A Courtship to Remember – Extended Epilogue

10 Years Later…

“Benjamin!” Cecilia scolded. “Leave your sister’s hair alone! Why do you bother her so?”

Elizabeth chuckled to herself as she watched her sister waddle after her children, her form heavy with child. She often told Cecilia that her son was a form of payback for her being such a pest growing up. Her sister did not need to worry about her daughter as Susan was capable of defending herself from her brother. Sure enough, Susan did a graceful step to the side, putting out her leg to trip her brother. Benjamin went down quickly, giving Susan time to run away, all the while taunting him. Emily, her own daughter, giggled beside her.

“Aunt Cecilia insists on scolding those two, but they are always at it. Much like Oliver and Owen.”

Those were her sweet twin boys who came after Emily. They were a mischevious pair who often disappeared for hours on end, only to return home filthy but their eyes shining with the activities of the day. Elizabeth knew that they were likely hunting rabbits, fishing in the dam on the estate, or helping their servants on the estate grounds.

“Your aunt is a mother hen, although she scolds them, I believe it is mainly to show her love. She would not know what to do with herself if they behaved like little angels.”

“Mama, once I am done with practice, may I go and play with Susan? We promised each other that we would go exploring in the garden for rare butterflies. I have that book that Grandfather gave to me last Christmas.”

Emily and Susan, who were only a month apart in age, were inseparable whenever they were together. They reminded her of her own relationship with Cecilia. This is precisely what she had wanted to happen, and now that she had it, she was content about their family as a whole. Her parents were indeed blessed as they had a total of eight grandchildren and another on the way. Elizabeth had five children: Emily, Oliver and Owen, Rebecca, and baby Aaron who was presently being carried by his father. Cecilia’s own brood was growing with Susan as the eldest, followed by Benjamin. Beatrice who was her youngest, at least for the time being as Cecilia was pregnant with her fourth child.

“Yes, just one more run through and you can go.”

Elizabeth’s mother came to stand beside them, her eyes going to the pianoforte. She knew those eyes because she often had them herself whenever she saw a pianoforte.

“Mama, would you like to sit with Emily while I feed Aaron? I am sure that he must be hungry right now.”

Her mother did not need to be asked twice.

“Yes, of course. I would be happy to assist Emily.”

“Thank you, Mama. Come, take a seat. I shall not be long.”

“Do not rush, babies need all the time and attention that they can get. I shall see to Emily’s lesson.”

In other words, do not come back. Elizabeth could have laughed at her mother’s lack of subtleness. She stood up, moving to give her mother space on the padded bench. Her mother enjoyed playing with Emily, especially as she displayed the same talent that she and her mother had as young girls her age. The fact that Emily truly loved to play was a dream come true for her mother. Her daughter loved to play with her grandmother and often did whenever they were together. It was not long before the music began to flow from their fingertips, filling the drawing room with a beautiful melody. There were very few mistakes that her trained ear picked up on, but an average listener would have never been able to pick them out. Emily is getting better every day. It is not merely because I am her teacher, but her own talent and drive to be the best that she possibly can be. She left her daughter and mother, going to her husband’s side.

“Dear, let me take Aaron for a moment. It is now his feeding hour.”

“Already? This little man is quite the eater.”

“As were our twins. Their appetites were insatiable. Still, are.”

Despite being only four years old, her twins could easily eat the same amount of food that she ate at meal times. However, they were incredibly active boys, so she was not too concerned about it. As if right on cue, little Aaron began to make little sounds that she had grown to know were cries for food. As she took him from Anthony, he immediately began to look for food. Elizabeth was one of the few women of her social class who chose to breastfeed her children. Most of the women had wet nurses, but Elizabeth held by the fact that breastfeeding was also an opportunity to bond with her children. She wanted them to know without a shadow of a doubt that she loved them. Some women disapproved of her method, but Elizabeth was not one to overly concern herself with the opinions of others. Anthony, himself, had been breastfed by his mother and wholeheartedly supported her decision.

“Shall I accompany you to the nursery?”

“Of course, there is no need to ask. How silly you are!”

He smiled, following her to the nursery on the ground floor.

Once there, he surprised her by giving her a sweet kiss that melted her heart. He pulled away, leaving her feeling slightly breathless. She grinned at him, shaking her head. He often caught her unawares.

“What was that for?”

“Do I need a reason to kiss my wife? Besides, I thought that you looked rather adorable and radiant today.”

“Adorable?”

He chuckled. “You know that I find you to be the most beautiful woman in the world, but today I find that the word adorable best suits what I see. It has been ten years, and yet you look as young as when I first met you.”

“Oh, in that case, I shall take that compliment.”

He helped her to her favourite chair, sitting close to her as she fed their baby. There was a long period of silence before she looked up to see Anthony staring at her, his gaze thoughtful.

“Is there something wrong?”

“No, but I must say that I hold women in high esteem. Not only do you carry our babies for nine months, but you nourish them with your bodies as well. Even out of the womb, you continue to do so.”

“You say the strangest things at times, my love.”

“I am just voicing my thoughts. This is our fifth child, that is a total of forty-five months of pregnancy. You have been pregnant for nearly four years of our ten-year marriage, but that never stopped you from being the best wife a man could have. I am blessed to be your husband and call a remarkable woman like you my wife. I can never thank you enough for everything that you have given to me and done for me.”

She cocked her head to the side, a small smile about her lips. How could she have been so lucky to find a man like this? To think that she had never wanted to get married or even have children, but Anthony had unexpectedly come into her life and turned everything that she knew upside down. Suddenly, it was not just music or marriage, but she could actually have them both and did. Anthony stood by her side, pushing her to achieve her dreams. Never once did he allow her to set them aside. Elizabeth loved being his wife and a mother to their children more than she loved music but the fact that he made sure that she had the opportunity to continue her goal was a true testament to how much he loved and cared for her. Through his support and encouragement, she was currently one of the country’s best composers. People were playing her music in their homes, and she could not have been any more proud. Elizabeth loved this man before her, mind, body, and soul.

“I do not think that I shall ever grow bored with you. Our life is not mundane in the least. I never know what beautiful words you will speak next or what surprise you have waiting for me. My life seemed positively boring before I met you. It has been ten years, and yet our passion is as strong as it was in the beginning, if not stronger.”

“We have a good sixty years of happiness together, if not more. I look forward to growing old with you, seeing our children grow up and have their own families. If we are lucky, we might even get to see our great-grandchildren.”

“That would be wonderful. Imagine how many grandchildren we will have?”

He grimaced. “On second thought, let us not think about grandchildren. I cannot bear to think of Emily and Rebecca as wives with children. It is more than my heart can bear.”

Elizabeth laughed. “You will have to get used to it eventually, my love.”

A sharp tug from her son had her sucking in her breath.

“What a powerful little boy you are,” she murmured.

With Aaron fed, burped, and changed, they returned to the drawing room where everyone was seated, listening to a duet between her mother and daughter. She was proud of Emily as she held her own, her fingers moving nimbly over the keys. Mama is enjoying herself, which I am glad for. Who knew that our marriages would have her return to her love of music? Father even supports her, which is a surprise indeed. Elizabeth glanced at her father, seeing his gaze on his wife. The two actually loved each other, something that she never thought would happen. She did not know what had shifted in their lives, but she was happy for her parents. There was no longer the cold, and often stiff politeness of old. No, her father actually doted on his wife now. A peck on the cheek, held hands, looks of tenderness that passed between them- Elizabeth had seen them all, so had Cecilia. They had discussed the case of their parents some years ago, soon after the birth of their children, in fact. There is always hope, even after years of marriage. Percy, Cecilia’s husband, sat by her side, holding his wife’s hand.

After Anthony, Percy had to be the most attentive man in the history of husbands. Cecilia often spoke of how hands-on Percy was with the children, even when it came to waking up in the middle of the night to give her rest. How did we find these unconventional men? They certainly do not fit the textbooks of how a man of this age should act. A lesser man would baulk at the thought of rubbing his wife’s feet or occupying the children so that she may have a break. Most men saw it as being weak, but Elizabeth believed that it showed the strength, love, and responsibility of that man towards his family. Anthony and Percy were not weak men, anyone could see that. However, I did think Percy to be like any other man at first. I judged him before I truly had the opportunity to know him. I can see why my sister loves him so. Elizabeth looked around the room, noticing that the children had snuck away. She sighed. They are always up to something, and it usually is never good. Anthony, as if reading her mind, whispered in her ear.

“I shall go and look for them.”

She looked at him gratefully, giving him a quick peck on the cheek. He grinned, leaning down to whisper in her ear again.

“You will need to do better than that, but I shall let this go… for now.”

His eyes held meaning, making her blush. Elizabeth watched him leave, her heart swelling with love for him. She adjusted her son, trying to find a position that will bring about sleep. He often fell asleep when she played the pianoforte, but he seemed to be fussing that day. Likely due to teething, poor little baby. Anthony returned quite quickly, coming to sit beside her. She raised her eyebrows in question, wondering at his speedy return.

“It is all right,” he whispered. “I have several maids watching out for them. Apparently, Benjamin saw a pie in the kitchen earlier on, and now they all wish for some pie with clotted cream. Cook is feeding them, but I have the maids supervise them as well. We would not want a repeat of the last time they were all together.”

Elizabeth winced as she thought about that day. After a seemingly peaceful lunch in the kitchen, a food fight had broken out, nearly wrecking the kitchen. Their cook was not impressed.

“Good thinking.”

Her mother and daughter’s duet ended, earning applause from them. Her daughter stood up smiling, clearly happy with her performance. As her gaze fell on her and Anthony, she had a feeling that her daughter was about to ask for something.

“Mama, Papa, would you do a duet for us?”

“Right now? Aaron is not yet asleep.”

“I shall take him from you,” her mother said.

“But are you not tired yourself, Mama?”

“Too tired to carry my grandson? Never.”

Elizabeth looked at her husband. “Would you like to do a duet with me?”

She watched her husband smile and stand up, holding her hand out to her.

“I would like nothing better.”

With Aaron safely deposited in her mother’s arms, Elizabeth and Anthony moved to the pianoforte, sitting down close together. He leaned into her.

“This takes me back to the first duet we ever performed. Do you remember?”

“How can I forget? It was a beautiful moment.”

“What shall we play?” he asked.

“You choose. You lead, and I shall follow you.”

He named a complicated duet, but she was up for the challenge. It was a lively piece that they had recently learned, but that did not deter her. As his fingers touched the keys, her fingers followed suit. She matched him note for note, laughing as he picked up speed. Anthony loved to play with music, often adding his own extra pieces to it. However, Elizabeth knew him so well that she could quickly pick up the little changes without difficulty, proving how well they worked together. Another player would have faltered, but a slight pause was all that was needed before she could catch up to him. She often did the same as well, always laughing as she did so. Their playfulness always ensured that they would never become bored with each other, which she loved. Anthony had promised that he would always make her happy, and he had kept that promise.

Elizabeth had endeavoured to do the same for him, making him a happy husband indeed. She could never understand why people could not put more effort into their marriages, not that she had ever felt that she was putting in an effort. When someone like Anthony loved you and treated you like a precious jewel, it was easy to give all that you had to ensure their happiness. It was not necessarily an issue of selflessness, but selfishness. She was not ashamed to admit that she wanted Anthony all to herself, and keeping him happy brought her happiness. Also, their children were able to witness firsthand what a good marriage looked like, and how their parents loved each other. It was important to her to be a good example to their children, to have them grow up in a loving home. While Elizabeth had had no doubt that her parents loved her growing up, there had been a coldness in the home from a lack of affection between her parents, which she did not want for her own children.

Thankfully, her parent’s feelings had changed towards each other, which she was grateful for. Her children were able to witness the good in their grandparents, the second chance they had given their marriage. Looking back, she would never have believed it of them. They had seemed too far gone in their bitterness towards each other. She smiled. In short, her life was near perfect. If my body could be as it was before I had five children, then it would be perfect! She laughed inwardly. Perhaps she was being too hard on herself, Anthony loved her as she was, he said so every day. But he cannot expect another child from me- five is my absolute limit! Their family was perfect as it was.

Their duet was coming to a glorious end, but their duet of life would never come to an end. It would continue for as long as they both should live, and even into the next life. She almost fumbled on a key when Anthony gently bumped her with his shoulder. Am I so engrossed in my thoughts today?

“Ready to take this to the end with me?” he asked.

Elizabeth knew what he was asking because she knew him as well as she knew herself. It was the same question he had asked her on their wedding day. Would she stand by his side for all their days? Would she weather every storm of life with him? Would she give of herself to him as he has done for her? He was not asking the question because he had any doubts about her commitment to him, but he was telling her that there was more to come and that he needed her by his side to tackle everything that life would throw his way, whether good or bad. There was only one answer to his question.

“Always.”

His smile was quick, one that always had the ability to turn her into a blubbering woman with eyes only for him. He affects me today as he did ten years ago, and I believe that he will always have this effect on me. I would not have it any other way. Their duet ended, bringing instant applause from their family. However, they paid them no mind as they stared into each other’s eyes.

“Now and forever,” he added.

She smiled. There was nothing false about their love.

THE END


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117 thoughts on “A Courtship to Remember – Extended Epilogue”

    1. You have done it again. I love your books.You always seem to bring out true emotion.I could almost feel the pain of the characters, the friendship, the embarrassment,the relationship between the Baron and his friend and the sisters.I loved it. I especially loved the ending of true love and how blessed they were.

    2. Absolutely loved this book! I think it is your best one. Could not put it down.

    3. I absolutely love your books I can’t get enough of them. Yes I know in the end the woman always gets her man but it’s intregue of it that has me coming back for more. I have MS and spend a lot of my time confined to bed in the winter months I really do not know what I would do without you. Thank you so much

      1. I’m humbled, my dear!

        I’m really grateful for your support and kind feedback!

        I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my stories! Stay strong!:)

    4. I absolutely loved this book. I couldn’t out it down.. Elizabeth and Anthony were perfect together. As always I love that you do the extended epiloque. To see their families bonding together was beautiful….Great book.

    5. What a captivating love story, divinely heartwarming and sweet! One of the best books I read this month, and my first from this talented author!
      Anthony and Elizabeth both captured my faith and belief that fate and destiny go hand in hand! It is quite endearing that knowing their profound love and affection for each other has culminated into a happy marriage, raising five beautiful kids, with music in their midst!
      A brilliantly written extended epilogue deserves five bright stars 🌟
      Great job, Bridget👏

    6. Truly loved this book although having read a number of your books I can’t pick a favourite, good old fashioned love stories, just what this world needs, great believable characters, interesting storylines, books you can lose yourself in, really can’t put them down, can’t wait to read the next one.

      1. I’m humbled, my dear Karen!

        I’m really grateful for your support and kind feedback!

        Honestly, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy my stories!

    7. This was a fantastic story! You always excel at bringing the characters to life and delving into their thoughts and feelings!

    8. I really loved this book, I wasn’t sure which direction it was taking but as usual, you surpassed yourself. The characters were great, and I loved the way they all came into their own.
      Thank you also for getting rein correct, the number of authors who spell it reign drives me nuts.
      Mainly however thank you for another superb book.

      1. Thank you so much, my dear Alison!

        I’m really grateful for your support and kind feedback!

        I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed my story! Make sure to stay tuned because I have more coming!

    9. I just love your romances. I have to keep tissues at hand. “A Courtship to Remember” is so full of love, thank you for a wonderful story.

    10. Is there going to be a story about Felton? I grew quite fond of that friendship and would like to see a HEA for that very wonderful man.

    11. Thank you for this. I always want to know more when I reach the end of a book.

  1. This was a most delightful book, totally different from all I’ve read recently. I especially enjoyed the fractious relationship of Cici and Eliza even though they obviously loved one another. All of the characters had depth that made the book so possible and real. And such a range of emotions. Just wonderful!

  2. Oh my goodness I absolutely feel this book is an exceptionally incredible book! I loved the way these two men treated Cici and Elizabeth. They Were not 😨 afraid to show how special these women were to them.

    Thank goodness Cici stepped up and went to Anthony to tell him how foolish he was letting Elizabeth walk away when she was in love 💘with him. He was so surprised and delighted because he loved her too.

    And this Extended Epilogue was amazing! I wish it had explained why there was such a change in the sister’s parents, that would have been very interesting. Excellent ending to this book!

    Although I hate having to leave the book to get to the Extended Epilogue! I pray if I complain about it enough it will finally help to get these Extended Epilogues included at the very end of the story! That way when we read or listen to the book again we get the Extended Epilogue along with it!

    Blessings,
    Starr

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Starr:) I truly appreciate it! I will really think about the extended epilogue, since it means so much to you!

  3. I have enjoyed reading A Courtship to Remember. The depth of the characters and the emotions they display make it one of the best I have read . I could actually feel what they were feeling. It truly is a wonderful book.

  4. Wow! What a storyline! I loved Eliza’s character. Everybody needs a friend like Felton. I’m glad you allowed him to meet his soon to be real love. I loved this book. Thank you for showing us their lives after 10 years of marriage.

  5. As usual Bridget, this was beautiful. I truly and honestly love your books. Although your books are wonderfully written, I think your best book to date is The Revenge of the Betrayed Duke. Your books always leave me soaring. Love ya

  6. This was wonderful reading, I loved the characters and they brought such inspiration I could’nt stop reading. Keep writing Bridget , once again I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it.

  7. Absolutely loved this book and the extended epilogue!! Great characters and a great story! I wish you would have given a little more back story as to how her parents came to discover their love finally, but still a great ending!

  8. Loved this story so much. What has happened to Felton i fell in love with him or is this to be a new book, I do hope so.

  9. I too enjoyed this story. It was different. I loved that they had music in common. I have never read a book where this was the case. I love that you bring truth to your stories. Thank you!

  10. It’s wonderful to have friends help out. For us it was our pastor commenting as we left evening service that we may as well marry because we looked like we belonged together. I proposed that night. She was too shy to agree to marry but agreed to wear an engagement ring.

    We have two children and a granddaughter, Aurora. My wife and children are also musically talented.

  11. What a story, I have read it in one go. It is like I am in the story. Fantastic read. Love the extended epilogue.
    Until your next book. Take care.

  12. Bridget another gem! What a wonderful book right from the beginning! The love of Anthony and Elizabeth was the epitome of true love! I enjoyed from the first word to the last! Thank you…..

  13. I adore this book. What a lovely story of love and grace in difficult circumstances! The characters were excellent, the tension was kept high throughout the telling and the end made us all happy. Good job.

  14. This is the best of yours I have read! I like that it is fast paced… no endless overthinking and introspection. It is credible for the period… though a few modern words filter in like ‘hands on’ in the extended epilogue. And the attitude to breast-feeding and bonding. There one thing I have been wondering after reading Georgette Heyer… some idioms of the period and the sardonic dry English humor especially of the more haughty English aristocrats would be worth researching to be more convincing to British readers. Just a tip, as I appreciate your hard work and know you want constructive help. I would recommend Kindles’ ‘1811 Dictionary of the vulgar tongue’ for convincing period dialect.

    1. I’m humbled, my dear!

      I’m really grateful for your support and kind, thorough feedback!

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my stories. Your feedback has been really helpful to me and I thank you for the recommendation. 🙂

  15. Loved your book and the characters. Look forward to reading the next book maybe about Felton. He deserves a happy ending , also.

  16. A wonderful story could not put it down every book you have written that I have read has improved in every way. But the love the characters showed for each other , for me , I found very moving

  17. This was a wonderful love story between Elizabeth and Anthony. I truly enjoyed reading this story and could not put it down until I finished reading to the end. I so loved that Cecelia and Percy also found true love and were able to be together also. Botfamseeseemed to

    1. This was a wonderful love story between Elizabeth and Anthony. I truly enjoyed reading this story and could not put it down until I finished reading to the end. I so loved that Cecelia and Percy also found true love and were able to be together also.

  18. I loved this story. I was so engrossed in it I could not stop turning the pages. I’m glad all had an happy ending. It would have been nice if Felton found his happy ever sfter with his new beau and if they married and had children. Diana was a spolt manipulative madam who deserved what she got. The extended epilogue completed the story. Thank you. You’ve done it again

  19. This is really a fantastic book. I think is the best one you have written so far. I absolutely loved.

  20. Hi Bridget,
    I’ve written a comment last night, but for some reason it failed to show up here?
    Thank you for your amazing book about Anthony and Elizabeth! It’s my first time reading your book, and wow! I found It spellbinding and enthralling! An amazing and beautifully written love story that I specially ❤️ love! And gave me so much pleasure and belief in Fate and Destiny👌
    Wow, already in their tenth year of marriage, and their love is still going strong, so much so that with five beautiful kids in a row, Anthony and Elizabeth continue to live in our hearts forever!
    You’ve given a fantastic extended epilogue, thank you Bridget!

    1. I’m humbled, my dear Maria!

      I’m really grateful for your comments and kind feedback!

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the story! Make sure to stay tuned because I have more coming! 🙂

  21. I enjoy all of your books but I couldn’t put this one down until finished. Absolutely, loved Elizabeth and Anthony and their love story. Her relationship with her sister was so realistic, I loved how much they cared for each other. Felton was the type of friend we all need in our lives. You make us really feel the characters. The extended epilogue was wonderful and really ties up the story. Once again outstanding book. Thank you!

  22. I loved this book. The characters were real and the story wonderful. I will continue to read more of your books. Thank you. I love the extended epilogue, it is nice to know what happens later.

  23. I loved it, I simply could not put it down. I love your books. Cannot wait for the next one.

  24. One thing that threw me off in the epilogue was Anthony stating she had gone through 45 months of pregnancy – almost 4 of their 10 years of marriage being pregnant. With 4 pregnancies it would be 3 years. She bore 5 children but only had 4 pregnancies as the twins were within the same pregnancy.

    Although maybe the twins pregnancy felt twice as long 🙂

  25. I just love your romances. I have to keep tissues at hand. “A Courtship to Remember” is so full of love, thank you for a wonderful story.

  26. Bridget, as usual you amaze me with each book even though I shouldn’t be. You have me loving historical aristocratic British novels. You take the snobbery and make it fun as you did with Anthony and Elizabeth. I was in the middle of each scene of this book. Great writing.

  27. Delightful book! I love it! I like the characters, the twist and turns of the story, the emotions and even the laughter. So cute that I can’t put it down once I started it.
    I’ve read several of Ms. Barton’s books and love them. Kudos Ms. Barton!

  28. Have you written Dianna’s story? It mentions Elizabeth seeing her later & her being changed.

    I think that would be a wonderful one off of this story.

  29. Loved this “couldn’t put down” book. Read it straight through from start to finish. Now I just need to get up and move around a bit. Intrigued by the concept of two who weren’t looking for a match, then setting up a fake courtship, falling madly in love . A wonderful new twist. Thank You.

  30. This was a wonderful story and book . There was love from the very beginning , though they couldn’t see it. Hurrah for Cecilia . The extended epilogue was a well written end to the story.Music will always be a available factor in their lives

  31. This book was wonderful! Couldn’t put it down. Before I read the epilogue, I waited a few days and reread the book first! I just completed the epilogue. I love Elizabeth and Anthony. Your character development is outstanding. Elizabeth was a wonderful heroine. Her thoughts and emotions dealing with Diana’s nasty friends was so realistic. I loved the scene at the opera. You could tell tases two were meant to be together.

  32. Thoroughly enjoy reading your books and this was no exception. Loved the story and now getting ready to dive into the next book and passing a few happy hours!

  33. A great book. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the extended epilogues are such a wonderful addition to provide the chance to add the finishing touch to the stories.
    Thank you.

  34. A very good story with a good plot and wonderful characters with a lot of emotions in the pages

  35. This story was so sweet. I love music, and believe it is absolutely essential to a happy life. My husband loves music too, and he read this book right before me. He always needs tissues as he is such a softie. Thanks for this lovely book.

  36. Than you for your wonderful story. It was very encouraging to read, with the plot twist and the relationship between the sisters. It’s nice to read something encouraging. Keep it up!! Love your books…:)!

  37. Just finished reading the book and epilogue. This is the second book of yours i have read and looking forward to the third. Enjoyed them both so much.

  38. Thank you for this. I always want to know more when I reach the end of a book.

  39. Another very enjoyable book…wouldn’t it be wonderful if life really worked out that way..I really removed the extended epilogue.. It sorry of let’s you look into the future of each couple!
    Again I thank you for for sharing your. Wonderful talent with those on us who really enjoy your work,
    THANKS AGAIN 🐼 🌈

  40. This book and the first book were wonderful. I have not enjoyed reading such great books in a long time. I really like the extra ending. I like to know a little more about my main characters especially when their love is so beautiful. Thank you

  41. Another great story. You are blessed with such wonderful talent in story telling.

  42. I have read three of your books now and love them. They are so well written and the characters are so real. Keep writing as you are very good at your profession.

  43. Good on Cecelia for her intervention with the two lovers. It was wonderful to see her as she grew from a bit of a brat into a lovely young lady. Another marvellous novel, written well in the set era, as it kept true to form. The characters came to life on the page and I felt as if I was standing alongside them witnessing the conversations, happiness, laughter and heartbreak. Loved the extended epilogue which finished things off. I was happy to hear that the parents found their way to each other at last and that Felton had found someone after his heartbreak. Yet another dazzler Bridget, bring on another one plus many more. 🌺

  44. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The sibling rivalry was so real, especially with Cecilia accusing her sister of the selfishness tha she was demonstrating to perfection herself. Diana’s character was unbelievably self absorbed. I simply loved Felton, who was a true friend. The parents ending was heartening.

    Thanks for a really good read.

  45. Thank you so much for such a wonderful story. Well written and so thoroughly enjoyed! Looking forward to reading more of your stories.

  46. This was such a sweet story. I love the inclusion of the love of music and how it became their language of love to each other. I enjoy the wholesome story you create and show love can overcome!

  47. I loved this story! Anthony was being bullied by Diana and finally realized it after spending time with Elizabeth. Also enjoyed how the 2 sisters became close again. So many happy endings!

  48. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, to the point that my husband sometimes wondered if he was going to have to prepare dinner himself.
    They all find their true love in the end, is heartwarming.
    Sister power and love survive .
    Thank you Bridget. You make every day a happy day.

  49. Absolutely loved this book, am catching up on reading your novels and when I read the description my gut told me this would be a very good read and it was! Loved all the mix of characters that blended so well into a very delightful, wonderful love story, I could read this again and again. Thank you.

  50. What can I say. This is one of your very best books and I loved it. So much so I gave up sleeping last night totally worth though. The characters were great and your words flowed through their lives to perfection. Thank you. And please keep writing

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