Unfortunately, the Bridgerton sisters' stories aren't as enjoyable as the brothers', in my opinion. This one was decent but definitely on the bottom of my Bridgerton favorites list.
I thought this made for a decently romantic read. I enjoyed the "snippets" of Eloise's letters at the beginning of each chapter and I, like many other readers, thought the "rescue" scene was one of the best. I also enjoyed the way the children were used...their scenes with Eloise and their father were very natural and realistic. However, if anything, I would suggest you read the book for the romantic gesture Sir Phillip made towards Eloise at the ending of the book (hint: letter trail). I actually clutched the book to my chest and sighed. *laugh Maybe I'm just a romantic at heart but I thought it was so sweeeet. *smile A fairly enjoyable read.
What a delightful read this is. Julia Quinn is a new author to me, but this certainly makes me want to read more.
Sir Philip corresponds with a 28 year-old spinster, thinking she would be grateful to be asked to marry him and to be a mother to his eight-year-old twins who are a definite hand-full. When Eloise arrives, she not only discovers that there is no chaperone, but that he has children whom he hadn't mentioned. Then her four brothers get into the act, and it gets even more interesting!
Loved, loved, loved this book. I am definitely having a hard time letting this one go. So sweet and warm and of course lusty. hee hee
This story starts at the end of the last book but you really don't need it to pick up the story. I found this story delightful-- The heroine knew how to handle things and kids. What she didn't know was how to handle romance. good story.
This is one of my favorite books. Enough so that I can't post it.
Eloise shines as a direct, take control woman. Her romance is just so fulfilling.
I read two other books from the series which I liked, but this one actually disturbed me. Phillip clearly has problems based on his childhood, his late wife, and his interaction with his kids. However, there seemed to no real move to have him get over them. It seemed Eloise was supposed to come in and change her life for him. While I didn't like the book, I wasn't really disturbed until the end. I won't give too much away, but the interaction between Eloise and Phillip while in front of the painting seemed to illustrate his serious mental problems and her willingness to enable him. I know, I know, I'm reading too much into the story. I'll just finish with that it wasn't the story line that was off, I just did not like Phillip.
Julia Quinn's writing style is capable if unremarkable, and as mentioned in another review, reminds me of Joanna Lindsey.
This is a cute story, another tale of the Bridgertons; Eloise.
A correspondence begins innocently enough between Eloise and her cousin's Widower, Sir Phillip, until a final note arrives containing an interest in an offer of marriage. Considering they've never met...Eloise decides to visit him to see if they'll suit - and finds out that his two devilish children have run off every governess, let alone any prospective wives. Eloise grew up with many brothers and sisters of course, so she knows just how to fight dirty.
The only thing I don't like about this sort of novel is the "force the dishonored female to marry the man she was caught alone with will she or nil she" sort of high-handedness. For some reason, Quinn seems particularly fond of that sort of thing (using it in several novels, including this one), and it shows a lack in her writing that she can't think of another resolution than that old hackneyed romance cliche. Shotgun weddings are so passe!
I am not an expert in romance novels, in fact I only read a few authors.
A modern Jane Austen she is not.
A lot of the terms she uses seem to come from the
"1811 dictionary of the vulgar tongue" more than what one would expect of the gentry.
However Julia Quinn stories are quite pleasant,the dialogs are witty,there is some humor, heroine and heroes are interesting (even if a bit too modern for the time),and the other characters in these novels actually have enough personality to make you want to keep following.
I enjoyed "the Bridgertons"-To Sir Phillip, With Love, being my favorite of the series- and "Lady Whistledown".
I find the sexual scenes repetitive,and similar in most books, but i guess there is only enough you can describe without becoming erotica,they get quite boring so i usually skip them.
This is book #5 in the Bridgerton Series. I love the stories and how characters keep interacting through the stories. Julia Quinn is a very entertaining author and I really like her stories of love.
Very entertaining addition to the Bridgerton series. Eloise Bridgerton doesn't want to be a spinster, so leaves her family in the middle of the night to meet a gentleman she has been corresponding with for over a year.
Julia Quinn always delivers. I really liked this book.
Another wonderful book by Julia Quinn. It is like the other four books in this series and it keeps you from wanting to put it down. Each and every one of Julia Quinn's books is just the top of my list to read. LaVerne K.
Loved it!! The Bridgerton series is the best!!!! Book # 5 in the series.
This is my favorite of the series so far, just a little ahead of The Viscount Who Loved Me. I think it was the shyness and uncertainty of Sir Phillip more than the endearment of Eloise that made it such a wonderful book. It also helped understand some mysteries from the previous book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I just started When He Was Wicked and if it's even half as great as To Sir Phillip, With Love, I'll still have enjoyed a great book by an amazing author.
Quinn did it again, I love her mind!
Bridgerton series, Eloise's story...excellent
Eloise Bridgerton thought that she would always be a spinster until she met Sir Phillip Crane.
Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spoinster, 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.
ELoise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she'd never met! But 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 gentlement 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 is one of my favorite books of the Bridgerton series. You just love the characters in this one.
I love all of Julia Quinn's stories. Part of her Bridgerton series; Eloise's story.
After a year of secret correspondence, Eloise Bridgerton traveled halfway across England to meet Sir Phillip Crane, the man she hoped would be her perfect match.
But she can't help but wonder... could this imperfect man be perfect for her?
*taken from Julia Quinn's website
This book was good read. The female character is just so charming with so much wit.
Another excellent book in the "Bridgerton" series.
This is Eloise Bridgerton's story.
One of a series of 8 books about 8 siblings. I enjoyed this series.
Series of 8. Enjoyed the series.
Great book -- I love all of Julia Quinn's and especially the Bridgerton series. :)
Excellent. All the books about the Bridgertons are so good.
Wonderful story. I really enjoyed it.
This is Eloise Bridgerton's story. Another good book.
Wonderful heroine, absolutely rooted for these two characters to come together, part of a wonderful series
quick read romance for a cold winter night.
The whole Bridgerton series is addicting!
~ A GREAT ROMANCE WITH TWO VERY DIFFERENT LEADING CHARACTERS, BOTH VIVIDLY WRITTEN AND COMPLEX (+ PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER) (4 stars) ~
[May 1824, Gloucestershire] TO SIR PHILLIP, WITH LOVE is Julia Quinn's fifth Bridgerton book and one of the only ones (besides for WHEN HE WAS WICKED) in the series that I had not yet read. It was a complete delight and after being disappointed (sometimes *severely*) in all of the post-Bridgerton books I have read by Quinn, it was great to once again read something by her that was utterly enjoyable and left me with a silly, cheerful smile on my face. All of the Bridgerton brothers show up and make enough of an appearance to inspire several laugh-out-loud moments - it reminded me why I've always loved this family so much and makes me want to reread the entire series starting at the beginning with THE DUKE AND I.
Instead of a mystery or villain subplot, Quinn usually tries to have some serious overtone or issue that one of the characters has to deal with and although in some of her books this has felt forced to me, I think that she does a very good job of that here. Phillip's sadness and loneliness is almost palpable; he's a very complex and three-dimensional character and is written in such a way that the reader truly understands and sympathizes with his problems and almost feels his emotions along with him - his sense of being lost while not even really realizing it, not knowing what to do or how to find his way, whether it's to feeling happiness again or to bridge the gap in his relationship with his children - we feel all of this and just long for him to finally be at peace and have joy in his and the twins' life.
OUR HERO, Sir Phillip Crane:
Phillip (30) was a different hero than we usually see in this genre - not the womanizing rake bad-boy who needs to be reformed, yet also not the imperious autocratic high-ranking nobleman who rules over a huge domain with an iron fist. He's a quiet man, interested in botany, can have quite a temper, is extremely passionate though he has a strong hold on those feelings (result of his unhappy marriage - see below), very lonely, big and rugged and handsome, honorable and responsible, and although he's a confident man and very secure in who he is, there is also a degree of shyness and a great vulnerability to him that is absolutely 100% endearing.
He had an extremely difficult childhood, with a mother who died at birth and a father who beat him and basically made him feel inadequate in almost every way. This was followed by an extremely difficult marriage: Marina, his wife, suffered from what we would now call depression and in the book they call "melancholy." She existed in a state of perpetual sadness and despair and after giving birth to the twins, Amanda and Oliver, at the beginning of the marriage, she spent the rest of their eight years of wedded non-bliss hardly existing. The story takes place a little over a year after her death - she tried to kill herself in their lake and though Phillip was in time to save her from drowning, she caught a fever as a result and ended up dying three days later.
PHILLIP AND THE CHILDREN, Amanda and Oliver:
Phillip's relationship with his children was really difficult to read and at first you're just cringing at every interaction between them, wanting to jump in and shake some sense into him. He is so scared of being like his father, especially since he knows he has a temper and is a big man easily capable of hurting someone, that he basically avoids them as much as possible, figuring a laissez-faire attitude is better than involving himself and failing them in some way. Since their mother's death, Amanda and Oliver have been increasingly misbehaving - though from what is written Marina never really paid them that much attention while alive - because all they really want is Phillip's attention. However, he feels completely inadequate as a father, doesn't know how to raise them or treat them, and is frustrated by their constant acting out and his inability to control them ... and so continues to avoid them, telling himself that he's doing them a favor.
I read in one Amazon review that the person felt his change in behavior towards them was too quickly done and had no noticeable trigger, however I heartily disagree with this. I think that the change in Phillip's attitude towards his children is completely believable and actually very sensitively written; we know from the beginning that he deeply loves them and that his avoidance and seeming ineptitude stems more from feelings of uncertainty and inadequacy than any neglect or disinterest. Also, it's not like there's a complete 180-degree turn by the end of the book: things start to change in their relationship when Phillip realizes that his lack of involvement is only hurting them, not helping. By the end of the book we know that things are going to turn out absolutely fine and are left with the glimpse of a completely new chapter in Phillip's relationship with Amanda and Oliver and the certain promise of the total 180.
OUR HEROINE, Miss Eloise Bridgerton:
Eloise is a priceless heroine - she's straight-forward, honest, extremely talkative, caring, friendly, loving, and generous. Her impulsiveness is very endearing, but it is tempered by her maturity and a strong sense of self. She's 28, so older than most heroines we encounter, but I think that her age is perfect for this story because her character is still very youthful, while she is mature and old enough to reasonably be the step-mother of eight-year-old twins and it's believable that they are able to see her and respond to her as a mother figure (it annoys me when we have the heroine whose hero has kids that are only 10 or 15 years younger than her).
She's really the perfect heroine for Phillip, because where he's reserved, moody, and taciturn, she is just a lively, cheerful ball of optimism - though not in an annoyingly Pollyanna way that makes you want to yank her out Neverland and douse her in ice cold water (... or would that just be me? LOL). Eloise is so different from Marina and we feel like Phillip finally gets a chance at the happiness and joy that he so deserves and needs in his life, after having been so miserable in his first marriage - not only because of the situation, but because he tried so hard to change it and to make his wife happy when obviously nothing could be done and the situation never improved, but in fact only got worse.
I do have to say that I think their relationship's obstacle-climax-resolution happened a little too late in the book to be fully developed and so I felt like the problem came up (what are their feelings for each other? what will they make of their marriage - was one of necessity / being compromised? what does each need from the other to be satisfied - i.e. more than just passion?) and the settling and hashing it out felt rushed and left me dazed a little. I completely believed what they say when they talk about / realize their love for each other, why, and what parts of each of them compliments and is needed by the other, however I felt like a little chunk of the story was missing between the declaration of the problem / fight over it and the discussion in which they resolve it all.
Definitely read; great book and another wonderful story about one of the Bridgerton family members! Whether you're working your way through the whole series or just want to pick up a great historical romance, TO SIR PHILLIP, WITH LOVE does not disappoint.
(1) MY WICKED FANTASY by Karen Ranney - 4 stars
Sir Phillip was married to Marina for eight years; Marina remained depressed throughout their marriage. They had a pair of twins and then Marina became more depressed. After Marina died, Eloise Bridgerton, a distant cousin of Phillip's wife, sent him a condolence letter. That began a year-long correspondence between the two. Finally, Phillip wrote asking Eloise to visit him to see if they would suit in marriage.
Eloise runs away from a family party and takes a carriage to Phillip's home, some great distance away. When she got there, Eloise found out that Phillip had two children, which he had not mentioned in his letters. Although she was a member of the ton, she did not comment or leave his home when Eloise did not find a chaperone there. She had to know that she was breaking the rules.
The best time in the book came when Eloise's four brothers came to find out what she was up to and take her home. The comedy was delightful.
Phillip was a disappointment; I can understand his problems. He seemed powerless to help Marina and the twins became hellions because of his inattention. However, Phillip always took the easy way out; he rushed out to work in his botany pursuits in the greenhouse instead of trying to deal with his children.
I haven't read any of the other Bridgerton books and doubt I will try them, although I have read other reviews that the older brothers' stories were better than this book.
1. The Duke and I (2000)
2. The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000)
3. An Offer from a Gentleman (2001)
4. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton (2002)
** 5. To Sir Phillip, With Love (2003)
6. When He Was Wicked (2004)
7. It's in His Kiss (2005)
8. On the Way to the Wedding (2006)
Happily Ever After (2013)
Even though this is not my favorite type of romance, I enjoy the Bridgerton family stories. Julia Q also writes great historical westerns.
(and I am very picky about those).
Loved the family and had to read the whole series, very fun!
Very sweet addition to the series~!
Great book! A must read for romance lovers.
I've read several of Julia Quinn's books and really enjoyed them!
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 herand more.
Did he think she was mad? 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. Excepthe 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 smiledand when he kissed herthe rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wondercould this imperfect man be perfect for her?
Sir Philip 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 desparate for an offer of marriage. Except...she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped 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 Philip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totallyu 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?........