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To Sir Phillip, With Love: Number 5 in series (Bridgerton Family) [Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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2 Nov 2006 Bridgerton Family (Book 5)
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 here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife'. Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife's distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely. Except she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quie, all he wanted to do was kiss her. Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinkingand 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 rough and rugged. But when he smiled and when he kissed herthe rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749936614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749936617
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: 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. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

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Quinn has a smart, funny touch, Wise, witty and oh so delightful, Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Instead of Lady Whistledown quotes, each chapter is headed by an extract from one of Eloise Bridgerton's letters: to her mother protesting childhood punishments, to her brothers protesting odious governesses, to her sisters and best friend about men - upon the rejection of each of her first six marriage proposals, nagging her married sisters about their experiences, and letters to Penelope complaining about what poor losers men are.
TO SIR PHILLIP is set immediately after ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON, and coincident with WHEN HE WAS WICKED. In broad outline, it has some similarities to Daphne's story in THE DUKE AND I, but with a still more extreme emotional situation for the male lead, in some ways.
Sir Phillip's mother, like Simon's, died in childbirth, leaving him to be brought up by a demanding father, though here prone to physical rather than emotional abuse. Like Simon, Philip found himself in scholarship, taking a first at university (though in botany rather than mathematics). Unlike Simon, Philip wasn't firstborn, and planned to remain at Cambridge as an academic. Philip's no rake, either; he wasn't the sort of "first-tier" bachelor whose status offset his lack of relationship skills much.
After his brother's death at Waterloo, however, Phillip (unlike Simon) opted to do his duty: making the family estate's agricultural aspects turn a profit (with botanical experiments on the side), and marrying his late brother's fiancee. Unfortunately Marina suffered from clinical depression, which only deepened after the birth of twins. Phillip's marriage became an endless strain upon him, effectively a single parent with *no* knowledge of householding or child-rearing, other than an iron determination not to follow his father's lead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It started with a note... 12 May 2007
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Eloise Bridgerton has always liked writing letters, so following the death of a distant cousin, it's only natural to send a letter of condolence. When Sir Phillip's reply includes a pressed flower Eloise is intrigued. It seems only natural for them to correspond, but after a year of writing to each other, Sir Phillip suggests the possibility of marraige - and Eloise doesn't know what to think.

At eight and twenty, Eloise is considered a spinster by the ton, but until recently that hasn't bothered her. It's not like she hasn't had the opportunity to marry - six rejected proposals attest to that - she has simply chosen not to. Not that she doesn't want to, but seeing the love her siblings have found, how can she possibly settle for anything less?

So, when her discontent rises up, Eloise sneaks out of London and travels to meet a man she has never met, but might, possibly, decide to marry.

Sir Phillip Crane has become something of a recluse following the death of his wife, he knows that, but in truth prefers the company of his plants to anything people have to offer. And then there are his children.

Eight-year old twins, Oliver and Amanda, are not the best behaved of children, and do their best to drive out any visitors to the house. When Eloise shows up unexpectedly it is soon clear all round that nothing is what anyone else expected.

Then, just as things begin to settle down, four very angry Bridgerton men come to call...

It's difficult to know what to expect from the first post-Lady Whistledown novel, because for me her columns have always been a vital part of what the Bridgertons are about. However, JQ admirably fills the void with excerpts of the many, many letters Eloise had written throughout her life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Bridgerton Fan 1 Aug 2003
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This is the 5th book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series following on from Romancing Mr Bridgerton.
This book deals with the story of Eloise, who runs away in answer to an invitation from a man she has been corresponding with for over a year but has never met.
I did enjoy this book and I found the characters to be believable and likeable although I did find there were instances where some of the things they thought and did seemed out of character based on what we had been told and learned of them. For example, although she had run away from home I found it hard to believe that Eloise would not give a thought to her mother or how she would be suffering not knowing where Eloise was. I was also on occasion annoyed by how dense Philip was being but I suppose that's about par for the course with men in general!!
The sub plot of Eloise dealing with the children also seemed to fade out and become less important as the book went on and I was disappointed that more couldn't have been done to wrap things up together nicely at the end.
Despite all the faults, I genuinely did like this book and I think those who are familiar with the Bridgertons will enjoy it as much as I did.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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This is the fifth title in Julia Quinn's series of (hopefully) 8 stories about the Bridgerton siblings. Like many books of this genre, all are fairly cheesy and not entirely historically or culturally accurate! In ‘To Sir Philip, With Love’, Eloise Bridgerton finds her one true love in Sir Philip Crane, and they all live happily ever after. No surprise there, then.
This book, like the others before it, is likely to make you smile. Perhaps even broadly at times. But for me, there was no laughing aloud as in Daphne and Simon's story (‘The Duke and I’) neither were there any seriously engaging feelings of empathy as in Anthony and Kate's book (‘The Viscount who Loved Me’). In those books, the heroines had character (albeit rather similar personalities, but Quinn won my approval by acknowledging that early on in the second book) and the heroes were (typically!) very arrogant and very sexy. To put it bluntly, the personalities in ‘An Offer from a Gentleman’ (Benedict and Sophie) I didn’t find terribly exciting and for most of ‘Romancing Mr Bridgerton’ (Colin and Penelope), I found the story, and particularly the attraction between Colin and Penelope, mostly implausible and not very romantic at all! In each of those two books, and again in this one, I had the distinct sense that Quinn was trying very hard to balance the need to distinguish each character from the next (or the last), with that of maintaining a level of familiarity for the reader with each of the Bridgertons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read.
Julia Quinn writes in a very readable style. It is difficult to put the book down until you reach the end.
Published 6 months ago by Alison10
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Motif
Courtship through letters or emails, is one of my favourite romance motifs. Eloise Bridgerton is the most mysterious of Bridgertons. She surprises the reader at every turn. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zeenat Mahal
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I loved this story in the series. So nice to finally read Eloise's story as I like her very much. I also Love Phillip. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurajojo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book following another of the Bridgerton family. The author and this series never fail to diss appoint. Highly recommended
Published 8 months ago by Karla-elise
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
brilliant series of books, the only problem is i have read them all twice, can't wait for her to write more books
Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love the Bridgertons
Have read and re-read the novels. Cannot get enough of them. They are pure page-turners and put a smile on my face.
Published 14 months ago by Nadine
5.0 out of 5 stars Julia does it again
Yet again unable to put down this book in the Bridgerton Series suspense til the end bring on the next one
Published 15 months ago by Gillybob
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd want to be her
Review taken from my Blog Post (#79) in January 2011, after borrowing the book from the library.

Another sparkling and funny novel from Julia Quinn - I believe Book 5 in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Toodles Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best after the duke and i
After reading The Duke and I fell completely in love only to be a bit disappointed while the next few following books but Julia Quinn went back to why I loved her books with this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ro
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with the product
This purchase was my first online, second hand book and I was pleasantly pleased with its condition. Read more
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