The Other Miss Bridgerton
A Bridgerton Prequel
There were Bridgertons before the eight alphabetically named siblings. In the third of the Bridgerton Prequel series, we go back to where it all began. . . from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn
She was in the wrong place...
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time...
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kidnapping! Piracy! Espionage! In the latest installment of Julia Quinn’s adventure romance series, Poppy Bridgerton is captured by Captain Andrew Rokesby, an undercover spy for the Crown, after she’s caught snooping in a smuggler’s cove. Andrew plans on keeping Poppy locked away (and unaware of his real identity) until he finishes his secret mission and can return her safely to England, but his hostage’s thirst for excitement lowers his defenses. Brimming with flirtatious banter and laugh-out-loud humor, The Other Miss Bridgerton reminds us of the very best old-school romances we cut our teeth on.
Quinn's superlative third prequel to her Bridgerton Regency series (after The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband) introduces one of her most delightful couples yet. Adventurous and curious Poppy Bridgerton finds a smuggler's cave on the coast of Dorset and is taken captive by the privateers who claim it. Capt. Andrew Rokesby is traveling under an assumed name, under orders to get secret government documents to Lisbon as soon as possible, when Poppy, his neighbors' cousin, is deposited in his cabin. Although he cannot let Poppy roam the ship or reveal his true identity to her, he does his best to make her comfortable. Charming discussions of geography, equal education for men and women, and family dynamics create a deep connection between the pair that sustains them through the voyage to Lisbon and during their separation afterward. Quinn's clever dialogue makes the characters sparkle, and Andrew's passion for engineering especially educates and entertains. This is a real treat for Quinn's fans and anyone who loves historical romance.
Spies and brigands
I love Julia Quinn’s books. This one was an enjoyable story with the best dialogue between the main characters I’ve read in quite a while. Their banter and verbal challenges put a smile on my face.
The story did take a while to get to the action. As Andrew knew who Poppy was he could have taken her into his confidence earlier than he did, but this would have messed up their surprise reunion at dinner at the end. It reminded me of the ending scene in Sense and Sensibility, I could feel it.
This book is more about two people getting to know each other than two characters learning from their pasts or getting over a personal crisis. If you like Julia’s work, you will enjoy this.
A wonderful well written story. A very different idea for a historical romance and I did enjoy the author's humour throughout the story.