Avon Books is proud to publish Maya Rodale’s newest historical romance series, Keeping up with the Cavendishes— reinvented stories we all know and cherish.
The hilarious yet unbelievably tantalizing first installment— LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY, is based on Bridget Jones’s Diary and tells the story of Bridget Cavendish, an American farm girl desperate to fit into the London’s High Society.
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.
Maya Rodale creates a sexy historical romp filled with strong female characters, one delicious plot twist upon another, and a swoon-worthy romance.
Release date: February 23, 2016
This Historical Romance is a wonderful mix of the literary classic, Pride & Prejudice and contemporary favorite Bridget Jones’ Diary. Taking place in 1824, the London season is in full swing with formal dances, society’s elite and juicy gossip. And no gossip is juicer than a pack of Americans moving to town to claim a title renounced by their father. To avoid the dukedom pass into the wrong hands, the Cavendish heir must take his place in society. He brought his sisters with him, and as they have just moved to London from their horse farm in the States, they are certainly fish out of water.
They must endure endless lessons in social etiquette, country dancing, formal clothing and more. It is vastly entertaining to see how the ladies miss the mark, and they often wonder aloud why they would aim for such a ridiculous goal anyway. The romances in the book are unexpected, and the witty dialogue is amusing. There are all the characters you would expect in a setting like this: snobs, mean girls, servants, spinster aunts, handsome flirts, brooding gentry, opposites attracting, and scandals.
Dropping a close knit family of Americans in the mix makes for a really great story. Bridget’s diary entries are honest and hilarious, and while she tries to fit in to society, her private thoughts reveal her true opinions of what is happening around her. I enjoyed this book very much, and I look forward to reading the books to come, as Bridget’s sisters Amelia and Claire, (hopefully) find love in London.
LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY by Maya Rodale
Avon Books | On-sale February 23, 2016
Print: 9780062386731; E-Book: 9780062386748| $7.99
CHASING LADY AMELIA by Maya Rodale
Avon Books | June 2016
Print: 9780062386762; E-Book: 9780062386779 | $7.99
LADY CLAIRE’S SECRET by Cynthia Eden
Avon Books |January 2017
Print: 9780062386786; E-Book: 9780062386809 | $7.99
A champion of the 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 romantic fiction.
Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.