Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4)

by Julia Quinn

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Overview

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph. But when Colin returns to London from a trop aboard he discovers notyhing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl haunting his dreams. But when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat—or his promise of a happy ending?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380820849
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2002
Series: Bridgerton Series , #4
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.

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Chapter One

Matchmaking mamas are united in their glee -- Colin Bridgerton has returned from Greece!

For those gentle (and ignorant) readers who are new to town this year, Mr. Bridgerton is third in the legendary string of eight Bridgerton siblings (hence the name Colin, beginning, with C. he follows Anthony and Benedict, and precedes Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth).

Although Mr. Bridgerton holds no noble title and is unlikely ever to do so (he is seventh in line for the title of Viscount Bridgerton, behind the two sons of the current viscount, his elder brother Benedict, and his three sons) he is still considered one of the prime catches of the season, due to his fortune, his face, his form, and most of all, his charm. It is difficult, however, to predict whether Mr. Bridgerton will succumb to matrimonial bliss this season, he is certainly of an age to many (three-and-thirty), but be has never shown a decided interest in any lady of proper parentage, and to make matters even more complicated, he has an appalling tendency to leave London at the drop of a hat, bound for some exotic destination.

LADY WHISTLEDOWN'S SOCIETY PAPERS, 2 APRIL 1824

"Look at this!" Portia Featherington squealed. "Colin Bridgerton is back!"

Penelope looked up from her needlework. Her mother was clutching the latest edition of Lady Whistledown's Society Papers the way Penelope might clutch, say, a rope while hanging off a building. "I know,"she murmured.

Portia frowned. She hated when someone -- anyone -- was aware of gossip before she was. "How did you get to Whistledown before I did? I told Briarly to set it aside for me and not to let anyone touch --"

"I didn't see it in Whistledown," Penelope interrupted, before her mother went off to castigate the poor, beleaguered butler. "Felicity told me. Yesterday afternoon. Hyacinth Bridgerton told her."

"Your sister spends a great deal of time over at the Bridgerton household."

"As do I" Penelope pointed out, wondering where this was leading.

Portia tapped her finger against the side of her chin, as she always did when she was plotting or scheming. "Colin Bridgerton is of an age to be looking for a wife."

Penelope managed to blink just before her eyes bugged right out of her head. "Colin Bridgerton is not going to marry Felicity!"

Portia gave a little shrug. "Stranger things have happened.""Not that I've ever seen," Penelope muttered."Anthony Bridgerton married that Kate Sheffield girl, and she was even less popular than you."

That wasn't exactly true; Penelope rather thought they'd been on equally low rungs of the social ladder. But there seemed little point in telling this to her mother, who probably thought she'd complimented her third daughter by saying she'd not been the least popular girl that season.

Penelope felt her lips tightening. Her mother's "compliments" had a habit of landing rather like wasps.

"Do not think I mean to criticize," Portia said, suddenly all concern. "In truth, I am glad for your spinsterhood. I am alone in this world save for my daughters, and it's comforting to know that one of you shall be able to care for me in my older years."

Penelope had a vision of the future -- the future as described by her mother -- and she had a sudden urge to run out and marry the chimney sweep. She'd long since resigned herself to a life of eternal spinsterhood, but somehow she'd always pictured herself off in her own neat little terrace house. Or maybe a snug cottage by the sea.

But lately Portia had been peppering her conversations with references to her old age and how lucky she was that Penelope could care for her. Never mind that both Prudence and Philippa had married well-heeled men and possessed ample funds to see to their mother's every comfort. Or that Portia was moderately wealthy in her own right; when her family had settled money on her as a dowry, one-fourth had been set aside for her own personal account.

No, when Portia talked about being "cared for," she wasn't referring to money. What Portia wanted was a slave.

Penelope sighed. She was being overly harsh with her mother, if only in her own mind. She did that too often. Her mother loved her. She knew her mother loved her. And she loved her mother back.

It was just that sometimes she didn't much like her mother.

She hoped that didn't make her a bad person. But truly, her mother could try the patience of even the kindest, gentlest of daughters, and as Penelope was the first to admit, she could be a wee bit sarcastic at times.

"Why don't you think Colin would marry Felicity?" Portia asked.

Penelope looked up, startled. She'd thought they were done with that subject. She should have known better. Her mother was nothing if not tenacious. "Well," she said slowly, to begin with, she's twelve years younger than he is. "

"Pfft," Portia said, waving her hand dismissively. "That's nothing, and you know it."

Penelope frowned, then yelped as she accidentally stabbed her finger with her needle.

"Besides' " Portia continued blithely, "he's" -- she looked back down at Whistledown and scanned it for his exact age -- three-and-thirty! How is he meant to avoid a twelve-year difference between him and his wife? Surely you don't expect him to marry someone your age."

Penelope sucked on her abused finger even though she knew it was hopelessly uncouth to do so. But she needed to put something in her mouth to keep her from saying something horrible and horribly spiteful.

Everything her mother said was true. Many ton weddings-- maybe even most of them -- saw men marrying girls a dozen or more years their junior. But somehow the age gap between Colin and Felicity seemed even larger, perhaps because...

Romancing Mister Bridgerton. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgerton Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had waited a long time for this book and was disappointed when I finished it. I don't like how Colin suddenly realizes that she is actually attractive, but then always thinks back to how plain she is. I mean what is up with that? I enjoyed Penelope's character but was EXTREMELY dissapointed with Colin. Overall, an okay read but not the best one of Julia's novels.
Streamer More than 1 year ago
There is so much to love about this novel. I already knew Penelope from the previous books but she was so much better than I expected. She was the shy and quiet debutante and is now evolving into a dynamic woman. Colin is also more than meets the eye. I loved how Penelope helped Colin to want and achieve more for himself. Theirs is a feel-good romance, you can't help but smile and cheer as the relationship progresses. It's also wonderful to finally have the Lady Whistledown mystery solved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not my favorite in the series, but worth reading to continues the series. I find Penelope a little weak.
WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
OMG I absolutely loved this book! I have read all of the Bridgerton Series books from Julia Quinn, but I have to say, with all my heart, that I loved Colin and Penelope together! Starting from first of the series, I fell in love with Colin's charm and witty nature, but it is his love for Penelope Featherton (of all people!) that I was soooo happy to to have come about. I was lovestruck in the end with my fantasies running rampant (as with all of the Bridgerton males). I recommend all of the Bridgerton Series books from start to finish...you will definitely have them in your permanent library to read over and over again, as I have done.
Maitrakh More than 1 year ago
Colin's story suprised me. I thought for sure it would be my favorite, but it ended up being my least favorite. It was still a good book, but I thought his story would be more exciting. I had a hunch he and Penelope would be together (and that she was Lady Whistledown). It was a good book but not my favorite in the series.
eringu3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a book borrower. I often borrow books and never finish them. It's a quest to get myself to turn into a reader, but I'm not actually that big on reading. A friend loaned this to me when I wanted to read without a lot of heavy thinking. It's her favorite "romance novel" and that is in every sense of the word. I'd never read a romance novel before. It was fun.
rainrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I'll probably have food thrown at me for the 3 stars. I would have gone 3.5 but not 4. I'm shocked at how much I didn't get into this story. I tried. I really did. It's Julia Quinn. It's the Bridgertons. I persevered. I'm bummed because I love this series so far and it may take someone giving me a ginormous shove to go to book 5. Colin was a poo. Perhaps my expectations of him were too high. He was cranky, self-centered, and had some jealousy issues that totally turned me off. And poor Penelope. People did not treat her kindly, even Mr. I'm So Into Me, Colin. Sheesh, nothing more to say other than, well, this book was "meh". Let the food fight begin.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton was fun and cute, and I liked the characters, especially the heroine Penelope Featherington, who's had a secret crush on Colin Bridgerton since she was 16 - it's been almost a decade, and he still only knows her as a casual acquaintance. Their progression from his neglect to friendship and then love started kind of randomly, considering how long they've known each other, but Colin is a very nice hero, and I was happy that Penelope finally got him after all those years of silent pining. For some reason, though, slogging through the last half ¿ about the time that they get engaged - was a huge chore. Before this unfortunate turn of events, however, I enjoyed myself, especially the opening chapter. Along with the romance between Colin and Penelope, there is the mystery of that witty Lady Whistledown to be unraveled in this fourth installment of the Bridgerton series. So as not to spoil anything, I'll refrain from commenting on it, except to say that this plot thread kind of distracted from the romance for me. I didn't like how Colin became annoyingly irate in the second half of the book, or that Penelope became a damsel in distress at the last moment. But it is all resolved satisfactorily in the end, with a rousing, heartwarming finale for Lady Whistledown, and everyone's happy. Yay.
avernon1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Penelope Featherington, a self-admitted wallflower. Society sees her as a plump, plain Jane type of girl who is quiet and unpopular and worst of all, a spinster. Yet those very few who get to know her realize that there is more to Penelope...she is witty, charming, intelligent....and so desperately in love with her best friend's brother, Colin Bridgerton. Colin....extremely handsome, flirtatious, suave, witty, charming.....yet he feels that there is something missing in his life. Colin is searching.....searching for a purpose, a way to leave his mark upon the world. These two characters have known each other since childhood, but it is only now, in their later years, that they truly come to KNOW each other and themselves.I loved the charming, witty Colin Bridgerton from the first time he was introduced in the Bridgerton series. I was very much looking forward to his story. I was even more intrigued once I discovered that he was to fall for his sister's best friend, the plain, plump, unpopular Penelope Featherington. I loved the genuine truth of their love. For Colin, it wasn't a "knock-me-down over the head" kind of love...not even a "she's so hot I gotta have her" kind of love. It was a "wow...she is great...why haven't I noticed that about her" kind of love. It was a bond that grew... a friendship that blossomed into a need for another person, a person he realized he could not live without. The love scene that Colin and Penelope finally share is just that.....a LOVE scene, not a hot and steamy sexually arousing interlude, but a scene that is so filled with deep, honest love for another that I couldn't help but reach out for my own love. Colin's admission of his feelings for Penelope just made me melt:He murmured her name, tenderly taking her face in his hands. ¿I love you,¿ he said, his voice low and fervent. ¿I love you with everything I am, everything I¿ve been, and everything I hope to be.¿¿I love you with my past, and I love you for my future.¿ He bent forward and kissed her, once, softly, on the lips. ¿I love you for the children we¿ll have and for the years we¿ll have together. I love you for every one of my smiles, and even more, for every one of your smiles.¿Julia Quinn has managed to create characters that are truly relateable. We all have insecurities.... we all have questioned our purpose in life.....we all have longed for a person that we knew we could never have. I found myself smiling throughout this wonderful story, even laughing out loud at times. And of course, I too fell in love with Colin Bridgerton, insecurities and all.
Sugarbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Romancing Mr Bridgerton is the 4th book in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and tells the story of how Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington learn to love one another. Colin and Penelope have know each other for years. Penelope is best friends with Colin¿s sister Eloise. And it seems that Penelope has always been in love with Colin but Colin has always seen Penelope as the little friend of his little sister. Penelope has been the person overlooked by society for many reasons. In the beginning it was her weight and her quiet ways. Her mother seems to have horrible taste in dressing Penelope with her being described as an ¿over-ripe pumpkin¿ by Lady Whistledown at one point. No one seems to be able to see the true Penelope. After his latest trip abroad, Colin returns to have his eyes opened about Penelope. He realizes how much he has always depended on her friendship and one afternoon and one kiss has Colin realizing how much he desires her.One quote that I found when reading other book reviews sums up my feelings about this writer and this series perfectly: ¿Julia Quinn¿s witty storytelling and wonderful storylines often make me feel as if I¿m sitting across from her at a coffee shop, drinking whatever, and listening to her as she tells me this story, often punctuated with smiles, chuckles and roaring laughter. Julia Quinn is truly a gifted writer.¿This book is a sweetly told story of lifelong friends finally falling in love. And, yes, in this book we finally find out who Lady Whistledown is!This book was voted one of the top ten books of the year by the RWA membership and finalist for the RWA RITA Awards in the Long Historical category.
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Daphne and Simon so much in THE DUKE AND I that I didn't think any of the other Bridgerton novels would live up to that expectation. After reading ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON, however, I concede defeat. This was perhaps my favorite novel in the series so far. Penelope has been mentioned in previous novels, and I was delighted to see her finally get a happy ending of her own. Colin, a known rake from earlier books, is a perfect hero in this story. Their love story is completely believable; the romance is very well-developed. There's not an "Aha!" moment, when the characters look deeply into each other's eyes and realize they've fallen. Instead, this is a very sweet romance about two people who form an attachment as they discover they have more in common than they'd ever realized. Julia Quinn's writing is masterful in this novel. I was hooked in the first chapter and captivated until the very last. You'll need to have the 5th book on hand (or at least on its way) before you start this one. The next story somewhat overlaps this one, and there are many hints to it in this 4th book.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Romancing Mister Bridgerton - Julia Quinn (7/10)Historical Romance; book 4 in the Bridgertons series. I had liked the heroine in this one from when we first met her - in a horrible tangerine dress - back in The Duke and I so it was lovely to see her come into her own and get her own happy ending.
lina_em on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ugly duckling story. colin was so funny to see unfold in the presence of penelope.
abrbookbag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Penelope Featherington marries Colin Bridgerton her best friend's brother who she's had a crush on for ten years. .
Darlene491 More than 1 year ago
Colin, Colin, Colin.. what ever are we going to do with you? Single man about town, gadding around without a care in the world. Send you travelling of course. You leave a man-child and come back a man. Penelope Featherington has been in love with Colin Bridgerton since she was 16. At 28 things are not looking hopeful for a walk down the aisle, with anyone. Penelope has a secret, a huge secret. It could ruin not only her but her entire family. Colin has a secret of his own. Suddenly Penelope is everywhere Colin looks, and he does look. The girl he vowed never to marry has turned into an interesting young woman and captured his attention. Things are complicated by secrets and long standing friendships that make one feel like a member of the family. All will be unveiled in the end. A happily ever after is assured, it is a romance novel after all. Although Romancing Mr. Bridgerton works well as a stand alone book the huge secret will be a perfect reason fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton family will put this story on the to be read list.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Audio Edition) Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series: Bridgertons, book 4 4 Stars - Colin and Penelope have a wonderful relationship. I enjoyed watching Colin fall in love with her. I love Lady Whistledown and Lady Danbury!.. Julia Quinn writes the best older “I-don't-care-what-anyone-thinks” type of ladies. I do have to say though.. as this #audiobook has the 2nd epilogue attached, if this were my first time reading this story I would prefer to wait to read all the 2nd epilogues, till after I had read the original 8 stories. As some details for the next books in the series are given away. Rosalyn Landor does a fantastic job on narration, as always! ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
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judiOH More than 1 year ago
i'm loving this bridgerton series. this one concerns penelope and colin. colin is considered by the "ton" as a happy go lucky charmer, while penelope is condsidered a wallflower. there are a few surprises in this story that readers of this series will be glad to see. such humorous romances, i haven't read for some time. loving it!!!
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea that Miss Penelope landed the man she had secretly loved for so long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Colin and Penelope. I was so glad he finally saw the real Penelope. It will make you laugh and I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved that they both grew up figuratively in terms of life love and dreams together Colin found his way to standout with pride and Penelope stood proud after years of trying to not be noticed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite of this series. Penelope is such a wonderful character and I love all the interaction with lady Danbury.
RBCrump More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading the Bridgerton series, The characters are witty, fun and loving. I never tire of reading Ms. Quinn's books. I wonder what the siblings would do if Mrs. Bridgerton found love again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My absolute favorite book of the Bridgerton Series! I have a weakness for friendship-turn-into-love relationships and Colin and Penelope are no exceptions.The only problem I had was I wished it never ended. Julia Quinn has a talent of hooking me with the very first sentences of her books and Romancing Mister Bridgerton has one of those first chapters I can't stop rereading. Not to mention I've reread this book countless times because Penelope and Colin are my favorite historical romance couple ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago