A New York Times BestsellerFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the story of Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington, in the fourth of her beloved Regency-set novels featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.COLIN AND PENELOPE’S STORYPenelope 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 of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same—especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. 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?
May 25, 2021
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“If you’ve never read romance novels, start here.” — Washington Post“Quinn is . . . a romance master. [She] has created a family so likable and attractive, a community so vibrant and engaging, that we want to crawl into the pages and know them.” — NPR Books“Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen.” — Jill Barnett“Quinn is a consummate storyteller. Her prose is spry and assured, and she excels at creating indelible characters.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Simply delightful, filled with charm, humor, and wit.” — Kirkus Reviews About the Author #1 New York Times bestselling author JULIA QUINN began writing one month after graduating from college and, aside from a brief stint in medical school, she has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. Her novels have been translated into 43 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. Look for BRIDGERTON, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix. <div id="
Full honesty: I had never heard of this book series until the Netflix series premiered. I was so excited to start reading the books but quickly became annoyed with the author’s style. There are moments where the writing is amazing and I actually cried or laughed with the characters, but then there are moments that took me totally out of the story and had me thinking the author didn’t care enough to develop the scene.Despite these issues I was determined to at least get to Penelope’s and Eloise’s stories. I never imagined what a complete let down they both would be. How on earth are other readers ok with the fact that Colins whole personality is reduced to the-guy-who-is-always-hungry? The potential was there when Penelope found his journal, yet Colin somehow remained a passive participant that just went along, while constantly asking for food! All of his choices seemed perfunctory and it made me realize that the same was true for Benedict as well. The author decided these men should want to have a purpose so they did, but there was no real character development involved.At least I can hope that the Netflix series will do a better job when it gets to Penelope and Colin. I can’t recall a time where a tv series does a better job adding depth to a character than the books.I’m not going to bother to review Eloise’s book but once again Colin is just eating or asking for food. I will not be reading any more of this author’s work.
Collin and Penelope are one of my favorite couples of this entire series but their book is one of my least favorite. I loved Penelope with all my heart! Her hopes and dreams come through so well in this story and her not so unpredictable secret made her the most fun of the characters. Her relationship with Eloise and the whole Bridgerton family was worth it from book one to the end and I love that you get to see them in The Duke and I’s second epilogue and their own too. But this book frustrated me to no end! I love Collin and I am glad he got to see his dreams come true and he got to start a career he loved but why does that mean Penelope has to end her own? I know logically why, I get the drama of it all, but she was great too! Also their love story was so forced! One minute they are friends who share stuff with each other and the next love? I just never felt the chemistry and the fact he ignored her for 10 years just made me so angry. I love the fact though he stood up for her with her family who isn’t the worst but also isn’t nice to her. I love the fact she is already a Bridgerton in heart before they get married. There was so much I loved and 0 chemistry, it just made me so aggravated by the end of the book. I really do suggest it still because it is so many peoples favorite in the series and also for the secrets that get spilled makes it worth reading. Maybe since the TV show is out Quinn will release another epilogue and we get more! I can dream!
This book made me despise Colin, who had been one of my favorite characters. This relationship can be labeled as toxic and abusive just from the quotes “due to his remarkable (and here-to fore untapped) self control, …, his soon to be wife might wake up the next day with a serious bruise on her arm” and a few sentences down this lovely quote of a thought Colin had while continuing to squeeze Penelope’s arm because he was jealous she had a purpose “but he couldn’t let go. He knew he was hurting her, he knew it wasn’t a terribly nice thing that he was hurting her but he was so damned furious at that moment it was either squeeze her arm for all he was worth or lose his temper in front of five hundred of their nearest and dearest acquaintances.” Because physically abusing someone is always the answer according to Colin.
This book is probably the most beloved of all of the Bridgerton novels. It’s excellently written and has a great plot. And we finally discover who Lady Whistledown is!This is the third time that I’ve read it, but it has been many years so I’d forgotten many of details of how the reveal happened.There is one thing in particular, one behavior from Colin, that bothers me more than I remember it bothering me in the past, but to say what it is would be to spoil the plot. I’ll just say that, he has a few chapters towards the last quarter that had me going, “you’re a grown man! Get over yourself!” But it all works out in the end (this is a romance novel after all)!Penelope is one of my favorite heroines ever. Her transformation from the very first book to her own book is quality character development. I feel like her insecurities are something that all of us women deal with at one point or another in our lives so Penelope is an extremely relatable heroine. Plus she starts gaining more confidence and standing up for herself. Which makes us readers want to cheer in triumph for her! Plus she gets the man of her dreams too :)Its all quality storytelling!There’s only one love scene, right in the middle. It’s not super detailed.
A deeper, more sensual story of Colin and Penelope we needed, but did NOT receive. Unlike his siblings before him, Colin’s story was shallow and lacking. After everything Penelope had waited and longed for and endured, she deserved Colin and Mistress Quinn at their best. Sigh. This did not happen. Perhaps it was the lack of passion and sexual heat with only one sex scene in the entire book, or maybe it was the feeling of instalove which made zero sense after a decade of not evening seeing Penelope as a love interest.There was more telling than showing in Book 4 of the Bridgerton. Let’s hope the next books in the series offer us more.
Okay, so I think this might be my new Bridgerton favourite, so far!Colin, the third Bridgerton sibling is the centre of this particular novel, but, actually, he isn’t.The central character, the one I was rooting for, especially since I had come to love her in the last three books, Penelope Featherington, and her story, stole the show!Penelope has spent most of her life being shuffled around behind her two older sisters, slightly plump, with that unfashionable red hair, she spends her seasons being dressed in inappropriately coloured clothing, making her the laughing stock of the ‘Ton.Now at the ripe old age of eight and twenty, she is considered one of the spinsters, as her older sisters have secured their husbands, and her younger, more conventionally attractive sister is now the one in the eyes of the suitors.She’s quite happy to be in the background. A true wallflower. At least no one else will notice her unrequited love…Colin, meanwhile, a childhood friend of Penelope, one of the Bridgerton crew, and all-round ‘nice’ guy, finds himself developing feelings for her.Oh, it was great how they got their happily ever after, and there was another HUGE reveal within this book!Such fun! I would have finished it sooner if it wasn’t for this dang Lockdown, and work commitments!Can’t wait… bring it on Book 5!
I have never been more let down by a book in my life.I picked up this series after seeing the television series and being intrigued by the Colin/Penelope romance, I waded through the previous books and was hopefull this would live up to it’s promise, reader, it does not.Not only does Colin lose all personality and mischief, he becomes as boorish and “alpha” as every other male lead of the series.”The big reveal” was ridiculous, we never see the repercussions of being Lady Whistledown and there was simply so much that could have been done with this story line. The author chose the most boring line imaginable.So much could have been done with Penelope too, why does she have to lose a stone to be marriage worthy ? She was perhaps the most interesting character and her whole personality was reduced to nothing. We don’t really know why Penelope decides to print her work and we never find out what she felt about her succes or about her “retirement”. It’s brushed over so quickly, I was left disapointed and I doubt I will read the rest of the series.As always the writing is mediocre at best with the dialogue being especially clunky, disjointed and silly, I can usually get past that if the story and characters are good enough. In this case, they weren’t.
The fourth Bridgerton book is an absolute delight as we finally see the lovely Penelope Featherington – who has popped up in all the previous books as a bit of a wallflower, but we soon discover a wallflower with attitude – noticed by the man she has loved for, like, ever…. Colin Bridgerton. This is a friends-to-lovers story to absolutely melt your heart. Colin has been a charming, witty rake in the previous books, the third brother who – behind that charming facade – struggles with his place in life. As a result, he’s spent years travelling around the globe to basically avoid confronting the pointlessness – as he see it – of his existence. It was really sweet to see Penelope finally snare Colin – when he FINALLY figures out that the woman he has always considered a trusted friend is actually much more than that. In so doing, Colin also makes Penelope realise how truly fabulous she is. So there’s a little bit of the ugly duckling-swan story going on there, too. The ending to this book is particularly fabulous – and chaotic – too as the identity of Mrs Whistledown – the secret society gossip whose wry observations have introduced the other books – is finally revealed.
This is part of a series of books about a family of eight children living in elegant Georgian society.Colin is the third brother and as in all the other books it follows his progress in finding a wife.These books are well written and may be read as stand alone stories, but it is better if the series is read from the start as you get to know the family, their position in society and friendships. Their mother has one aim in life to see all of her children married…These books have been adapted and made into a Netflix series. Don’t expect a faithful adaptation, either read these books or see Netflix, but don’t do them together, or you may find it frustrating!!
I think my expectations were too high going into this book. I adored Colin in the previous books, but once we get his story it makes me really dislike him. He’s an angry, jealous man who controls Penelope with threats and abuse. I have no idea why she has loved him for so long because I didn’t like him. Also, can we talk about the Fatherington family. Worst family ever! Poor Penelope. I loved her, but the rest of this book was one massive disappointment.
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