Thursday, February 25, 2016

ARC Book Review, Giveaway: LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1 ) by Maya Rodale

Title: LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1 
Author: Maya Rodale 
Releasing February 23rd, 2016 
Publisher: Avon Books

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.



ARC Book Review:

Lady Bridget's Diary is the first book by Maya Rodale that I have read and I am so glad that I picked this one up! 

The cover is just beautiful and combined with the title and blurb this package is sure to attract readers, like it did me.

The plot is a mix of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones' Diary and somewhat Mean Girls too. This similarity may sometimes feel too repetitive for ones taste but still Maya has expertly executed the plot to give us a story which has laugh-out-loud moments, some intense romantic ones, quite a few emotionally charged ones with a healthy dose of family drama and fun.

The author's writing style is engaging and she had me engrossed in the story right from the start. The world building is admirable. I could imagine the drastic differences between the English life and the American way of living. I could empathize with the characters and could feel the excitement of stepping into the glittering ball rooms decked in beautiful ball gowns!

The Cavendish family is a fun family with all sorts of members ranging from Klutzy Bridget to the troublemaker Amelia to the maths loving Claire to the horse loving James. Their struggles in adapting to the English life are both endearing and too funny. I really enjoyed their strong bonds with each other and their interactions with each other and other members of the ton. Darcy is our same Darcy from Pride and Prejudice and so already my favourite. Mr. Collins is also the same from Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. But the character that had me intrigued and impressed was Duchess Josephine. She is both shrewd, intelligent and a caring person. I would love to meet and know more about her in the future. Lady Francesca is our typical jealous, nose-in-the-air and haughty "Mean Girl".

All in all, Lady Bridget's Diary is an entertainer through and through. I really enjoyed reading it and recommend it everyone. 4 out of 5 to it and look forward to reading the next book in this series, Chasing Lady Amelia and the other books by Maya Rodale. I would have given this book full 5 stars had the plot not been so same as the ones in the above mentioned lovely books.


I received an ARC from the publishers and the tour organizers via Edelweiss and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


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Giveaway:
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Meet the Author:

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.



Don't Miss More of the Cavendishes
order CHASING LADY AMELIA
 #BookReview Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale


Click to read my Review of the other books in Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series:


Book 1: Lady Bridget's Diary- Book Review

Book 2: Chasing Lady Amelia- Book Review

Book 3: Lady Claire is All That - Book Review

Book 4: It's Hard Out Here for a Duke - Book Review

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