The Other Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (20 Nov. 2018)
- Language: English
Synopsis: She was in the wrong place…
Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers’ hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain’s bed…
He found her at the wrong time…
Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he’s stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he’s stuck with her.
Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?
When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew’s secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?
The thing with Julia Quinn’s books (at least the Rokesby books) is that nothing really happens, there’s really no great action or drama, it’s just two people really getting to know each other, and it’s lighthearted pure entertainment. It’s so much fun! This entire series, the characters are so good and intelligent and just pure fun, you just have to love them!
The story of well-born Poppy being kidnapped by a handsome, aristocratic, charming, privateer/spy, with a heart of gold and a French chef to cook all of his meals was, of course, utterly unrealistic. However, I don’t mind (and even) like improbable romance plots as long as the writing and chemistry are there and spoiler alert, they definitely were. Poppy and Andrew were incredibly well-matched and their verbal sparring was great fun to read.
The romance was fun, the adventure was well-played, and the Bridgerton name carries on as one of the best literary families to read. But I think that what I loved most about this book was that I can really see the changing tide of the romance novel inside of this historical romance’s pages. At the beginning of romance novels, it was 100% female submission (the “bodice rippers,” if you will). Then it became strong women, but stronger men (the woman who had to learn to accept that she did not always know best because, actually, the “alpha” hero did). But now, there’s a tide towards true feminism – equality.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and it’s a great read for you all out there who want an easy and fluffy time.
The other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn will be released on November 20 by Piatkus Books and you can buy your copy with a click HERE