Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and perhaps the least remembered part of this delightful tradition in preparing the bride for her walk down the aisle – a sixpence in her shoe. Brides are the theme of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A SIXPENCE, a lovely look at love, tradition, propriety in the 1800’s. What a fabulous collection of short stories that showcases each authors special talents.
Julia Quinn introduces the blushing brides-to-be. The four young ladies met at a school for girls where education focused on propriety at dinner parties and in polite society. Ah but these young ladies are a force to reckon with. Beatrice, Cordelia, Elinor and Anne become fast friends, even though from very different households, and remained close. The teenagers had stars in their eyes hoping to find the love of their life. So when they found a 1611 sixpence they decided this would be their shared lucky charm. The sixpence went from one to the other once that girl walks down the aisle. So silly and yet quite lovely.
Historical romance is a special art form and these four authors did a wonderful job with each of their contribution to this anthology. What you learn is how very bright and resourceful these young woman are as they mature and stretch their wings. Some intent on maintaining their independent nature. Falling in love did not mean losing their own unique personality, dreams and aspirations. Oh no not these young ladies. You might actually feel sorry for the men that catch their eye. The four Madame Rochambeaux’s gentle girls are anything but.
In SOMETHING NEW Stefanie Sloane pairs two unlikely people. Anne is on a mission to find a suitable groom after her debut five years ago facing spending her life in the country if unsuccessful. Rhys is a Duke who has been enjoying his bachelorhood with no desire to change. Anne is different than the usual ladies that Rhys meets. He finds her lovely to look at but that isn’t what remains on his mind after meeting and spending a little time with her. Anne treats Rhys like a man – not a trophy. It’s her honesty, caring, humor that Rhys can’t deny.
In SOMETHING BORROWED by Elizabeth Boyle Cordelia appeals to her childhood friend Kipp for a favor to escort her to a friend’s wedding as her fiancé. She has it all planned. After everyone, most importantly her aunts, meet Kipp he is to break off their engagement. Important cog in this deal. Cordelia has no need or desire to marry. She enjoys her independence way too much. Kipp plans to propose to a woman who has funds needed to maintain his home Marrow Hills. But he can’t disappoint Cordelia. It would seem that this childhood two-some still share affections for each other. But is there a future for two people with very different goals.
In SOMETHING BLUE by Laura Lee Guhrke Ellie knows exactly what to do to protect her father and the honor of their family. Problem was her heart wasn’t really in it. She had given her heart many years ago to her childhood friend Laurence. They were soul mates and friends. What she planned would sever their ties forever. For the better good and all. Love shouldn’t be the most important component of marriage and Ellie was willing to throw it aside to help the father she adored. Protecting her father pitted Laurence against Ellie in the most fundamental way. He asked her to trust him. Ellie was incapable of choosing between the two men she loved most in life. Well that decision may just be made for her.
Finally we reach SIXPENCE IN HER SHOE by Julia Quinn. The magical charm – the sixpence seems to have played a part in each of her friends marrying the love of their lives. It is now in Bea’s possession although she was reluctant to take ownership. And Bea is the most pragmatic of the four friends and will definitely be the most difficult to convince.
Beloved authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane deliver the stories of four friends from Mrs. 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 . . .
Julia Quinn’s prologue introduces her heroine, Beatrice Heywood, and the premise for Four Weddings and a Sixpence.
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.
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.
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”