband. I liked the happenstance meeting between Anne and Rhys and their cute banter. I loved that he’s a bit blind to the fact that he’s the perfect husband for her and it takes a little shove for them to see what’s in front of them.

Something Borrowed by Elizabeth Boyle is a sweet second-chance, childhood romance and probably my favourite story. Cordelia finds a fake betrothed in her old childhood best friend Kipp who she hasn’t seen in years. Except maybe Kipp isn’t quite who she thought he was. These two are just the cutest! They have a few obstacles to overcome, but I love that they stand up for what they believe in.

Something Blue by Laura Lee Guhrke was probably my least favourite. This was also a second chance at love story with two former lovers who had a falling out. I usually enjoy some good hate-to-love banter, but somehow this didn’t quite work out for me. I think because I couldn’t see how they could reconcile the rift that was between them. Not exactly smooth sailing, but a happy ending all the same.

Last but not least is …And a Sixpence in Her Shoe by Julia Quinn! This one was all bubblegum and sunshine for me! I quite adored Bea and Fredrick. Both of them are so brilliant and logical that they didn’t even see love hit them on the head. It was so much fun seeing them fall in love. While Something Borrowed might be my favourite story, Bea and Fredrick is my favourite couple with their awkward adorkableness.

Overall, this was a lovely collection of sweet romances and a great way to sample out some pretty awesome authors (and get more of the ones you love!). If you need something fluffy and quick, this is definitely worth checking out.

{* Thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

8 Comment

  1. This sounds like a lot of fun! It’s been a really long time since I read any anthologies. I’ll have to keep this one in mind.

  2. This sounds wonderful! I love these types of anthologies. They are perfect for late night. I love Quinn and have read Boyle but the others are new to me 🙂

  3. This sounds fun! I love Quinn and Guhrke and Boyle is on my TBR. That is disappointing that Guhrke’s story isn’t a winner. It does seem a bit to unbelievable when a serious rift is kind of magically fixed but it sounds like the rest are strong enough to make up for it.

  4. Oh, I need to get on this ASAP! hahaha 🙂 I may just read it for the last novella alone! I LOLed at “bubblegum”

  5. These all sound fun, what a great anthology to devour. I like the last coupe you mentioned and their story sounds sweet “And a Sixpence in Her Shoe by Julia Quinn! This one was all bubblegum and sunshine for me!”

  6. I remember seeing this anthology around, a few weeks ago! I was interested because I love Elizabeth Boyle’s books. I’ve only read one Julia Quinn book, but I liked it. I may need to binge-read some of her books. It seems like you enjoy her work. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed this anthology, Cyn! Wonderful review!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. Julia Quinn is my queen! I swear everything she touches is light, fun, and clever. I’ve read a few of the other anthologies she’s been part of (like “The Lady Most Likely”) and really enjoyed them, so I’ll definitely have to check this one out. I actually haven’t read anything by Elizabeth Boyle, so I’m very excited to hear that Something Borrowed was your favourite of the bunch!

  8. I have this one as well, and am really looking forward to reading it. I especially got it because I absolutely loved Julia Quinn’s Mr Cavendish, I Presume. So I cannot wait to read her story. I am so glad you loved that one and the characters especially!

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