Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl. While she was accepted into his household, her stepmother never let her forget she was a bastard. When her father died suddenly she was made to work as an unpaid servant, dreaming of what her life could be like. When the servants conspire to send her to the Bridgerton masquerade ball, her life changes forever.
Benedict Bridgerton is still single and avoiding the matchmakers as best he can. At his mother’s ball he is captivated by a stranger, falls head over heels in love, only for her to disappear at midnight leaving only her glove. Sophie is forced to leave her home the next day and Benedict searches high and low for the mystery woman to no avail. Two years on, no-one has stirred him like the mysterious woman until the day he rescues a servant from a fate worse than death.
Well what can I say, my favourite fairytale ever – Cinderella given a new twist. This book is the best yet in the Bridgerton saga and I loved it. Benedict is much more self assured and does not have the inner demons of his elder brother, the advantage of being the second son. Good job too because Sophie has enough secrets for both of them.
I felt like weeping for Sophie at times and at other times I wanted to knock some sense into both her and Benedict! I know they are only characters in a story but I find myself thinking about them as real people rather than characters. I became completely immersed in the story and the Bridgerton family. Towards the end when Benedict’s mother (Violet) gets the opportunity to speak her mind very frankly, I felt like shouting “you go girl” – totally inappropriate in Regency England of course!
This is pure escapism and of course the end result is a given, but as always, the journey there is never easy and the showdown in the jail towards the end is definitely worth waiting for.
- Author: Julia Quinn
- Series: Bridgertons (3)
Anthony Bridgerton needs a wife, a suitable, sweet and biddable wife. Edwina Sheffield is the pick of the current crop of débutantes and so he sets out to make her his bride. Unfortunately to get to Edwina, Anthony has to go through her sister Kate, who is determined Edwina will never have to marry for convenience and certainly not to a rake of the highest order.
When Kate and Anthony get together sparks fly but just as he thinks he may be gaining her approval, he makes the mistake of kissing her.
I really enjoyed this book and like the first one in the series it had some very humorous moments. I enjoyed the take on the overprotective sibling being a sister instead of a brother, giving Anthony a taste of his own medicine. While it is always obvious knowing who will end up with who, it is always fun trying to guess how they will get there. I definitely did not see the situation coming that caused such a stir among society!
It was good to catch up with the Bridgerton family again although we did not see as much of the other brothers and sisters this time round. The focus was very much on Anthony and Kate and their inner demons – and they have a few!
I have not read many books by Julia Quinn but the few I have read are simply whetting my appetite for more. I enjoy the romance, the unorthodox way of getting there and her style of writing which means the story flows easily. I also love the way she manages to mix humour into her stories.
- Author: Julia Quinn
Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, finds himself besieged by all the mamas of the ton looking for a suitable husband for their darling daughters. Frustrated with the relentless pursuit, he has vowed he will never marry.
Daphne Bridgerton has had two seasons in London but is holding out for a husband she has at least some affection for. Her mother is determined to push every eligible bachelor her way and the balls are becoming one nightmare after another.
Simon is an old friend of her overprotective brothers and after meeting, Simon and Daphne hatch a plot to avoid their perpetual nightmare. They pretend to be courting for the season ensuring her mother is happy and his matchmaking mothers look elsewhere.
All seems to be going well until their desire for each other gets out of control and the situation moves to pistols at dawn!
This book was really enjoyable and had some very humorous moments. I particularly enjoyed Daphne receiving the ‘talk’ from her mother – oh how things were different in those days! I also experienced sadness at times, especially as Quinn describes Simon’s childhood experiences. In fact Julia’s writing made me feel all sorts of different emotions, exactly what I want from a good story.
Unlike several similar books there was not as much focus on society, the ways of 19th century England and the rituals of the ton. Julia focused very much on the Bridgerton family and the relationship between Simon and Daphne which was definitely good enough to keep the story flowing nicely. I love Daphne’s mother, and the behaviour of her youngest brother and sister had me giggling to myself at times.
This is not, by any means, a sickly sweet romance despite the focus being primarily on Simon and Daphne and I am very excited to have discovered a new series which has enough brothers and sisters (thus books!) to keep me going for a while.
- Author: Julia Quinn