5.0 out of 5 stars funny wonderful
i must say i really enjoyed this book right from the beginning and it is a great read. Penolope and Colin are such a fine match. Colin is so charming and Penelope may act a bit shy in the first place but she turned as witty as any woman who doesn't make their debut in society much. All in all this book is great and I highly reccomend it to anyone who haven't got one of...
Published on July 9 2004
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Eversince the Duke and I, I've become an avid fan of Julia Quinn. I've read almost all of her books and all are not only romantic but full of laughs as well. She is definitely witty and knows how to weave magical stories. However....
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is the 4th installment of Julia Quinn's-The Bridgerton series. This may be my least favorite out of the four...
Published on April 1 2003 by Abbys
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny wonderful,
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This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)i must say i really enjoyed this book right from the beginning and it is a great read. Penolope and Colin are such a fine match. Colin is so charming and Penelope may act a bit shy in the first place but she turned as witty as any woman who doesn't make their debut in society much. All in all this book is great and I highly reccomend it to anyone who haven't got one of the taste from quinn's best book.
5.0 out of 5 stars To Colin, the coolest Bridgerton brother,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)Perhaps Penelope Featherington is the ancestor of the loser-heroine who finally got the best of the bunch! Sure, Anthony and Benedict Bridgerton are both handsome, charismatic, rich and gorgeous but the best of the Bridgerton men is Colin. Why? He has a very good sense of humor, totally cool and totally clueless that his one match in all the world is just the one person he never thought he would want to marry: his sister's best friend Penelope Featherington. Penelope started out as an awkward teenager who is used to being a wallflower, who is usually rescued by the Bridgerton brothers from embarrassment in all the balls, and who secretly loves Colin Bridgerton.
Colin might be clueless in how Penelope felt about him and how he felt for her but his feelings developed in a realistic way. He came to appreciate Penelope not only for her looks but also for her intellect, her wit, her personality --now how many men in this lifetime still has this trait? "Romancing Mr. Bridgerton" is a must read for people who still believe that love is not only skin deep.
5.0 out of 5 stars great regency romance,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)Colin Bridgerton is without a doubt, THE most charming man in all of London. With one look at his devilish grin or his beautiful green eyes, the women fall at his feet. And with his glib mouth, he can get out of almost anything. Until one day, speaking out of frustration, he claims that he will never marry Penelope Featherington, in PUBLIC! What's even worse is that Penelope heard!
Now years later, after having travelled extensively throughout Europe, the irresistable Mr. Bridgerton is back in London for the season, at the age of 33, while Penelope has become a spinster at the 28.
But somehow, things aren't the same. When Colin looks at Penelope, he's struck by how big her eyes are and what a dreamy shade of brown they appear to be and how voluptous her body is. Not to mention how intelligent and funny and witty and kind she is. All in all, he's coming to realize what an amazing woman she truly is...
Penelope, on the other hand, has known how amazing Colin was since 2 days before her 16th birthday. And she is surprised that he would even express such interest in her, let alone ask for her hand in marriage! But Colin knows that Penelope is the woman for him, had been the woman all those years when he had failed to give her a second glance and only danced with her out of pity. And now he's determined to make up all those years of blindness.
The mysterious identity of Lady Whistledown is revealed here, even though I think that any avid reader of the Bridgerton series would have figured it out by the second book.
It's a pleasure to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!,
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This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)Great story. never did found one in a bookstore in my country, had to rent it for a few bucks but worth every cent. took me the whole night to finish it and i just had to read it again until six in the morning. i got eye bags but it's really worth it. Colin and Penelope make quite a sweet couple. i always thought they were ment for each other after reading "An Offer from a Gentleman"
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing!,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)This is my second Julia Quinn book, and my obssession to her writing is growing immensely. In this novel, she specifically writes as if you're watching a movie instead of reading a book. The "movie description" is not meant for the plot but for the dialogues themselves. Sometimes it's annoying and tiresome when writers explain everything, detail by detail, as if you're too stupid to figure things out for urself. That's what I like about Quinn; she's not worried if her readers might misunderstand some context on her writings. "Romancing Mister Bridgerton" is not the best in the series(I'm assuming for this is just my second quinn, as metioned b4) but it was fun to read. When I read a second novel from the same author, I usually expect repetitions or patterns on the plots. I was surprised and pleased that it is not so in Quinn's case. In this novel, she writes about the kind of love that "starts with a smile, a word a teasing glance" instead of the "thunderbolt-from-the-sky" type on "An Offer from a Gentleman." I find myself engrossed on every chapters and (shockingly) on the emotional scenes(I used to have a neutral facade when trying to read those kind of scenes on romance novels because they're so predictable), but Quinn had changed that. She also doesn't end the novel with a make-up chapter or a marriage. Here, she poured a part of herself that is a writer. Colin and Penelope had learned that each of them has a talent for writing. It made me think of the author herself, as I read the part where they are discussing one's joy when he/she find the exact words for their feelings or descriptions for their surroundings. Of course after good things, there's always a bad thing, even a small one. To be fair and not be called biased, I have to say that the story is a little bit slow in the beggining. Some of the should-be-witty comments turned out not to be witty at all. All in all, the strong points will definitely beat these weaknesses. It should be obvious by now that I absolutely recommend this book to everybody. Pls dont judge the cover by the cheap harlequin type picture on the 1st page. I almost didnt read it bcoz of that. I hope the publishers will give Ms. Quinn's talent a little bit more credit. But I think, Quinn, being the writer, is a 100% aware of the cover so I might as well direct my plea to her.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bridgerton book...,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)Ahh, Penelope and her beloved Colin. Everyone knew, of course, after seeing them in An Offer From a Gentleman, that these two were destined for each other. And the story of how they come together is simply the sweetest, most heartwarming romance I've read in a long time.
Penelope was pushed into society at a very early and awkward age, looking ill-favored in the hideous gowns her mother picked out for her. After the first few years of baby fat and clothes that made her look like an "over-ripe citrus fruit", she's a bit scarred by the ton's callous treatment of her, yet she never loses her wry humor over the silliness of it all. After a time, she becomes a certifiable spinster, and, left to her own devices, she remains a wallflower still, but a rather more elegant and dignified wallflower nonetheless.
All this time, Colin has been abroad, looking for adventure and a purpose in life but not truly finding it. The story kicks up when he returns to London from a trip to Cyprus, and things start happening that make him realize that what he's been seeking was right under his nose the whole time. Our favorite wallflower (that's Penelope) first begins to see herself differently when Lady Danbury prompts a little bit of self-confidence into her. Then Penelope discovers Colin's journal. Then comes speculation over Lady Whistledown's identity. As Colin and Penelope are thrown together over these situations, he discovers that she, of all people, understands him and his desire for a purpose in life. Soon, her opinions come to matter more and more to him, and he begins to want more than the casual friendship they've had since, like, forever. As for Penelope, the discovery of previously unseen aspects of Colin's character changes her love from an ideal into something more profound and real.
The depiction of Colin's growing love for Penelope is believable and well-paced. Of course, they have a few problems and insecurities to work out before happily ever after, but it's just so sigh-inducingly romantic to see how fiercely Colin protects Penelope from hurt, even at the beginning. And the catty Cressida Twombley's comeuppance was delightful.
In RMB, the Whistledown plot is fun, and the interaction between the Bridgertons is always charming (Hyacinth and "gluuuuuee.") but the real gem is the sweet story of how two people learn to look beyond surfaces to find a deep, mature love. The one quibble I have with the book is the pacing of the external conflict when they're interacting with society: it's not always consistent and smooth, and some parts do drag a little. It's not a big deal, though. Colin and Penelope's story left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, like everything was right with the world. Read this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great...,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)This book is great, but, again, I had to save my 5 star rating for those books that that are perfect!!
This is the fourth novel in the "Bridgeton" series...following "The Viscount who Loved Me" "An Offer from a Gentleman" and followed by "To Sir Phillip, With Love" and soon..."When He was Wicked."
I really liked this story. Penelope has always been a character that I admired...one of those that has been in all the ridgerton novels and we knew we wanted to read more about...and who had a brain amongst all the pretty faces in the ballroom. Penelope has always had a crush on Colin...but he thinks of her as a sister. Penelope has a side that she doesn't let anyoen else see...and it takes Colin opening her up and lady danbury's coaxing to bring her out of her shell!
I was both happy to see an end to the Whistledown side story and sad. The way Lady Danbury brought the subject up as a contest and has the whole ton, including Penelope and Colin, looking at their peers as possible Whistledown's in disguise was just great! Quinn is great!
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Romantic, and Funny,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)This story is everything you've ever loved in a romantic comedy, with a wonderful hero, a sassy heroine, and a sarcastic know-it-all. It's every woman's dream of being noticed by Mr. Popular, and even better, finding out that while he's Mr. Right, he's not Mr. Perfect.
With Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, it felt as if I was watching characters I'd loved and adored from the previous stories grow up and find themselves, then fall in love in the sweetest way possible. A must read for any romance reader and particularly a JQ fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Quinn,
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This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)For anyone who likes Julia Quinn, you won't be disappointed with Romancing Mister Bridgerton. A very sweet, funny, and romantic story about a intelligent and witty, although not overtly beautiful young woman finding love with the man of her dreams.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, Mature, Passionate, Vastly Entertaining,
This review is from: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Mass Market Paperback)Just when I think that Julia Quinn has written one of my favorite novels, she writes another that I like even better. Quinn is now at the height of her creative powers so far, able to create an intensely warm, charming and vastly entertaining story that simmers with passion, tenderness and depth. The last chapter before the epilogue actually moved me to tears.
Penelope Featherington (whom we know from all previous Bridgerton novels) is 28 and has been in love with Colin Bridgerton since she was 16. Unfortunately for her, Colin barely knows she exists, though he has always been friendly and kind to her. As Eloise Bridgerton's best friend, Penelope has spent a lot of time at the Bridgerton home and is considered practically a part of the family, especially now that she and Eloise are both spinsters.
Colin (who's 33 and still not married) returns from one of his many long voyages abroad, and somehow Penelope seems different-or maybe he's different. He's not sure. As they're thrown together, he begins to notice admirable-and highly attractive qualities-in her that he's never seen before. But suddenly Penelope glimpses darkness and fear in the supremely confident Colin she's always loved. What is the secret he's keeping from her? And can their beautiful developing friendship grow into love?
Here is a novel in which telling the external plot (which revolves around everyone trying to figure out who Lady Whistledown is) gives no guide to the treasures within. This novel is about character and dramatic situation. The characters themselves grow and keep growing on the reader. The Bridgerton family is endlessly delightful. Colin and Penelope especially seem so real that it's hard to believe they're fictional. Colin's own travel writing is exquisite-a joy to read. And there are some really priceless scenes-like the madcap one in which Colin asks Penelope's mother for Penelope's hand: pure and vastly entertaining comedy!
The identity of the wonderfully wise and witty Lady Whistledown is finally revealed here, and my having guessed who she was three novels ago didn't diminish the pleasure in the least.
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton is a complex, mature and vastly entertaining work that no romance enthusiast should miss!
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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Mass Market Paperback - June 13 2002)
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