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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale / @TastyBookTours @mayarodale

Title: Lady Bridget's Diary
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, Book 1
Author: Maya Rodale
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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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.

It's normal to want to fit in. Well, try to at least. That was Bridget. The differences between America and England were never more obvious to me as they were when seen through Bridget's eyes.

Or, rather, her diary.

Uprooted and brought across the ocean to a country she knew nothing about, Bridget found herself at odds with propriety and being herself. I admired her attempts at being British, though I loved and preferred the wild American woman she was at heart. Thrust into polite society, forced to learn its ins and outs, made this a comedic act from the beginning. But the romance made it heartwarming.

Darcy's dislike of Bridget was amusing. He's the epitome of English gentry, his propriety and politeness at odds with Bridget's, um, untamed nature. I kept thinking, "Just wait, buddy. Your time's coming!" And how far the mighty fell. Bridget's friendship with Darcy's brother meant she was a constant thorn in his side. But that that thorn became less of a nuisance and more of an interest as the story went on.

One thing I really appreciated, and I hope others do too, was the slowness of Darcy and Bridget's romance. It wasn't insta-lust (more like insta-hate) and it didn't happen one-third of the way in either. It burned slowly, ignited by tension already existing between them, then burst into love that consumed and encompassed. It was brilliant and amazing and a whole bunch of other adjectives I can't think of right now. *smiles*

Ms. Rodale, this is an incredible beginning to your new series. It pulls from favorite books of mine to present a story that is rich and amusing and exhilarating. This is a keeper and a definite re-read for me.

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.


  1. I loved this one too! And I completely agree on their slow-burn love. It was such a nice change from insta-love. Thank you for hosting!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. Right? The slow pace was JUST what I needed. Thank you for the chance to review!