An Offer from a Gentleman
“Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?
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 his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?“ -Goodreads
Despite being another romance based on a fairy tale (Cinderella no less! which is probably my least favorite fairy tale, based on the Disney movies) this was a beautiful story. I cried, laughed aloud, and could not put this book down. I picked the book up around noon, checked the clock, what seemed like, a short while later and it was already five in the afternoon. This was a lovely, yet sad at times love story. It may have been that I was full of empathy due to events that had unfolded this morning, but the story really got to me. While I’ve read, and seen, quite a few Cinderella adaptations, this one stands out near the top (my favorite Cinderella adaptation is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, a YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian novel). Benedict is such a compassionate hero, he makes my heart melt, and Sophie is an intelligent, often misunderstood heroine, and together they are beautiful. Immediately after finishing this novel I requested the next one from the library (perhaps after I finish the series I’ll go back and read the first two books in it).