AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN

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The illegitimate daughter of an earl, Sophie Beckett is thrilled when she learns that her father has married. Though he never recognized her as his own, her father did take her in and raise her. Her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, however, are not the warm, loving family Sophie expects.

Upon her fathers death, Sophie is treated as the lowest servant. When the opportunity arises for her to secretly go to a ball, she takes a chance to live her dream.

The Bridgerton masquerade ball is the most sought-after invitation of the season with Benedict Bridgerton being the catch.

When Benedict spies the masked lady in the silver gown, he knows she is the one. Yet, when the clock strikes midnight, she disappears from his life, leaving him holding an antique glove and nursing a broken heart.

When Sophies stepmother discovers her charade, she must flee. For two years, she works as a ladys maid in the country. One day Benedict coincidentally comes to her rescue while she is being attacked by some youths. He is strangely drawn to her and feels emotions he has not felt since his lady in silver escaped him. Benedict takes her to his mothers where she will serve as a ladys maid. But when Fate again intervenes in their lives, Benedict is faced with losing Sophie forever.

With her trademark style, witty repartee, humorous antics and delightful cast of characters, Julia Quinn has penned another winner in this enchanting Cinderella love story. SENSUAL (Jul., 375 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Beth MacGregor