From New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the fifth novel in the beloved Regency-set world of her charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix.
She wrote him a letter...and he stole her heart.
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?
This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.
I was so excited to read Eloise story that I read right after Anthony. I expected a lot but in the end I’m glad she found happy ending.
I thought Eloise was such a good character in the previous books — to pair her with Sir Philip Crane is almost criminal. He’s emotionally manipulative AND a terrible father. His justification for treating Eloise poorly is that he was unhappy with his late wife so that gets him a free pass to behave however he’d like. Also, the late wife suffered from untreated mental health issues and receives zero compassion from other characters or from the author. I read the whole book and both epilogues hoping it would get better. Reader, it did not. If this is how Julia Quinn treats her female characters, I’m out.
This is Eloise’s story and it’s, perhaps, the best of the Bridgerton’s so far. We finally find out why her fingers are always stained with ink. At 28, Eloise remains unmarried—by choice. She’s had offers but has turned them all down. None tempted her to accept and she’s fortunate enough that her family supported her choices. But there comes a time when she decides to make a change, to take a chance. Enter Philip Crane, a brooding botanist and the widowed father of two.
Eloise’s story was so beautiful I was excited as she decided to take control of her on fate. I laughed I even cried a couple of times It was a beautiful love
It started with Netflix show and now I’m entirely invested my day and night into this series. Thank you for writing all these masterpiece. I just enjoyed reading lives of each Bridgerton. They are so lovely and fun and courageous.