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So Benedict is a Bridgerton. You can't really fault him, but this is one of my not-so-favourite ones. Bridgertons are above reproach so when they do things that lesser mortals do, it leaves me a bit...disappointed. His offer to Sophie and his love for her war within him, as much as his choices or lack thereof do within the reader, the loyal Bridgerton reader--till the very end. Benedict's story is one of yearning and denial. We feel his heartache throughout. It's very well-told, I mean it's Julia Quinn for heaven's sake, but there's something missing and I think it's the Bridgerton-ness. By it's very nature, the story had to be as separated from the rest of the clan as possible. There are Cinderella elements there and I'm not sure whether they help or detract from the story.
I'd read it because it's Julia Quinn and the Bridgertons.
Splendid is the word for this book. My bff gifted it for my birthday and am thankful to her for introducing me to the world of bridgertons! Wow! The quirky fights, the smart quips and the wonderfully woven tale of love makes this book an absolute unputdownable. The fiery Sophie and the charming Benedict are a match made in heaven. Every believer of fairytales should read this one since Julia Quinn has an amazing adaptation of Cinderella in the offing! You can't miss this one!
I do enjoy reading these stories, but sometimes find it difficult with the spelling. I know they are written by an American author, but she is writing stories based in Regency England, where we spell colour with a U, realise with a S, we don't live five blocks away either. I feel it distracts me from the story.
** spoiler alert ** Julia Quinn excels herself again with her third Bridgerton book which is Benedict and Sophie's story... I loved the start of this story which has Sophie attending a ball in a clear nod to Cinderella, enchanting Benedict as this mysterious woman who then runs off at midnight. They are both instantly in love, but Sophie isn't really a lady, in fact she's the bastard daughter of an earl who has been abominably treated by her cruel stepmother.. Anyway, two years later, Benedict bumps into her again, but not realising the maid being harassed by a nasty aristo - from whom he rescues her - is the same woman he's been mooning over for years. He ends up getting her a new job but then things get even more complicated because Sophie's not that happy that he doesn't recognise her, and Ben is not that happy that he's falling in lust with a maid who is most decidedly not his mystery lady of the night!! Although of course she actually is but decides not to tell her because he hasn't recognised her... I adore all of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, but I did duck this one a star, simply because - although the book is full of Quinn's wonderfully fluid writing and both Benedict and Sophie are absolutely adorable – I got very tense waiting for the moment when Benedict would find out Sophie's real identity which came rather late in the book. So entirely a fault with the reader not the writer, but it did make my enjoyment of the book a tiny, weeny bit less than the others... Also in the 2nd epilogue [MAJOR SPOILER ALERT HERE], I felt kind of annoyed that Benedict had gotten Sophie pregnant so many times, and almost ended up killing her!! Totally believable for the time period, but it still upset me (although probably not as much as it upset Benedict tbf!)
I have started binge reading the Bridgerton series after watching the show on Netflix. I always try and read the books first before watching any screen adaption but hadn't heard of this so thought I'd buy the first book and see how it compared. I am now very sleep deprived as I can't stop reading the books and so far this one has to be my favourite! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much but after I found the first 2 books quite similar, this was refreshing change and a nice take on the Cinderella story. The characters keep evolving well as they are brought in and out of the series. I enjoyed Benedict's character more than I thought I would as he isn't really well developed in the earlier books, they seem to focus more on Colin for some reason. Some of the male characters do have elements the appear the same or repetitive but I guess they are set in a certain time period and they are brought up together in a large family. I have 4 sisters so I can see how this would happen with their personality traits. I think some reviews are too pedantic, picking on some elements of the writing style but I don't think it takes away from the fact that the books are harmless fun and an effortless joy to read. Much needed in another lock-down pandemic year! On to book 4...
Benedict is perhaps the least interesting of the elder Bridgerton siblings. The author attempts to distinguish him from Anthony but he ends up being a copy and paste of both Anthony and Simon, all three think in the same way. All the individualities they have in the other books disapear as soon as we get into their heads. It gets a little wearying.
The story is however much more interesting and is a good change from the previous two books, the take on Cinderella is fun but merely transposes the fairy tale to the Bridgerton series without adding or taking anything away from the original. Sophie is a nice change but despite all the differences between her and Kate and Daphne she somehow falls into the same thought patterns.
As always with this series, the writing is clunky, the vocabulary american and the dialogue dreadfull.
All in all it is very readable and once again I read this in a few hours, but maybe an hour after finishing it, I have allready forgotten everything about it.
An Offer From A Gentleman is the third in the Bridgerton series of books, concentrating on the love life of the second sibling, Benedict Bridgerton. It's been a couple of years, and with his older brother married, attentions are turned to him, and Colin, brother number three. But he's in no real hurry. Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate child of an Earl, who has never openly acknowledged her but allowed her to live in his house as his ward. He passes away, leaving her in the care of her stepmother and two stepsisters, who have no interest in housing her, but suffer her presence, as they get a good allowance to keep her in the house. In a Cinderella-esque twist to the story, Sophie is given the opportunity to attend one of the Season events, at Bridgerton House, during a Masquerade ball, with the housekeeper and staff being her collective Fairy Godmothers. There she meets Benedict Bridgerton, and their two hour evening leaves them wanting more, but unable to have it. The second part of the story follows their journey to meet once more. Will Benedict realise she is the woman in the silver gown who stole his heart, two years ago? It's Cinderella, of course, he will, but not before plenty of other twists present themselves in the tale. An easy read, but definitely not my favourite of the Briderton books, so far.
3.5 Stars I didn't hate this. I didn't love it either. I didn't really like the way Benedict treated Sophie, not did I really like the retelling aspect (I don't think for the most part, Cinderella retellings are for me) I really like listening to these on audio but what bothered me the most was Benedict's reactions to things. It...just annoyed me. Benedict was annoying. I said it. As far as Sophie went I liked her a lot, she didn't let her experience get her down too much, aside from the fact she was overly upset by not being recognised despite the fact he never saw her fact...like Okay. I think I'll carry on with the series, but I'll wait for my library to get the audiobooks in. So it might be a LONG while.
i rate this as 3.75 as it is just shy of the four stars that I rated the first two Bridgertons books.
This was another great addition to the Bridgertons series. Though admittedly, it is my least favourite of the books so far, I took a while to get into this one and did get frustrated with Benedict several times.
In all honesty I struggled so much that if I were not reading the series, I may have given up. Happily I stuck with it and ultimately I did enjoy the story and can still happily recommend it.
I did not like the start because of its obvious link to a classic story. It may have been a homage, but I didn't pick up the classic. I wanted a fresh story from start to finish. I will say that very quickly the story does become individual and is well written.
I cannot seem to stop reading the series and have to say that I am more than a little obsessed with learning more about the Bridgerton family. I still adore Dowager Viscountess Violet Bridgerton and she remains one of my favourite characters. She is so dedicated to her children and their happiness.
Sophie has a wonderful inner strength and seems to face anything that life throws at her head on. She is brave and good. At some points I far preferred her to Benedict.
Ah Benedict. He is both, wonderful and frustrating. I do like how individual he is in comparison to His Sister and Brother whose books precede this one. He has very different roles in life. As the second son he does not have the huge duty than Anthony, the Viscount, who as the eldest inherited all that comes with the title, and family head, and his sister Daphne who as a lady was solely to marry a good match.
It is frustrating for Benedict that he is often just seen as another eligible Bridgerton brother. This story shows that while he is a Bridgerton, he is also a strong individual whose personality is fleshed out as the story continues. It really whets the appetite to learn more about the other individual Bridgertons.
Sophie and Benedict – what a wonderful story of love at first sight. It is perfect romance and heartache at the same time. The romance and love oozes off the pages. I re-read the terrace scene more than once because it’s so romantic. A real Cinderella story with a twist but with a happy ending that requires patience. The couple fall in love instantly at a ball but lose sight of each other because Sophie has to run away from London and is hiding in the country from her stepmother. Benedict keeps looking for his perfect woman whom he met at his mother’s masquerade ball. He is devastated when he can’t find her but even 2 years later he can't forget her. When he eventually meets Sophie again, he doesn’t recognise her as the woman from the ball but falls in love with her anyway. He is torn between his new love and the mystery woman he can’t forget until he realises they are one and the same. He is furious with her for deceiving him but in the end their love is stronger than anything and they forgive each other. They are truly meant for each other. This is such a romantic and beautiful story. I could feel my heart actually aching for them. I only get this warm feeling inside when I read a very special story that touches my heart. This is such a story. This is my second favourite book of the series after book 2. Just amazing how Julia can pull it off time and again.