'A veritable treat' Daily Mail
The fifth novel in Julia Quinn's globally beloved and bestselling Bridgerton Family series, set in Regency times and now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix. This is Eloise's story . . .
My dear Miss Bridgerton,
We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you. I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.
Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match.
Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away. Could this imperfect man be perfect for her?
Find out why readers love Julia Quinn . . .
'Light, pacy and full of feisty heroines' Guardian on the Bridgerton series
'Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books take all of the classic tropes we know and love . . . and gives them a thoroughly modern twist. I can't focus on anything else' Stylist
'Quinn is a master of historical romance' Entertainment Weekly
'A smart, funny touch' Time Magazine
'Like an episode of Downton Abbey mixed with a great rom-com' iBooks Best Books of March
'Powered by a surfeit of dazzling wit and graced with a cast of unforgettable characters' Booklist
'A romance readers will not want to put down . . . Hooray Julia!' Romance Reviews Today
'Quinn writes delightfully fast-paced, funny, sparkling and bright romance' Romantic Times
'The next best thing to Georgette Heyer' Gloss
'Julia Quinn is one of the best historical romance novelists of our time' Heroes and Heartbreakers
'Quinn excels in writing stories full of joy and delight, where laughter trembles on the edges' Happy Ever After
'Full of wit, charm and smouldering attraction . . . an unputdownable story that I think romance fans will treasure' Harlequin Junkie
'Quinn is incomparable! The latest addition to her beloved Bridgerton series is funny, charming, witty and wildly romantic' RT Book Reviews
After reading this superb post-Regency-era romance, the fifth in Quinn's Bridgerton siblings series, it's easy to see why the author's previous book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, landed on RWA's Top 10 Favorite Books of 2002 list. Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters like chatty Eloise Bridgerton and Sir Phillip Crane, the protagonists of this unconventional effort. The novel opens as Eloise, a 28-year-old "spinster," flees London to visit her secret pen pal, Phillip, a troubled botanist and widower. The two plan to see if they are compatible, but Eloise's hopes plummet when she discovers that Phillip is not the romantic charmer of her dreams, but a grumpy father of twins. She agrees to remain for a fortnight, however, and as she interacts with him and his unruly children, she learns that he has a good heart, even if he is an emotionally distant father. Weighty issues such as abuse and discipline threaten to overshadow their relationship at times, but Eloise's sunny disposition brightens the novel, as does the arrival of her four brothers. Quinn's characters possess endearing quirks and flaws, and their easy banter is loaded with wit and warmth. Indeed, readers will likely find themselves rereading certain passages if not the entire book in order to prolong their connection to this charismatic clan.
Lovely Bridgerton story as always and yet it kept Eloise at heart
I wanted to like this book as I’ve enjoyed the others, but Philip is a really unlikeable character. He is grumpy and rude and misogynistic - he ‘tolerates’ her talking a lot and doesn’t connect with her on any mental / emotional level, just wanting to kiss her whenever she tries to talk to him, rather than listening to what she has to say. He uses her as a mother for his kids and a lover in the bedroom but he never gets to a point where he appreciates or respects her as a person - I kept expecting it to happen to make Eloise’s story a romantic story but it doesn’t. She seems to have to smother the chatty, intellectual side of her that wants an equal partnership, in order to love and be loved by him. It all leaves a bit of an uncomfortable taste. I hope the next books are better.
I wasn’t a fan of Eloises’ character, but to be honest, that is the book that I enjoyed reading most.