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Lady Bridget's Diary

(Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,378 ratings  ·  406 reviews
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-restr
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Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Avon
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book was SO much fun! A historical romance about a fish-out-of-water, slightly plump girl who falls in love with a rude, anti-social, stuffy member of the ton; I mean, what is there not to like??

Except for one minor detail....

I've read this EXACT book before.

Sure, it's bits and pieces of a few different books (Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones's Diary, and a dash of Mean Girls), but the content is unchanged from those stories. I'm talking names, exact chunks of dialogue, and all the plot
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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
Lady Bridget's Diary felt so meta! I've always wondered what it was like if Bridget Jones' Diary and Pride and Prejudice were mixed together, and this story was it for me. It was quite entertaining to see a hint of Mean Girls somewhere in there, too!

After the Duke of Durham passed away, American James Cavendish, son of the duke's brother and the closest living male relative, inherits the dukedom and moves from their horse farm in Maryland, USA to the upper echelons of English society with his th
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Alyssa
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-releases
ALL THE STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Lady Bridget's Diary by Maya Rodale
Book One of the Cavendish series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 . . .

Lo
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Lady Bridget’s Diary kicks off Maya Rodale’s Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, and what a fun start it is. Clever, passionate, charming, and romantic, it’s a story filled with twists and turns and lots of humor.
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 in
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Mandi Schreiner
Feb 16, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
I DNF'd at page 200

This is Pride and Prejudice meets Bridget Jones's Diary meets Mean Girls. The references and repeated scenes from the movies were too much for me. The hero IS Darcy from PP and BJD. The mean girls group tells the heroine to wear pink on Wednesdays (from mean girls). They fall off their boats while reading poetry like in BJD. Mr. Collins appears from PP.

Too distracting.
Beth
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that I always enjoy a great historical romance but I don’t normally love them. Lady Bridget’s Diary broke that proverbial mold because I flat out loved it.

Searching for long lost heirs thrust the “uncivilized” and disinherited Americans, The Cavendish Family, into British high society and a dukedom. Trying their best to fit the Cavendish family still causes quite a stir. Some things just aren’t done and it seems Lady Bridget is having the worst time adjusting to this new life. Ev
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Susanne
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it


Cute, funny, charming, lovely and sweet!

A fun re-write on Pride & Prejudice and Bridget Jones' Diary with just enough sparkling personality to work on its own! Can't wait for the next one!

And thanks to Karen for reading it with me! <3
Shawn
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
The only thing even vaguely redeeming about this book is the fact that it didn't take more than a day to read. And even that was too much time wasted. I am not opposed to fluff -- this is the fluffiest of fluff. I'm not opposed to remakes of classics -- this fancies itself a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones' Diary (admittedly good, but hardly a "classic"), and Mean Girls (I'll have to take others' word for it, since I never saw it). What I am opposed to is horrendous, pointless ...more
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
fun Bridget Jones/Pride & Prejudice historical romance mashup with Mean Girls references
Leslie
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Debbie Brown
Shelves: regency, humor, fun
It's Absolutely Fabulous!! A mash up of Bridget Jones' Diary and P&P with a hint of something else.

The Duke is dead and his heir is living on a horse farm in Maryland, USA. When the new Duke and his three sisters hit London the ton will never be the same.

Lady Bridget slips at her first ball and ends up flat on her back in a ballroom she is rescued by Mr. Wright and his brother Lord Darcy. Her American manners are surprising to say the least. She asks "If we are never introduced did this conv
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Laura the Highland Hussy
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction?

Reading this hot on the heels of Sarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken, I feel like I picked the right choice. It's a fun and funny chaser. While MacLean went with a plot along the lines of "What if they had TMZ in the Regency era?" Rodale entitles this series Keeping Up With the Cavendishes. So while they have a similar concept, both books are completely different, and both are completely wonderful in their own rights.

This book is for fans of Bridget Jones' Diary with
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Addie H
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
So picture this:

“Pride & Prejudice” have a baby with “Bridget Jones’ Diary”.

They produce twins, called

“Pride & Prejudice” And “Bridget Jones’ Diary”

That sums up this book.

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Especially when you have paid for it.

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That said. If you love “Pride & Prejudice” (the book and film) and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” (the movie, not the book, let's make that clear)

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You’re probably going to like this book!

It’s funny, it has all the scenes you probably know by heart, so what’s not to like?

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2.5 stars

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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


4.5 Stars

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
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Ang
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS book is going on my top 10 list for sure. This was such a fun and enjoyable read - I highly recommend reading it.

I was amazed at how the author kept the flow so similar to Bridget Jones' Diary and Pride and Prejudice, which is what the former is based on. I would imagine it was extremely complicated to replicate both stories. And then on top of that, all the siblings in this story overlap and there stories are told in separate books and occurring within the same timeframe without one hiccup
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Melissa McHugh
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Here's the problem with this book. I love Maya Rodale's historical novels. I even kind of enjoyed the short contemporary ones she wrote to accompany her Wallflowers, even though they're not quite my cup of tea. So I went into this book expecting to like it.

There's nothing wrong with the writing. It's as good as ever, and I can't say I didn't enjoy it in some respects.

But I also never EVER stopped seeing this book as a rehash of Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones' Diary, and the series title re
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AGoodReader
2-1/2 stars

I was looking forward to reading this, I have enjoyed Maya Rodale books in the past but this was a disappointment. I liked Darcy and Bridget just fine but I found the references to Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary too distracting. By the time I got to the end of the book I just didn't care anymore about their story, it felt like I'd been here and read that already. I am certainly not an expert on how Americans spoke in 1824 but multiple times while reading this I felt Bri
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Lexie
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Like almost everything. I loved Darcy, I loved Bridget, I loved her sisters and brother and Rupert and oh guys while I almost always adore Rodale's books I have never been so ecstatically over the moon with prsctically all facets since...oh I can't remember and it doesn't really matter.
Laura J.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The diary entries read as if written by a 13 year old. The repetitive dialogue, the shallow characters, and the Pride and Prejudice/Bridget Jones rip off grew tiresome. By the end of the book, I didn't care what happened to the hero/heroine.
Jo
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

An interesting spin on the classic Pride and Prejudice and a light, fluffy and romantic read, just like the doctor ordered.

The author did a fantastic job of keeping Darcy in line with The Darcy that we all know and love. The pride was there, and just as with the original story, I loved seeing him falling in love and saying the wrong thing and just losing that perfect control of his.

Bridget was sweet and adorable, and just perfect for the Darcy here.

There were many similarities to the original

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Angela
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a tricky one. The story itself could possibly be 4 stars, however the writing is definitely a 2, so we'll settle on 3.

The story: a mix of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Mean Girls. Has potential.

The writing: Most. Annoying. Writing. Style. Ever. You might think I'm exaggerating, but I'm truly amazed an editor would allow multiple sentences like the one I just wrote, and some unimaginative and repetitive phrasing. ("He likes me just the way I am" coming every other page.)
Molly
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun and lovely escape to a reimagined Pride and Prejudice plot, situated in the same era as the original, but simplified and steamier, sprinkled with Brigit Jones's diary references. . I liked so much of the style of the author, it was easy and flowing - the characters were very familiar (but I guess that was the point) and the story did not hold any surprises, but I liked this anyway. It was a lighthearted escape.
Keri
This book wasn't bad...after all The Americans are coming was echoing throughout the country of England and everybody was braced! It was just a bit boring in places, but I am looking forward to Amelia's book, what was that minx up to while she was out of pocket? I am dying to know!
Elena
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
WHY WOULD YOU PUT MEAN GIRLS AND PRIDE & PREJUDICE IN A BLENDER AND FART OUT A HALF-HEARTED STORY THAT USES THE BEST LINES OF BOTH AND HAS VERY LITTLE ELSE
Thenia
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice, combined with Bridget Jones' diary, focused on the Cavendishes, a family of Americans newly arrived in England after the brother inherits a dukedom.

This story is about the middle of the three sisters, Bridget, who is keeping a diary where she writes about her struggles to fit in the snobbish society of British aristocracy, only to find herself falling for one of its most well-respected members, Lord Darcy.

It was fun reading a story that was in part familiar
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Debbie Brown
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2016-jaff, jaff
Lady Bridget Cavendish just sparkles. She's American, bright, funny, self-deprecating, down to earth, clumsy, and, unfortunately, relatively clueless about how to fit in with upper crust British society. She arrives in London with her 2 sisters, Claire and Amelia, and their brother James. They come from Maryland, where they have grown up on a horse farm. Their uncle, the Duke of Durham, died, and James now inherits the title as his closest living male heir. Consequently, they are all thrust upon ...more
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

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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
http://www.njkinnysblog.com/2016/02/a...

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 stor
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Missy
I read this book back in August of 2016 and decided to listen to the audiobook this time around. I didn't realize how much I've forgotten. Now, I wonder why I ever shelved it as a 'keeper' when clearly it's not.

The dialogue is a bit too contemporary for me. Back then, I probably wouldn't have mind since I was just beginning to read HR.



"On Wednesdays, we wear pink." Yes, that is an actual line from the book. (this quote is from the movie Mean Girls.) The leader of the trio of ladies that Bridge
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Beau North
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adaptations
The first book I read by Maya Rodale was her vindicating nonfiction book "Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained" and I'm happy to say I enjoy her work as a romance author as much as her work as a romance defender.

Lady Bridget's Diary was a premise that I as an Austen-inspired author found too intriguing. I was not in the least bit disappointed, though I know enough of the Austen crowd to know that some will not enjoy some of the anachronistic language and sit
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Maria
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maya Rodale’s lovely opener in her new Keeping Up with the Cavendish series is very much a re-telling of Jane Austen’s most popular and beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. From actual names--the hero’s name--to situations including Darcy’s infamous initial snub to the insipid relative, Mr. Collins, this is a treat for all Austen fans to spot all the references. But Ms. Rodale puts her own stamp on the story and creates an original and colorful love story.

As did Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, bo
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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 romanti ...more

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“Before her, with sharp blue eyes and perfectly coiffed blond hair, was Josephine Marie Elizabeth Cavendish, Her Grace, the Duchess of Durham, widow of the fifth duke, and aunt to the Cavendish siblings.

One did not call her Josie. Amelia had asked.”
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