Book Review: An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Will she accept the offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball. Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, waltzing in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other— except, perhaps, this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. If he offers her his heart, will he sacrifice his only chance for a fairy-tale love?

The third in the Bridgerton series focuses on Benedict, Lady Bridgerton’s second oldest son and his relationship (or lack thereof) as his mother hopes he will settle down.

The good news for Lady Bridgerton is that Benedict does indeed meet someone who captures his attention the bad news is that he met her at a masquerade ball and has absolutely no idea who she is.

Loosely based on Cinderella (at least at the start) this is the story of Benedict and Sophie and how their paths seem determined to cross.

Book Benedict is a bit different to screen Benedict -indeed screen Benedict seems to have been given the lighter parts of Book Benedict and Book Colin mixed together. That isn’t to say that the book version is unlikeable (although he makes a few questionable choices) more that he isn’t quite of light hearted.

The real stand out character of this book in my opinion was Violet. The dowager Lady Bridgerton was phenomenal, strong and kind and knowing exactly how to play the situations she found herself in.

Another enjoyable regency romp but not my favourite so far.

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