A New York Times Bestseller
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the story of Eloise Bridgerton, in the fifth of her beloved Regency-set novels featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.
Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.
Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and 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 a large brute of a man, 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, and she couldn’t help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?
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.
Eloise is a favorite. Glad to have finally read her story.
Not feeling the second epilogues though. Felt the same in the last one. 1. They’re really long for an “epilogue”. 2. They’re rarely about the original main characters, so they feel more like a tiny novella than an epilogue.
Sweet but forgettable
There was a lot that happened off the page, or in a letter, for this book. It’s hardly explained or shared for the reader. Despite the length of this book, it felt slight rushed and unclear; the main characters loving each other in a ridiculous amount of time and loving things about each other that are not fully shared with the reader. It was ok, but definitely a forget it shelve it book.
Not what I wanted for Eloise tbh
The story was quite beautiful but I could not imagine her being HER in the story. It felt like I was reading about a completely different character and sir Philip made me feel like he only wanted to marry her to be an unpaid maid in the house at first. His change of emotion made me feel like he was “forced”. when I read I would like to feel like the characters are real people and I’m just like an invisible person watching them. when I read this all I could think about was “they are characters the author forced them into this” not like the other books. Still I enjoyed it but very out of character. I just…. Expected Eloise’s story to be different idk what but not this.