Author: Julia Quinn
Published: July 1, 2002
Series: #4 of Bridgerton
Penelope Featherington has always been a wallflower. She has never received any marriage proposals and has accepted her fate as a spinster at the age of twenty eight. However, she realizes that she had been too quick to seal her fate at her age.
You know what? This might be my favorite of all the books in this series despite having not read the four other books. Colin and Penelope are so cute together! Unlike the previous couples, these two were already acquainted, even friends, before their whole love story so they are already comfortable with each other, exchanging wits and jokes which I always anticipated at every turn of the page! Unlike the previous books as well, the lady is of more better uh background, I would say, than the husband. In addition, we also saw a lot more of the younger Bridgerton siblings and the legendary Lady Danbury.
As I’ve seen the Netflix adaptation before reading the series, I noticed that Benedict and Colin seemed to have switched personalities in the adaptation after reading this and the previous book. Maybe that is why I love Book Colin so much and may be my favorite character in the series, just as Benedict is one of my favorite characters in the adaptation. Although I’m not quite sure if Book Colin would stay in the first place for so long… Hyacinth is definitely a threat to his throne.
What I also liked about this book is how the two were a close reflection of me and I related to them so badly, which made reading this even more amazing! I have honestly no complaints about this book—
wait, maybe the lack of uh intimate scenes. Yep. I wanted more of that from them because I think it would be more special than the others, and I wanted more mature ones seeing as they are closer in age.
I hope this would be adapted in the series adaptation (We’re actually seeing bits of it already in season 1) and I’m excited how it unfolds!