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?
Wish I had skipped this book. I was so hoping for a good man for Eloise, instead He’s a total narcissistic brat. She deserved so much more. Only part I enjoyed was Eloise with his children. Seriously could not wait to finish this. The series does improve with the next book “when he was wicked”.15
It is so well written and interesting throughout! I finished in two days!!55
The only good parts of this book are the parts that involve more of the Bridgertons. Sir Philip is horrible and Eloise deserved a much better husband. I struggled to get through this book, the first 4 I couldn’t put down hopefully the rest are more like those.25
By far my favorite.!!!!! Beside Eloise is my favorite Bridgeton.55
My favorite Bridgerton book yet! Well done! I read it in one night. Couldn’t put it down.55
Probably my favorite out of the four I have read. Eloise is a firecracker.15
The way she treated Eloise character is horrible. Phillip just wanted to have sex with her . I was not expecting it at all.15
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.45
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.15
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.55