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LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
Releasing February 23rd, 2016
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.
The London Weekly
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 . . .
I'm going to try hard not to gush, but I really really really LOVED Lady Bridget's Diary.
It's filled with everything I want in my books- humor, warmth, great characters(both the good and bad ones)- it was also impossible to put down and so very very romantic.
What I also loved was this book was the modern style despite being a historical. It was fresh and breezy...with a touch of a soap-opera feel...OH SO FREAKING GOOD!
All of the characters are so well developed and the side stories are just as engaging. I wasn't bored once, and there was no dragging of the pace. It's going to be hard to wait for the next book in the series(but thankfully it's a short one).
Both Bridget and Darcy are strong, with huge hearts. The banter/back and forth between them was witty and realistic. There are some teary moments(I sniffled a few times) and Ms. Rodale knows how to deliver a bull's eye to both your heart and funny bone. Seriously, do not miss this book.
I have some of her backlist, and not only she is now on my auto-buy, I plan on reading and buying what I don't own ASAP.
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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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