Bridgerton by Julia Quinn Book Summary

A #1 New York Times Bestseller 

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the story of Daphne Bridgerton, in the first of her beloved Regency-set novels featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...

This novel includes the 2nd epilogue, a peek at the story after the story.

Bridgerton by Julia Quinn Book Reviews

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- TV5 star

Just read The Duke & I for the fourth time. Had to read it again after seeing the Netflix series. Loved the series but the book is better. So many great lines were left out of the series. Read the book & watch the Bridgerton series for several hours of enjoyment. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- The very best!5 star

Couldn’t put it down!!!

- The Duke and I!!!5 star

Omg! Incredible!! Well done!

- Loved it!5 star

Bridgerton is the best Tv show in years!

- The duke and I5 star

I loved it. But be warned it’s different from the series. I think the book is definitely better!

- Bridgerton The Duke and I5 star

Amazing show and even more amazing book!!! Definitely recommend!!

- 💕💕💕5 star

I love this book!! So good

- Better than the Show5 star

It made me laugh and cry. I read the whole in two sittings! A true page turner.

- Great bones4 star

A fun and excellent Romance novel. For fans of the Netflix show, coming to this second makes you realize how wonderful the writers at Shondaland are; they’ve taken the whole scope of the book SERIES and stitched them together to become a vastly more compelling and engaging TV show. Quinn’s original characters and storylines remain wonderful, and her dialogue - particularly the familial banter and teasing - is delightful.

- Amazing5 star

I found out about this series after watching the Netflix series about the first book and I’m in love!! This was such a good book and while the show is not the same, I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books from this series!

- Exciting read5 star

I liked the show, loved the book a hundred times more!

- Not as complex or as fun as the show2 star

The plot is hyper-focused on Daphne and Simon and lacks the drama of the show. If you watched the show first and came to read the book hoping for an Outlander-esque world that is more detailed than the show you watched - you will be disappointed. The romance scenes are great but without any world building or other well rounded characters it falls flat. I was speeding through and by the end and found the epilogue strange and unnecessary. The characters are so vibrant in the beginning it is easy to see why it was adapted and the plot filled out by Shondaland.

- I enjoyed this book.4 star

Lovely. Sweet. Well-written. I realized I smiled through most of the book, and I’m smiling now.

- Love4 star

I love the show and the book is a good read. I’ve seen that Julia Quinn made a family tree of the Bridgertons from all who the siblings married and their kids marriages . I’m curious, did Julia Quinn made books for Daphne and Simon kids too ?

- Enjoyable4 star

So I had no idea this was a book series. All my friends were going crazy for the Netflix series, so I decided to watch it. And then found out about the books after I’d finished it. I hate that the show spoiled some things for me. (Obviously I will not mention the spoilers). However that being said I did enjoy this book immensely. I smiled frequently and sometimes laughed through a fair amount of it. It was an easy ready, and written quite nicely. The few steamy scenes were not as detailed as I am used to in other novels and honestly it was refreshing. I can’t wait to read the next. The reason I only gave it 4 stars was for the scene with the consent issue. I knew it was coming, I was unhappy with it in the show and I was unhappy with it in the book. At the end of the day consent is not something to make light of, and it can be given or taken by all genders. It definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m going to read the next book and hopefully find that the author redeems themselves.

- 😍5 star

Amazing. You won’t want to stop once you start !

- LOVE5 star

Love this so much!!!

- The Netflix series was just as good or better to me4 star

It’s a nice read. I think I liked the series more than the book. But it’s cute!

- Love5 star

The writing really takes you to the 1800s. Love the Netflix show and am now hooked on the novels by Julia!

- Wonderfully fluffy4 star

Yea, I jumped on the Bridgerton train. And you know what?! I have no regrets! It was so good, so fluffy, and made me super happy. I absolutely cannot wait for the next installments so I can gobble up the tv series as well!

- Clever, Exciting, & Can’t Put Down!4 star

I wanted to start this reading because of how trending the Netflix show was getting, and I am SO glad I decided to read this first. The story is so easy to follow along, the writing is clever and the dynamics between the characters is interesting. There are a few -steamy/romantic- scenes and SEVERAL beautifully written expressions of love. It’s somewhat like Jane Austen meets 50SoG (less detailed). For this to be a regency era novel type, I was pleased for it to be an easy-read and understand the events. Can’t wait to read the rest! My only “critique” would be that I didn’t prefer a few intense scenes, but understand why they were there for the plot. I’d give 4.5/5 rating if I could!

- Amazing!5 star

It’s been 4-5 years since I stopped reading because I couldn’t find a book that would trap me like this one did I love it! I look forward to read all of them. My favorite book ever!

- Love this story5 star

Love the show too

- Rape scenes are not okay1 star

Boycott this book

- Amazing5 star

I bought the book after watching the series on Netflix. Best purchase ever. I wish we can have season 2

- 300 pages too long3 star

It perplexes me that authors and publishers alike are content to stretch out books to the point where it’s the literary equivalent of watery lemonade. Every chapter read like the one before it and it feels less like a romance than a costly lesson in patience for the reader. The writing is solid but I wish the plot had more meat on its dreadfully scrawny frame.

- Ehhhh3 star

For me the potential is there just for like the conversations talk too much and as if it was almost bland. I love the idea behind it, the concept, but I don’t think it was executed perfectly. Still it was okay.

- My second favorite of Bridgerton family5 star

I love this book! Read this 3 times already and still not bored at it yet. Worth for some leisure reading time :)

- Top ten regency romance of all time5 star

I’ve read this book three times over the last few years and it never gets old! The entire Bridgerton series is definitely worth buying as all of them are gems. Julia Quinn’s writing style is unparalleled! Just wait till you get to Lady Danbury…..

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thatsjustelisa - So detailed and a complete page turner.5 star

I am throughly enjoyed reading this after watching the new series on Netflix. There are enough differences to make it interesting and the extra details added to my interest.

Chichikova - Read but don’t re-read3 star

I really enjoyed this book in some ways and was profoundly uncomfortable with it in others. I thought that the writing and plotting were uncommonly good and the character development was excellent. Simon in particular felt like a breath of fresh air, considering this genre seems to be dominated by rakes (even though the characters insist on calling him a rake for the first part of the book, despite not displaying any rakish behaviour) and it was good to see the hero acknowledge past trauma in a way that I haven't previously seen. All of this would have been enough for me to give The Duke and I five stars. Perhaps my discomfort is rooted in some sort of double standard; while I gleefully read and re-read Anne Stuart's Rohan books, which tend to have a pretty loose relationship with consent, I found the scene where Daphne attempts to inseminate herself against Simon's explicit wish to be profoundly wrong. Perhaps it's because unlike in the Rohan books and their rakeish ilk, in which the relationship is in no way presented as ideal, The Duke and I seems to want to present a healthy and loving relationship in which both partners are equally respected. That Daphne's actions are not treated as, at the very least, a profound lack of respect for her husband's wishes and that she should not understand them to be such was less than appealing to me, while the fact that the book's conclusion seems to suggest that her actions were justified is profoundly uncomfortable. I'll probably read more of the Bridgerton books, because there was much to be impressed by, but this definitely won't be one I'll revisit.

Madcapmel - yummy funny story4 star

This is a great’s an old fashioned romance novel! Really laugh out loud comedy and a really enjoyable read. It’s very similar to the TV can read the book and still in joy the Netflix series as well! Very enjoyable!

Duchess of Hastings - Loved it!5 star

After watching the series on Netflix I wanted more and this story didn’t disappoint. Very easy reading. Looking forward to the next story.

artrockrebel - Sugary, foamy goodness.3 star

Frothy, fun way to pass some time. Like a sweet mochaccino with extra foam, but in book form. I haven’t watched the series yet, but can see how the source material has inspired a series. Comparisons to the one and only Jane Austen are more than a little premature I think, but that doesn’t mean it’s a fun and light read.

JessicaJohnston - Locely4 star

I liked this book and read it after watching the series on Netflix. I wasn’t as enamoured with Simon and Daphne in this book but I loved it after first reading it and still like it now. It’s just that, after reading the other books in the series, I have other favourites. Definitely a wonderful welcome into the world of the Bridgertons.

Coley234 - Much better than the series5 star

Loved this so much more than the television series

est123a - Brilliant5 star

Loved it was so beautiful!!!! Couldn’t put it down !

HelenAR14 - Absolute rubbish1 star

Overly simplistic plot, complete lack of character development, trying to be modern regency and comes across as American. Do not waste your money.

ZaraJW - Obsessed5 star

I’m not someone who’s a fan of reading but with this book, I couldn’t put it down.

Raaasaaa (0.56.) - Brilliant Read5 star

Couldn’t put it down a really easy read.

AmieLinehan - Amazing5 star

Read this after it came on Netflix just because I enjoyed watching it so much, I’m glad I watched the series first, I understand the book a lot more but I definitely would recommend this read! Onto the next

BonBan26 - IT’S FANTASTIC!!!!!!!5 star


Dan19955598 - Definitely worth reading4 star

I decided to read the book after watching Bridgerton on Netflix and was almost put off by a particularly negative review, however for 99p I decided I couldn’t go wrong. The book is very well written and easy to read, and hard to put down. It’s also quite different to the TV series it’s a slightly different story which makes it all the more worth reading. I would highly recommend, especially for someone who doesn’t read frequently I ended up looking forward to my evenings or baths just to take sometime and pick up the book.

nrnqe - nhhbjjaarmw3 star

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EBlair1810 - Better than the series5 star

Started reading the Bridgerton series a few year ago and couldn’t wait for the TV series! However the TV series didn’t live up to the expectations of the book, there’s obviously so much more detail in a book than a TV show This series really is worth the read, there’s so much more to each characters personality and depth to each of their stories, it’s truly one of my favourite series and would really recommend to anyone who loves a good steamy romance Following the family through each romance and watching them grow has been a pleasure and I can’t wait for it to continue on the big screen

Raven-Is-The-Queen - Bridgerton5 star

It’s amazing I watched it on Netflix and I’m reading it.It’s a Gold Book and a winner .

Greatlemer - Badly written; watch the TV series instead1 star

The TV series was better – don’t waste your time on the novel. Poorly written and poorly characterised, far too dialogue-heavy (with dialogue that is nowhere near as interesting or witty as it pretends to be) and with a plot that isn’t very interesting either – not to mention Daphne rapes her husband when he’s drunk and somehow it’s all his fault??? The book is also very historically inaccurate; it reads like modern-day American characters set in a Britain that claims to be the Regency Era but isn’t, and feels too American for it to be so. Also some of the language is far too much modern American English to make this a convincing English historical novel, e.g. at one point the author writes that Simon “sits on his fanny” which to a British reader is confusing as over here “fanny” means “vagina”, rather than “bottom”. And I don’t think the term “trousseau” appeared in the English language until the mid-1800s – which is after the Regency period. On the flip side, it’s encouraging to know that anyone can write a novel and have it sell, so we should all thank the author for that. But if you want a decent Regency romance, read some Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer instead.

Ricers101 - Wow5 star

After watching the series on Netflix I wasn’t ready to end my obsession with the bridgertons... glad I took the time to read this book! Even more entrancing than the show!

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About Julia Quinn Wiki

Julie Pottinger (born Julie Cotler in 1970), better known by her pen name Julia Quinn, is a best-selling American historical romance author. Her novels have been translated into 29 languages, and she has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List 19 times. Her Bridgerton series of books has been adapted for Netflix by Shonda Rhimes under the title Bridgerton. Biography Pottinger was born as Julie Cotler in 1970 to a Jewish family. She was raised primarily in New York, although she spent much of her time in California following her parents' divorce. Since her early childhood, Pottinger thoroughly enjoyed books. Her father disagreed with her choices of reading material, Sweet Dreams and ...

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