Lady Bridget's Diary

Lady Bridget's Diary

by Maya Rodale

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Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062386731
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 200,576
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Lady Bridget's Diary 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1824 James Cavendish, the sixth Duke of Durham, has just arrived in London from America. Along with him he has brought his three sisters, all of marriageable age. Lady Bridget Cavendish, her younger sister, Lady Amelia, and older sister, Lady Claire, are with their aunt Josephine, Duchess of Durham and widow of the fifth duke. As the young ladies have been brought up in America, Josephine is working hard to teach them the manners and graces they need to know for their debuts to English society. A big problem is that Lady Bridget is fighting the restrictions now placed on her and the reducing diet she has been put on. As she knows she is not supposed to complain, she writes her feelings in her diary. At a ball, the ton is watching and commenting on the girls. When Bridget trips and falls, she is embarrassed but helped up by Mr. Rupert Wright. His brother, Lord Darcy, is shocked when Rupert and Bridget introduce themselves rather than have someone else introduce them. Rupert is happy and jovial, whereas Lord Darcy is cool and humorless. Lady Francesca DeVere considers herself the reigning beauty of the ton and does not want the competition of three American girls. In addition, this is her third season and she wants Lord Darcy for herself and has been hoping he will propose to her. More and more, Bridget is drawn to Rupert for his outgoing and happy personality. But while he is friendly, it goes no further than that and Bridget is puzzled. When Bridget cannot find her diary, she panics because there are some secrets that she has written that could prove disastrous for several people. Where could the diary have gone? The story follows the Bridget, Darcy and other characters with lots of humor thrown in. Expect to laugh when reading this totally delightful book.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale (Audio Edition) Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld Series: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1 4 Stars - This book is very much a Bridget Jones meets Pride and Prejudice. It really is the best way I can describe it. The storyline is always a good one and I liked the slight changes in the details. The narrator was new to me and she read well, I would listen to her again. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
thelonereader More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this, other than the obvious Bridget Jones's Diary plus Pride & Prejudice storylines, but somehow my expectations were rather medial for this book, which is why it took me so long to begin reading it in the first place. However, one day I was in a Darcy mood and I was much too lazy to either read or watch Pride & Prejudice, so I settled for this. What I ended up reading was both along the lines of what I had expected, but also quite different at times - sometimes better, and occasionally worse. The beginning of the book started out great: Darcy was very rude and had absolutely no idea what to make of the new American family in the ballroom, and Bridget was, predictably, Bridget. As in of course she falls flat on her face at her first ball and simply lays there and tries to pretend that that is a normal thing to do. She was cute. But from there I started to have a few misgivings about the story and its characters. Yes, it was still an enjoyable read, but it wasn't exactly what I had been hoping it would be. Focusing in on the characters, I think Darcy is the first character I raised my eyebrows at. People would rarely think to use the words Darcy and sex in the same sentence, but I felt that in much of the book, Darcy was lusting after Bridget's figure and imagining her naked and at his whim. There's nothing wrong with this by itself, but he just spent so much time thinking about having her rather than appreciating her intelligence and such. He definitely did love her spirit and wit and sass, which was great, but then everything went wrong for me again when Darcy began comparing Bridget with his younger self. I love the original story of Pride & Prejudice, and I'd rather not suffer such a large change in the plot, where Darcy had a father who could have been nicer, and only because of him did he become such a (charming) bore and stickler for the rules. I prefer to have Darcy see his opposite in Bridget rather than himself. Bridget, on the other hand, was pretty expected. She didn't think about sex quite as much as Darcy did, so it didn't bother me in the least. The only thing I didn't love about Bridget's character was that she was so eager to fit in and lose weight and it was so sad to realize that not only did Society not accept her, but she didn't really accept herself either. I hate it when people think they have to change themselves in order to belong, and that's exactly what Bridget was attempting to do for almost the entirety of the novel. Other than that though, Bridget was alright. Taking the plot in as a whole, there wasn't too much that was unexpected. The general plot points from Pride & Prejudice are included, and though Darcy was a more...open version of himself, there's was nothing much wrong with that. In fact, I think one of my problems is that there wasn't much that was different from the original stories. Though the characters may be a little bit different, on a larger scope, there's not much that makes this book stand out from the others. Even so, I'm glad this is a series, because the other two books revolve around Bridget's two sisters, and I'm hoping that their stories will be utterly unpredictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love pride and Prejudice, so I was plesently surprised when I got this book and little bit of P&P started showing up. (haha yes the review talks about the similarities but for once I didn't read them before buying)and I loved this book too! I thought it read very well. The characters were very well thought up and the story was great. I liked that even tho parts of both stories were mixed in, it was still a different story in itself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As others indicated, a predictable story, but that's also why I chose to read it. Really enjoyed the characters! Kinda bummed that the token gay character had to be tossed into the mix, but thankfully it was tastefully done. I wish Lady Bridget would have "come into her own" a little sooner than she did. Just glad she finally wised up. All in all, a fun read.
regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. If you like regency era romance you will enjoy this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and predictable but still really sweet
def618 More than 1 year ago
I like Maya Rodales's books. They are quick enjoyable reads but there always seems to be something that stops them from being keepers. A typo, plot discrepancy or maybe a modern word sneaking in. The last is understandable as she also writes contemporary romance. This is a cute story of an American girl who goes from Miss Cavendish to Lady Bridget upon her brother's inheriting a dukedom. Their aunt, the Dowager Duchess, is determined that Bridget and her 2 sisters will be accepted by society. Bridget keeps track of everything they're going through until her diary disappears. She must recover it before her family secrets are exposed. The hero, Lord Darcy, is horrified by the Americans but can't help being attracted to Bridget. He fights his feelings but does he give in to them? Read this cute book to find out. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in this series as we discover how Bridget's siblings are adapting to the aristocracy.
SW57 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story about awkward Bridget, "The Girl Who Fell" and "perfect" Looord Darcy. Bridget's family was born & raised in America, but her brother just inherited a dukedom. Bridget & the whole family are having trouble fitting in, despite tutoring in etiquette from their aunt. The family is very close & supportive. Darcy is drawn to Bridget, despite her social problems and that she has an infatuation with his brother. I loved seeing how their romance progressed & loved both families. Looking forward to the stories for the rest of the family!
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
There are going to be people who do not like this book because they feel it follows too closely to the stories that it takes inspiration from – Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Mean Girls. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say it steals word for word from them (which I didn’t see that much of but I don't necessarily have them all memorized). Buuuuuuuuut, there are also going to be people like me who really like some (or all) of those stories and love the idea of an author having a good time with the material. P&P and Bridget are two of my favorites stories (ones that I go back to time & again) and I found it fun to read someone else’s re-imagining of them. So before picking it up decide if you are OK with a close retelling - you are going to see familiar things but in unfamiliar ways, so you have to take that into account :) (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Bridget is the complete opposite of what Darcy sees as the perfect wife, but he finds himself constantly thinking about her. She is a breath of fresh air and the only one who is not afraid of him. Bridget doesn't think much of Darcy in the beginning, but is charmed by his brother, Rupert. She has a hard time fitting in and all her thoughts and mistakes, as well as her siblings, are written in her diary. Including the fact that she thinks she is in love with Rupert but her thoughts are not far from Darcy, as well as secrets that could destroy both her family and his. Darcy is set in his ways, but Bridget gets to him as no other, and he finds himself losing control around her. When Bridget's diary is stolen, he'll have to make the choice between his own happiness and his duty to family. Their romance is a slow burn with plenty of chemistry between the pair. I loved the closeness of the Cavendish siblings and I can't wait for them all to find their perfect love match. 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
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. Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Bridget Cavendish never expected to be Lady Bridget Cavendish, but after her brother inherits a Dukedom, that’s exactly who she becomes. Only…she doesn’t quite know how Lady Bridget Cavendish ought to behave, she always seems to be getting it all wrong. And Lord Darcy always seems to be their to witness it. Lord Darcy, the perfect English gentleman, with impeccable manners and a superior attitude that never fails to leave Bridget angry, unsure…and ever since she saw him emerge wet from that lake, she may have accidentally tumbled him in to, he also leaves her feeling hot and bothered in an entirely different way. How could I resist a book based on Pride and Prejudice and Bridge Jones Diary? I couldn’t, and thank goodness for that. Retellings are always popular and although I don’t go out my way to find them I think, if done well, they can add something to a story. I enjoyed both Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones Diary and I loved it when I saw the parallels in this book, I am more familiar with P&P so I saw the most similarities there, including a very insulting marriage proposal, a few choice lines and of course Darcy. I also enjoyed Maya Rodale’s rendition of the “Lake” scene; seeing Darcy emerge gloriously wet is always a treat. As you can imagine from the title, this is a fairly light-hearted and funny romance, readers who like Julia Quinn’s style (such as myself!) will also enjoy Lady Bridget’s Diary as they have a similar type of humour. Rodale’s characters were also very likable, Bridget has three other siblings, her two sister of which she is the middle child and their older brother, the new duke. I hope all of the Cavendish’s get their own book, as each one from what we saw of them have their own quirks and that would seem to make an interesting read. As for Bridget, her unsuccessful attempts at trying to fit into the ton although amusing, make her seem very relateable, and I very much liked her. Then we come to Darcy, it was a brave move using not only the “Darcy Template” as a hero but his name as well, he is such a beloved and well known romantic hero from literature that their will inevitably be high expectations. Now, I did enjoy Lord Darcy in this book, I do like an arrogant stuffy hero, which I think stems from my love of Mr Darcy ironically enough; however, he wasn’t THE Darcy of my imagination, so I didn’t really fall in love with him. Would it have made a difference if she didn’t use the Darcy name, thus putting him up for comparison? Maybe. Lady Bridget’s Diary was a great read, funny, romantic and packed full of characters that I can’t wait to read more about, the next book in this series is one I am highly anticipating and will be pouncing on as soon as I can.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable pride and prejudice romance with lovable characters. From the first page I couldn't put the book down. Bridget and Lord Darcy loathed each other at the first sight (of course the unwanted desire too) but as they get involved in the dire situations to prevent the scandals and threat to their families, Lord Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all- a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love. I highly recommend this sweet and sexy romance that made me giggle and captivated throughout the whole story. I am so looking forward for the next book in this series. Thank you Maya Rodale!
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Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoy Maya Rodale and the characters that she create. I have a fun, enjoyable ride in the hi-jinks of the heroines that come across on her pages. Now with this new release of a re-imaging of Pride and Prejudiced and blending Bridget Jones' Diary. I loved the offering. The Cavendishes family has lots of characters to love and hate or just not quite understand. Just a bit of the Kardashians. A family that you see all the time but love to hate or hate to love. Either way there are emotions begin triggered and felt all around throughout the entire read. I loved Lady Bridget. She was not the perfect lady of the ton. She wanted so much to make things work for her family but she stayed true to who she was. She fought tooth and nail the attraction building between her and Lord Darcy. American common meets London proper. This is better than you could imagine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a creative and fun take on "Pride and Prejudice," both the book and the movie. I enjoyed the light-hearted banter and the growth of the characters.
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
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. This review is also available on Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff
gaele More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Yes – I LOVED THIS BOOK. From Bridget and her family, to her humor and her very real-feeling desires to ‘fit in’ and make a splash, and her staunch belief in love, it was wonderful. An inglorious entrance to the first event for this newly titled young lady shows that Lady Bridget Cavendish is no simple miss: flat on her back in the middle of a ballroom, she has the sense to make light of the moment, ostensibly finding a better angle to view the frescoes on the ceiling. I was hooked and couldn’t help but like her. Raised in America, the daughter of an Englishman who tossed away the haute ton and all the responsibilities to raise horses in Maryland, she and her two sisters and elder brother have been summoned to London to take their rightful place in society, with her brother becoming the Duke. There is a strong sense of a mix of Pride and Prejudice (Bridget’s reflections on the ‘way things are done’ as drilled into her and her sisters by the Dowager Duchess feel very similar to Jane Austen’s poking at polite society). And there is a Mean Girl, and several near slapstick blunders that Bridget makes that feel very Bridget Jones Diary. But truly, the gem in this story IS Bridget: her heart, her struggle to fit in and change herself to fit some mold, and the uptight, nearly straightjacketed and veddy veddy propah Lord Darcy. So Darcy does bend as much as a two by four in a toddler’s hand, but as we get to know him, and see just how difficult it was to be raised to ONLY the Duke, he starts to appeal. Even more intriguing is his inability to recognize and understand that he is not only intrigued by but NEEDS someone like Bridget in his life……. There are too many moments to love in this story: from the good natured teasing and honest appraisal that Bridget makes of Darcy from her limited experience, to her constant teasing of him, her desperate desire to fit in contrasting with the realization that she won’t, and the lovely insets of the siblings as they all have different (and often humorous) observations and asides about the way things are done. This is a fun and lighthearted story that occasionally borders on the unrealistic but never loses the joy in the journey. The perfect pick me up read when things just aren’t falling into place. Bridget and her family will make you laugh, think and smile and Darcy’s stumble through the minefield that is emotions is a wonderful ride. I received a Paperback copy of the title from the publisher via Avon Addicts for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.