Thursday, 27 January 2011
#79 (#15) - To Sir Phillip with Love ~ Julia Quinn
Another sparkling and funny novel from Julia Quinn - I believe Book 5 in the Bridgerton Series).
The most appealing part of her work I have read so far is the unusual use of list, little bits and pieces of love letters etc. that she uses throughout. The pace is also generally quick, and more importantly, quick witted.
Following the death of his wife, Sir Phillip Crane enters into a correspondence with her distant cousin, Eloise Bridgerton a spinster the wrong end of 20.
He needs a wife to manage his household, but even more than that somebody to manage his very out of control eight year old twins. From the letters Eloise seems the kind of unassuming and homely girl that would fit the ticket exactly. After a year of correspondence he recommends that she come for a visit and see if they would suit in marriage. She need only let him know and he would arrange a suitable companion.
Obviously, Eloise couldn't marry a man she had never met, so she organised herself the hire of a carriage and hied off during a family ball. She thought she'd left a note for her Mother on the hall table .... she forgot to advise Sir Phillip she was coming!
Therefore he was a more than a little put out on her arrival ..... and proved moody and ill-mannered - the twins proved unruly and very much in need of a mother.
How can all this conclude happily? I hear you thinking ..... well you will just have to read it too ........ but definitely won't be disappointed along the way. A 4.5 ***** Star read - I just need to score some more of the Bridgerton Series (not sure if they are all in print though).