To Sir Phillip, with Love (Bridgerton Series #5)

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Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.

Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started ...

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Overview

Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except . . . she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her . . . and more.

Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except . . . he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

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After reading this superb post-Regency-era romance, the fifth in Quinn's Bridgerton siblings series, it's easy to see why the author's previous book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, landed on RWA's Top 10 Favorite Books of 2002 list. Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters like chatty Eloise Bridgerton and Sir Phillip Crane, the protagonists of this unconventional effort. The novel opens as Eloise, a 28-year-old "spinster," flees London to visit her secret pen pal, Phillip, a troubled botanist and widower. The two plan to see if they are compatible, but Eloise's hopes plummet when she discovers that Phillip is not the romantic charmer of her dreams, but a grumpy father of twins. She agrees to remain for a fortnight, however, and as she interacts with him and his unruly children, she learns that he has a good heart, even if he is an emotionally distant father. Weighty issues such as abuse and discipline threaten to overshadow their relationship at times, but Eloise's sunny disposition brightens the novel, as does the arrival of her four brothers. Quinn's characters possess endearing quirks and flaws, and their easy banter is loaded with wit and warmth. Indeed, readers will likely find themselves rereading certain passages-if not the entire book-in order to prolong their connection to this charismatic clan. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380820856
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Bridgerton Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 106,774
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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To Sir Phillip, With Love


By Julia Quinn

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2004 Julia Quinn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060592761

Chapter One

May 1824
Somewhere on the road from
London to Gloucestershire
The middle of the night

Dear Miss Bridgerton --

Thank you for your kind note at the loss of my wife. It was thoughtful of you to take the time to write to a gentleman you have never met. I offer you this pressed flower as thanks. It is naught but the simple red campion (Silene dioica), but it brightens the fields here in Gloucestershire, and indeed seems to have arrived early this year.

It was Marina's favorite wildflower.

Sincerely,
Sir Phillip Crane

Eloise Bridgerton smoothed the well-read sheet of paper across her lap. There was little light by which to see the words, even with the full moon shining through the windows of the coach, but that didn't really matter. She had the entire letter memorized, and the delicate pressed flower, which was actually more pink than red, was safely protected between the pages of a book she'd nipped from her brother's library.

She hadn't been too terribly surprised when she'd received a reply from Sir Phillip. Good manners dictated as much, although even Eloise's mother, surely the supreme arbiter of good behavior, said that Eloise took her correspondence a bit too seriously.

It was common, of course, for ladies of Eloise's station to spend several hours each week writing letters, but Eloise had long since fallen into the habit of taking that amount of time each day. She enjoyed writing notes, especially to people she hadn't seen in years (she'd always liked to imagine their surprise when they opened her envelope), and so she pulled out her pen and paper for most any occasion -- births, deaths, any sort of achievement that deserved congratulations or condolences.

She wasn't sure why she kept sending her missives, just that she spent so much time writing letters to whichever of her siblings were not in residence in London at the time, and it seemed easy enough to pen a short note to some far-off relative while she was seated at her escritoire.

And although everyone penned a short note in reply -- she was a Bridgerton, of course, and no one wanted to offend a Bridgerton -- never had anyone enclosed a gift, even something so humble as a pressed flower.

Eloise closed her eyes, picturing the delicate pink petals. It was hard to imagine a man handling such a fragile bloom. Her four brothers were all big, strong men, with broad shoulders and large hands that would surely mangle the poor thing in a heartbeat.

She had been intrigued by Sir Phillip's reply, especially his use of the Latin, and she had immediately penned her own response.

Dear Sir Phillip --

Thank you so very much for the charming pressed flower. It was such a lovely surprise when it floated out of the envelope. And such a precious memento of dear Marina, as well.

I could not help but notice your facility with the flower's scientific name. Are you a botanist?

Yours,
Miss Eloise Bridgerton

It was sneaky of her to end her letter with a question. Now the poor man would be forced to respond again.

He did not disappoint her. It had taken only ten days for Eloise to receive his reply.

Dear Miss Bridgerton --

Indeed I am a botanist, trained at Cambridge, although I am not currently connected with any university or scientific board. I conduct experiments here at Romney Hall, in my own greenhouse.

Are you of a scientific bent as well?

Yours,
Sir Phillip Crane

Something about the correspondence was thrilling; perhaps it was simply the excitement of finding someone not related to her who actually seemed eager to conduct a written dialogue. Whatever it was, Eloise wrote back immediately.

Dear Sir Phillip --

Heavens, no, I have not the scientific mind, I'm afraid, although I do have a fair head for sums. My interests lie more in the humanities; you may have noticed that I enjoy penning letters.

Yours in friendship,
Eloise Bridgerton

Eloise hadn't been certain about signing with such an informal salutation, but she decided to err on the side of daring. Sir Phillip was obviously enjoying the correspondence as much as she; surely he wouldn't have finished his missive with a question, otherwise?

Her answer came a fortnight later.

My dear Miss Bridgerton --

Ah, but it is a sort of friendship, isn't it? I confess to a certain measure of isolation here in the country, and if one cannot have a smiling face across one's breakfast table, then one might at least have an amiable letter, don't you agree?

I have enclosed another flower for you. This one is Geranium pratense, more commonly known as the meadow cranesbill.

With great regard,
Phillip Crane

Eloise remembered that day well. She had sat in her chair, the one by the window in her bedchamber, and stared at the carefully pressed purple flower for what seemed like an eternity. Was he attempting to court her? Through the post?

And then one day she received a note that was quite different from the rest.

My dear Miss Bridgerton --

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you. I hope you feel the same.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.

You will, of course, be properly chaperoned. If you accept my invitation, I will make immediate plans to bring my widowed aunt to Romney Hall.

I do hope you will consider my proposal.

Yours, as always,
Phillip Crane

Eloise had immediately tucked the letter away in a drawer, unable to even fathom his request. He wanted to marry someone he didn't even know?



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Table of Contents

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First Chapter

To Sir Phillip, With Love

Chapter One

May 1824
Somewhere on the road from
London to Gloucestershire
The middle of the night

Dear Miss Bridgerton --

Thank you for your kind note at the loss of my wife. It was thoughtful of you to take the time to write to a gentleman you have never met. I offer you this pressed flower as thanks. It is naught but the simple red campion (Silene dioica), but it brightens the fields here in Gloucestershire, and indeed seems to have arrived early this year.

It was Marina's favorite wildflower.

Sincerely,
Sir Phillip Crane

Eloise Bridgerton smoothed the well-read sheet of paper across her lap. There was little light by which to see the words, even with the full moon shining through the windows of the coach, but that didn't really matter. She had the entire letter memorized, and the delicate pressed flower, which was actually more pink than red, was safely protected between the pages of a book she'd nipped from her brother's library.

She hadn't been too terribly surprised when she'd received a reply from Sir Phillip. Good manners dictated as much, although even Eloise's mother, surely the supreme arbiter of good behavior, said that Eloise took her correspondence a bit too seriously.

It was common, of course, for ladies of Eloise's station to spend several hours each week writing letters, but Eloise had long since fallen into the habit of taking that amount of time each day. She enjoyed writing notes, especially to people she hadn't seen in years (she'd always liked to imagine their surprise when they opened her envelope), and so she pulled out her pen and paper for most any occasion -- births, deaths, any sort of achievement that deserved congratulations or condolences.

She wasn't sure why she kept sending her missives, just that she spent so much time writing letters to whichever of her siblings were not in residence in London at the time, and it seemed easy enough to pen a short note to some far-off relative while she was seated at her escritoire.

And although everyone penned a short note in reply -- she was a Bridgerton, of course, and no one wanted to offend a Bridgerton -- never had anyone enclosed a gift, even something so humble as a pressed flower.

Eloise closed her eyes, picturing the delicate pink petals. It was hard to imagine a man handling such a fragile bloom. Her four brothers were all big, strong men, with broad shoulders and large hands that would surely mangle the poor thing in a heartbeat.

She had been intrigued by Sir Phillip's reply, especially his use of the Latin, and she had immediately penned her own response.

Dear Sir Phillip --

Thank you so very much for the charming pressed flower. It was such a lovely surprise when it floated out of the envelope. And such a precious memento of dear Marina, as well.

I could not help but notice your facility with the flower's scientific name. Are you a botanist?

Yours,
Miss Eloise Bridgerton

It was sneaky of her to end her letter with a question. Now the poor man would be forced to respond again.

He did not disappoint her. It had taken only ten days for Eloise to receive his reply.

Dear Miss Bridgerton --

Indeed I am a botanist, trained at Cambridge, although I am not currently connected with any university or scientific board. I conduct experiments here at Romney Hall, in my own greenhouse.

Are you of a scientific bent as well?

Yours,
Sir Phillip Crane

Something about the correspondence was thrilling; perhaps it was simply the excitement of finding someone not related to her who actually seemed eager to conduct a written dialogue. Whatever it was, Eloise wrote back immediately.

Dear Sir Phillip --

Heavens, no, I have not the scientific mind, I'm afraid, although I do have a fair head for sums. My interests lie more in the humanities; you may have noticed that I enjoy penning letters.

Yours in friendship,
Eloise Bridgerton

Eloise hadn't been certain about signing with such an informal salutation, but she decided to err on the side of daring. Sir Phillip was obviously enjoying the correspondence as much as she; surely he wouldn't have finished his missive with a question, otherwise?

Her answer came a fortnight later.

My dear Miss Bridgerton --

Ah, but it is a sort of friendship, isn't it? I confess to a certain measure of isolation here in the country, and if one cannot have a smiling face across one's breakfast table, then one might at least have an amiable letter, don't you agree?

I have enclosed another flower for you. This one is Geranium pratense, more commonly known as the meadow cranesbill.

With great regard,
Phillip Crane

Eloise remembered that day well. She had sat in her chair, the one by the window in her bedchamber, and stared at the carefully pressed purple flower for what seemed like an eternity. Was he attempting to court her? Through the post?

And then one day she received a note that was quite different from the rest.

My dear Miss Bridgerton --

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you. I hope you feel the same.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.

You will, of course, be properly chaperoned. If you accept my invitation, I will make immediate plans to bring my widowed aunt to Romney Hall.

I do hope you will consider my proposal.

Yours, as always,
Phillip Crane

Eloise had immediately tucked the letter away in a drawer, unable to even fathom his request. He wanted to marry someone he didn't even know?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2007

    Julia Quinn writes yet another great Romance!

    I have TRIED to find an author as fun and witty as Julia Quinn, and have failed. This book is one of many that exude charm and keeps you laughing out loud. Trust me, my husband always glances over when I bust out laughing. The characters are memorable and very relatable. Enjoy the read, I will keep this book forever.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was just a great love story! I loved it when her brothers came into the story! When all the bridgertons are together its hilarious! All in all it was a good read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    A fine romance

    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.<P> 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.<P> 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.<P> 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.<P> Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Although I absolutely love the Bridgerton series, this was probably one of my least favorites. I was just not feeling a genuine romance between phillip and eloise. Its still worth reading if you like the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    I was truly disappointed with this book. I've loved all of the other JQ books so far! This book was just blah. The 2 main characters IMO have no developement & suddenly fall in love in 2 weeks. I was just seriously disappointed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    My favorite by far

    The character of the hero was so human and so real that you could feell his pain. I loved the fact that he was so honorable and also unsure of himself. I dont like male characters that think every one should bow before them since they are the gift from gods.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Quinn makes the fantasy real...

    ...by providing real character flaws and serious issues such as the repetitive cycle of abuse and the efdects on the family of depression. It gives the redemptive power of true love a gravitas and context we can more easily accept. I love Eloisa's hyperactive involvement in the world and her irrepressibility. I sympathise with Phillip's blundering misunderstanding of so much of the emotional upheaval in his life. His reactions to Marina's suicide, his children's needs, his own emotions, are so much more authentic than so many of the alpha male templates used in romance novels. The fullness these flaws give the characters made the re-reading of this novel as freah and entertaining as the first read and justified the Nook purchase.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

    Amazing

    This book was a wonderful read. Although phillip was rather dull at times. Eloise seems very intelligent and helpful to be raising those two children and it was rayher beastly for the nurse to hit them with books. It was very sad though with marina and it is quite hard to believe she would leave her children and with phillips father by being cruel with hitting phillip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Beautiful Ending

    The ending was Beautiful, the best part in the whole story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Cute idea---poorly executed................................ The

    Cute idea---poorly executed................................
    The idea of pen pals becoming good friends and then having a romance was a good one.  But I found Eloise very immature for a 28 year old woman.  She is spoiled and thoughtless .  Philip is wrapped so tight that he is almost mute.  He hasn't had sex in 8 years  so that's all he thinks about.   There is nothing appealing about this couple.    Would not recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Love it!

    Love this series even though I am embarrassed to admit my newfound love of the romance novel! So great.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    I only read this book once and what I think about it is that its

    I only read this book once and what I think about it is that its an okay book. The thing I loved about it was that it tells you what happened with Phillip's first wife and how he feels about it and its just a nice book 

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I like it so much I bought it twice.

    I've had the paperback since it first came out but decided to get the ebook recently when I wanted to re-read it. Love the Bridgertons but this is one is my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    Title says it all

    This book is tender and passionate and moving. Another fifty pages would have let the end develop more completely. Highly recommend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Good as always!

    This follows in Julia Quinn's style but puts a different spin on Eloise's story! I love them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Best Bridgerton book yet!

    So beautiful, heartwarming, funny and aching REAL in its telling of what marriage was, and often still is for many of us. This book made me laugh out loud, cry, and even growl with anger during some scenes dealing with physical abuse. This is definitely my favorite in this series so far. Which is REALLY saying something, as i have loved them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Did not like phillip

    At all. Maybe im just partial to the bridgerton boys... but i didnt like him.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

    LOVE this book!!!

    I'm tough when it comes to giving a good rating, but I couldn't put this down. The story line kept me going. Julia Quinn at her best!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Just Okay

    This was one of Julia's better books for me. It was good and kept me interested at least. I still don't like stories with children in them....

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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