An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

An Offer from a Gentleman is the next book in the Bridgerton series and of course I had to read it next, right? (Although my To Be Read list and stack are getting rather long and tall). This time, it’s Benedict’s turn. This book is a little unusual because it’s written in two parts.

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Benedict talking to himself as Sophie had just left the room

The hero of our tale, Benedict Bridgerton. Benedict is the second eldest of the Bridgerton siblings. As the spare, he doesn’t have lots to do, but he’s still a quality catch in the Ton as he has his own fortune. He actually sketches (which no one in the books knows about until Sophie). Benedict tires of being called Number Two, instead of being known for who he is.

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Sophie’s inner thoughts when meeting about Benedict

Sophie Beckett- illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. She was raised as his ward. When she was seven, he married and brought home Araminta, who had two girls, Rosamund and Posy. If you’re thinking this is a Cinderella trope, you’re absolutely right.

An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In An Offer from a Gentleman, you learn about Sophie’s home life and how lonely she was. Her stepmother doesn’t let her know that she has a dowry after her father dies (Sophie was young). Thereafter, Araminta forces Sophie to be her maid.

But when Sophie is twenty-one, the Bridgertons hold a masquerade. Her fellow servants in the Countess of Penwood’s house help her to get ready to go to the masquerade. There, she meets Benedict, her Prince Charming. But only for one night, as her stepmother throws her out of the house the following day. Sophie flees to the country because she could not find work in town.

Two years after the masquerade, Benedict saves Sophie from a horrible situation. Later, he makes her an offer – to be his mistress, which she has to refuse.


This truly is one of the best renderings of the Cinderella trope that I’ve read. It truly considers what would be the ramifications if one like Benedict was to marry below his station. I highly recommend reading this one. Now off to read Colin’s book!

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