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To Sir Phillip, With Love Hardcover – 13 December 2016
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I should not have. The relationship between the leads can be seen as toxic but in this book it goes to a whole new level. Not only does Sir Philip beat his children, he takes advantage/rapes his wife who is suffering from depression or postpartum depression. For those who would defend him by saying "he's from a different time! It's not the same." I would say that it was never ok. The author is from our time and tries to justify it, and tells us how terrible he feels. This does not make it ok. It can not simply be brushed over, had it been talked over and questionned maybe it could be useful to the younger reader. But no. yet again, women are told that relationships are all about toxicity and abusive passion and possession.
If you still read this book, please at least question what you are reading.
I very much liked the first 4 - the characters, the chemistry - but this is a chore to get into. The introduction of the Bridgerton brothers (about halfway through) is the only reason I've given 3, not 2 stars.
So far, it seems we are not supposed to have sympathy for Marina (Phillip's dead wife) because she committed suicide after suffering from postnatal depression. How dare she not be a cheerful wife, constantly happy to please her husband?!
I have yet to find anything redeeming in Phillips character...I would go as far as to say I don't like him at all. Previous first kisses in these books have been left the reader wanting more but this one left me mildly uncomfortable. He didn't seem to care how Eloise felt at all, just about his needs. Throughout the book everything is about him him him, not what Eloise might want. It's a toxic relationship.
Eloise seems far less sensible than you'd expect but that can be forgiven due to her circumstances I think. I love her relationship with her family and how she manages the children.
In all honesty, I'd skip this one
Philip is in need of a wife or, more realistically Nanny McFee for his progeny with his first chronically depressed wife. Philip seems to love the children almost as much as his greenhouse and sees Eloise as an option to sate a very repressed appetite and spend more time in the greenhouse.
Eloise's arrival is unannounced and whilst one thing leads to another, 3 enraged Bridgerton brothers arrive like a holy trinity of hell fire to smite inappropriate behaviour. After almost violently killing hapless Philip, they attempt murder through more traditional means of imbibing vast quantities of alcohol.
I'll leave it there. All in these books seem to be becoming more bearable with actual plot lines, frankly if it wasn't for the, erm, horizontal gymnastics I doubt interest would have held to get to the better books in the series.