An Offer from a Gentleman


Title: An Offer from a Gentleman

Author: Julia Quinn

Published: 3rd July 2001

Number of pages: 480

Genre: Romance, Historical, Fiction

Start Date: 6th March 2022

End Date: 7th March 2022


Summary

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.


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?

Review

Coming off The Viscount Who Loved Me I knew that this book simply would not hold a candle to Anthony’s story. As well as after reading the reviews and seeing that one mentioned that Benedict (the hero) ask Sophie (the heroine) to be his mistress over and over for most of the book. That he went on about how she wasn't of his class. They said it ruined the read for them. I hate that mistress bs in books. It is one of the reasons I avoided most historical romance novels for years. I hate cheating!


A mistress is just a side chick, that wasn't good enough to marry. That bothers me. It's just so disrespectful to women. Yes I know that was how things were back then but it still annoys me off. However I was enjoying the series so much that I figured I would just have to take one for the team. Read it and get it over with I don't have to love it just read it and then I could go to the next book. Shockingly I really ended up loving this book.


Benedict always seemed a little blah for me in the books. He lacked the same charisma and sex appeal that Anthony had, even Colin, had more presence in the novels than Benedict did. So I don’t know whether I could say that I was chomping at the bit to read his story but I was excited to see how Julia Quinn portrayed him and made the audience love him.


This book reads as a cute retelling of Cinderella, with poor Sophie being the mistreated bastard daughter of an earl. Julia Quinn did a great job of making Sophie's step-mother Araminta a total evil woman. I hated her so much and I felt she didn't get her comeuppance. I really wanted her to pay for the things she did to Sophie and her own daughter Posy. I thought Sophie was a wonderful heroine. She was sweet, resilient, a bit sassy, and smart. I love that she had such dignity. I was a little worried I would dislike Benedict, but I really loved him too. I did get a tad upset that he kept asking her to be his mistress, but not like I thought I would. I felt he loved her and treated her well. With that and the way things were way back when, and the fact that he realized he was wrong for asking that of her and apologized.


But Benedict, he didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth. For most of the book I was like kick his ass to the curb Sophie! A slight spoiler; Benedict spends 90% of the novel begging Sophie to be his mistress instead while he holds out hope that his ‘true love’ mystery women will reappear in his life. I had a hard time with that. It bordered on irritating and insulting to Sophie. I know that in the end, Benedict sees the error of his ways and begs her forgiveness and there was never any doubt that he loved Sophie, but what I had a hard time with was the getting there part. I eventually found myself forgiving Benedict right along with Sophie.


I thought Benedict and Sophie were a cute together. I loved that their relationship was built up so well. On top of loving Sophie and Benedict, I adore the Bridgertons. The whole family is just so easy to love. I also really liked Sophie's step-sister Posy. I was glad that in the end she wasn't overlook and forced to deal with the evil that was her mother. This retelling of Cinderella was cute and flowed well.


If you are already reading the Bridgerton Series it is a given that you need to read this book, but I honestly could not recommend this book enough.


Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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