Sir Phillip knew from his correspondence with his dead wife’s distant cousin that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he’d proposed, figuring that she’d be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn’t. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her…
Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking… and wondering… and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except… he wasn’t. Her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered. And he certainly should have mentioned that he had two young – and decidedly unruly – children, as much in need of a mother as Phillip is in need of a wife.
To Sir Phillip, With Love is an amazing installment of the Bridgertons series again!
It deals with serious issues such as depression, suicide, grief, guilt. The characters struggle with real problems, and ambivalent feelings. Ambivalence makes this novel so real, because feelings and relationships are never black or white. The tone of the story mirrors this: it’s light and humorous, but also serious and heartbreaking.
I loved Phillip’s character. He is so lonely. He suffers from the memory of his painful childhood, and suffocates with guilt he feels for his tragic first marriage. He loves his children more than anything, but he is unable to be affectionate with them. He is earnest and reserved, and always does the right thing. But by the side of Eloise he becomes more open and easy-going.
Eloise longs to be married and have her own family. Although she is 28, she is not bitter, and doesn’t settle for anything less than a love marriage. She is vibrant, outspoken, curious, and insistent. I liked her very much.
The chemistry between them is real, the erotic scenes are authentic, and not awkward at all.
My favorite scene is the entrée of the Bridgerton brothers into Phillip’s home.
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