Book Reviews,  Historical Fiction,  Memoir

Book Review: Inside Bridgerton

Inside BridgertonInside Bridgerton by Shonda Rhimes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clearly I’m going to need to buy a coffee table to display this gem. Inside Bridgerton is as lavish as the Regency Era itself. The dust cover is lovely, and you should prepare to be delighted by the ornate endsheets inside both the front and back covers. It’s a substantial book, weighing nearly three pounds, so that coffee table will need to have well-braced legs.

Every turn of a page reveals glorious photography. Many of the photographs are ‘behind the scenes’ shots. My favorites are the rather surreal images featuring the lavish sets… with the cameras and crew included.

Eye candy aside, there’s plenty to read as well. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers speak at length about how Bridgerton came to be, captured in conversational voices that are pleasant to read. There are many mini-interviews with just about everyone who worked on the show, both in front of the camera and out of sight. And all sorts of other bits and pieces. I get the feeling that the authors really didn’t want to leave anything out!

I especially enjoyed learning more about location hunting, and the many bits of information about the Regency era, as I’m usually a Victorian era fangirl.

This is a book to re-visit time and time again. There’s just so much included! One read-through is not enough. Now please excuse me, I must get to the furniture shops and order that coffee table.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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