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Read The Books That Inspired Bridgerton


I’m of the academic opinion that good romance novels are a boon for society—in particular when those romance novels involve frilly gowns and someone who identifies as a “viscount.” Thankfully, the Bridgerton series has both! If you spent the last few weeks in a Regency-fueled fervor over the new Netflix series from Shonda Rhimes and Chris Van Dusen, you’ll be delighted to learn the show is based on books … and you needn’t wait for next season to get the next chapter’s spoilers.

The first season of Bridgerton is based, in large part, on Julia Quinn’s first book, The Duke And I. Daphne and Simon, the Duke of Hastings, stage an elaborate plot, then find themselves stuck in the web of said plot. But for a sneak peek at what might happen next—Will Penelope Featherington reveal herself as Lady Whistledown? Will Anthony find true love? What will Marina name her baby? Will you ever recover from the way Regé Jean-Page says “pinnacle”?—it’s time to settle down by the fire for some light, flirtatious reading. Here’s where to start.


  1. The Duke & I

If you’d like to relive the events of Daphne and Simon’s tumultuous courtship—and truly, who wouldn’t?—start here.


2. The Viscount Who Loved Me

A scorned Anthony decides love is a sham, and he will marry for duty alone. Wonder how that works out for him?


3. An Offer From a Gentleman

It’s Benedict’s turn! He meets his dream wife at a dazzling soiree, but it’s the Cinderella-like Sophie Beckett he can’t quite keep his eyes off of…


4. Romancing Mister Bridgerton

And of course, who could forget Colin? The third Bridgerton brother gets his shot at love, as does Penelope Featherington—who, as we know, is hiding a rather scandalous secret.


5. To Sir Phillip, With Love

Eloise, the budding feminist Bridgerton sister who can’t stand the idea of marriage, finds herself swept away by a letter from one mysterious Sir Phillip.


6. When He Was Wicked

Francesca Bridgerton gets her own fairy tale in the form of Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous rake—even, dare we say, more infamous than the Duke of Hastings himself.


7. It’s in His Kiss

Darling little Hyacinth has grown up to make her debut at this point in the series, and she catches the eye of Gareth St. Clair, who needs her skills translating Italian to decipher a strange family diary. 


8. One The Way to the Wedding

Finally, the youngest Bridgerton boy, Gregory, gets his all-important love story—or, er, love quadrangle.


From Harper’s Bazaar US

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