When He Was Wicked

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Author: Julia Quinn
Published: June 29, 2004
Series: #6 of Bridgerton

Francesca Bridgerton had found love and marriage after her brother Benedict, only to be a widow in the second year of her marriage. As she grew older and alone, she realized she wanted more. She didn’t know she would have found it—the more—if she had just looked closer beside her.

In the previous books, Francesca is the least mentioned Bridgerton sibling. I think we did not get any scenes with her until this book. She really is different from her siblings, especially the female Bridgertons. In a scale of calm to Hyacinth, she’d be ahead of calm. I wonder if that is why I couldn’t quite have a connection with her, that she feels foreign. 

However, this book is really different. Unlike the previous books (and I think the last two books), this story is not just Francesca’s first marriage, of trying to figure out which stranger will capture her heart, it’s about a story of moving on and loving someone more, and it’s a breath of fresh air. We even got hotter steamy scenes. When I read in the previous books that Francesca was in Scotland, I thought she was caring for her children or some business, but I didn’t know that business.

This feels like a different book, honestly, after being so familiar with Eloise in the previous book. It’s nothing bad though. I’m glad we got to know Francesca in such a fascinating journey. 

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