Posted by: Jennifer | February 4, 2007

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton – Julia Quinn

Julia Quinn. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. (New York: Avon Books, 2002). 0380820846.

Main Characters: Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton.

Date of Story: 1824.

Related Works: The Bridgerton Series includes the following books:

Description from the book:

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London.”

-Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, March 1824

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime 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 the neverending sameness of his life, and, most of all, 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 was always simply . . . there is suddenly 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?

My Thoughts:

Colin is definitely my favorite male Bridgerton sibling (Hyacinth wins for favorite female). Penelope is a character that has been in most of the previous novels in the series – and a favorite target of Lady Whistledown. I think their story is wonderful even if it is painful to watch Penelope’s unrequited love for Colin throughout the beginning of the book. She pretty much sneaks up on Colin’s blind side – which given Colin’s amazing abilities of perception when dealing with his siblings who are already married is a bit odd. [Benedict immediately realizes that Penelope loves Colin during an episode where Colin, Benedict and Anthony are discussing marriage on the street outside his mother’s house and Colin blurts out that he does not want to marry Penelope Featherington. Of course, Penelope just happens to be leaving Lady Bridgerton’s house at the time. This scene appears in both An Offer from a Gentleman and Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.]

Also, the fact that Penelope is Lady Whistledown is a wonderful revelation. Obviously, this becomes one of the central themes of the book – as Colin struggles to deal with the information and his own reactions to it. I’m glad that Penelope wrote her last column in order to make sure that Lady Cressida Trombley’s (formerly Cressida Cowper) claim to be Whistledown was foiled. However, at the end of this book, it was a bit sad to realize that Whistledown had been unmasked to the world and wouldn’t be writing any other columns.

Update – October 2008: Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is definitely one of my favorites from the Bridgerton series (with When He Was Wicked and It’s in His Kiss). I really do not want to admit to anyone how many times I have read this book. Fortunately, it is still as wonderful today as it was the last time that I read it.

Read again: February 3, 2007.
Read again: October 27, 2008.



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