An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series #3) (with 2nd Epilogue)

An Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series #3) (with 2nd Epilogue)

by Julia Quinn

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Offer from a Gentleman (Bridgerton Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having read the series out of order, I finally came back to this one, Benedict and Sophie's story. In later novels we see them as the happy couple from the country, raising their children away from Society while Benedict indulges his painting passion.
Of the 6 Bridgerton novels I've read (only Francesca and Gregory's stories to go), this one is the best of the lot. The beginning is a Cinderella story but in the brutal Regency style. Cinderella is a bastard and her
The magical night at the masquerade ball is pure fairy tale, but I admit the twist that follows is frustrating. I was so enthralled with Sophie and her plight, I raged at the sudden jump to the left. It's a miracle she survived as she did.
Yes, the "I'm a Society gentleman so can't possibly marry a servant" was overdone a tad. People frequently did rise above themselves and keep their origins secret. Considering Benedict loved this woman and had a supportive family, I was a little frustrated he kept throwing up Society dictates as a barrier.
But in the end, this was a sweet love story where you felt the characters actually did deserve their happy ending. Much better than Daphne or Anthony's story, and far more satisfying than Colin's or even Eloise. I recommend this on stays on my keeper shelf.
jlfemm More than 1 year ago
Loved this book even better than the last one and that's saying something. Her characters are flawed, funny and fabulous (like the author). The love scenes are deliciously steamy. A very, very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia quinn is my favorite romance author. She is funny and brilliant!
CrystalPosey More than 1 year ago
AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN is the third book in Quinn's Bridgerton series, and her own version of the classic, Cinderella. I'm always interested to see new versions of classics, particularly this one (I'm a big Cinderella fan!), but I'm also hesitant. The remake of any great classic can be disastrous. However, this book was wonderful! What I liked the most about this book was that, even though Quinn does keep with some of the traditional details of the Cinderella tale, you won't find any glass slippers left behind. Rather, you will find subtle, more powerful gestures that Quinn has threaded in throughout the story. I was unaware that gloves could be so romantic. The characters themselves. Sophie is not a "sing-to-the-birds" type of Cinderella. In truth, who's really going to be singing after being denied, abandoned, attacked, locked away, and then thrown out in the cold? No one. Sophie held her head high and kept right on playing her cards, but she never sang to the birds. There's a strength and determination in this character that I admired. Benedict comes from a strong, well-developed family-many of who make a lot of appearances in this book-and is suddenly thrust into a confused state, in which his mind plays games with a moment from the past and the girl in front of him. I always enjoy seeing a confident, attractive male confused. It tugs the heart. All in all Quinn takes the traditional Cinderella story and twists it into a beautiful story about breaking social standards for love, and never settling for less than what one and one's future deserves. The book is utterly romantic, and Benedict had me continually melting in my seat.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4 Starting with a strong sense and adherence to the well-known Cinderella story, daughter of a maid and an Earl, Sophie is a girl in a confusing world. While never formally acknowledged by her father, she was placed into a home on his estate, and raised as a woman of breeding. But, when the Earl died and left limited provisions (a house until she turned 20 and a dowry) for her, his widow and children have other plans for her. His widow took on the evil stepmother role, and her daughters were alternately evil and in fear of retribution should kindness be shown. Determined to make a change, with the help of the housekeeper and a stash of fine clothes left in the attic, Sophie is off to the Bridgerton’s masquerade ball, and from here, with a dropped monogrammed glove, the story changes. Meeting Benedict she’s intrigued – and he is determined to figure out just which of the daughters of the Earl she is. After the passage of many years, her working as a ladies maid comes to a close as Benedict rescues her from the advances of her employer’s son – and he whisks her away promising employment with his mother. He’s finding something familiar about her, but it’s not taking him back to the ball. But – their attraction is sparking, and while Sophie clearly declines his offers to set her up as his mistress – she’s not thinking he will (or can) marry her – and she won’t put her child through her life, despite assurances. Of course, the secrets of her birth are revealed, but after Benedict finally became more honorable and decided to buck convention and marry the lovely woman who has invaded his dreams since a masked ball years before. A nicely plotted story that became far more intriguing once the adherence to the Cinderella line moved to the background and the character development, allowing Benedict to slowly change and become more of the romantic hero than a titled man with every answer. Narration for the story is provided by Rosalyn Landor, and it was delightful! Each character was easy to distinguish, her voice for Benedict does manage to grow and change as he lets go of his more ‘stiff’ self and reveal himself to Sophie. Sophie is distinct and carries a certain sense of proper, even as she is trying to evade pointed questions that would reveal her education, and together their interactions show the progression of their relationship from polite strangers to friends and lovers in a way that is both natural and feels honest to their personalities. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Recorded Books for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it but not as much as the first two of the Bridgerton series. A note to future readers: There is some sort of writing or editing mistake occurring repeatedly in this book. The surname of Crabtree is mistakenly used instead of Bridgerton. I first noticed the error when Sophia joins Violet and her daughters for tea, and the errors occur with more frequency as the novel progresses. HOWEVER, the caretaking couple at My Cottage are correctly identified as Mr. and Mrs. Crabtree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crabtree and Bridgerton are not interchangeable characters; identify them accordingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was duped myself at the beginning and actually skipped this book as I began reading this series. I was convinced I wouldn't like the story since the summary didn't do much for me. It was actual my friend (who only reads romance novels that I recommend) that convince me to read Benedict and Sophie's story. Even when I started right away I thought I wasn't going to like the story as it so blantently referenced the Cindella plot devices. But once you get to their actual meeting you definately won't regret it. Their interactions and story was romantic and belivable and this woukd be my favorite story for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Julia Quinn books are so good! I love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE the Bridgerton series! And this book is one of my favorites. I recommend reading them in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic twist on a story that has been redone several times-Quinn put her own twist on it, and it still gives me butterflies.
hopelessromanticLM More than 1 year ago
I read this series in order one right after the other and was sad to see it end! I felt like I was leaving friends and family! I just love Julia Quinn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. The family enteraction is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful twist on the classic Cinderella story. From beginning to end I couldn't put the book down.
Kalira18 More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times and it never gets old. Never.
WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
I just can't say enough about Julia Quinn and "The Bridgerton Series" family of books. I fell in love with them all. I truly liked the fairy tale romance of Benedict and Sofie. It was endearing to see that Benedict (a reserved, big hulk of a man) could have such tenderness and love for Sofie. It's what all fairy tales should be. I recommend the whole series to every romantic out will not want to put them down so take a few days to yourself and enjoy these wonderful love stories.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I am liking this Bridgerton Family a lot. Benedict was sweet but a little more reserved. I actually really liked Sophie. At first I was a little bit annoyed by the "Cinderella" story but it grew on me. Violet (the mom) is awesome!
Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I almost didn't read this, because the beginning is almost identical to the movie "Ever After" (1998) and I thought, well great, I know what's going to happen.

But I am so glad I did read Sophie and Benedict's story, because it was absolutely WONDERFUL! and definitely not what I expected.

I got a lot of good laughs picturing Sophie and Benedict in some of the situations they get into and their conversations.

Julia Quinn is an Excellent writer, I've already got Colin's story sitting on the shelf beside me, ready to read!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I loved reading about Sopie and Benedict they are a beautiful couple. They go through a lot but the Bridgerton family are loving and stick together and help each other out. Violet is a wonderful mother that is there for her family.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I have read this book as well as the rest of the series multiple times and its entertaining every time. Love the Bridgertons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! This was a great twist on Cinderella. Quinn did an excellent job staying true to the story in regards to the stepmother and stepdaughters. I loved that she made on of the stepsisters kind and she tried to be nice to Sophie regardless of her evil mother. Benedict was a great Bridgerton sibling. He's a wonderful brother and is very playful and witty with Sophie. They bring out the best and worst in each other (in the best possible way). It's nice to see two adults who can act like kids when the want to and have fun. Lady Bridgerton takes a large role in this novel and is spectacular. I loved her in the two other books but she is sweet, and nice, but also has a backbone of steel. Sophie makes Benedict go through a lot emotionally because she is beaten down by her upbringing and tries to be realistic about her circumstances. She knows her low birth should make it impossible to set her hopes on a Bridgerton. Her lies catch up with her and Benedict and there is the conflict. Benedict has to decide if her low birth and lies are really that important or if love should prevail. Another wonderful book in the Bridgerton series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia QuinnThe Bridgerton family is wealthy, well born, and universally admired. And with six of the eight Bridgerton children already mingling with society, it's no wonder they're mentioned so frequently in the most popular (and accurate) source of social news, Lady Whistledown's Society Papers. But not even the mysterious Lady Whistledown can identify the masked maiden who completely captivated the Bridgerton second son, Benedict, at his mother's masquerade ball -- a silver-clad beauty who vanished on the stroke of midnight. It was a magical night for Sophie Beckett, orphaned, illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. Attending the ball was a beautiful dream, sharing the evening with Benedict Bridgerton was the stuff of fantasy -- and returning home to her role as unpaid servant to her father's cruel widow and stepdaughters was a nightmare. Then she lost even the small security of that position, and things went from bad to worse. By the time Sophie met Benedict again, she was in truly desperate straits. He made her feel precious, even in rags, but Sophie had grave reservations about accepting.I really enjoyed this addition to the Bridgerton family saga.At last, I had characters who didn't have to marry because the woman had been compromised, and in fact, it looked like they wouldn't be able to marry at all for most of the book.Despite it probably being inappropriate for a modern woman to say so, the whole Cinderella-story works for me. And this is very clearly a telling of the Cinderella story, complete with an evil stepmother, stepsisters and a suitably handsome prince in Benedict. At the same time, Quinn doesn't let the fairy-tale direction of her story overcome the setting she has chosen to use.The title comes from Benedict's not-exactly-honourable offer to Sophie that she become his mistress. Not perhaps what one immediately wants in a romantic hero, but given their positions and the society they live in, exactly what a gentleman in his position would do. Sophie's reasons for refusing are sensible and certain and the story unfolds as they try to find their own balance and resolution.Of course, there is a happy ending. Perhaps the way it comes about is a little too pat, but not by much. I can easily imagine Violet Bridgerton "convincing" Sophie's stepmother to do pretty much anything she wished, and the hero and heroine are engaging to the reader, so that I wanted them to get their happy ever after in true fairy tale fashion.A fun read.An Offer From a GentlemanBridgertons, Book 3Julia Quinn7/10
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a cute retelling of "Cinderella" - Julia Quinn style. Sophie is the sweet, abused Cinderella character, complete with the wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters. She's dressed up by loyal servants to have one evening at a ball - from which she must return by midnight - and at that ball falls in love with Prince Charming - Benedict Bridgerton. It's cute to see this story played out in Regency England, and with our beloved Bridgertons. Unlike in Cinderella, though, things don't go "happily ever after" quite so easy. For one thing, Benedict doesn't even recognize her when they first meet again - much to Sophie's dismay. I enjoyed this book a great deal!
foreverbklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying the Briderton's... i feel like one of the character in the book, maybe a distant cousin... LOL... I have laughed, cheered and cried with them so far.