The Duke and I – Julia Quinn

Title: The Duke and I
Book series: Bridgerton
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Pages: 352
Genre: Drama, Romance
My Rating: 8.5/10

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The Duke and I

The Duke and I is the first book in the very popular book series (and now a Netflix show) called Bridgerton. The first book is all about Daphne who wants to find a husband and wants to get children. But everyone is seeing her as a friend and not a future wife. Simon Bassett and Daphne are making a deal: they pretend to be in love with each other. In this way, other men think Daphne is attractive and will propose to her. And Simon is doing this because the single ladies and their moms are driving him crazy. He does not want to get married or get children. But not everything is according to plan.


The Bridgerton season 1 came out last December on Netflix and since that moment I knew I had to read the book as well. Because I loved the show and I wanted to know how everything is going to end. There are many 9 books in this series and I wanted to read them all. Every book is about a different family member and the first one is about Daphne Bridgerton, the oldest sister.

Daphne is desperate to find a husband but nobody is seeing her as a future wife, more like a good friend. And she wants to get out of the friend zone, luckily Simon Bassett is going to help her. But they are becoming best friends.

There are few differences between the book and the Netflix show. First of all, Simon has blue eyes in the book. But you know what? I love Simon from the Netflix show, so I was basically ignoring the eye colour in this book. Another thing they added to the Netflix show, is the Prince. They didn’t mention him in the book, Same for Marina who lives with the Featheringtons. Maybe they will appear later on in the book series, who knows. Because I already know who Colin is going to marry.

At the end of the first book, there is a second epilogue and they are mentioning Colin and his future wife. Not going to spoil anything, but I saw this marriage coming. So I was a little surprised but at the same time, I wasn’t, if you know what I mean. I liked the second epilogue because now I know how many children Simon and Daphne are getting.

But to be honest, if you just watch the Bridgerton season 1, you are not missing much. The show follows the storyline of the book pretty good. Sometimes you see a big difference between the books and the show but this time I didn’t get that feeling. I had this feeling when I was reading Virgin River book 1. They changed quite a few things about that storyline.



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