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Lady Bridget's Diary: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2016
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“Rodale’s first Keeping Up with the Cavendishes novel is chock-full of romance and humor... With a well-developed cast of engaging characters, this tale will appeal to Rodale’s fans and newcomers.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Secrets, scandal, and a spiteful competitor add spice to this clever lark... an excellent start to a promising series. (Library Journal)
“If Helen Fielding wrote a Regency version of Bridget Jones’s Diary, it would be Rodale’s delightful and poignant series starter. For everyone who’s felt a bit awkward and out of place, Rodale’s novel will hit a chord and resonate long after the wonderfully satisfying conclusion.” (RT Book Reviews)
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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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The characters of the book are fun and witty, you actually feel as if they are real people. The love story actually made my heart beat faster with the thought of the first love.
The main female characters are all able to think for themselves and not wait around to be rescued but they still let themselves be helped along.
This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical romance. I read this book in one sitting staying up until 3:15 am because I could not put it down.
Now I am going to do another unthinkable act and buy the second book in the series. Ok maybe I will wait until tomorrow :)
The Cavendish family from America find out their brother James has inherited a dukedom. The three sisters Claire, Bridget and Amelia are brash and have a hard time living up to the expectations of English aristocracy. The dowager duchess Josephine, a society dragon has her hands full with comportment lessons for the three. She is determined they succeed so the duchy does not go to the pompous Mr. Collins. Enter one Collin Fitzwilliam Darcy (liked the reference to the inestimable Mr. Firth). He is his usual dour, stuffed shirt self and Bridget sets his exacting world to spinning. It begins on the dance floor at her first ball with a tumble and being saved by the Darcy and his brother Rupert. The scene was quite funny. Bridget attains notoriety thereafter as the "one that fell".
Bridget fancies herself in love with Rupert and writes scathingly of "Dreadful Darcy" but slowly comes to realize he is a man of honor and decency when he rescues Amelia during her disappearance. Of course, a few kisses along the way help!
When her diary is stolen by the mean-spirited Lady Francesca, the two band together to reclaim it before it's contents are discovered by the ton and ruin those they love especially Rupert and Amelia.
Overall quite cute. It was a light read but a little predictable.
The only negative is that it alludes too heavily to future books, I will be disappointed because I already know the next books in the series, it is almost as if MR wrote this one last and forgot that we like suspense. Otherwise, I read this far into the night, and will have to read parts tomorrow (later today,) as I skipped places bc I want SOME sleep tonight.
But... the writing was superb, the characters well drawn, and the conflict really had me wondering how it could be resolved.
I'm going to try not to give spoilers, although if you've read P&P, you can imagine most of the events - complete with Darcy taking a dip in the lake and coming out with his shirt plastered to his body.
I really loved the characters, both the H/h and the secondary characters. They were all well drawn, interesting, and even relatable (even Darcy, which I wouldn't have expected since he's a pretty aloof character in both P&P and this book). I adore the Cavendish family dynamics. When I say that they bring to mind the Bridgerton family, that is very high praise. There's wonderful warmth, bickering, support, and love between them all and they each have a unique role within the family. I also really like Josephine (and she gets better in the next book, too).
The reason I bumped this book back up to 4 stars despite my aggravation at its lack of originality is that the last quarter of the book fixed that problem. The conflict, or crisis, that arose was a GENUINELY BIG DEAL. Not so much the Amelia thing as the OTHER thing related to Darcy's brother (again, trying to avoid spoilers). I honestly didn't know how the problem would be resolved, which is unusual for a "fluffy" romance novel (that's not an insult - the fun/fluffy ones are my favorite kind). Usually people just need to clear up a misunderstanding or some groveling has to happen and then all is well. Not this one. It was a really big deal with no really clear solution.
Overall, I really liked the book, but if it had been a bit more original, I would have loved it.
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