Review: An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball—or that “Prince Charming” would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid’s garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

First, let me begin by saving I failed at my New Year’s resolution to write reviews immediately after finishing a book, because somehow I missed this one??? Probably because I was so eh about it in the beginning. All of this to say, details will be fuzzy because I’ve moved on to greater things (*cough Colin’s book cough*)

Look, it’s not Benedict’s fault. Really! It’s that I feel so ehhhh about Cinderella retellings. It’s my least favorite fairy tale, it stresses me TF out, and I find myself not so invested into the love story because I’m distracted by how much I hate the stepmother and I hate the stepsisters and SOMEONE JUST HELP POOR CINDY FOR THE LOVE OF ALL!

End rant.

So, needless to say when I realized this was a Cinderella retelling (I skipped reading the book blurb), I immediately was like “I can’t do this.” But….I had to. Because overall this series is amazing.

The beginning was a struggle, and I honestly debating stopping for a day or two, multiple times. But, alas, there was a redeeming part of this book, and that was Violet Bridgerton.

I cannot help but smile like an idiot every time that woman has a scene, because she is Fictional Mother Goals. In fact, during one of my rants to a friend about this book, I likened her to Molly Weasley. Loveable and fierce.

I heart Violet Bridgerton.

The story itself was good, but not my favorite (shocking, I know). But that’s okay because I’ve already moved on to Colin’s book. Actually, I have an hour left in it. And I’m just going to go ahead and say: It’s my favorite! So, stay tuned for that review!

Until then, GBW.

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