Also by this author: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, When He Was Wicked
Series: Bridgertons #5
Also in this series: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, When He Was Wicked
Published by W. F. Howes Ltd on 24 June 2021
Genres: Chicklit, Historical Fiction, Humour, Love & Romance
Length: 11 hours and 10 minutes
Source: I bought it
Amazon Kindle, Audible
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.
Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me. It is my hope that we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.
—Sir Phillip Crane
Sir Phillip Crane 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?
I freely admit that I only started reading these books after watching the Netflix series. I don’t usually read historical/regency romances. I wasn’t even planning to watch the show, to begin with. Now I am an avid fan. Eloise is my favourite character from the TV show. She is a little different from the book version and I think I prefer the TV version if I am honest.
Eloise Bridgerton is now a spinster. She has turned down many offers of marriage because they would not make her happy and she wanted a love match just like her parents and her siblings. Now after seeing her best friend Penelope marry her brother Colin she decides to run off in the middle of the night and visit her pen friend Sir Phillip Crane.
If you have watched the TV show then you have met Sir Crane however for those book readers you will not have. I liked Sir Phillip but he was very grumpy and just needed to get out of his own head. He was so worried about being like his father he ended up being someone he didn’t like either. I loved seeing Eloise bring him out of himself and teach him to loosen up a bit.
The poor Crane twins were two little children you just wanted to love up. They were clearly starved for attention from their parents and I was so glad to see them learn the right behaviours.
This was a great addition to the series but whilst I thought it would be my favourite I was a tad disappointed with how ordinary Eloise’s life turned out from the character she is in the TV show.
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