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To Sir Phillip, With Love: Number 5 in series (Bridgerton Family) Paperback – 2 Nov 2006

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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: 11.9 x 2.6 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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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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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 to 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?

--This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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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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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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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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My initial impression of this book wasn't particularly good. The prologue describes Sir Phillip's wife trying to kill herself and then dying some time later and this seemed like a heavy way to start the novel. Quinn has tended to do that with every book in the series and it's never really bothered me before but this seemed far worse, perhaps because his wife had no joy in her life at all or perhaps because of the children involved. Whatever the reason I didn't enjoy the prologue at all. Fortunately the novel picks up from the first chapter and although this novel does deal with a range of negative emotions surrounding Phillip's wifes death and his family life (or lack of it) there is enough humour and romance to balance that out. I found it to be a very enjoyable book to read, even with the negativity.

I did like the characters in this book but at times I found Phillip to be a bit frustrating. He was just so clueless. Both Eloise and Phillip are easy to empathise with and in particular I liked Eloise. One of the things that I liked about her was that she was a spinster out of choice. I knew that with it being a romance novel she wouldn't remain single and that she would end up marrying (although I would have loved for her to defy convention/society and not marry him) but I liked that she did it on her terms. Once again Quinn has written a heroine who most women can identify with. Her feelings of loneliness and being left behind at the beginning of the book are so like what most people feel at some point in their life. Quinn has a real talent for drawing you into the book by making you empathise with the character. I did find it a bit difficult to read about Phillip's children because they are so mistreated (not by their father).
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