Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale (Cavendish #1)

Lady Brigit's Diary by Maya RodaleAvailable: Feb 23rd 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Avon

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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.

A truly entertaining historical romance where the author borrows aspects of familiar favorite stories to bring this cast of characters to life. I look forward to reading more about this American family who choose to live in England after their brother becomes a Duke.

The Cavendish family, newly arrived from America is the talk of the town. James, the new Duke of Durham has moved across the ocean with his three sisters Bridget, Amelia and Claire, to a foreign place with strange rules and obligations. Their Aunt searched high and low for a relative to pass the dukedom to when her husband died and finally found James, whose father left England years ago with a prize horse and built a successful horse farm in Maryland. Suffice to say that neither Amelia or Claire are very excited to be taking lessons and learning the proper way to be an aristocrat in England, but Bridget seems to be embracing it, sort of, at least she is trying not to make a fool of herself.

Lord Darcy Wright is a stuffy, disapproving member of the ton who happens to dislike Americans and sees no reason to change his mind with the new members of society. He watches as his brother Rupert befriends Lady Bridget trying to keep the distain from his features. He loves order, rarely is unbalanced or disorganized but is bewildered by Bridget, she takes his breath away and he is unsure what to do about it.

A truly a fun historical romance, I enjoyed the humor watching the Cavendish family as they try to fit in to the rigors of English society, or not, depending on which sibling we read about. I love how close the family is and hope we get a story for each, including James.

Bridget is adorable; she writes a diary of her experiences and each chapter we get a glance into her thoughts. At first she does not want to practice and study all the proper ways of being English, but then she hates when people make fun of her and laugh, so she decides to try to fit in, with hilarious consequences. When she meets the Wright brothers, Rupert and Darcy, she believes it is Rupert she falls for, but Darcy slowly overtakes all her thoughts.

Darcy is the perfect English gentleman, always unflappable, that is until he meets Bridget. He hates everything about her, but can’t seem to stop thinking about her especially when they see each other at every event. He starts to get jealous of his brother Rupert since she seems to prefer him, but an interesting turn of events brings about a mystery to solve before they are all ruined in a scandal.

The pace works well, I loved the small twists and turns this story takes, which kept me reading well into the night. The interactions between Bridget and Darcy are witty and comical, especially in the beginning when she makes many mistakes trying to be “oh so British”, there are times she tries too hard to fit in, but even then I had to chuckle at her actions. Bridget’s siblings are engaging, I love how they all get along, there is a true family bond and I look forward to more about the Cavendish’s as they assimilate themselves into the English world. I also liked Darcy’s brother Rupert, a charming man with a secret that brings trouble. A wonderful start to a new series, I will definitely be waiting for more.

I give Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale 4.50 stars!

 

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