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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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?


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
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 11,166
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 www.juliaquinn.com.

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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.

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?

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 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
...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.
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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love all the books in the series but so far this is my favorite! The hesitation yet draw to love these two characters had was amazing! Can’t wait to read #6!
Jen7waters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great love story by Julia Quinn, and although this one took me longer to finish I could never give it less than 4 stars.This is the fifth one in the Bridgertons's series and it tells Eloise's story, starting off right where the previous book Romancing Mister Bridgerton ended. Eloise was feeling kind of left out after her dear, lifelong friend Penelope married her hunky brother Colin, so she accepts a gentleman's -Sir Phillip's- offer to visit him and stay at his house for a few days to see if they are suitable to marry each other. Eloise tells no one about this and runs away from home to meet Phillip (without warning him, btw), finding out in return that this widower was looking for a wife not really for romance purposes, but to take care of the house affairs and especially to tame his two children.I always enjoy to read about fathers who think they suck at raising their kids alone, because in romance that's often not true, and this concern comes with the fact that they are so so worried about the children that they can't keep the inevitable doubt that they are doing it all wrong away, so of course Phillip was no exception, and I loved to watch him interact with his children, and even being awkward about it. Eloise obviously helped a lot with this, but Phillip really just needed a little push forward.About the couple: they didn't strike me as passionate as the previous ones, especially after the last one, Colin and Penelope, who are like...a thing when they are together.I did love the scene when all the brothers go after Eloise and try to break Phillip in half because they think he dishonoured her (so funny!) and Colin so melted my heart in that scene because he couldn't shut up about missing his wife so much.
BoredJewel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my second Bridgertons book, I find that I like her NON-Bridgertons more.The thing with HR is that you know they'll end up together, yet you read the book and enjoy it, enjoy the "courtship", the relationship development, and the things that happen to the H/H in between, and you end up caring and cheering them up and wanting them to be together.For me, that was not the case in this book, I didn't care, I was reading going: this is disappointing.I think it was more Phillip's character, I didn't like him as all.and I didn't think there was a romance, I thought the whole thing was forced upon us.I still have two more Bridgertons on my shelf, after I read those I will decided if I want to read the rest of them, or just stick to JQ NON-Bridgertons books that I have enjoyed.
veiland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1823, Marina Crane decides to take her own life on the first sunny days in months. Her husband, Phillip, saves her from drowning, but the ensuing lung fever takes her three days later. After she dies, Sir Phillip is mildly surprised to receive a condolence note from Eloise Bridgerton, Marina's distant cousin. This the beginning of a correspondence that last for over a year (hinted at in Romancing Mr. Bridgerton).Eventually, Sir Philip asks Eloise to come for a visit to see if they will suit each other enough to marry. Eloise agrees to this, but does not tell her family. She also doesn't tell Sir Phillip when she is arriving, essential to a shy, awkward man like Sir Philip. Obviously,the first encounter is less than encouraging because he is expecting a homely spinster and she is expecting someone much more charming.Eloise was somewhat annoying to me as a heroine (probably because we're so much alike!). She has an irrepressible spirit and speaks her mind entirely too often (when her mouth should stay shut). Sir Philip is a great hero. Since much of the story is from Philip's point of view, we get a chance to see how this shy, awkward man really feels about Eloise before she does. I think this was pivotal because it is easy to write Sir Phillip off as uninteresting.A great deal of this story is serious. The death of his wife and the trauma of his childhood contribute to the way Phillip deals with the world, his children, and Eloise. It isn't until Phillip and Eloise are married that Eloise starts piecing the truth together. This story is sweet and amusing, but not hysterically funny, as the rest of the Bridgerton series has been. It is still a worthy buy, but different from her usual books.
halo776 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 5th book in the Bridgerton Series, and I cannot believe the negative reviews, because it is my favorite so far. (It isn't necessary to read the first 4 books, but trust me, you'll want to read the whole series!) When Phillip's young wife dies, her distant cousin sends him a letter to offer her condolences. He responds, and they begin a friendship and eventually, a courtship of course. After corresponding with her for a year, Phillip asks her to visit him and see if they would suit. It is a most unusual proposal, but Eloise is intrigued. When she shows up unexpectedly at his estate, the real fun begins. He cannot believe she is so pretty, and she is perplexed by his mannerisms, and the astounding fact that he neglected to inform her of his two small children. Obviously, as this is classified as a "romance," you understand they will fall in love with one another, but the story of Phillip & Eloise is so very interesting. It's not like any Regency romance I've ever read. There are dark issues they face, and there are many obstacles to their happiness as a couple. I love the way their love happens gradually. Mrs. Quinn creates characters who leap off the page; they are so real. I'm really surprised by the negative reviews. No, Phillip isn't a perfect hero, but isn't that what makes him believable? Personally, I don't want to read a story about a man with gleaming hair and glistening pecs who says and does everything perfectly. This man has a lot of demons to deal with, and he's very honest about the issues he's fighting. Eloise helps him overcome his past failures and fears. Their love grows from mutual understanding and companionship. This is a romance with real depth. I've enjoyed Mrs. Quinn's lighter romances (particularly HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS), but this one was heartwarming and utterly perfect. I can't wait to read the next Bridgerton novel!
lina_em on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book felt like it just tried too hard.
Sugarbeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fifth installment of the Bridgerton series is my least favorite, I think. Maybe that¿s a bad way to start a review, but I might as well be honest up front that this particular story didn¿t really appeal to me.The story explores the relationship between Eloise Bridgerton and Sir Phillip Crane. Sir Phillip¿s first wife died due to a fever after a suicide attempt. Since his wife is a distant relative of Eloise¿s, she writes a letter of condolence upon the woman¿s death. This starts a year long letter writing affair ending with Sir Phillip inviting Eloise to visit in order see if they would suit. Eloise feels lost after the marriage of her best friend, Penelope, to her brother Colin, and decides to visit Sir Phillip. Interestingly, she decides to go without taking a chaperone or letting her family know where she is going. She arrives to find two unruly, motherless children who do everything in their power to drive her away. Sir Phillip, it seems, is looking for a mother for his children. Eloise, growing up as 1 of 8 children, easily responds to the children¿s pranks and turns them around but not until after several hilarious pranks are played by both sides! Sir Phillip is more work, but the decision to marry is taken out of their hands when all four of her brothers arrive to find her unchaperoned. Yet another interesting situation!Although this is a story about tragic circumstances, I miss the glitter and the glamor of most of Julia Quinn¿s books. I had trouble with the believability of the story line at times and I found the story somewhat contrived. I like the character of Eloise, but I found very little to like about Sir Phillip; he seems too stiff to me. Maybe it¿s the missing glitter, but I thought Eloise could have found a better match.This book was named one of the 6 best mass market original novels of the year by Publisher¿s Weekly. I guess I don¿t share their opinion.
RogueBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the best of the Bridgerton novels by far, but still an entertaining read. In some ways the plot seemed a little jumbled, and in some ways it just wasn't as compelling as some other Bridgerton stories. I do have to commend JQ for being brave enough to tackle the subject of male masturbation. This was the first time I'd encountered the topic in a historical romance. The highlight of the book, in my opinion, isn't so much to do with Eloise and Phillip, as when the Bridgerton brothers show up intending to kill (or at least severely pummel) the man they think has dishonoured their sister. I cry laughing every time I read that part, because it's just so hysterically funny. Guaranteed to make you wish you had a set of overprotective brothers, too.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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