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Sunday is the day of the week that I post a book from a series that we are working our way through. In honor of Julia Quinn releasing her next book at the end of May, I’m reworking the reviews from the Bridgerton Series. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying re-living this wonderful series. Last week was probably my most favorite of this series, not to say the rest aren’t good, they are! I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Romancing Mr. Bridgerton today!
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Publisher: Avon Books
Source: I purchased this book to read and review
Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for… well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret… and fears she doesn’t know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the neverending sameness of his life, and, most of all, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply… there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide… is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?
Romancing Mr Bridgerton is the 4th book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and tells the story of how Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington learn to love one another. Colin and Penelope have know each other for years. Penelope is best friends with Colin’s sister Eloise. And it seems that Penelope has always been in love with Colin but Colin has always seen Penelope as the little friend of his little sister. Penelope has been the person overlooked by society for many reasons. In the beginning it was her weight and her quiet ways. Her mother seems to have horrible taste in dressing Penelope with her being described as an “over-ripe pumpkin” by Lady Whistledown at one point. No one seems to be able to see the true Penelope. After his latest trip abroad, Colin returns to have his eyes opened about Penelope. He realizes how much he has always depended on her friendship and one afternoon and one kiss has Colin realizing how much he desires her.
One quote that I found when reading other book reviews sums up my feelings about this writer and this series perfectly: “Julia Quinn’s witty storytelling and wonderful storylines often make me feel as if I’m sitting across from her at a coffee shop, drinking whatever, and listening to her as she tells me this story, often punctuated with smiles, chuckles and roaring laughter. Julia Quinn is truly a gifted writer.”
This book is a sweetly told story of lifelong friends finally falling in love. And, yes, in this book we finally find out who Lady Whistledown is!
This book was voted one of the top ten books of the year by the RWA membership and finalist for the RWA RITA Awards in the Long Historical category. Their review says in part: “However, as always, Quinn’s deceptively breezy dialogue and tone makes her Regency set thoroughly enchanting. It’s pure fun to step into her world.” It was also a NY Times Bestseller.
The Romance Reader gives Romancing Mr Bridgerton 4 hearts and says the following: “Colin and Penelope are a charming and entertaining pair who have a satisfying romance, and we finally find out the identity of the mysterious Mrs. Whistledown. Fans of Quinn will be ecstatic and others will find the story engaging as Romancing Mr. Bridgerton appeals on many levels.”
- Series Sunday – Review – The Duke & I by Julia Quinn (sugarbeatsbooks.com)