Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Series: The Bridgertons #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Dates Read: August 11, 2018 – February 6, 2019
Synopsis: Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.
Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone’s preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.
But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!
And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending?
While it did take me forever to read this novel, I’m actually glad it took so long. It wasn’t the right time for me to read it when I started it, but I did finish it at the right time.
This is a classic use of the best-friend’s-brother trope. From the beginning, Penelope and Colin had known each other for so long that they had an added layer of depth that just can’t be present in other kinds of stories. Their relationship is very sweet, and they help each other grow as individuals, which is just the best.
Surprisingly, though, the story went beyond that. Penelope and Colin are married about three-quarters of the way through, and that’s because there’s a bigger matter to resolve: the mystery of Lady Whistledown’s identity. I don’t think I’ve encountered anything quite like the Lady Whistledown phenomenon in any other series, so it’s a fun little extra bit to enjoy.
I usually find myself smiling while reading a Julia Quinn novel, but I even found myself crying happy tears at the end of this one.
- But when Penelope was in the company of someone with whom she felt
comfortable—and Colin realized that he was probably privileged to count himself among that number—she had a dry wit, a sly smile, and evidence of a very intelligent mind, indeed. (39)
- He made her more confident, more daring. He made her more . . . herself. Or at least the herself she wished she could be. (53)
- When people were convinced they had problems, the last thing they wanted to hear was a simple, straightforward solution. (100)
- Isn’t it nice to discover that we’re not exactly what we thought we were? (110)
- There are moments in a woman’s life when her heart flips in her chest, when the world suddenly seems uncommonly pink and perfect, when a symphony can be heard in the tinkle of a doorbell. (121)
- There are moments in a woman’s life when her heart flips in her chest, when the world suddenly seems uncommonly pink and perfect, when a symphony can be heard in the tinkle of a doorbell. (144)
- Did it matter what a man wrote if no one ever read it? Did words have meaning if they were never heard? (306)
- He smiled, and suddenly she knew that his words were true. Everything would be all right. Maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but soon. Tragedy couldn’t coexist in a world with one of Colin’s smiles. (339)