To Sir Phillip With Love
by Julia QuinnPublished by Avon Books Publish Date:June 24, 2003 Genre: Historical Romance Series: Bridgertons #5 Source: Personal Print Copy My Rating: Blurb From Goodreads:
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 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?
The Bridgerton’s are one of my favorite historical romance families, and Eloise’s story is another excellent installment in the series. After Eloise’s best friend, and fellow spinster, ties the knot, Eloise sort of freaks out. Eloise never thought that she would be a spinster alone, and she is afraid that she may have missed her chance. When her pen pal, Sir Phillip, asks her to come for a visit to see if they would “suit,” Eloise makes a break for the country, telling no one, not even Sir Phillip that she was on her way. Both Phillip and Eloise were surprised by each other, they each had a certain mental image of who each other was, and the reality turned out to be quite different.
I felt for Phillip, he is a good man who is terrified of fatherhood and afraid of himself. Phillip’s own father was cruel, and he tried so hard to not be cruel that he pushed his kids, and everyone, away. Phillip’s ex-wife suffered and died from depression and Phillip is desperate for happiness and unsure how to find it. Enter Eloise. Eloise is a Bridgerton, full of life and chatter. Eloise is able to put up with the antics of the unruly children and resilient enough to put up with Phillip’s moods and uncertainties. Their relationship is believable, it is very sweet, and their chemistry is sensual.
This book is different from other books in the series in that the book takes place in the country at Phillips estate the whole time. The ton is not present, most of the book is just Eloise, Phillip, and the children. The relationship and the main characters are the sole focus, making this book a bit more intimate, and I really like that about this book. Of course, other Bridgertons enter the story. The brothers have to come “rescue” Eloise, and I love the domineering, controlling Bridgerton brothers.
Historical Romance readers, if you have not yet read any of the books in the Bridgerton series, you are missing out. To Sir Phillip With Love is book 5 in the series, another fabulous installment in an exceptional overall series. Several of the books in the series have received 5 stars from me, meaning you can’t go wrong with any books in the series.
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