Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball - or that Prince Charming would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.
Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other - except perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet if he offers her his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
©2001, 2009 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2016 Recorded Books
Perhaps another book by Julia Quinn. Definitely another book narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I thought her performance was excellent.
The main problem I had with this book is that the so called hero behaves in an extremely ugly fashion on many occasions. For a supposed romance, it's not very romantic. The hero is quite abusive and manipulative at times. He's genuinely not that admirable throughout the book and behaves in some pretty disgusting and self centred ways much of the time, taking advantage of the heroine in a number of ways. I didn't really enjoy listening to him and sometimes found the book a grind to continue on with.
I enjoyed the description of the masquerade ball.
Not 100% convinced.
This book gives a pretty ugly picture of the way the lower classes, such as servants, were treated during the Regency period as well as how dependent women were on others. I understand that these are the historical facts of this period but I wouldn't have chosen it as light, romantic listening.
Finding true love
There were so many memorable moments. When Benedict rescues Sophie from the son of the household she was working at, and from the son's drunken friends, was one.
She always gives a great performance.
Yes, and did. I started listening to it in the afternoon and did not finish until the wee hours of the next day.
The book was wonderfully written and the performance perfection.
Loving this series. Worth the wait for it's arrival on audio and it's been many years. Perfect storytelling and narration.
"Entranced the whole time!"
Even though it is an obvious reselling with nice variations of the Cinderella story, I thoroughly enjoyed it and was never disappointed but always hung on every spoken word. I love Rosalyn Landon's narration, she is absolutely one of the best for natural sounding male voices and making females voices fit their character personality. I love this family and have only read Antony and Daphnes stories so far, will look for others now. Charming and romantic with great chemistry and intimacy between the Benedict and Sophie.
"Love love love the Bridgertons!"
Such a very good book! I laughed, cried, swore, exclaimed and listened in a single marathon.
"Much better after "Cinderella" goes away."
Maybe. The recreation of the Cinderella story may not be as disconcerting as it was the first time around.After the too obvious, the story was much better.
Maybe. It is fun. It is fluff and it was so much better after the author got away from the exact Cinderella story.
The scenes in the jail and then in front of the magistrate.The truth comes out!
The first part of the story so paralleled the Cinderella story that I could not lose myself in the tale. After it changed, I enjoyed a typical romantic story.
"an offer from a gentleman"
Very good book. Cannot wait until they make all Julia Quinn book so you can hear the instead of reading them.
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