First Lines: It was ironic, really, that it had happened on such a sunny day.
Ok, guys, I’m working on coming back here! My summer has been full of projects and time with my beau and my family (along with my 30th birthday!), so I’ve felt like my time devoted to this blog has been very limited, but I’m going to try to sneak some reviews in here. Sorry for being gone so long! I thought I’d kick off my return with a Bridgerton novel, since most of us are eagerly awaiting season 2 on Netflix…even if that’s still a long way off.
When Sir Phillip began corresponding with his dead wife’s distant spinster cousin, he viewed it as a chance to maybe find a new stepmother for his children. Probably some comely, timid woman who would care for the children and stay out of his way. But Eloise Bridgerton is nothing like he expected. Beautiful, vivacious, and opinionated, it’s all Sir Phillip can do to get her to stop talking. Eloise couldn’t possibly marry a man she hasn’t even met…except maybe she could. Based on their letters, she thought Phillip charming and perhaps the best match she could hope for at her age. But he’s moody and ill-tempered, not at all like he presented himself in his letters. Not to mention he never said a word about having children. Still, Eloise has never met a challenge too big to tackle, especially when she finds herself falling bit by bit for the man with darkness in his past.
I was very surprised while reading this one to connect with Eloise as much as I did. I suppose I shouldn’t have been that surprised, considering the personal similarities I have with her, but I was not expecting it.
In the previous book, we heard all about Eloise running off in the dead of night to meet Sir Phillip. Now, we get to see what happened. Eloise is as spirited as ever, a complete change to Sir Phillip’s last wife–and definitely not what he was expecting from a spinster willing to marry him. The two of them were interesting characters. They both have darkness in their pasts, especially Phillip, which I think helped them connect. Phillip isn’t my favorite male lead in this series, but I do like him.
The plot moves in a pretty logical way. Eloise is completely out of her depth coming to Phillip’s house–and discovering that he has kids that he’d neglected to mention in his letters. Phillip and Eloise have an adjustment period where they have to get to know each other. For example, Phillip’s definition of “happiness” looks very different from Eloise’s. So understanding each other took time. And it felt very real, the progression of their relationship.
And we get to see all the Bridgerton brothers again in perhaps one of their most touching cameos in the series thus far and I melted over these boys all over again. Two of them in particular stole my heart again.
It’s a good addition to this series. I was happy with this one.