Rodale’s first Keeping Up with the Cavendishes novel is chock-full of romance and humor as it transplants Bridget Jones’s Diary to Regency England. After James Cavendish learns that he is now the Duke of Durham, he and his sisters, Amelia, Bridget, and Claire, travel from America to England. Josephine Marie Elizabeth Cavendish, widow of the previous duke, assists the siblings with their entry into society, but their attempt to assimilate into the world of the British aristocracy isn’t without mishaps. Lady Bridget falls onto her back at her first ball and is rescued by Rupert Wright, the handsome brother of insufferable Lord Darcy. While her diary reflects her gratitude toward Rupert, her comments regarding Darcy are scathing—but their constant sparring becomes a prelude to their attraction, and soon a different side of Darcy is revealed. Rodale has deftly portrayed Bridget as a spunky protagonist who is the perfect antithesis for Darcy’s stuffy persona. With a well-developed cast of engaging characters, this tale will appeal to Rodale’s fans and newcomers. (Feb.)
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.
Fans of Mary Balogh will appreciate this amusing romp...
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.
Torn from their familiar, informal horse-raising life in Maryland when their brother, James, inherits a dukedom in England, the three Cavendish sisters, woefully lacking in proper ton behavior, are quickly taken in hand and put through their "Lady-ness" paces by their aunt. Lady Bridget, determined to comply, unfortunately falls flat on her back at her first ball, catching the cold, disapproving eye of Dreadful Lord Darcy. Bridget takes his brooding look as a challenge to change his mood, totally unaware that she has ruffled his inner aplomb—and stirred his emotions. Secrets, scandal, and a spiteful competitor add spice to this clever lark. The dilemma of either fitting in or being true to oneself presents a lighthearted twist and an extra helping of wit. VERDICT An impeccably correct earl and an irrepressible and imperfect American fall for each other against all odds; an excellent start to a promising series. Rodale (What a Wallflower Wants) lives in New York City.