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An Offer From A Gentleman: Number 3 in series (Bridgerton Family) Paperback – 25 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (25 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749936592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749936594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miss Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood in Julia Quinn's An Offer from a Gentleman. Raised in his home, Sophie has a tolerable existence until the Earl marries and her life takes a distinct turn for the worse. Sophie's new stepmother hates her, and when the Earl passes away, she relegates Sophie to the role of servant. Sophie's days are pure drudgery until one night when her fellow servants conspire to help her attend a masquerade ball.

Her life changes irrevocably when she meets handsome Benedict Bridgerton and falls head-over-heels in love. Benedict is equally smitten but when the clock strikes 12, his beautiful mystery lady runs from him leaving only her glove in his hand. He searches London for her but she seems to have vanished. What Benedict doesn't know is that Sophie's stepmother has discovered her outing and thrown Sophie out of their London townhouse. Sophie leaves London and it isn't until three years later that Benedict and Sophie's paths cross once again when he saves her from the unwanted attentions of a drunken lord. Sophie recognises Benedict immediately but much to her dismay, he doesn't know her in her maid's dress. Soon, however, Benedict falls in love with Sophie all over again. Both struggle with their feelings for each other, their unwillingness to compromise their principles and the seemingly insurmountable wall separating a member of the nobility and a servant. To add to their difficulties, Sophie's vindictive stepmother discovers her presence in London and sets out to make her life even more miserable...

Quinn brings a fresh approach to this charming retelling of the Cinderella story enhancing the tale with a strong Regency setting and the warm trappings of Benedict Bridgerton's large family. Quinn has a reputation for witty dialogue and endearing characters and she delivers both in this delightful novel.--Lois Faye Dyer, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Miss Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood in Julia Quinn's An Offer from a Gentleman. Raised in his home, Sophie has a tolerable existence until the Earl marries and her life takes a distinct turn for the worse. Sophie's new stepmother hates her, and when the Earl passes away, she relegates Sophie to the role of servant. Sophie's days are pure drudgery until one night when her fellow servants conspire to help her attend a masquerade ball. (Her life changes irrevocably when she meets handsome Benedict Bridgerton and falls head-over-heels in love. Benedict is equally smitten but when the clock strikes 12, his beautiful mystery lady runs from him leaving only her glove in his hand. He searches)

Quinn brings a fresh approach to this charming retelling of the Cinderella story enhancing the tale with a strong Regency setting and the warm trappings of Benedict Bridgerton's large family. Quinn has a reputation for witty dialogue and endearing charact (Faye Dyer, Amazon.com)

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What can I say Julia Quinn has done it again. I confess I love reading about the Bridgerton brothers, and in her previous book "The Viscount Who Loved Me" Benedict was VERY appealing! He is the sort of man we all dream about, a bit of a rogue, a charmer and not to mention very attractive! If only men like this existed in real life! I hate reviews that tell you nothing about the story so here is the basics. Sophie Beckett is the daughter of an earl but as she was born out of marriage her stepmother hated her and made her into a servant in her house after Sophies father died. One night Sophie breaks free and goes to a ball, where you've guessed it, she meets Benedict and they both fall in love. She runs away at midnight and her stepmother throws her out of the house when she discovers what she has done. Then she takes on a position of house maid where eventually she meets Benedict again after a few years. The rest I will not reveal as it will spoil the story. Enjoyable.
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I started this book in the bath Sunday morning and stayed in there until the water had gone cold Sunday afternoon reading it. This is a non-putter down, without a doubt, we meet the Bridgertons again and this time the story is focused on Benedict Bridgerton and Sophie Beckett, Sophie is of course our Cinderella, with Benidict being prince Charming and Araminta the wicked stepmother. Also adding to the plot are the ugly sisters, Sophies stepsisters, and the regal Lady Bridgerton. This is a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl, boy loves girl kind of story. You really begin to feel like you are in the middle of the story. If you read the previous Bridgerton books you'll be glad to know that they all pop up again here. And of course there is Lady Whistledown, I think I have figured out who she is and this books helps you take her one step further. Please read this book, fall in love with the characters, once you read one Juila Quinn there is no going back!
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"[Love] isn't like some thunderbolt from the sky, instantly transforming you into a different man. I know Benedict says it was that way for him, and that's just lovely, but you know, Benedict is *not* normal."
- one of Benedict's sisters, years later in ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON
A thumbnail sketch of the opening of this story is simple enough: Cinderella with a few twists, before veering off in a different direction. :) This is a love-at-first-sight story with some general similarities to Quinn's earlier novel of that type, EVERYTHING AND THE MOON, but with less initial bitterness between the leads. After the romantic leads first meeting, they're separated for a few years by circumstances, during which the lady has to earn her living as a servant. And when they meet again, the differences in their respective status prompts the gentleman to make an offer of something other than marriage (though here he doesn't recognize the lady from their earlier encounter).
"Cinderella" herself is Sophie Beckett, illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood, brought up on his country estate as his "ward". Her stepfamily occupies the "evil" role because her stepmother wasn't pleased that her new husband demanded that Sophie continue in the "ward" role and be educated accordingly, alongside his stepdaughters. Naturally, upon the Earl's death, the countess had a great deal of resentment stored up. Although the earl's will was written to protect Sophie as far as possible (by making most of her stepmother's allowance depend on looking after Sophie until her twentieth birthday), the earl neglected to install safeguards about *how well* his widow had to care for the girl (e.g. vigilant trustees).
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My first JQ book which I found thoroughly enjoyable. So much so, I bought the whole of the Bridgerton series and then all of her others!! I suppose I should have started from the first, The Duke and I, but the joy of Julias books is that you can select them randomly and not get confused with the plots. This one tells of Sophie, at the mercy of her hateful stepmother who is in the process of forbidding her to enter into polite society. A common theme but if you have a good author then it doesnt matter, its the way they tell them, so to speak! She is smuggled into the masquerade ball by the kindly housekeeper and, yes after encountering her Prince Charming, she flees at midnight leaving only her little glove behind with a very smitten aristocrat. It is a sweet love story, charmingly written introducing the reader to the Bridgerton family and the deliciously naughty Lady Whistledown (who should have a novel all to herself!) Highly recommended, as all Quinns books are.
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So Benedict is a Bridgerton. You can't really fault him, but this is one of my not-so-favourite ones. Bridgertons are above reproach so when they do things that lesser mortals do, it leaves me a bit...disappointed. His offer to Sophie and his love for her war within him, as much as his choices or lack thereof do within the reader, the loyal Bridgerton reader--till the very end. Benedict's story is one of yearning and denial. We feel his heartache throughout. It's very well-told, I mean it's Julia Quinn for heaven's sake, but there's something missing and I think it's the Bridgerton-ness. By it's very nature, the story had to be as separated from the rest of the clan as possible. There are Cinderella elements there and I'm not sure whether they help or detract from the story.

I'd read it because it's Julia Quinn and the Bridgertons.
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