Title: An Offer from a Gentleman
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #3
Genre: Historical Romance
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Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?
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 his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
This was a sweet installment in the Bridgerton series! I do think it was an odd choice to make the third book in the series a Cinderella retelling. I understand that Julia Quinn plays with different romance tropes in each book, but it made much of the story (especially the beginning), feel contrived and predictable.
I always love a forbidden romance, and I appreciate the way the Bridgerton family accepted Sophie, even though she was of a lower station. The conflict at the end was very dramatic but entertaining. I know the show is skipping Benedict’s love story for season 3, but I’m curious how the show will eventually interpret this fairy tale romance.