by Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #5
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Genres: Historical Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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?
I am continuing my journey with the Bridgertons on audio, To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn is the fifth novel in the Bridgertons series and shares Eloise’s story. Ah, Eloise, somehow I knew her romance wouldn’t be conventional, and Quinn didn’t disappoint.
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, Quinn annoyed and delighted me as she shared Eloise Bridgerton’s romance. Eloise sent Sir Phillip Crane a note of sympathy when his wife, Marina, died fifteen months or so ago and the letter sparked a correspondence between the two.
Quinn shares the death of Sir Phillip’s wife which leaves him a widower and single parent to eight-year-old twins. He and Eloise strike up a friendship, and he proposes a meeting to discuss a possible marriage. Eloise, being, well, Eloise decides to leave home in the middle of the night and arrive unannounced at Sir Philip’s country estate.
The tale that unfolded was filled with the humor one comes to expect when you think of Quinn and the lively, if not unruly Bridgertons. I will be the first to admit I didn’t much care for Sir Philip. I felt sorry for him, yes, but the man was an arse that was until, well, he wasn’t. You’ll have to discover that for yourself.
A mischief set of eight-year twins added fun to the mix as Eloise tried to figure out Sir Philip and decide whether to marry him. Of course, she didn’t think anything through, and I am quite sure her brothers have different ideas.
I enjoyed the tale that unfolded from the pranks to the impossible Sir Philip. Eloise is a headstrong heroine who made me laugh, and Quinn did a lovely job of bringing me around when it came to Philip. The man has not had an easy time of it, and words certainly aren’t his strong suit.
The story was low on drama, thanks to the twins, the Bridgerton brothers and an unexpected situation. Quinn did this couple justice, and I enjoyed the complications brought on by Eloise’s rash decisions and the twins.
Rosalyn Landor continues to grow on me as a narrator and has become the voice of the Bridgertons. Her portrayal of Eloise was spot on, and I think she got Sir Philip right. If you haven’t started this series or want to jump in, the audiobooks are delightful and include the Epilogues which are delightful.To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn narrated by Rosalyn Landor offered humor, an annoying yet charming hero and Eloise Bridgerton who was delightful. #iloveaudiobooks #audio Click To Tweet
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