I have to say, this one wasn’t one of my favorites. I really enjoyed Eloise’s story and was excited to see more of Francesca, but this kind of let me down.
Francesca Bridgerton has been noticeably absent from most of the books. There were very few mentions of her up until now and most of it was just to say that she was off in Scotland and widowed. We didn’t really know much about her, so I thought we would finally get to see what she was like.
Instead, it felt like more of Michael’s story. It was fine, but I still don’t feel like I know Francesca. She’s just the outsider Bridgerton that Michael is hopelessly in love with. I just felt like she could have been developed more as a person, rather than his cousin’s widow who was desperate for a baby. It also seemed out of character for a person as proper as her to become so dominant during their sexual experiences, especially when she wasn’t even sure that she was interested in Michael.
I was pretty disappointed that we also never got to see whether or not they had children. I hope the second epilogue clears that up. Definitely not my favorite, so I’m hoping Hyacinth’s story is better.