An Offer From A Gentleman Pdf Book is a Historical Romance novel by Julia Quinn. This is the third book in the popular Bridgerton series.
An Offer From A Gentleman Summary
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?
About Julia Quinn Author of An Offer from A Gentleman Pdf book
Julia Quinn Author of An Offer From A Gentleman Pdf is #1 New York Times bestselling author who loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and and if you watch reruns of the game show The Weakest Link you might just catch her winning the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.
A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into 32 languages, and she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
The Bridgertons, her popular series of historical romance, is currently in production by Shondaland as a Netflix original series starring Julie Andrews, Phoebe Dynevor, and Rége-Jean Page.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Cinderella retelling Bridgerton style
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2022
Born the illegitimate daughter of an Earl, the cards were always stacked against Sophie Beckett. It gets even worse when her father dies, leaving her to the unchecked whims of her angry step-mother. Sophie’s living the life of Cinderella, only instead of a fairy godmother, the fellow servants of the household make her into the mysterious lady in silver for the Bridgerton’s masquerade. Sneaking out and living a life of mystery and wonder is amazing until she falls in love with Benedict Bridgerton, leaving a single glove behind when the clock strikes midnight.
It turns out I was only lying to myself when I said I was going to hold off on reading this until the third season of the show dropped because here I am, all ready to get started on the fourth book. We follow Sophie and Benedict in the usual rotating perspectives that we’ve all come to expect when reading this series. One of the things that I liked about this installment, in particular, is that it’s the Bridgertons edition of Cinderella. I absolutely love Cinderella, so I was all in from the start.
Sophie is such a likable character that it’s hard not to love following her chapters right away. Orphaned and forced to work as an unpaid servant to her step-mother and step-sisters, Sophie has very low expectations for her life. Love? Marriage? Ha! Everything changes when she becomes the lady in silver, giving her a taste of the life she might’ve had if she wasn’t the illegitimate and unclaimed daughter of a dead Earl. If nothing else, Sophie has her wits about her, which is something that can’t be said for everyone…
So far, I’ve liked Benedict much better in the books than in the show, but I will say this book made me look at him differently. While he is seemingly very noble and very much in love with someone he only knew for mere hours once upon a time, the guy does not listen. The amount of times he tries to coerce Sophie into becoming his mistress is rather horrifying. Saying no should’ve been enough, but she also states why she will never be anyone’s mistress, which he blatantly ignores and continues to pester her about it. Granted, they obviously have a fairytale ending just as Cinderella and her prince did, it doesn’t mean I don’t view him a bit differently after this. Noble my foot!
As always, I enjoyed seeing the rest of the Bridgerton family and absolutely love that we got to see more of Eloise. The more I read these books, the more I love Violet and wish there was a prequel following her and her own romance back in the day. I also loved Posy, one of Sophie’s step-sisters, and relished the downfall of Sophie’s step-mother. While I wish it was more than it was, I am happy with how things turned out.
Like the previous two novels, there is a second epilogue included. However, unlike the previous second epilogues, I absolutely loved this one. It almost felt like I was reading the start of another novel rather than having an update of sorts that felt super out of place. I hope that this is a trend that continues with the other second epilogues!
5.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling retelling of Cinderella, Bridgerton-style, 4.5 stars!
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2014
From her earliest childhood memories, Sophie Beckett knew the truth of her parentage, and as a consequence, her place relative to the world of the rarefied English ton — strictly outside the elite ranks of that social whirl. As the bastard daughter of the Earl of Penwood, Sophie knew she rested behind the thinnest veneer of respectability — claimed as the earl’s ward, but with the truth of her parentage write clear on her features, until her tenth year Sophie enjoyed a life that, although lacking the emotional security of family ties that she craved, provided for the physical needs of food, shelter, and education. But everything changed when her father married a widow with two daughters, and Araminta, the new countess, taught Sophie what it meant to be shamed for possessing antecedents well and truly out of her control. For four years, the girl was further ostracized, hated by the woman she’d hoped to look on as a mother and ridiculed by her daughters Rosamund and Posy. With the earl’s sudden passing, Sophie found herself unacknowledged and penniless, thrust into a life of servitude, at the mercy of Araminta’s every whim. Six years pass, and her dreams worn thin under the grinding heel of Araminta’s shoe, when invitations to the famed Bridgerton masquerade ball arrive, Sophie seizes the chance to, for just one night, be something more than a scorned illegitimate daughter — to be just her, a woman reborn, a world of possibilities at her feet. It was just one night — and one night couldn’t possibly cause any harm. But sneaking into the masquerade, arrayed in a dazzling silver gown, Sophie underestimated the power of one night to transform her life forever, for she never counted on meeting Benedict Bridgerton…
Benedict, the tall, lanky, impossibly handsome second Bridgerton, is heartily sick of society in general and his mother Violet’s matchmaking schemes in particular. But when he spies a mysterious woman in silver at his mother’s masquerade, he knows his life has changed forever — for this woman, known to him only by her winsome smile and electrifying presence, this woman, over the course of one brief encounter, captures his heart forever. When she flees the ball, leaving only a monogrammed glove as a clue to her identity, he’s devastated, and spends months searching for her among the ton, to no avail. And as the months become years, he becomes convinced his once chance at a love match to rival his parents’ has passed — sure, that is, until he rescues housemaid Sophie Beckett from the unwelcome advances of her employer at a country party. But Sophie is a servant, a wholly unsuitable match for the younger brother of a viscount…isn’t she? Be that as it may, she’s the only woman to make his heart sing since the long-ago masquerade, and so he proposes an audacious scheme — Sophie will become his mistress. However, Benedict never reckoned on Sophie’s horror of inflicting her illegitimacy on a possible child, or the secrets she’s been holding dear. When the truth is finally revealed, will true love conquer all, or will social conventions shatter the promise of a love that flowered one magical night, when a masquerade gave an unlikely pair the courage to reveal their hearts?
The more I read Julia Quinn, the more I become convinced that this woman can do no wrong. The Bridgertons have quickly become one of my all-time favorite fictional families, and with this third installment, Quinn blends her trademark warmth, wit, and humor with a fairy tale retelling that is at once both literal and wholly new. The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me, which showcased the love stories of Benedict’s sister Daphne and brother Anthony, respectively, are essential fairy tales in and of themselves — delightfully romantic, humorous, heartfelt confections that establish Quinn as a gold standard in romance. But with An Offer From a Gentleman, Quinn takes the conceit one step further, weaving the tropes of the Cinderella story — the evil stepmother and stepsisters, shoes, a ball, secret identities — into the Bridgerton world and making the classic tale her own.
Lest her retelling become too literal, Quinn introduces Sophie and Benedict, sparks fly — and then circumstances conspire to keep the would-be lovers apart for two years. And this time jump is one of the things that impressed me the most about this retelling of Cinderella, revealing Quinn’s determination to thoroughly test the fairy tale trope of love at first sight to the max. Both Sophie and Benedict construct ideals, fantasies that arguably see the best potential in each other but just as arguably fall short of reality. For Sophie’s determination to keep her secret, reveals the great irony of the title — Benedict’s offer to make Sophie the maid his mistress means that in perhaps the most important respect — respect of Sophie as an individual, regardless of social station — that he is no gentleman. His pressure to get Sophie to acquiesce to his plan is inexcusable and short-sighted, but it’s a testament to Quinn’s characterization and plotting that he still emerges as a hero worthy of keeping company with Simon and Anthony. This Bridgerton, of the charmed life, loving family, and hidden artistic bent, is desperate to be known and loved as an individual, yet is just as susceptible to the social pressure to marry well until he realizes that in Sophie he has a woman who’d love him if he were a pauper — and how, therefore, could he do any less in return?
Perhaps it is the comfort of familiarity, but with each successive installment that I read of Quinn’s Bridgerton series I fall more and more in love with this delightfully quirky, passionate, close-knit family. Even more than the previous two installments, this novel showcases their legendary family bond, and gives their matriarch Violet a chance to shine, far beyond merely urging each of her children in turn towards matrimony. It could be tempting, with Quinn’s breezy writing style and irrepressible sense of humor, to gloss over the weightier themes of family and belonging, of seeing, being seen, and being truly accepted as one is, that she explores within the pages of Benedict and Sophie’s story, but that is what makes her books such gems. She blends the heady flush of new romance with a refreshingly honest look at what it takes to make a relationship last beyond the thrill of discovery and the first rush of passion. An Offer From a Gentleman is romantic escapism at its finest, yes — but escapism laced with thought-provoking nuggets shedding light on identity, self-worth, and the respect of one another required to make a relationship work that once again elevates Quinn’s storytelling from the realms of the ordinary to the extraordinary.
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Benedict’s Behavior Is So Disappointing
I didn’t like this one nearly as much as I liked the first two books. Benedict really disappointed me with his forceful insistence that Sophie be his mistress. This after such a magical first encounter! I mean, I knew it was going to take some time for true identities to be revealed. But his behavior was reprehensible no matter who he thought she was. Kind of a misfire on the intended Cinderella thing.
And yet I was still engrossed and zipped through it in one afternoon, looking for the redemption in Benedict that does eventually come. And it was fun seeing the other couples pop in. I still look forward to more from this family.
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