Soundtracks

Soundtrack for The Lost Duke of Wyndham

  • “Industrial Disease” by Dire Straits

    This song came out when I was in high school, and I always loved the irony in the line: “Two men say they’re Jesus. One of them must be wrong.” From there it was only a quick hop to: “Two men say they’re the Duke of Something. One of them must be wrong.” The book proposal was actually called, “The Two Dukes of Something.” Eventually we came up with Wyndham as a good name.

  • “Save Tonight” by Eagle-Eye Cherry

    I loved this song when it came out. It’s so catchy and fun without being bubble-gum. And it really seems to fit the scene at the inn with Jack and Grace.

  • “Your Hands are Cold” by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, from the Pride and Prejudice (2005) Soundtrack

    I listened to the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley/Matthew MacFadyen version) endlessly while writing The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. I’m not sure why I picked this song for the soundtrack, except that I had to pick something, and this scene in the movie (Dawn; Darcy walks out of the mist) is soooo romantic.

  • “Running up that Hill” by Kate Bush

    I go through Kate Bush phases. I’ll go years without listening to her music, and then all of a sudden I can’t turn it off. I started in on The Hounds of Love album again while I was writing this book, and I was stunned by how much the lyrics of the song fit Jack, especially the big scene at the end of the book.


Soundtrack for The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

  • “Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs

    So much of this story (and indeed, the entire anthology) revolves around the weather. The winter of 1813-14 was the coldest on record in London, and the Thames really did freeze over!

  • “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band

    This one seemed fitting, given how everyone is crashing into each other at the skating party. But more than that, I have always found this song intensely romantic.

  • “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order

    I don’t write very many love triangles in my books, but I did in “36 Valentines.”

  • “That’s Just What You Are” by Aimee Mann

    You don’t often find such deliciously bitter songs on my playlists, but this one was just perfect, considering that “36 Valentines” opens with Susannah having been jilted by the hero’s brother. Plus (and I swear I only realized this after I chose the song), they share the same last name. Susannah’s eventual love is David Mann-Formsby, and his brother (who marries Harriet Snowe) ends up with the best sort of revenge: the name Clive Snowe-Mann-Formsby.


Soundtrack for Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

  • “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    The perfect song for this book. Everyone is waiting to see who is the real Duke of Wyndham, but we all know that Thomas is the one who has it the worst…

  • “Steady as She Goes” by the Raconteurs

    Could this song be any cooler? I love how the lyrics make me think of Thomas before he falls in love, when Amelia is still his convenient (and ignored) fiancée.

  • “I Feel it All” by Feist

    I do a lot of my writing at Starbucks, and Feist’s album The Reminder came into rotation on their playlist while I was writing The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. This song in particular caught my interest, and I eventually downloaded the whole album. I really like how “I Feel it All” seems to capture the emotions of Thomas and Amelia.

  • “Anchorage” by Michelle Shocked

    Mostly because I found myself rather unexpectedly in Anchorage, Alaska when I was finishing this book up. Then (because what the heck? I was already in Alaska in the winter) I took the train to Fairbanks, where I saw the Northern Lights. Which is apropos of nothing, except that it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen, and everyone should see them before they die.


Soundtrack for To Sir Phillip, with Love

  • “For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her” by Simon & Garfunkel

    I think this might be the most romantic song ever recorded. And I sometimes thought of this book in my head as For Eloise, Wherever I May Find Her.

  • “Your Mother Should Know” by The Beatles

    Violet turned out to be the greatest surprise in the Bridgerton series. I had no idea when I began that she would emerge as such a wonderful and fully-realized character. I think it was in this book, however, that we first saw just how wise and perceptive she could be.

  • “Life on a Chain” by Pete Yorn

    “I was waiting over here for life to begin.” Doesn’t that sound like Phillip?

  • “Someday Someway” by Marshall Crenshaw

    One of my favorite parts of this book was how Phillip is such a guy. He doesn’t want to talk about things over and over (like Eloise), and the truth is, women just baffle him. Which makes the refrain “Someday, someway, maybe I’ll understand you” totally apt.


Soundtrack for When He Was Wicked


Soundtrack for Everything and the Moon


Soundtrack for Minx

  • “Coming Around Again” by Carly Simon

    The image of the family at the breakfast table, completely unable to communicate, makes me think of the end of Minx, where Henry and Dunford have so much to say but don’t know how. My favorite version of this song is on her live album (recorded on Martha’s Vineyard) when she segues into “Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  • “Hammer and a Nail” by Indigo Girls

    I adore the Indigo Girls. (“Galileo” is a personal favorite, but I couldn’t figure out how reincarnation worked with any of my books.) This song is all about the satisfaction or working with one’s hands and it always makes me think about the beginning of Minx, when Henry puts Dunford through the paces at the farm.

  • “One Step Ahead” Split Enz

    One of my favorites from the 80s, this song always reminds me of this book.

  • “In My Life” by the Beatles

    Such a sweetly romantic (and nostalgic) song. It’s almost a lullaby.


Soundtrack for The Sum of All Kisses


  • “Lovecats”
    and “Let’s Go to Bed” by The Cure

    After the first two books in this series (Just Like Heaven and A Night Like This) were inadvertently named for Cure songs, someone on Twitter said that if my next book wasn’t called Lovecats or Let’s Go to Bed, he was going to throw a hissy fit. Naturally, I had to include both on the playlist.

  • “The Cave” by Mumford and Sons

    I love this song. The melody is haunting and yet ultimately hopeful, and the lyrics always make me think of Hugh, broken in body and spirit, wanting to heal himself but not quite sure how to do it.

  • “Einstein on the Beach” by Counting Crows

    Hugh is a bona fide genius, so it seems appropriate to bring Einstein into this…

  • “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

    The Sum of All Kisses was a very difficult novel to write, and toward the end of my (extended) deadline, I found myself holed up in a hotel room in Vegas, desperately trying to finish the book. (Why Vegas? Cheap rooms and 24-hour Starbucks.) The beat of “Mr. Brightside” is so frenetic and tortured it matched my mood perfectly, and I played it every time I needed a jolt. (In addition to the aforementioned caffeine.)


Soundtrack for The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

  • “The Hero Takes a Fall” by The “Bangles”

    The hero is exposed when his crimes are brought to light of day.” Whoa! Sounds like Sir Richard. But I can’t quite agree with: “And I won’t feel sad at all, when the hero takes a fall.” I really did feel sad for Richard. He pulled a doozy on Iris, but it was with the best of intentions…

  • “Left of Center” by Suzanne Vega

    This song came on the radio while I was writing The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy and it was like a light bulb going off. It think it could be Iris singing the lyrics: “When they ask me, ‘What are you looking at?’ I always answer, ‘Nothing much, not much.’ I think they know that, I’m looking at them. I think they think I must be out of touch.”.

  • “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums

    Iris thinks that Richard is out of her league, and that’s why she’s so suspicious when he seems to fall in love with her so quickly.

  • “Riptide” by Vance Joy

    I love this song and listened to it repeatedly while writing this book.


Soundtrack for Because of Miss Bridgerton

  • “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)

    This song came out (and then took over the world) while I was writing Because of Miss Bridgerton. As soon as I heard “Don’t believe me just watch,” I thought, “Well, there’s Billie in a nutshell.”

  • “Bills” by LunchMoney Lewis

    Because A) it’s an awesome song and you can’t help but sing along with sass and B) it kind of fits Billie. She doesn’t really have bills she needs to pay (let’s face it; her family is loaded), but she feels such a responsibility to her family’s estate and truly thinks that if she slacks off, the whole thing will fall apart. So she definitely thinks she has to “work, work, work every day.”

  • “Team” by Lorde

    I love how by the end of the book, Billie and George realize they are on each other’s team.

  • “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon

    Read the book. You’ll see why.