by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
Published by Avon on February 23, 2016
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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.
If you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice and/or Bridget Jones’s Diary who also loves sexy times romance, have I got a book for you.
Lady Bridget’s Diary is the first book in Maya Rodale’s Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series. Bridget, of the American Cavendishes who come from a family of horse farmers, overnight becomes Lady Bridget when her brother unexpectedly inherits a dukedom. The Cavendishes leave their Maryland farm and travel to London, where James (newly minted His Grace, Lord Durham) tries on his role as a member of the haute ton.
In addition to brother James, we’re also introduced to Bridget’s sisters, Amelia and Claire, who will follow with their own respective stories. I loved the dynamic between the family members. There’s constant sibling rivalry between James and his sisters, but it’s always good-natured at heart. Family is of the utmost importance to the Cavendishes.
As the family are introduced to the cream of society, Bridget meets and immediately dislikes Lord Darcy, whom she christens Dreadful Darcy in her diary. The feeling is mutual; Darcy is horrified to learn that one of the ton’s oldest and most distinguished titles has passed to a horse farmer from the colonies. It also doesn’t help that Bridget is brash, uncultured, and terribly unsophisticated.
So begins Bridget and Darcy’s relationship. As expected, eventually that relationship evolves from enemies to lovers in the most delicious of ways. Rodale writes their sexual tension well, while still retaining a playfulness and flirtation between the characters.
Things go awry when Lady Bridget’s diary goes missing and falls into unscrupulous hands, leaving the Cavendishes and others dear to them at risk of ruin. Just as Bridget and Darcy begin to realize their true feelings for each other, they find themselves on the brink of scandal.
If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be charming. Bridget is the girl you want to be best friends with and Darcy is simply a dream. This Pride and Prejudice/Bridget Jones’s Diary mashup is filled with references to both works, while creating its own spinoff world that I enjoyed getting lost in. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and following the Cavendishes on further adventures.
Rating: 5 stars