Posted by: Jennifer | February 3, 2007

To Sir Phillip, With Love – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn. To Sir Phillip, With Love. (New York: Avon Books, 2003). 0380820854.

Main Characters: Eloise Bridgerton and Sir Phillip Crane.

Date of Story: 1824.

Related Works: The Bridgerton Series includes the books The Duke and I, The Viscount who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s in His Kiss, and On the Way to the Wedding. There are also two related novellas that include Lady Whistledown: The First Kiss from Lady Whistledown Strikes Back and 65 Valentines from The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown. Lady Danbury, from How to Marry a Marquis appears is most of the books in the Bridgerton Series.

Description from the book:

My dear Miss Bridgerton,

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me. It is my hope that we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.

-Sir Phillip Crane

Sir Phillip knew 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 toc close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.

Did he think she was mad? 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 while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn’t help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

My Thoughts:

Eloise is a funny character – who makes me smile. Sir Phillip is definitely a bit of an unpolished loner with two children that he has no idea how to handle. The pranks that the children play on Eloise are funny, although the string tied between two pieces of furniture does cause her to hurt herself. However, I enjoy the scene where Amanda discovers the fish that Eloise put in Amanda’s bed. Amanda screams the house down while Eloise continues to calmly eat her dinner and explain the situation to Phillip.

My favorite part of the book must be when Eloise’s four brothers descend upon Phillip’s house – in a towering rage. If memory serves, this is the only time that all four of the Bridgerton brothers band together to protect one of their family. Gregory was too young to be included when Anthony, Benedict and Colin got together in the earlier books. I do wish that there had been more written about the conversation between Phillip, Benedict, Colin and Gregory when Anthony and Eloise were having their “little” talk. When Eloise returns to the dining room, her brothers are having a fine time with Phillip and have been drinking up a storm. I think the conversation must have been hysterical.

I do miss both Lady Whistledown and Lady Danbury – neither of whom make an appearance in To Sir Phillip, With Love. Of course, Lady Whistledown was unmasked in Romancing Mr. Bridgerton which takes place right before To Sir Phillip, With Love. I remember that it was unclear at the time that I first read To Sir Phillip, With Love whether we would see any more of her. Colin figures out that Penelope Featherington is in fact Lady Whistledown during their courtship and demands that she retire.

Read again: February 2-3, 2007.

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  1. […] The Duke and I, The Viscount who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s in His Kiss, and On the Way to the Wedding. There are also two related […]


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