In the fifth installment of the Bridgerton series, Eloise Bridgerton, a 28-year-old spinster, has sudden feelings of loneliness as her best friend marries her older brother. Eloise, whose favorite past time is letter writing, has been exchanging letters with her distant cousin, Marina, a widow. After a year has passed the widow, Phillip Crane, sends a letter asking her to come to his estate to decide if they could possibly date. The letter, coming during Eloise's time of loneliness, spurs her to meet Sir Phillip.
When Eloise arrives, she finds that Phillip is a troubled recluse with two twin children and he wants her to care for the household and children. Even though Eloise is angered by the idea, she decides to stick around and see if she really does have a future with Phillip, since the is a magnetic pull between the two of them. However, the decision to marry is taken from both their hands since all four of her brothers show up and discover her with Phillip unchaperoned.
This report prepared by Angel Manners
Avon, Jul 2003, 6.99, 384 pp.
In 1823 Gloucestershire, England, a depressed Marina Crane leaves her bed for the first time in weeks jumping into the nearby icy water. Her botanist husband Phillip rescues her from drowning, but she dies three days later from a fever. Phillip and their seven-year-old twin children feel grief, guilt, and relief.
Phillip receives a letter from Marina's cousin Eloise Bridgerton expressing her sympathy. He writes back thanking her and encloses a pressed flower. They exchange more letters until Phillip invites Eloise to his estate to see if they would suit. Eloise tells no one including Phillip that with no chaperone she goes to visit him.
Eloise introduces herself, but is shocked he has children, as he never mentioned them. She introduces herself to the twins, but they tell her to leave, as they want no guests. The twins confront Eloise who throws down the gauntlet. Eloise explains to Phillip that she wants a husband and liked his letters so she came to see if they will really suit. He admits he wants a mother for his unruly children. As they fall in love, his kids will do everything to drive her away.
The latest Bridgerton Regency romance is a fun yet serious tale due to the antics of the two children seeking attention from their father. Though complex issues involving the lead male's two children are too easily resolved; the latest Bridgerton tale is a fun frolic with much of the family making a strong appearance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner