I’d heard a lot about the Netflix adaptation of this book series by Julie Quinn, so when I started the book this month, I knew the outline of the story: regency-era boy and girl pretend to date, end up together for real and are very surprised by this shocking turn of events.
I even managed to watch an episode earlier this year before I got a copy of the book and decided I was going to read it first, because I never seem to learn my lesson.
Unsurprisingly, the TV version is different to the book, as the book focuses solely on Daphne and Simon’s fake courtship, told through their perspectives, with a couple of scenes each chapter from the points of view of Daphne’s family, while the TV series also covers her family as well as some of the other society families.
That being said, time is still spent developing the dynamic of the Bridgerton family members, and I found it refreshing that all the siblings got along together and Lady Bridgerton was the complete opposite of every upper-class regency era fictional mother (i.e. nice).
There were a few encounters which were questionable (I have chapter 18 in particular in mind here), but on the whole, the simple plot made it very easy to read, and the ideal cure for my reading slump.