Julia Quinn is by far my favorite romance author! I’ve read nearly every one of her books (some more than once) and follow her blog religiously. That being said, when I heard there was a show coming to Netflix called Bridgerton, which would be based on Julia’s series, I was beside myself with joy!
In anticipation, I wanted to go through the series again and review them before the show itself comes out. I started more in the middle with Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, as it was available and (here’s the fun part) you don’t have to read the books in order! Sure, it gives you more context and sometimes there will be bits in the story that are important, but they can stand by themselves and that is just the best.
But you’re all here for the review, so here we go. Let me start by saying this will be spoiler free! I want all of you to read the story for yourself! Let’s start with the description (direct from GoodReads):
Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for...well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret...and fears she doesn't know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same -- especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide...is she his biggest threat -- or his promise of a happy ending?
Now, I’m not going to break down and rank an author like Julia Quinn. But, I will give you my honest opinion and tell you a bit about what makes this book so fantastic.
To start with, you have a main character who isn’t perfect. She’s a shy girl who doesn’t quite fit society’s standards and who much prefers food to dancing at parties. I can relate! I loved Penelope from the first page and liked seeing her develop over the course of the story.
Colin was equally flawed, with a refreshing vulnerability and striking weaknesses. Still, he had the ability to make a woman’s heart race!
Great characters combined with a wonderful story made for a more than enjoyable read! I loved that there was classic romance, but also a mystery aspect as you try to uncover the identity of Lady Whistledown. And, can I just point out that Julia Andrews, regal goddess that she is, has been cast as Lady Whistledown?!
Expect much more Bridgerton content on this blog, dearest readers, because This Author has so much to share!
Lori Fayre’s Romance Blog, 16 February 2020
If you wish to read Romancing Mr. Bridgerton here is the GoodReads link: