ROMANCE

Lady Bridget's Diary

Avon. (Keeping up with the Cavendishes, Bk. 1). Feb. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062386731. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062386748. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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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.

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