Blog Tour: Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Welcome to the Lady Bidget’s Diary blog tour post! This is the first book in the a new series (Keeping Up with the Cavendish) by Maya Rodale and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

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Blog Tour: Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya RodaleLady Bridget's Diary (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #1) by Maya Rodale
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
Published by Avon on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 361
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-half-stars

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .
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.

Review:

This was a fun mish-mash retelling re-done of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’ Diary. It’s like taking modern day Bridget Jones’ Diary and throwing back into the Regency era.

The good and bad thing about this book is that it does follow the Pride and Prejudice plot line fairly closely for the most part. So if you’re a fan of the classic loath-to-love relationship of the hero/heroine (in this case Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy) you’ll probably enjoy it. For me, I love P&P, so it was nice to have this familiar and loved story, but at times it was also a bit boring.

I liked Lady Bridget, she’s awkward and sweet and sometimes has a mouth on her that leaves her in a sticky spot. And I like that she is that relatable heroine is who confused about liking a guy she can’t figure out.

Times I have though about Darcy in his wet shirt: 27

Times I have felt something resembling lust when I think about Darcy in his wet shirt: 27

Times I have written Rupert and Bridget in my diary since Lady Winterbournes: 0

I’m dreadfully confused.

And I like the odd tribute to fun modern day references.

On Wednesdays we are to wear pink.

The Gospel according to Lady Francesca, as recorded in Lady Bridget’s Diary.

And Darcy. He is your classic brooding hero with a touch of cuteness and awkwardness.

“What’s so funny?” he asked.

“Darcy attempting to express his feelings Rupert told him. “It’s like a baby bird, trying to fly.”

And they did have good chemistry together. I’m a sucker for the banter and adorableness. And it was definitely fun to see Bridget wreck a little havoc on Darcy’s perfectly proper plans.

“You are still a lady, even though I took a liberty.”

“It wasn’t a liberty! It was a devastatingly romantic kiss in a rainstorm. When Amelia reads about it in my diary she will accuse me of making it up, it’s so perfect. […]

Overall, it was a enjoyable read. The little differences from the classic plot were welcomed and I’m excited for more of the Cavendish family. Rodale gave us a fun and hilarious retelling, the only downfall of this for me was the fact that it suck too close to the original P&P plot and I wished it branched out a bit more (I know, blasphemy, since I adore the classic P&P). But point is, it’s a well written historical romance with characters that you can easily fall in love with.

{*Thanks to Avon & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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*GIVEAWAY

A (print) copy of Lady Bridget’s Diary and $25.00 eGift Card to Choice Book Seller

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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About Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Excerpt:

The London Weekly

Fashionable Intelligence

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 . . .

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three-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

10 Comment

  1. Thank you for hosting LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

    1. No problem! Thanks for having me!

  2. oh great review you have here! I have been wanting to read this one, but I am waiting to be in the right mood for it.

    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

  3. I heard an interview of Rodale about this book and it sounded so fun! I’m glad you enjoyed it overall and that there’s a lot of humor and witty banter. The last few historicals I’ve read have been serious and I could use some fun.

    1. If you need some more fluffy and cute, then this is worth checking out (:

  4. I love retellings, but like to be surprised by twists etc, so I am sure parts would drag for me as well .Great review

    1. I usually love retellings too, but yeah that was a bit of the downfall of this book.

  5. Gosh I want to reread this book! It was so lovely! The next book could not get here soon enough. Glad you loved this one as well, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Yay! Glad you enjoyed this, too! Oh yes, Amelia’s book!

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