Soundtracks

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 Romancing Mr. Bridgerton

  • “Heavy Things” by Phish

    Whenever I hear the line: “When I tried/to step aside/I moved to where they hoped I’d be,” it makes me think of Penelope. And Colin, for that matter. They were both trying to carve out their own places in the world and kept finding themselves pigeonholed by society. Plus, I think that if Colin were a modern guy, he’d be a bit of a Deadhead (and by extension, a Phish fan).

  • “Legend of a Cowgirl” by Imani Coppola

    I love this song! It just screams Girl Power to me. I can totally see a modern-day Penelope singing it at the top of her lungs if she didn’t think anyone was home.

  • “Virginia Woolf” by Indigo Girls

    A wonderful song about the power of the pen, especially in the hand of a woman.

  • “Babylon” by David Gray

    I listened to this song so often while I was conceiving and writing this book. We were living in London while my husband was studying at the School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and we only brought about ten CDs with us. White Ladder was one of them, and amazingly, I never grew sick of it.


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 An Offer from a Gentleman


Soundtrack for The Viscount Who Loved Me


Soundtrack for The Duke and I



Soundtrack for To Catch an Heiress


Soundtrack for Brighter than the Sun


Soundtrack for Everything and the Moon