Feb 25, 2016

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale Review

Lady Bridget's Diary
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
By: Maya Rodale
Releasing February 23, 2016

In the first hilarious entry in her brand new series, USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale re-invents a love story we all know and cherish.

Lord Darcy is the epitome of perfect

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

Lady Bridget is the opposite of perfect 

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 in London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her loathing of the Dreadful Lord Darcy and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

They cannot stand each other-and yet they cannot stay away

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.

Lady Bridget Cavendish and her family are taking London by storm and certainly not in a good way. Her father, being the second son of one of the oldest titles in England, never expected to inherit and certainly didn't want to give up his womanizing ways and join the clergy. So he fled to America and there he settled down and build a successful stables in America. And yet fate is a fickle thing; his son is now the Duke and with that all of the family are now back in England but, with their American ways.

Bridget in the beginning wants disregard the British ways, but after being set down by Lord Darcy she never wants to feel that way again.

Lord Darcy is not happy that this American family has taken over his spear and everywhere he turns. But then the more and more he is around Bridget and the disasters in her wake. Which leads seriously painful (not literally) proposal, which understandably she turned down…but is this end for Bridget and Darcy?

I was torn by this book, I did really enjoy the story, but there were TOO many similarities between Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice and the Lisa Klaypas book; It Happened One Autumn, which I found it a little disappointed. The characters names, the overbearing Aunt and the fact that the American's was looked on like title grabbing undesirables by the male lead are just the tip of the iceberg where it comes to being similar.

Other than that, the writing was smooth and the characters likeable, I just found the plot a little disappointing.  I give Lady Bridget's Diary 3 stars.

The London Weekly

Fashionable Intelligence
All of London is talking about one thing and one thing only: the arrival of the seventh Duke of Durham. His Grace, we are told, hails from America, of all places in the world, which begs the question of how this came to be.
Older readers—or younger readers who bother to visit their aged relatives and actually listen to them speak of scandals from days of yore—will recollect the Great Scandal of 1784 in which the sixth duke’s brother, the Lord Harry Cavendish, beloved rake, absconded to America with the duke’s prize horse. This horse-thieving younger brother had done a stint in the army, as second sons are wont to do, especially when they are so obviously unsuited to clergy. Whilst stationed in the colonies, he happened to fall in love with an American woman. It was a love so great that he would forsake family, country, membership at White’s, and a voucher for Almack’s.
After extensive sleuthing this author has been able to determine that Lord Harry Cavendish established a farm in Maryland where he bred and trained racehorses, raised his family and refused to use his title. His son, the new Duke of Durham, followed in his footsteps.
So yes, dear readers, a horse farmer from the colonies now holds one of the loftiest titles in England. His arrival is expected any day now and this author has it on excellent authority that he is bringing three sisters of marriageable age. Let there be no conversations about a dull season, for this one is sure to be most entertaining . . .

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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1 comment :

  1. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY today!

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