It was love at first sight for Benedict Bridgerton, who was often referred to by society as Number 2, much to his mortification. The mysterious lady in silver took his breath away the moment she arrived at the masquerade his mother (Violet Bridgerton) hosted. They shared an unforgettable evening of teasing, dancing and finally, a passionate kiss but before he could unveil her identity, she had fled away, leaving behind a snowy handkerchief. He was not unable to track her down nor was he able to forget her.
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Sophie Beckett had the moment of her life at the masquerade but she was a fraud. She was a servant since her horrible step mother, Araminta, was in charge of the household following the death of her father, the Earl of Penwood. Desperate to escape the evil clutches of Araminta, she escaped to seek employment elsewhere. She could not believe it but it was Benedict who came to her rescue when young Cavender, her employer, tried to compromise her. She could not stop the sharp pang of sorrow when she discover he did not recognise her but knowing it was for the best, she kept her silence and her forbidden love.
There was something about Sophie that brought out the best in Benedict. Except for the lady in silver, he had never felt himself more drawn to another woman in his life. Accepting the fact that he desired her, he decided to make Sophie his mistress. He would provide well for her and any children resulting from the product of their union but Sophie would have none of it. How could she? She had suffered tremendously throughout her life and she would never want to subject her future children to the same fate. She was after all, a bastard and the gap between her and Benedict seemed too big to cross. He might not even forgive her for her deception if and when he discovered the ugly truth.
The review of this Book prepared by Sharren Khoo
In this Cinderella story type setting, we see Sophia Beckett, the illegitmate daughter of the Earl of Penwood, battle the wicked wife of her father. Araminta, her "stepmother" and her two daughters, come into Sophia's life when she is eight, and is introduced to the world as the Earl of Penwood's ward, until at the age of fourteen, the Earl suddenly has a heart attack and dies. In his will he stipulates that Araminta must care for Sophia till the age of twenty or she will not get a full inheritance. Then the story is fast forwarded to Sophia at twenty-two, working as an unpaid servant for the Dowager Countess of Penwood and her daughters.
In one night of fantasy, the servants conspire to send Sophia to a masquerade ball being held by the Bridgerton family. Sophia can stay until midnight, so the carriage can take her home and be back for the others. During her forbidden evening, she and Benedict Bridgerton meet and fall in love, only it is forbidden because she is lowly and he is aristocracic, so dashes off, leaving him no clue to her identity.
Two years later, Benedict finds himself saving Sophia from the lecherous son of the family she is working for, and promises her a position with his family, not realizing she is his fantasy woman. Sophia decide to keep her past a secret, because she does not want to be a mistress, which she feels would be the only thing such a mismatched love could bring. Benedict and Sophia, find love with each other anyway, despite the circumstances, but it is a troubled avenue due to all the obstacles that fall in their path.
The review of this Book prepared by Angel Manners
This is another installment to the Bridgerton series, this time featuring Benedict, the second Bridgerton brother and Sophie Beckett, the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood.
In the Bridgerton's annual masquerade ball, Benedict Bridgerton, fell in love with a beautiful masked woman who suddenly disappeared in the dark of night.
Benedict searched long and hard to find the masked woman he fell in love with, but on a fateful night, he found Sophie Beckett instead, rescuing her from a life of hardship. Benedict fell hard for Sophie, but his memory of the masked woman still lingers between him and his true love.
The review of this Book prepared by Rina Hall