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Bridgerton books and Netflix series – best historical romance

The Netflix Bridgerton series has been adapted from the Regency romance novels written by Julia Quinn (and the romance genre has been given a much needed boost!)

The Bridgerton books are set between 1813 and 1827 and the novels focus on the love story for each of the late Viscount Bridgerton’s children:

  • Anthony
  • Benedict
  • Colin
  • Daphne
  • Eloise
  • Francesca
  • Gregory
  • Hyacinth   

It’s looking likely from the popularity of the Netflix show that we’ll have the excitement of seeing all the Bridgerton siblings love stories come to life on the screen. Although not necessarily in the order of the books!

There are four Bridgerton prequel stories too.

A generation before the Bridgerton’s there were the Rokesbys …

Set in the late 1700s, this series follows the aristocratic Rokesby family, who are close friends and neighbours of the Bridgertons.

Have a look at the love stories of the Rokesby’s.

Bridgerton books in order

1. The Duke And I
2. The Viscount And I
3. An Offer From A Gentleman
4. Romancing Mr Bridgerton
5. To Sir Phillip, With Love
6. When He Was Wicked
7. It’s In His Kiss
8. On The Way To The Wedding
Epilogues : The Bridgertons Happy Ever After

The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton: Lady Whistledown’s Official Guide

Lady Whistledown fan?

There’s a Bridgerton book that published in November in digital and hardcover formats. And it looks amazing!

book cover for The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton, Lady Whistledown's Official Guide by Julia Quinn.  Purple background with vines around the outside
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Piatkus; 1st edition (11 Nov. 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0349431914
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0349431918

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes a highly designed, colourful collection of quotes, wit, and wisdom from Lady Whistledown and the most memorable characters of the beloved Bridgerton books, now a series created by Shondaland for Netflix.

Most esteemed members of the Ton, we are delighted to extend a very special invitation . . . let the notorious Lady Whistledown be your personal guide to each of the characters you know and love. From Simon, to Daphne, to Penelope and Colin, this is your chance to get to know your favourite characters like never before, discovering new gossip and old scandals (once noted, never forgotten…). With over 10,000 words of brand new material written by Quinn (AKA Whistledown) herself, this is the true Bridgerton devotee’s perfect Christmas gift . . .

Each chapter in the book will highlight a different character from the Bridgerton series and include a new introduction from Lady Whistledown, quotes from the character, and things other characters have said about them over the course of the entire series. Readers will relive the twists and turns of the books, taking (or not taking) the advice on love, family, etiquette, and fashion.

With an introduction from the creator of the Bridgerton world, the worldwide bestselling Julia Quinn, The Wit and Wisdom of Bridgerton is a highly designed keepsake and unique addition to the Regency world we all know and love.


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Bridgerton books summaries

Find out what’s in store for the Bridgerton siblings in the books summaries below:

book cover for Bridgerton, The Duke and I

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely – and almost-on-the-shelf – Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth – it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable . . .

Their ruse works like a charm – at first. But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it’s hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it’s his devilish smile, certainly it’s the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her. It wasn’t the plan, but it seems she’s falling for the duke, for real. And amidst the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule . . .

book cover for An Offer From A Gentleman

Sophie Beckett never dreamt she would sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball – or that ‘Prince Charming’ would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie had been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But that night, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she felt like royalty. Yet she knows all enchantments must end.

But Sophie has reckoned without Benedict’s determined heart: he has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, for he knows this is his only chance for a fairy tale love . . .

book cover for To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn

My dear Miss Bridgerton,

We have been corresponding now for quite some time, and although we have never formally met, I feel as if I know you.

Forgive me if I am too bold, but I am writing to invite you to visit me here at Romney Hall. It is my hope that after a suitable period of time, we might decide that we will suit, and you will consent to be my wife.

Did he think she was mad? Eloise Bridgerton couldn’t marry a man she had never met! But then she started thinking . . . and wondering . . . and before she knew it, she was in a hired carriage in the middle of the night, on her way to meet the man she hoped might be her perfect match.

Except . . . he wasn’t. Her perfect husband wouldn’t be so moody and ill-mannered, and while Phillip was certainly handsome, he was a large brute of a man, rough and rugged, and totally unlike the London gentlemen vying for her hand. But when he smiled . . . and when he kissed her . . . the rest of the world simply fell away. She couldn’t help but wonder . . . could this imperfect man be perfect for her?

book cover for It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

Gareth St. Clair is in a bind.

His father, who detests him, is determined to beggar the St. Clair estates and ruin his inheritance. Gareth’s sole bequest is an old family diary, which may or may not contain the secrets of his past and the key to his future. The problem is – it’s written in Italian, of which Gareth speaks not a word.

All the ton agreed: there was no one quite like Hyacinth Bridgerton.

She’s fiendishly smart, devilishly outspoken and – according to Gareth – probably best in small doses. But there’s something about her – something charming and vexing – that grabs him and won’t quite let go. But rest assured, he’s spinning in his grave when Gareth and Hyacinth cross paths at the annual – an annually discordant – Smythe-Smith musicale. To Hyacinth, Gareth’s every word seems a dare, and she offers to translate his diary, even though her Italian is slightly less than perfect. However, as they delve into the mysterious text, they discover that the answers they seek lie not in the diary – but in each other; snd that there is nothing as simple – or as complicated – as a single, perfect kiss.

Book cover for The Bridgertons Happily Ever After

Once upon a time, a historical romance author created a family…

But not just any family. Eight brothers and sisters, assorted in-laws, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, (not to mention an overweight corgi), plus an irrepressible matriarch who’s a match for any of them… These are the Bridgertons: less a family than a force of nature. Through eight bestselling novels, readers laughed, cried, and fell in love. But they wanted more.

And so the readers asked the author…

What happened next? Does Simon ever read his father’s letters? Do Francesca and Michael become parents? Who would win in a Pall Mall grudge match?

Does ‘The End’ really have to be the end?

Now, with The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, Julia Quinn delivers eight sexy, funny and heart-warming ‘2nd epilogues’, plus a bonus story (‘Violet in Bloom’) about none other than the wise and witty Violet Bridgerton herself.

book cover for The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Anthony Bridgerton needs a wife.

Having spent his twenties in a rakish pursuit of pleasure (whilst taking care to ensure the financial security of his mother and seven younger siblings and mother) he knows it’s high time he settled down and ensured the continuation of the Bridgerton line.

Edwina Sheffield is considered the most beautiful debutante of the current season. She is also sweet, innocent and eminently biddable – Anthony is sure she’ll make a perfectly acceptable wife and vows to make her his.

The only obstacle in his way is Edwina’s older sister, Kate. Kate is determined to do all she can to allow her sister the chance to marry for love rather than convenience. And the roguish viscount is beginning to think he may have met his match in Kate’s keen wit and sharp tongue. Until, that is, he makes the mistake of kissing her…

book cover for Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Everyone knows that Colin Bridgerton is the most charming man in London . . .

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend’s brother for . . . well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him, until she stumbles across his deepest secret . . . and fears she doesn’t know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought of as nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can’t seem to publish an edition without mentioning him. But when Colin returns to London from a trip abroad, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same – especially Penelope Featherington! The girl who was always simply there is suddenly the girl haunting his dreams. When he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide . . . is she his biggest threat – or his promise of a happy ending?

book cover for When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and breath-taking, that one knows one’s life will never be the same. For Michael Stirling, London’s most infamous bachelor, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.

After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught but never permitting his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing.

Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton for only a mere thirty-six hours longer – the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin . . .

book cover for On The Way To The Wedding by Julia Quinn

Unlike most men of his acquaintance, Gregory Bridgerton is a firm believer in true love. He’d have to be an idiot not to be: all seven of his siblings are happily married. Gregory figures he is just biding his time until the right woman comes along. And so when he sees Hermione Watson, he knows with every fibre of his being, that she is meant to be his.

But through Hermione’s closest – and slightly less beautiful – friend, Lucy Abernathy, he finds out that Hermione is desperately in love with another man. Sadly, by the time Gregory figures out the right girl is actually the wrong girl, and the right girl was Lucy all along, it’s too late. Lucy is to marry another!

Now – on the way to the wedding – Gregory must figure out how to thwart the nuptials and convince Lucy that she was always meant to be his…

Bridgerton – the music from Season 1 and 2

If you noticed the music and questioned whether you were right.  Yes, you were!

21st century songs, covered by the orchestra at each social gathering. Inspired!

Bridgerton Soundtrack Season 1

  • “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande
  • “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5
  • “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes
  • “bad guy” by Billie Eilish
  • “Love Yourself (Short Reprise)” by Sufjan Stevens
  • “Strange” by Celeste
  • “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift
  • “The End” by JPOLND

Bridgerton Season 2 Soundtrack

  • Nirvana’s ‘Stay Away’, covered by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’, covered by Kris Bowers
  • Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’, covered by Hannah V and Joe Rodwell
  • Robyn’s ‘Dancing on My Own’, covered by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’, covered by Duomo
  • ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, covered by Kris Bowers
  • Harry Styles’ ‘Sign of the Times’, covered by Steve Horner
  • P!nk’s ‘What About Us’, covered by Duomo
  • Calvin Harris and Disciples’ ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, covered by Kiris
  • Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’, covered by Midnight String Quartet

Where was Season 1 of Bridgerton filmed?

The filming of those sumptuous scenes in season one takes place in some of the oldest estates in the UK:

  • Wilton House grounds were substituted for Hyde Park
  • Somerley House grounds were substituted for Hampstead Heath
  • Ranger’s House was used for the Bridgerton House exterior
  • Halton House was used for the Bridgerton House interior
  • Wilton House was used for exterior and entrance to Simon Basset’s Hastings House with Syon House and Badminton House for the rest of the estate
  • Castle Howard was used for the exterior of Simon Basset’s Clyvedon estate and Wilton House for the interior
  • Hampton Court Palace and Lancaster House were used for St James’ Palace
  • Lady Danbury’s estate was filmed at Holbourne Museum
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens were recreated for the location of her balls
  • The Guildhall in Bath was used for another ball as well as the great hall at Leight Court in Somerset
  • The Featherington’s interior was Hatfield House and Halton House and the exterior the Royal Crescent in Bath
  • The slum scenes were filmed at Chatham Dockyard as was some of the boxing scenes
  • Normansfield Theatre was also used for boxing scenes
  • Theatre scenes were filmed at the Hackney Empire
  • Pickled Greens was used for the modiste shop

The filming sets complement the Bridgerton books and give everything depth. This is one series adaption that works so well.

Where will season 2 be filmed?

There have been documents filed which show Netflix wants to construct a replica Mayfair road on the Sunninghill Park Estate and for it to stand for five years. Excitingly, this gives us an indication that all books in the series will be adapted!

Where Season 2 was actually filmed

  • Hatfield House
  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Wrotham Park
  • Royal Crescent
  • Syon Park
  • Greenwich
  • West Wycombe
  • Wilton House

If you want to know more detailed information – which scenes were filmed where, Find That Location has got you covered.

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What’s coming next for the Netflix Bridgerton Series?

Season Four

Lady Whistledown's announcement of Bridgerton seasons 3 and 4

Watch this space …

Season Three

I’m so looking forward to Bridgerton’s third season. It focuses on Colin and Penelope’s love story!

Changes to the third season:

Hannah Dodd will be taking over the role of Francesca Bridgerton starting in season three.

Queen Charlotte Spin Off Series

Netflix and Shondaland added another show … a limited eight episode prequel series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte. After all, we wanted to know more about this intriguing character!

The spinoff will also told the stories of young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. 

I loved it!

Queen Charlotte is based on a real individual (she wasn’t a figure in the novels but added to the TV production).

Centered on Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power, this Bridgerton-verse prequel tells the story of how the young Queen’s marriage to King George sparked both a great love story and a societal shift, creating the world of the Ton inherited by the characters in Bridgerton.

Book tie-in

Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes will co-write the book about Queen Charlotte’s rise to power, which is set to be released when the show premieres.

The prequel is published by William Morrow/Avon Books.

UPDATE 25th December 2021

25th March 2022 is an important date to add to your viewing calendar. YES – Bridgerton 2 will be streaming on Netflix 🙂

UPDATE September 2021

Out of the 12 nominations in the Emmy awards, Bridgerton won one:

Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling



Bridgerton has received 12 nominations in the Emmy awards!

Will you be watching on 19th September?

Nominations are:

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – 2021

Julie Andrews, as Lady Whistledown

Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Or Fantasy Program (One Hour Or More) – 2021

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series – 2021

Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) – 2021

Outstanding Period Costumes – 2021

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series – 2021

Outstanding Period And/Or Character Hairstyling – 2021

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) – 2021

Kris Bowers, Composer

Michael Dean Parsons, Composer

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series – 2021

Regé-Jean Page, as Simon Basset

Outstanding Drama Series – 2021

Outstanding Music Supervision – 2021

UPDATE: 3rd June 2021

Season 2:

As we already know, this season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton (The Viscount Who Loved Me).

Edmund Bridgerton, head of the Bridgerton household, wasn’t around in Season 1. He passed away when he was 38 from a bee sting. He had been Anthony’s role model and important to him and through flashbacks, we get to see him for the first time.

Edmund Bridgerton is being played by actor Rupert Evans.

UPDATE: 13th April 2021

Lady Whistledown made an announcement for series three and four 🙂

Lady Whistledown from Bridgerton's announcement of further series (3 and 4)

UPDATE: 3rd April 2021

Sadly, Regé-Jean Page who plays Simon Bassett (Duke of Hastings) will not be returning for Season 2. This was announced by Lady Whistledown yesterday:

Extract from Lady Whistledown's Society papers announcing Regé-Jean Page won't be in Season 2

UPDATE: 1st April 2021

New member to join the cast for Season 2:

Charithra Chandran has been cast to play Kate’s younger sister, Edwina. Spoiler Alert – if you haven’t read the books, look away now! Edwina is the woman that the reluctant-to-marry Anthony Bridgerton decides to wed. The only problem is that Edwina’s older sister, (played by Kate Sharma), doesn’t approve of Anthony and does everything she can to stop the betrothal.

UPDATE: 21st January 2021

Poster from Lady Whistledown confirming the 2nd series of Bridgerton

At the time of writing the post:

Although I haven’t been able to find a second season confirmed, I did find information that production on season two was already being planned in February 2020 (as listed on Production Weekly).

So a second season was meant to begin filming before season one even came out. But then the pandemic happened and as we all know, everything was postponed. 

Of course there are going to be people who Bridgerton doesn’t appeal to but in all honesty, what I have seen so far is healthy debate (such as discussions around a controversial scene between Daphne and the Duke). 

One thing for sure, with the first novel adaptation being such a huge success, more are highly likely to follow.    

While we’re waiting for the next in the Bridgerton Netflix Series, we have the Bridgerton novels to take us back to this glitzy, erotic and glamorous Regency world.

Books for all 8 books in the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

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