Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale Blog Tour

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.

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By A Lady of Distinction

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...

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4 1/2 stars
Lady Bridget's Diary was a fun, romantic read. Witty and humorous without being over-the-top, Bridget & Looord Darcy (Colin) were great at bantering, insulting, and generally rubbing the other the wrong way, amping up the chemistry.

The Cavendish clan from America, horse breeders from Maryland, take the haute ton by storm. James received the title of Duke with his uncle's passing. With the help of their aunt (whom I loved), James and his four sisters are welcomed into 'civilized' society.

Lady Bridget's Diary had a vast cast of characters, which opened up the possibility of many intriguing books in the future. Each sister, as well as James, and several others, had individual problems and eccentric personalities that will lend well to their own stories. I look forward to this in the near future – Lady Amelia's story is next in July (thank heavens it's not a long wait)

The middle Cavendish sister was one of the narrators for this first book in the series, Darcy being the other. Bridget & Darcy are the perfect balance for one another – Bridget, the sister who fell, isn't fond of meaningless rules and backhanded compliments, while this is all Darcy has ever known. Dreadful Looord Darcy is taken completely off guard and unhinged by Lady Bridget, and it was delightful to watch (read).

What was most refreshing to read was the new duke with his sisters, and the sisters interacting with him and each other. Instead of seeing the sisters as a nuisance and a burden, ones in which he wishes to marry off to get out of his hair like in 99% of Historical Romance, they are a real family. It was sweet how at night they would meet up in either the kitchen for cake, or the oldest sisters' bedroom, and discuss their days/nights – big brother included, who they would relentlessly tease by calling him Duke. So instead of painting one or two in a bad light, where we'll learn differently during their book, the author made the reader fall in love with this eccentric family, leaving them intrigued for more.

And Rupert (Lord Darcy's heir – baby brother), with his unique 'issue' of the time, I beg the author to give us his story, or at least of novella, because this character is the most intriguing of all.

Seriously, I have mostly fabulous things to say about this book. Maya Rodale is a new-to-me author, and I look forward to reading more.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lady Bridget's Diary (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1) by Maya Rodale to read and review for this tour.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I loved this book so much! Thank you for hosting today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours


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