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Sir Phillip knew that Eloise Bridgerton was a spinster, and so he'd proposed, figuring that she'd be homely and unassuming, and more than a little desperate for an offer of marriage. Except...she wasn't. The beautiful woman on his doorstep was anything but quiet, and when she stopped talking long enough to close her mouth, all he wanted to do was kiss her... and more. Did he think she was mad?

Eloise Bridgerton couldn't marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking...and wondering...and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match. Except...he wasn't. Her perfect husband wouldn't be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled...and when he kissed her...the rest of the world simply fell away, and she couldn't help but wonder...could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

©2003 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2017 Recorded Books

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It's fine. I guess.

Rosalyn Landors does the voice of every hero and heroine the same way in each book so every Bridgerton novel raally runs together. Her male voices are deeply affected and far below her register. if you thinm its bad at the beginning of the book.. wait for the love scenes. Eeee. as for the book itself, not my favourite. Phillip is very unlikable and there are just too many children in it.

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An Entertaining Listen

This is a fine addition to the Bridgerton series. I completely enjoyed myself. Rosalyn Landon is good, as always.

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Love it! And recommend!

Got into the book from the start and enjoyed every minute. I listen to these books while walking outside for exercise. I do not permit myself to listen unless I am out exercising or on the treadmill. Let me tell you that this book was really good for burning calories! LOL

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Eloise's Story

Love the Bridgerton Series, Love Eloise's journey to finding love, her encounters with crane children and Philip.

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Decent story but troubling take on mental illness

*Potential spoiler warning, TW for child abuse and suicidality.*

This one is….interesting. It’s better-written than the early books, and the intimate scenes as a result are much steamier (this is a trend I’ve noticed in both Eloise and Francesca’s stories compared to the first four, so I must assume Quinn’s writing just improves over the course of the series). It seems like a bit of a ‘beauty and the beast’ story, but without adhering to many of the details of that story, and the premise is honestly quite interesting. But the book has some…..odd and troubling takes, particularly on two topics. One is that it uses - relatively subtly, but still - the question of whether the children are being abused, and by who, as a plot device for creating tension and suspense. Idk, I guess it WORKED (I was indeed feeling tense), but I don’t appreciate being made to wonder whether the romantic lead is a child abuser just for the sake of suspense. It just felt like it cheapened the issue of child abuse, which should always be dealt with delicately or not at all in fiction. The second topic is much more pervasive in the story: the book’s stance on depression and suicide. The tone of the story, and it’s characters, sympathize with Marina on a surface level (it’s revealed in ch 1 what happened here so I’m not apologizing for spoilers), but make it very clear that Marina is to blame for her depression and that her depression and eventual suicide make her a failure as a mother and a wife. There’s an actual internal monologue line from Philip that goes, “Marina was a burden.” That idea is everywhere in the book, and the book does this weird thing where it seems to reward Eloise for her strength and happiness in contrast to the underserving and burdensome melancholy Marina, as if not having depression is what makes Eloise worthy of love and makes her the wife Philip and the children truly deserve (and as if Marina simply was weak and couldn’t choose to be happy?). I get that at the time, this probably would’ve been exactly how it went down, as it’s not like ‘melancholy’/depression was widely understood, but as always I just think Julia Quinn, writing in the 21st century, should’ve known better. I’m not saying we should ignore what a mentally ill parent can do to a family, or that it’s difficult to live with and care for such a partner. Of course it is. That’s it’s own kind of trauma. But there are ways to communicate that idea without vilifying the sufferer themselves. Quinn just doesn’t have the subtlety, finesse, or capacity to do so in a way that gives mentally ill people any dignity. It’s deeply problematic.

A lot of people probably won’t be bother by this as they read, and, whatever, ok. If you can swallow the generally shady sexual politics throughout Quinn’s romances, you’ll probably do fine with this. But if you have any sort of history with suicidal depression, or have experienced related trauma, I’d steer clear of this one for sure. It can be deeply damaging to have a novel essentially indulge all the depressive beliefs a suicidal person has that drive them *to* that point (ex. I’m not worthy of love, I’m just a burden to my loved ones, they’d all be better off without me, etc), with all the main characters at one point or another expressing or hinting at such beliefs (though Marina herself never has a voice).

So, idk. I enjoyed aspects of this story, so it gets an ok rating, but the problematic elements here really affected my enjoyment of the book overall (plus at the very end I wasn’t convinced they’d really fallen in love, they were well on their way but it felt like they did a slow build most of the novel and then rushed it into HEA right at the final act, which sort of left me feeling like the love here wasn’t as deep as the other matches in the bridgerton series).

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it does NOT include the second epilogue

I'm disapointed that this version does not include the second epilogue. It should. Julia Quinn include it in all her novels about the Bridgeton family.

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Where's the 2nd epilogue?!?!?!

so disappointed that this is the only Bridgerton book that doesn't include the 2nd epilogue. surely not going to buy the while book of 2nd epilogues just to hear this one when all the others are included in the original book

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very good

Eloise's story was a little different then her brother's and sister's. She took her own destiny into her hands and she ended up with a husband. Very good.

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  • Jody in Minneapolis
  • 2017-07-31

Very Enjoyable! Listened in 1 day

If you could sum up To Sir Phillip, with Love in three words, what would they be?

Him: Tall, hunky, handsome -- Her: fiesty, beautiful, understanding

What did you like best about this story?

Synopsis: Sir Phillip Crane, 30 years old, has recently lost his wife of 8 years to severe, chronic depression. In those days they called it melancholy. His wife attempts suicide by drowning in a near frozen lake and dies several days later. The Crane's have disrespectful and undisciplined 7 year old twins who have been left to the care of numerous nannies and nurses. Mrs. Crane's never married cousin Eloise, age 28, starts a kind letter conversation with Sir Phillip for 1 year following the mourning of his wife, whom he did not love.

Eloise shows up at his doorstep one evening, the children playing terrible pranks on her, Phillip yelling at them. The next day the only way Phillip can stop her mouth from talking incessantly is to kiss her! And the romance begins! Eloise a force to be reckoned with and just what Phillip and the children have needed so badly.

This story had me chuckling at Eloise and Phillip's banter numerous times, and laughing out loud while they were having an argument in the greenhouse when "her mouth was moving and no words came out." There are 2 scenes of sex and they were pretty hot!

It ends happy and satisfying, albeit a bit quick, I wanted the story to go on.

Any additional comments?

This is a good Austen Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett type story.

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  • debbee
  • 2019-07-26

no epilogue

the book was good but I had come to enjoy the 2nd epilogue and there wasn't one

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  • I love to shop 💜
  • 2019-03-23

Another good in the collection but...💜

...the narration! My gosh, I swear. Rosalyn Landor could read the ingredients on a bag of dog food and keep people fully engaged!

This book was fast and sweet. No real major undying conflict, just the tell tale of how Eloise and Phillip ended up together. Nice, lightweight story. There were some funny moments and even some tear jerkers. The story did touch on what is now known as clinical depression, compounded with post partum depression, and the unpleasant ending that those can evoke. It wasn’t heavy in the stotyline, but it was present.

Rosalyn, as I mentioned above, is a phenomenal narrator, and one who many adore. She did a great job in this, and I actually forgot on occasion, that it was one person reading!

I think this was part of a 2 for 1 sale, and definitely worth it for that, but as much as I enjoyed the story, I’m not sure it would be worth an entire credit. It was a super fast story and it caught me off guard that it was over when it ended. Lol

(Edited to note, there is a slight difference in this with the Netflix version of Brigertons in that Marina, Sir Phillips first wife, is a Brigerton cousin, not a Featherington cousin.)

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  • Corrine
  • 2021-02-01

No second epilogue

Story was good but I have to say I missed the second epilogue I even researched to see if there was an epilogue for this book in Quinn’s Happily Ever After book and there was so kinda confused it wasn’t included like all the others.

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  • T. Morris
  • 2019-11-19

the best in the series

this book was my favorite if the series so far. Eloise and Phillip is my favorite type if love story. The brothers are hysterical in this one! Laugh out loud funny!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-21

Good Book, Not complete

I enjoyed this story as much as the rest of the books in this series . The writing and performance were as expected. However, the second epilogue was not included in this book.

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  • Cristin
  • 2017-08-08

Just ok

This is probably my least favorite story. It never felt like the couple fell in love with each other let alone desired each other. The tension that a great story was lacking in the end it felt like rhe heroine just settled.

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  • Red Steele
  • 2019-02-12

Disappointing

Eloise is one of my favorite characters in the Bridgerton series and she deserved a better story and husband! Phillip was a self-absorbed jerk.

Rosalyn Landor did an amazing job!

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  • Travis Ross
  • 2018-01-02

Best of the first five in the series

I have a close friend who struggles with abusive impulses that she learned from her father’s abuse of her. My family also struggles with depression. Those aspects of this story really hit me hard. This love story made me cry.

Much thanks to Ms. Quinn for her writing and Ms. Landor for her usual amazing performance.

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  • Brenda
  • 2017-09-22

WELL DONE!

What did you love best about To Sir Phillip, with Love?

Altho there is so much honesty in Ms Quinn's stories, I really enjoyed this one. To have a 2nd chance at life itself is awesome. To get to know ones self is better as you are facing it. A delightful book!

What other book might you compare To Sir Phillip, with Love to and why?

None it has it's own quality.

Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

Phillip

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made to me laugh & cry. There is much truth in it. Dare to see & feel it.

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