Published by Avon on December 27th 2016
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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!
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Four Weddings and a Sixpence is a great anthology from the authors Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane.
The stories all revolve around four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls. They find an old sixpence one of their mattresses and decide that it’s a lucky coin. The one that will help each of them find love and marriage.
The introductory story, ‘Something Old’ about the girls and finding the sixpence is told by Julia Quinn. It’s short and sweet, and even in such a short amount of time we fall in love with the girls and their hopes and dreams.
‘Something New’ is the second story in the book written by Stefanie Sloane. It’s about Anne Brabourne. She insists on having the coin first as she must marry before her 21st birthday so feels she desperately needs the coin’s luck first. She’s not sure it will work but she decides it definitely can’t hurt.
She finds herself at a ball and escapes to the library for some space. She ends up talking to an adorable dog warming by the fire and tells him her woes. Unknown to her, her conversation is being overheard by Rhys who is a Duke. She tells the dog that she has to marry, but that she wants a husband who want take away her independence which is why she is having such a hard time finding one. Rhys is known for his aversion to marriage, he knows he can’t offer for Anne, but he also wants to spend more time with her. With that in mind he offers to help her find a husband. He knows the men better than she does just from reading about them, so he wants to tell her which ones are good and which ones are bad choices. Over time and with Rhys rejecting each of her choices, it soon becomes obvious to everybody except the couple, that they have fallen for each other. When they finally realise it themselves, will they marry, can a compromise be made that will allow Anne her independence, and Rhys the joy of being married without feeling hemmed in?
‘Something Borrowed’ by Elizabeth Boyle is all about Cordelia’s story.
Anne invites Cordelia to her wedding, and also sends her the lucky sixpence with the hope that it will work for Cordelia as it has done for her. Cordelia wishes that too especially as she has been told by her pushy relatives who are trying to get her married off, that they want to see the man she is betrothed to. In order to stop her family shoving every eligible man at her, she told them that she was betrothed to a sea captain. A fine gentleman who she hasn’t seen since they were children, but as children they were the very best of friends. Now she has to either produce the Captain at the wedding, or actually attend and admit she lied. Not only would that be humiliating, but then the barrage of eligible men would start, and Cordelia won’t marry ever if it isn’t for love.
She decides to see the Captain in order to ask him the biggest favour, to pretend to be her betrothed for the length of the wedding and the time they would stay away in the country where the wedding is to take place. Her first shock is that he isn’t the Captain that she thought he was. His eldest brother has died and he is now a titled gentleman. All dreams of sailing and adventure went out the window for him, and it was his younger brother that became a Captain. Cordelia is horrified that he inherited because what titled Gentleman would want to marry her. She has no dowry, and doesn’t consider herself a catch. Who will believe they are betrothed? She must go ahead with her plan though so still asks for his help.
He agrees and from there starts their story. Two best friends from the past, one needing to marry for money to save his estates and make repairs on them etc, the other just needing a pretend fiancée. Neither of them want to fall for the other, but it seems they are very much heading in that direction. What can possibly come of their affections for each other? Will they have their happy ever after and will Cordelia be able to happily pass the coin on?
‘Something Blue’ by Laura Lee Guhrke is Lady Elinor Daventry’s story.
Six months ago she was madly in love with Lawrence Blackthorn. When he told her that it was his job to investigate her father over the death of many soldiers thanks to cheap manufacturing of weapons, their relationship ended. She could not believe that the man she loved was trying to lay the blame on her father. Her father who is innocent, or is he?
Lawrence hates that his job has come between himself and Elinor, but there is no way that he can let her father get away with what he has done. She is determined to stop him though, even if it means marrying a pompous aristocrat who can stop the investigation in it’s tracks. In fact she expects a proposal at any moment, so the sixpence must be doing it’s job.
Unfortunately for her, Lawrence gets hold of the sixpence and although she wasn’t a firm believer in it’s powers, from the minute she loses the sixpence things start going wrong. Not least the fact that the man she needs to marry has to leave London, and he hasn’t proposed to her yet.
Can Lawrence make her see that her father isn’t the innocent he says he is, and an he also prove to her that she belongs with him, not the pompous toff who she is much too good for. How can they possibly have a happy ever after?
‘And a Sixpence in her Shoe’ by Julia Quinn is Beatrice’s story.
Out of the 4 girls, she is the one that really thinks the sixpence has no special lucky powers, but the others convince her to take it, and to wear it in her shoe.
One day while she is wearing the darn sixpence, she is not paying attention to things around her. Not only because the coin is causing her grief in her shoe, but because she is fascinated with the clouds and picking out shapes in them. While she is distracted she runs into a man and would have fallen had he not caught her by the arms.
Lord Frederick is the man that catches her, and although he feels an instant attraction to her, he is upset when she notices his eye patch and has a look of revulsion on her face. It’s a look that he’s used to seeing, but it never gets easier. He promptly sets Bea aside, and goes about his business. Bea wasn’t actually paying any attention to his patch, she was fascinated by his good eye and it’s unique colouring. It definitely wasn’t a look of repulsion on her face. She puts aside his behaviour and carries on with her day.
When she runs into him again, he ends up playing the hero again. She has dropped her sixpence which she now keeps in her reticule because it’s caused a blister on her foot. A rat of a man gets to the coin before she does, and refuses to give it back to her. Then he tries to get her to pay double for him to return it. Lord Frederick happens upon them and makes sure that the man gives the coin back. A well placed punch or two and all is sorted.
After that they start chatting and he finds out that she’s really a fascinating woman. He wants to court her, he wants to spend more time with her. Bea spends her time looking after her elderly aunts, she knows she can’t ever leave them, but can she let herself enjoy some time with Frederick knowing that nothing can come of it?? Or will the sixpence work it’s magic??
This anthology of stories was an absolute treat to read, and I loved the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue aspect of it. The women were such great friends, and to see them all get lucky in love, be it because of the sixpence or not, was just brilliant. Everything about this anthology ticked all the right boxes and I can’t recommend it enough.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.