Wednesday, March 24, 2010

How Not to Write a Romance Novel: On the Way to the Wedding, by Julia Quinn

First off, I know I'm blogging about a romance novel (which I try not to do, because I often don't have all the much to be said about them that isn't said ten times better at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.)  Therefore, let those who have not sinned throw the first stone, yada yada yada. 

Now that that's out of the way, I only have one thing to say about On the Way to the Wedding: while I generally enjoy Julia Quinn's books, I hope never again to read a book in which the heroine pops out nine freaking babies in the epilogue.  I don't know why, but for some reason the thought of pushing nine watermelons out of a six-centimeter-hole (that is full dilation, right, because hell if I know) is frankly less than romantic and does a thorough job killing the reading-romance-novels-while-it's-snowing-outside buzz.  I'm weird like that.


Enbrethiliel said...


ROFLMAO! I actually don't remember that detail!

My own big problem with this novel was that it went from Novel of Manners mode (which is what I like about the Bridgerton books) to something more like RomSuspense, for seemingly no other reason than that dramatic scene in the church. Because, you know, the reader would never have forgiven Lucy if she had turned Gregory down for anything less than the threat hanging over her head.

Also, didn't Gregory spend the majority of the novel in love with Lucy's best friend? Not a good way to end this series, Julia Quinn!

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

It was really bizarre all the way around. He was desperately in love with her friend until the friend was caught inflagrante delicto with the heroine's BROTHER, then he gets drunk and puts the moves on the main character. She, of course, falls madly in love with him but is engaged to another dude who just happens to be gay, then she is blackmailed to go through with it.

Then, in an effort to save her from herself, the hero ties her to some pipe in the "watercloset" (although I wasn't aware that there was indoor plumbing at this period of time. I was a bit confused.)

I managed to stay with her through all of that, though, until the epilogue when it goes through all eight of her pregnancies, of course focusing on the hero's plight. Quinn even went so far as to talk about how the last labor only took as long as it takes to read a newspaper.

Not. Cool.

Enbrethiliel said...


The only truly wonderful bit was the first part, in which Gregory is racing to the church to try to stop her wedding. From there, it's all downhill . . .

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Totally. I guess Julia Quinn's now on my list of "When she's good, she's good, but when she's bad, she's ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE."

Cozy Book Nook said...

Ahh, eight pregnancies, now I get it-- at first, I thought it must be a contempory romance about an octomom.

At least it was the epilogue and not the prologue. On the other hand, you probably would't have bothered reading the rest.


Enbrethiliel said...


Lesa, I am ROFL at your "octomom" comment--especially the idea of all those pregnancies in the prologue! That is definitely not something you'll ever get in a Romance novel! ;)

By the way, Lindsay, I, too, hesitate to blog about Romance novels. Just so you know, this post gave me a bit of courage for my latest post. =P Thanks!

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I don't even like reading about ONE pregnancy--the whole, "you must get married and get busy making babies to be a happy woman" theme generally annoys me, so NINE children seems like something Quinn did on a dare to see if she could get it past her editor.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Enbrethiliel, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one. I have too many guys who read my blog and then harass me about it later to do it too often.

Daniele said...

A note from the almost-med-student-friend: full dilation is 10 cm. I concur that pregnancy has no place in romance novels.

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

I guess that makes sense, since 6cm would only be something like 2 1/2 inches and that would probably hurt significantly more. Still, NOT romantic.

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