To Sir Phillip, with Love (Bridgerton Series #5) (With 2nd Epilogue)

To Sir Phillip, with Love (Bridgerton Series #5) (With 2nd Epilogue)

by Julia Quinn

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To Sir Phillip, with Love (Bridgerton Series #5) (With 2nd Epilogue) by Julia Quinn

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?

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 author of ten novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062424112
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Series: Bridgerton Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,658
File size: 1 MB

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

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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.

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?

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?

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?

To Sir Phillip, With Love . Copyright &#copy; by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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To Sir Phillip, with Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 I’ve been spotty on this series, so the opportunity to get this title in audio was a treat – and the story managed to offer something different in a genre where it sometimes feels as if there is no new territory to explore! In this title, Eloise has sent a letter of condolence to Sir Phillip after the death of his wife just over a year past. Leaving him with eight-year old twins, a pair of mischievous children that often lightened moments that were getting too charged, and helped to keep the angst that Philip was so good in creating at a lower level. But, the Bridgertons work like that – giving you a moment of emotionally charged scenes that quickly turn laughable because of the unique perspective each seems to hold. Yet, I digress. Eloise is adorable and headstrong – after her ‘innocent correspondence’ with Sir Phillip turns into an offer to meet and possibly marry – and she hops off secretly in the middle of the night to arrive on his doorstep unannounced. Firstly – this is never done by the ‘proper ladies’ of the time, and secondly – it was the perfect way to explain herself at the bone-deep level to Phillip – her determination to go for what she wants, jumping both feet in, and everyone else scrambles to keep up. And Phillip did have to scramble – he was more than a bit of an arse to start – engendering sympathy for his losses but no empathy because of his behavior. The majority of the story is filled with pranks with Phillip at the center, and Eloise’s decisions and thoughts about his offer of marriage – something she took time with, if not real, actual thought: prodding Phillip to lighten up and grow to become what she and his children need from him. It took a while, but with the Bridgerton’s subtle and not so prodding, humor and the children’s ability to bring sense and lightness into what could become dark moments, Quinn managed to bring a unique and fun trip to a happy ending for all. Narration for this story is provided by Rosalyn Landor, and she perfectly captured Eloise in her tone, delivery and sense of determination that presented her as the headstrong and often impulsive person she was. Still, there were moments of sweetness where her own innocence and ability to retreat to “dreamy girl” on occasion. She also captured Phillip and the gradual removal of the straightjacket-stiffness that he displayed early on, loosened with the influence of Eloise, his children and the always-amusing Bridgertons. A lovely story that kept giving back with little moments that encourage you to read on, and then discover more about those Bridgerton people. 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
Favorite author delivers again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago 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.
Jasmin Spearnock More than 1 year ago
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.
Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
The ending was Beautiful, the best part in the whole story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
rocalisa on LibraryThing 2 days ago
To Sir Phillip, With Love - Julia Quinn (6/10)Historical romance; book 5 in the Bridgertons series.Acceptable entry in the series, but felt a bit forced in places. I felt that Eloise wasn't used to her full potential given how her character had been developed previously in the series. My infatuation with this series is beginning to fade.
durannie on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Another good book in the Bridgerton Family series focusing on Eloise and Phillip. Julia Quinn writes like Jane Austen with lots of wit, snappy dialog, and interesting characters.
orangejulia on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Sassy and smart spinster Eloise Bridgerton has been carrying on a correspondence with a widower with several children. He is looking for a new mom for his kids and instead of hiring a governess who he will fall in love with and marry despite differences in their social stature, he proposes to his correspondent who he assumes is meek and dowdy.This being a romance novel, when they finally meet they both go "OMGWTF You are nothing like I expected?!" Miscommunication, hilarity, concern about being a good parent, and then love ensue.
Darla on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Hero's first wife, and mother of his now-8-year-old twins was depressed, and ended up killing herself. In response to being emotionally drained by trying to make her happy, and in trying to avoid being violent like his own father, he withdraws from the children, sticking to his plants (he's a botanist). He starts a correspondence with the heroine after her letter of condolence, and after a year of correspondence, he proposes marriage, and invites her to come to stay to see if they would suit. His primary criteria for a wife is that she be a happy person. Some pretty serious issues, and they're not resolved in a too-easy way.
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Humor, suicide, strong wills, and practical jokes. Pathos and near-slapstick. To achieve the optimal ending, you need to read the second epilogue in Bridgerton Everafter. With that, it becomes a solid five stars.
Lise_Horton More than 1 year ago
To Sir Philip, With Love by Julia Quinn One of the (many) perks of attending the National Conference of Romance Writers of America for a reader-writer like myself are the free books that we are often gifted with. One of these was a classic Julia Quinn romance of the Bridgerton family, which breakfast attendees got while hearing her inspiring speech. While my reading moods swing like a rather addled pendulum, I’m always happy to revisit the Regency world of the Bridgerton clan that Quinn has been writing for a number of years. There’s always wit, and whimsy, as well as rich emotion and delightfully sensuous seduction and lovemaking to create a veritable literary bon bon of romantic goodness. In To Sir Philip, With Love, we have one of my favorite Regency tropes – the heiress “on the shelf”, destined for spinsterhood through no fault of her own, except perhaps her spirit or her smarts, or her desire for the man who truly moves her. Holding out for the hero who can appreciate her in all her unique glory. With Eloise Bridgerton, however, things begin with a bit of a misunderstanding, and a rash move that puts fate in motion. In an impetuous move, Eloise takes off for the home of a man she’s never met. The widower of her ill-fated distant cousin, Marina. Her initial letter of condolence has led to a pen pal relationship through which Eloise becomes intrigued by the young father, who’s been left to raise his young son and daughter beneath the shadow of their mother’s sorrowful life – and death. But when Eloise arrives at his doorstep, attractive and intriguing, his need for a new wife to raise the rapscallion pair (frogs in nanny’s bed and that sort of mischief), prompts him to consider her as marriage material. But naughty is no challenge for a Bridgerton! The idea of marrying the man she’s just met seems ludicrous to Eloise. Or is it? The always helpful collection of tough and protective Bridgerton brothers allow Quinn to present her readers with a forced marriage that isn’t exactly unwelcome and our couple’s decision is made for them as they prepare to face the future together. If only they can get beyond the myriad obstacles to realize just how perfect they are for one another! Sir Phillip’s horticultural obsession, Eloise’s affection for correspondence and intellectual curiosity, two marvelously complex children and a sub-plot element of shocking treatment of the kids (which one suspects may have played out all too often in the days of nannies and children in upstairs schoolrooms, essentially removed from the parental orbit), create a terrific family that you will cheer for through the turmoil and turbulence. Philip’s depression following his wife’s death offers a rich external conflict. Eloise’s determination and ease with children, and the pairs’ burgeoning love and attraction, provide a rich romance with many layers. With nuanced elements of sorrow, depression, anger, and loyalty, love, trust and physical desire, I fell in love all over again with this marvelous historical romance that proves the marriage of convenience trope has many depths to plumb for a talented storyteller like Julia Quinn. And the result is a delight for any reader who enjoys history, character, love …. And a few frogs in strange places!
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kronan1 More than 1 year ago
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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