Julia Quinn is on the blog today with the third book in her Bridgertons series, this one informed by a Cinderella theme. Narrated by Rosalyn Landor, please read on for my review of
An Offer From a Gentleman
Starting with a strong sense and adherence to the well-known Cinderella story, daughter of a maid and an Earl, Sophie is a girl in a confusing world. While never formally acknowledged by her father, she was placed into a home on his estate, and raised as a woman of breeding. But, when the Earl died and left limited provisions (a house until she turned 20 and a dowry) for her, his widow and children have other plans for her. His widow took on the evil stepmother role, and her daughters were alternately evil and in fear of retribution should kindness be shown.
Determined to make a change, with the help of the housekeeper and a stash of fine clothes left in the attic, Sophie is off to the Bridgerton’s masquerade ball, and from here, with a dropped monogrammed glove, the story changes. Meeting Benedict she’s intrigued – and he is determined to figure out just which of the daughters of the Earl she is.
After the passage of many years, her working as a ladies maid comes to a close as Benedict rescues her from the advances of her employer’s son – and he whisks her away promising employment with his mother. He’s finding something familiar about her, but it’s not taking him back to the ball. But – their attraction is sparking, and while Sophie clearly declines his offers to set her up as his mistress – she’s not thinking he will (or can) marry her – and she won’t put her child through her life, despite assurances. Of course, the secrets of her birth are revealed, but after Benedict finally became more honorable and decided to buck convention and marry the lovely woman who has invaded his dreams since a masked ball years before. A nicely plotted story that became far more intriguing once the adherence to the Cinderella line moved to the background and the character development, allowing Benedict to slowly change and become more of the romantic hero than a titled man with every answer.
Narration for the story is provided by Rosalyn Landor, and it was delightful! Each character was easy to distinguish, her voice for Benedict does manage to grow and change as he lets go of his more ‘stiff’ self and reveal himself to Sophie. Sophie is distinct and carries a certain sense of proper, even as she is trying to evade pointed questions that would reveal her education, and together their interactions show the progression of their relationship from polite strangers to friends and lovers in a way that is both natural and feels honest to their personalities.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Title: An Offer From a Gentleman
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Published by: Avon, Recorded Books
Published on: 30 November, 2016
Source: Recorded Books
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 22 minutes
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Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning 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 whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
A copy of this title was provided via Recorded Books for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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