Beoordeeld in het Verenigd Koninkrijk op 2 januari 2021
It is January, and in my reading world, I have declared it #Bridgertonuary, having binge-watched the Shonda Rhymes series, and now wanting to read the original.
Yes, yes, I am well aware that there are plenty of things being written/said about this book, the series, and 'that' scene.
So, I wanted to experience it all myself, rather than have a second-hand view via anyone else.
So, the first thing was that, because I had watched the series first, I already had the character's images in my mind, so sometimes, that was a little issue, as the descriptions in the book, of the main characters, such as Daphne having darker hair, and the Duke having piercing, blue eyes, didn't quite match up.
But, hey, I'm not expecting an adaptation to fully follow the book. They never do! I mean, they added a Queen in the series, that isn't in the book, at all, and a few extra characters, which I am sure will feature in future books, to set the scene for following serials, I'm sure.
So, back to the book.
It's a Regency Romance, and, overall, I did enjoy the story of the first of the eight Bridgerton siblings.
Daphne is the oldest daughter, and has three overprotective brothers, in lieu of her father who passed away. She's been presented to society and is three seasons in, yet still unmarried.
Simon, the new Duke of Hastings, arrives back on the London scene, an old friend of Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton Brother. He's keen to stay out of the public eye, having his own demons about the title he carries, but ends up embroiled in a charade of sorts, to assist Daphne in finding a husband.
Of course, it's a romance, so they do end up together, which is great.
Now, 'that' scene...
I'm not sure it was entirely necessary, as it facilitates a form of rape, led by the female, but I understand its relevance to the plot.
A man refuses to have children, for his own reasons. A woman wants a child and even though she agreed to not having kids, in principle, feeling misled by her husband, she almost seeks revenge... but what is sad, is that there is love there, and this act mars that love.
But, other than that, I did enjoy the rest of the book. It's an easy read. Not sure it's one I'd read over and over, though.
Still, onto the next one!
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