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I love every book of this series and this is no exception. Leave aside the intricate relationship and how it grows between Eloise and Phillip, or that between the children and Phillip...they will always be close to the heart, but the essence of this series comes out in the interaction between the Bridgerton siblings! Those moments are jewels in the crown! The easy and humourous banter, and the deep love between each of them are treasures to be cherished. I would go back to each of these books only for those moments between the siblings!
Contrary to my statement in my review for the previous book. I did continue to read this series despite my disappointment in it.
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.
*edited* 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
I adored Eloise Bridgerton the first time me met her in Daphne's book - irrepressible, irresistible and not able to keep her mouth shot... EVER... She is absolutely the wrong match for taciturn widowed father Sir Phillip Crane... But after a lively correspondence, during which neither of them are really showing their true selves, a perfunctory offer of marriage, and the sudden marriage of Eloise's best friend Penny Featherington (who was supposed to be her companion in longterm spinsterhood) Eloise decides to throw caution to the wind and turns up on Phillip's doorstop. His unruly children, a cruel nanny, and Phillip's terrible history with his first wife ensures that their path to love does not run smooth, but it does run very Hot! I loved the fact that Phillip and Eloise connect so brilliantly in bed after their forced marriage but it's out of it where all the problems lie, and it's just not like Eloise to let sleeping dogs, or indeed intransigent Lords, lie. A fabulous addition to the Bridgerton series. Loved it!
In this book, the author foresees the lock down dating scene and combines with the King and I. This is the first book where a sub plot (it took 4 books to get one) from the previous book carried over. Eloise realises that at 28 perhaps she should have got on with the whole marriage thing earlier especially as her BFF is shacked up with her brother and 28 in Georgian Britain is pretty much middle aged. Thankfully our Eloise is pretty hot on social media spending thousands on stamps to celebrate every hatch match and dispatch in the vast Bridgerton ecosystem (one is minded at several times in this series of rabbits). One of the hapless recipients of Eloise's missives happens to be an eligible bachelor in need of a wife who responds. They correspond for a year, surpassing even the most keen millennial blogger in duration. 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.
The idea that a gently reared lady, on the shelf or not, would upsticks and travel across country, without even her maid let alone a chaperone, to meet a man who has proposed to her in a letter but she has never seen face-to-face is, quite frankly, ludicrous. The plot is rubbish, the American phrases and spellings grate no end and the sex scenes are the same, almost word for word, as in the other books in the series. Boring. Not recommended.
I nearly didn't read this as the criticisms of Sur Philip suggested the book was nasty. Actually I thought he had more character than all the other Bridgerton men who had lived charmed lives, had impeccable manners and had total confidence in themselves. Philip however has suffered, done things of which he is profoundly ashamed but underneath his temper is vulnerable. The process of turning his life around was a painful but a triumph in the end. Yes of course the American language and phrases, the improbable names and the never less than perfect success grates but the stories continue to draw me in.