Lady Bridget's Diary

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Lady Bridget's Diary

Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #1

When Lady Bridget Cavendish’s brother inherits a dukedom, her family must leave their beloved American home and learn to navigate the daunting rules of London society. She’s determined to pull it off with aplomb, but with Bridget, nothing goes quite as planned. Luckily, she records every bit of it in her hilarious diary, including her loathing for the Dreadful Lord Darcy.

Take some of the characters and themes from Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice, mix in the romp quality of the modern classic, Bridget Jones’s Diary, give Darcy (in this case, he’s a lord rather than a mister) a heroine as goofy and quirky as Bridget Jones herself, and add the fresh, able voice of Maya Rodale, and you have LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY, the first entry in Rodale’s new Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series.

The book is humorous, light, and addictively readable. Emotions are raw on the page, and especially in the giggle-worthy entries of Lady Bridget Cavendish’s diary. Secondary characters are richly drawn and some even get their own point of view scenes in the novel. Rodale writes in a fluid style that swaps character perspectives within scenes. She provides a large cast of characters in the story, which left me eager to find out who gets their story told next. Based on the series title, I’m hoping Bridget’s charming siblings are among the candidates.

The mashup of a literary classic and pop culture fan favorite is a supremely enjoyable ride, and Rodale handles it deftly. As a fan of both books, and the movie adaptations of each, I found the novel borrowed from the original texts, and yet Rodale puts her own unique spin on each borrowed character and situation. I think LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY will easily win the hearts of fans of Austen’s and Fielding’s books, as well as those who enjoy fun, romp-style historical romance.

Book Blurb for Lady Bridget's Diary

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 4.50