5 of 5 Stars
Miss Sophie Beckett is the illegitimate daughter of the earl of Penwood. Raised in his home, Sophie has a tolerable existence until the earl marries, when her life takes a distinct turn for the worse. Sophie's new stepmother hates her, and when the earl passes away, she relegates Sophie to the role of servant. Sophie's days are pure drudgery, until one night her fellow servants conspire to help her attend a masquerade ball.
Her life changes irrevocably when she meets handsome Benedict Bridgerton and falls head over heels in love. Benedict is equally smitten, but when the clock strikes midnight his beautiful mystery lady runs from him, leaving only her glove in his hand. He searches London for her, but she seems to have vanished. Sophie leaves London, and it isn't until three years later that Benedict and Sophie's paths cross once again, when he saves her from the unwanted attentions of a drunken lord. Sophie recognizes Benedict immediately, but much to her dismay, he doesn't know her in her maid's dress. Soon, however, Benedict falls in love with Sophie all over again. Believing her to be a servant, he cannot conceive of a way to make her his, as she adamantly refuses to become his mistress. Both struggle with their feelings for each other, their unwillingness to compromise their principles, and the seemingly insurmountable wall separating a member of the nobility and a servant. To add to their difficulties, Sophie's vindictive stepmother discovers her presence in London and sets out to make her life even more miserable. It will take the combined force of the large Bridgerton family to help these two stubborn people realize a happy future together.
Wonderful Cinderella story!
They meet at a masquerade ball and it is sweet, romantic, and a little steamy. They dance the night away, but when midnight comes along, she sprints away, her identity never revealed. Benedict searches for the mysterious girl he plans to marry, but ends rescuing a maid - who is drawn to but has no idea it is his mystery lady.
Sophie is spirited and spunky, the Cinderella in this story. She is treated as a servant in by her step-family, but her strong personality makes her so enteratining.
Benedict Bridgerton is a charming, yet a little flawed, hero.
This is an overall FUN book. The dialogue is witty while the main characters fit the line and regency romance setting perfectly. This book actually made me feel, which not many books do and I loved it!
I have read other books by Julia Quinn and I have never been let down. I must say, this is my favorite book of hers and so, I am sharing it with you.
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