Title: To Sir Phillip, With Love
Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #5
Genre: Historical Romance
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 11 hours (372 pages)
Publisher: Avon; Recorded Books
Release Date: July 1, 2003
Content Warnings: suicide attempt, mental illness, child abuse
Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife’s distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her…
Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking… and wondering… and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except… he wasn’t. Her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered. And he certainly should have mentioned that he had two young – and decidedly unruly – children, as much in need of a mother as Phillip is in need of a wife.
I haven’t read all the books in this series yet, but I’m pretty sure this will be my least favorite book. Eloise deserved so much better!!! I initially swooned over the set up: Eloise falling in love over letters, running away to meet Phillip in person, and initially clashing with Phillip when he didn’t meet her expectations… but that’s because he sucks and doesn’t deserve her! He is a terrible father, and the way he discusses his first wife’s death after a suicide attempt is inappropriate.
This audiobook was shorter than some of the others in the series, but it felt longer because it was so dull. The only bright spots (bumping up this book a whole star rating) for me were scenes featuring the three eldest Bridgerton brothers ganging up on Phillip to defend Eloise’s honor… not that she needs anyone to defend her honor. This book had some enjoyable moments and I guess Phillip had some character growth by the end, but I was very disappointed in this match for the most progressive and independent Bridgerton sister.