Saturday, 12 September 2009

More romance...

An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
The third Bridgerton story that tells of how Benedict gets married. It's a Cinderella story, that gradually evolves from the original fairytale. Sophie is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who becomes a maid when her father dies and she's left to the mercies of her stepmother. She has a heavenly two hours at a masked ball and instantly falls in love with Benedict. Two years later their paths cross again. Not my favourite of the three so far, but I did enjoy it. Benedict is lovely, the "artistic" brother and although not a witty or abrasive as Anthony he comes across well. It was Sophie's "dilemma" with who she was that got monotonous and she made problems where it wasn't necessary. Violet (the mother) is a complete star!

The Viscount who loved me by Julia Quinn
How Anthony gets married...I loved this! Anthony was great in the Duke and I with his brooding protectiveness and that's what comes through with this book too. The way the Viscount who has cleverly managed to avoid getting married through several seasons gets caught out by a bee sting was funny and the developing relationship between him and Kate was touching. Throw in a manic dog a near death experience and it's a brilliant book. Total romantic slush, but I'm a sucker for it!