Julia Quinn. An Offer from a Gentleman. (New York: Avon Books, 2001). 0380815583.
Main Characters: Sophie Marie Beckett and Benedict Bridgerton.
Date of Story: 1815.
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:
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 her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
Boy Araminta Gunningworth and Rosamund Reiling are extremely horrid as a stepmother and stepsister. I do like the Cinderella-esque storyline of this book. Benedict as the hero is quite enchanting – especially when he saves Sophie from the clutches of Phillip Cavender and his drunk friends. Lady Violet Bridgerton, Benedict’s mom, has a very prominent role in this novel and really shows how much she cares for her children. The fact that she is more concerned with her children’s happiness than with propriety is admirable. Even better is the way that she takes on Araminta after Sophie has been arrested for theft – she is a formidable foe.
Read again: February 4, 2007.