In the first hilarious entry in her brand new series, USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale re-invents a love story we all know and cherish.
Lord Darcy is the epitome of perfect
Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper and horrified that a pack of Americans have inherited one of England’s most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint and better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.
Lady Bridget is the opposite of perfect
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 in London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her loathing of the Dreadful Lord Darcy and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.
They cannot stand each other and yet they cannot stay away
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.
The London Weekly
By A Lady of Distinction
All of London is talking about one thing and one thing only: the arrival of the seventh Duke of Durham. His Grace, we are told, hails from America, of all places in the world, which begs the question of how this came to be.
Older readers—or younger readers who bother to visit their aged relatives and actually listen to them speak of scandals from days of yore—will recollect the Great Scandal of 1784 in which the sixth duke’s brother, the Lord Harry Cavendish, beloved rake, absconded to America with the duke’s prize horse. This horse-thieving younger brother had done a stint in the army, as second sons are wont to do, especially when they are so obviously unsuited to clergy. Whilst stationed in the colonies, he happened to fall in love with an American woman. It was a love so great that he would forsake family, country, membership at White’s, and a voucher for Almack’s.
After extensive sleuthing this author has been able to determine that Lord Harry Cavendish established a farm in Maryland where he bred and trained racehorses, raised his family and refused to use his title. His son, the new Duke of Durham, followed in his footsteps.
So yes, dear readers, a horse farmer from the colonies now holds one of the loftiest titles in England. His arrival is expected any day now and this author has it on excellent authority that he is bringing three sisters of marriageable age. Let there be no conversations about a dull season, for this one is sure to be most entertaining . . .
The seventh Duke of Durham was not brought up to dream of such an honor. He was not even brought up in England. His father, the previous heir had absconded with a prize horse to the Americas where the love of his life was living and he stayed there and raised a family. One boy, and 3 girls. All happily American.
Now they find out that their brother, a successful Horse Farm owner has inherited a title and estates in England.
They decide to come to England and then make the decision whether to stay or go back to America. The adventure begins! The sisters, Bridget, Claire, and Amelia are not used to proper English manners and need a tutor, so we meet Aunt Josephine a.k.a. the Duchess of Durham. Refined, well mannered and quite fearsome!
After about a month of lessons in comportment and all the necessary things that Ladies of the ton need to know, well, mostly know, they attend their first ball. There they meet a plethora of titled ladies and gentleman and one Lord Darcy and his brother Rupert. Well, not introduced really, but that would be a spoiler. Suffice to say that lady Bridget takes and immediate dislike to one brother and a fancy for the other.
Most of the women they meet are harpies waiting to snigger at their missteps. Most of the gentlemen are bored with the usual crowd and looking for something or someone a bit more lively.
This was a great read! The pace was steady and kept my interest well into the night. There are intrigues, mistakes, and incidences that make you laugh out loud! And of course, ladies to loathe. There must be one, or two of those!
I really enjoyed the lightheartedness of the writing. It was fun to read!
I recommend this one! I will re-read this title for certain and purchase the next when it comes out!
4 stars for me!
mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is
now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York
City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.