An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

September 11th, 2017 Kimberly Review 54 Comments

11th Sep
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
An Offer From a Gentleman
by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #3
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 12 hours and 22 minutes
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 3.5 cups

Will she accept the offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball. Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, waltzing in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman?

Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other— except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. If he offers her his heart, will he sacrifice his only chance for a fairy-tale love?

historical ROMANCE Fairy Tale Audiobook

AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN by Julia Quinn is the third novel in the delightful historical romance series, Bridgertons. Quinn has fun with this tale delivering a fairy tale retelling of the classic Cinderella complete with an evil stepmother. I delighted in the story even if miscommunication frustrated me.

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, I quickly slipped back into the Bridgerton’s world as Quinn shared Benedict’s romance. We meet Sophie Beckett as a young child and learn her backstory as the bastard child of the Earl who raises her as his ward after her mother a house maid dies. While there were no mice or pumpkin carriages we do get a masked ball and a tête-à-tête with Prince Charming aka Benedict Bridgerton.

We have the mean stepmother and her two daughters and all the drama poor Sophie can handle. The romance that develops is complicated by miscommunication and Sophie’s unwillingness to tell Benedict who she is. Obviously, she doesn’t have the same social standing as him, and when he asks her to be his mistress, things get complicated. They do have excellent chemistry, but this story was missing the giggles I have come to expect from Quinn’s books.

We see growth from key characters and are treated to updates on previous couples. Quinn hints at the next story and I adored the inclusion of the 2nd Epilogue previously published as a novella which shares updates on Sophie and Benedict in addition to updates on the youngest stepsister.

I ended up listening to the audio narrated by the delightful Rosalyn Landor. While her male voices can be a bit on the stuffy side, she makes listening pleasurable.

I love the retelling and interaction at the Bridgerton household. We did get some excitement thanks to Sophie’s wretched stepmother. I adored Momma Bridgerton in this scene. While not a personal favorite this was still enjoyable to listen to, and I look forward to listening to the next novel in the series.

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54 Responses to “An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn”

  1. Olivia Roach

    I haven’t started her series of this yet, but I can’t wait to because I love Julia Quinn’s accurate historical romance and always end up falling in love with her characters. This sounds like a great addition to the series. Brilliant review 😀

  2. Lover Of Romance

    Even though this book isn’t my favorite of the series, it is pretty wonderful!! So many fun moments, I just love the banter between the siblings here.

  3. Evie

    I’ve always loved Julia Quinn and her Bridgerton series. I think I have every paperback, and one I’ve yet to read is Its in His Kiss. I’ve had it forever but haven’t gotten around to reading that one. Great review as usual!

  4. Katherine

    When Violet Bridgerton delivered the line “But I am more popular” I think I fell in love with her! Such a great scene. I agree this isn’t one of my favorites and one I haven’t reread though I did enjoy it. I think a relisten with audio would be fantastic!

  5. Steph

    I have been really enjoying YA/MG re-tellings, it is interesting to see that they are happening in Adult fiction as well 🙂

  6. Lorna

    I guess I am in the minority here. I don’t like fairytale retellings much. But I take it that this author uses a lot of humor in her other books? I do like that. I’ve started getting some historicals to read and even some to listen to, but I don’t think Quinn is one of them. Maybe I should try one by her. Thanks!

  7. Lily B

    I own like.. 3 books from this series cause I really wanted to read it heh but have not started yet. I love that it feels like a fairytale retelling in a HR form. Her books do seem a little dense , maybe thats why I have not read it.

  8. Sophia Rose

    I can see how the anticipation of a more humorous tone and the miscommunication would frustrate, but neat that other elements were strong. And I do love a fairytale retelling. Eventually I’ll get to these. 🙂

  9. Aleen

    Gotta love Julia Quinn. Not a fan of the narrator, because of the stuffy factor.

    Haven’t read this one but at least I know I can binge read these, if I ever have the time. 🙂 Great review.

  10. Nadene

    I love fairy tale retelling., but miscommunication between the characters frustrates me. It is good that you still enjoyed in spite of the issues.

  11. Lark

    I love this series but you’re right, this one lacks some of the sparkling humor of my favorite books in the series. Still, I’m probably due for a reread! Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Suzanne

    I’m a big fan of retellings and this sounds like a pretty good one, although I could easily see the miscommunication aspect of it getting a little old. Great review!

  13. Quinn

    This was the first Julia Quinn book I ever read! It totally hooked me on her books and historical romances on the whole. I’ve never re-read it though. Glad you enjoyed the audiobook. I’m not a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor. I don’t dislike her, but she’s not my favorite.

  14. Michelle

    I love reading books by Julia Quinn! She’s one of my favourite author. But… I can’t remember if I have read this before. Definitely want to read this again!

  15. Kristin

    Accckkkkk!!! The dreaded miscommunication!!!!! Grrrrrr… I only enjoy that one if it’s done juuuuust right. And not too often. Maybe not WITH a Cinderella re-telling. Too bad it didn’t give you as many giggles 🙁 There’s always the next one, right?

  16. Nick

    I’ve read this one, and definitely did not love it as much as I’ve liked other books by Julia Quinn too. I agree about the humor. Her new series, the spin-off, is so much better for me!

  17. verushka

    Miscommunication is a trope that frustrates me no end, but that’s often made worse by how heavy handed it tends to be. I think this one doesn’t have that problem though — it sounds fun!