Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons) Mass Market Paperback – Import, 2 July 2002
|Mass Market Paperback, Import, 2 July 2002||
Penelope Featherington fell madly, hopelessly in love with Colin Bridgerton two days before her 16th birthday. Unfortunately, Colin has always seen Penelope as the plump, shy best friend of his younger sister. By the time Penelope is 28 and a seasoned member of the English ton, she's accepted that her love for Colin is destined to remain unrequited and she shall be a spinster forever. Fate, however, has other plans. When Lady Whistledown's Society Papers announce that Colin has returned from his nearly nonstop travels, Penelope is blissfully unaware that her life is about to change dramatically. Colin is equally unaware of the turn his life is about to take. He's not surprised that his beloved mother is determined to marry him off, but he's rather astonished to find himself inexplicably drawn to Penelope. Her dry wit and intelligent mind are delightful, and Colin soon finds himself joining forces with her to deflect his matchmaking mama's good intentions. Together, the two will thwart their mothers' iron wills, face the formidable Lady Danbury, confront the gossips of London society, and resolve the lovely dilemma of falling in love. And, oh yes, there is that matter of the true identity of Lady Whistledown. Will the twosome unmask the elusive journalist? Or will their efforts be doomed to failure like so many others' before?
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton continues author Julia Quinn's wildly popular series of Regency historicals featuring the Bridgerton family, The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and An Offer from a Gentleman. True, the novel possesses all that we've come to expect from Quinn, including deft plotting, witty repartee, a faultless Regency setting, and expert characterization. But perhaps the book's most pleasing facet is Quinn's quietly nuanced handling of the hero's and the heroine's internal growth, which is furthered by their blooming relationship. They're two strong individuals made stronger by their bond. Now that's love. --Lois Faye Dyer
From the Back Cover
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 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 trop aboard he discovers notyhing in his life is quite the sameespecially Penelope Featherington! 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 threator his promise of a happy ending?
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- Publisher : Avon; Reissue edition (2 July 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380820846
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380820849
- Item Weight : 159 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 17.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Must-read for all the reasons you can think of. This is romance at it's best. Loved it!
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Colin, the third Bridgerton sibling is the centre of this particular novel, but, actually, he isn't.
The central character, the one I was rooting for, especially since I had come to love her in the last three books, Penelope Featherington, and her story, stole the show!
Penelope has spent most of her life being shuffled around behind her two older sisters, slightly plump, with that unfashionable red hair, she spends her seasons being dressed in inappropriately coloured clothing, making her the laughing stock of the 'Ton.
Now at the ripe old age of eight and twenty, she is considered one of the spinsters, as her older sisters have secured their husbands, and her younger, more conventionally attractive sister is now the one in the eyes of the suitors.
She's quite happy to be in the background. A true wallflower. At least no one else will notice her unrequited love...
Colin, meanwhile, a childhood friend of Penelope, one of the Bridgerton crew, and all-round 'nice' guy, finds himself developing feelings for her.
Oh, it was great how they got their happily ever after, and there was another HUGE reveal within this book!
Such fun! I would have finished it sooner if it wasn't for this dang Lockdown, and work commitments!
Can't wait... bring it on Book 5!
I picked up this series after seeing the television series and being intrigued by the Colin/Penelope romance, I waded through the previous books and was hopefull this would live up to it's promise, reader, it does not.
Not only does Colin lose all personality and mischief, he becomes as boorish and "alpha" as every other male lead of the series.
"The big reveal" was ridiculous, we never see the repercussions of being Lady Whistledown and there was simply so much that could have been done with this story line. The author chose the most boring line imaginable.
So much could have been done with Penelope too, why does she have to lose a stone to be marriage worthy ? She was perhaps the most interesting character and her whole personality was reduced to nothing. We don't really know why Penelope decides to print her work and we never find out what she felt about her succes or about her "retirement". It's brushed over so quickly, I was left disapointed and I doubt I will read the rest of the series.
As always the writing is mediocre at best with the dialogue being especially clunky, disjointed and silly, I can usually get past that if the story and characters are good enough. In this case, they weren't.
Colin is the third brother and as in all the other books it follows his progress in finding a wife.
These books are well written and may be read as stand alone stories, but it is better if the series is read from the start as you get to know the family, their position in society and friendships. Their mother has one aim in life to see all of her children married...
These books have been adapted and made into a Netflix series. Don’t expect a faithful adaptation, either read these books or see Netflix, but don’t do them together, or you may find it frustrating!!