An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn Book Review

An Offer From a Gentleman

by Julia Quinn

Published by Avon

Book 3 in the Bridgerton Series

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?


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An Offer From a Gentleman is the third book in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. It centers around second born son, Benedict Bridgerton, who is suffering the plight of any eligible bachelor at a ball during the ton's season: bloodthirsty mothers and their daughters. It also follows Sophie Beckett, a "blow-by" of an earl, who sneaks into the very same ball - a masquerade - to live a few hours with a taste of the life she should have, if it wasn't for her stepmother. After a magical few hours in the arms of Benedict, she flees before her stepmother realizes she is gone, and without giving her name. Two years later, and Benedict has all but given up searching for the mystery woman who stole his heart, when, by chance, he meets Sophie, a house maid who is down on her luck. But there is something about Sophie that strikes him as familiar ... and she inspires the same feelings that the lady in the silver dress years before ...

That's right, fellow book nerds. It's a Cinderella retelling.

I won't lie. I'm not a fan of fairy tale retellings unless it's done well. The first couple of chapters made me cringe, and I was honestly dreading this book. And if you have read my reviews before, you know I'm not a fan of insta-love either.

Wanna hear something truly weird, though? After a couple of chapters, and we head out of the Cinderella plot more and more, I couldn't stop reading. Another weird thing: the insta-love didn't bother me. In fact, our two protagonists reconnection, and the build-up, made up for the spiritual connection they both felt with one another. I think this is my favorite one so far, actually. It loses points on originality, for sure, but the story as a whole is actually well done, there isn't anything controversial like in the last two books, it has a nice, consistent, fast paced flow, and the characters are likeable.

Sophie's character is wonderfully written, and super likeable, as expected with the whole Cinderella trope. Throughout the book, I understood Benedict's fascination with her. Julia Quinn does a good job writing banter between these two, and showing that both parties are both intelligent and kind. I have absolutely no complaints about either of these characters, which, if you have read my other Bridgerton reviews, is surprising.

Despite it's fairy tale beginning, and end, I truly loved this book! I literally couldn't put it down (which ended with a rather embarrassing moment of walking into a door). I can't wait to start Colin's story next!