The flowers are blooming, dancing cards at the ready, the silver is polished, and the socialites are back to scheme, gossip, and dazzle their way through another society season.
I hope you enjoyed the 2nd season of Bridgeton as much as I did! I loved the complexity we had with this storyline, the angst and romance was so much better in my opinion, and the cast was truly wonderful.
As such, I had to do another book pairing inspired by this season’s characters. Ready your tea cups and enjoy your reading ✨
Book Choice: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Anthony by far is not “innocent” in any kind, but this tale of a man suspended, torn between duty and desire is too befitting for our steel heart lord.
In the book, Archer our main character is between two paths. Should he acquiesce and marry into a predictable life or follow his heart and raging passion to the countess that has suddenly (and rather unwillingly) sneaked her way into his heart?
Book Choice: Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
A feisty character who always has something to say? A woman who won’t be swayed easily and has opinions of her own? Annabelle is arguably considered a mirror to Kate Sharma’s rebellious nature, and duke or not, she won’t let anyone dictate her life. So what happens when the man she hates the most, well…seems not hateful at all…
Book Choice: Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis
Dear Emmie Blue features friendship letters between two seemingly strangers, except for years now Emmie sees these letters a bit more intimate. In truth she has been harboring a lovesick crush on Lucas for fourteen years..
Is it ever too late to proclaim your love? Penelope might find herself in an achingly similar case of love and longing.
Book Choice: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf was an author unafraid to speak of freedom and the rights of women. In a world where women’s education is not permitted let alone encouraged, Woolf’s essays is seen as a rallying feminist cry befitting the rebellious nature of the author.
I think Eloise would have found an idol to emulate in Woolf.
Book Choice: Homeward Bound by Richard Smith
To be fair this wasn’t an upfront pick for Lady Danbury, one takes a look at her velvet gowns, impeccable hair and unflinching stare, you’d pick something more bold. Though I can’t help but see the mother inside, and under every pretense of command you see that she cares and loves deeply.
As such Homeward’s Bound tells a story of two relatives, a widowed grandfather and a difficult granddaughter, who at first harbor such differences to one another. Yet at times go by, they find their shared strengths and what you get is a deep story about family and unconditional love. Does it play a bit into season 1? Yes it does but the point still stands true.
Book Choice: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Lost wanderer and Aristotle wannabe Colin has a match with Piranesi. Piranesi’s part realism and part fantastical speaks to the obsession we sometimes have of finding meaning in life and the “noble” pursuit of knowledge and purpose. Littered with greek and latin influences, this introspective tale is befitting to every explorer out there.
And in the end do we find all the answers? Or end up getting more confused like Colin here?
Book Choice: The Complete Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
With his head up in the clouds, it is no wonder Benedict sees life like a fairytale, with him as the underdog misunderstood hero in it. Flowery and filled with folklore and artistry, these fairytales are for the escapist artist.
I wonder what Benedict’s happily ever after will look like? It’ll definitely include paint and canvas though for sure.
Book Choice: Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie
18 year old Nori has learnt “Not to question, not to fight, not to resist”. Nori’s grandparents interest in her go only so far as to conceal the shame and scandal that surrounds her birth. Nori remains content in her solitude but a nagging curiosity and an older half-brother threaten the bubble she so carefully has maintained.
Edwina the flawless “diamond” has great similarities to Nori, desiring to carve her own path while also wishing to meet her family’s expectations.
Her Majesty The Queen
Book Choice: Confident Women by Tori Telfer
To be on top of the game requires ingenuity, and I’d like to think that the queen looks for inspiration in the most unlikely of places to plot her schemes and craft her elaborate plans.
What better source than notorious con women with glittering charm and sharp cunning?