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Assuming that his long-time correspondent, Eloise Bridgerton, is a homely, quiet, unassuming spinster who would be desperate for an offer of marriage, Sir Phillip proposes through the mail, never expecting to discover that his prospective fiancée is a stunningly beautiful young woman who is the toast of London. Original.


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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A widower and father, Sir Phillip Crane proposes to his pen-pal, Eloise Bridgerton, believing her to be a homely spinster, so he is surprised to discover the beautiful, lively woman who appears on his doorstep.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Avon Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780380820856
Characteristics: 372 p.


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jul 05, 2016

An excellent read, like all of Quinn's previous Bridgerton books -- I think what makes this one great for me is that it's refreshing to read a historical romance with a slightly older (relatively speaking, of course) heroine who's NOT a wallflower or a total bluestocking -- just holding out for the right guy. It's a nice twist on that storyline, and of course it's full of Quinn's trademark wit and humor. A must-read for all romance fans.

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