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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1St Edition edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061922986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061922985
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The twisting paths of love and duty collide in this engrossing and lively romance introducing Miss Sophie Harlow, a journalist whose column has taken 19th-century London by storm. Sophie, herself recently jilted at the altar, has reluctantly taken on the newspaper's task of writing about weddings, and is invited to cover the marriage of the handsome "double duke" of Brandon and Hamilton to Lady Clarissa Richmond. The moment Brandon and Sophie lay eyes on each other, the chemistry is undeniable. But Brandon's reputation as a truly good man, coupled with Sophie's regard for Clarissa, conflict with their deepening desires. Meanwhile, Lady Clarissa's mother will stop at nothing to see the wedding through, despite her daughter's sudden attachment to the Prince of Bavaria (it's mutual). As the wedding day draws neigh, schemes are unleashed and bonds are broken. With wonderfully drawn characters, intrigue, and tantalizing passion, Rodale (The Rogue and the Rival) is certain to delight readers and keep them waiting, with baited breath, for more.
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"For a delightful love-and-laughter, madness and mayhem romance, Rodale calls upon the joy, troubles, triumphs and tribulations of wedding planning. With its quick pace and wonderful sense of humor, Rodale's new entry in the Writing Girl series is a smash."  - RT Book Reviews


"A GROOM OF ONE'S OWN was an absolutely enchanting read." - Romance Reviews Today

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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and it wasn't long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple historical and contemporary romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Please visit her at www.mayarodale.com.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By NM Reader on August 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The reviews here and the back cover blurb made this book sound like such a fun read, but it was tedious and I ended up forcing myself to finish it. Where to start?

The hero is boring. We are told repeatedly how honorable he is. He is constantly pulling the heroine off for trysts, but would never consider breaking his betrothal. He just appears spineless rather than honorable. We are given extensive back stories for the hero, the heroine, even the hero's fiancee's mother, which are supposed to make their actions seem plausible, but instead are just annoying. The heroine is likable enough, too bad she's stuck in such a bad book. Then there is the "big secret" being hinted at, sorry, but by the time it is revealed, I just didn't care.

So many details struck me as ridiculous or just plain wrong: The hero's fiancee is the daughter of a duke, and her mother invites a "popular newspaper" to participate in wedding planning and report all the details - ridiculous. The heroine, who is a "writing girl" for the newspaper, is invited to society events - ridiculous again. The hero (a duke), his mother and prospective mother-in-law (duchesses) are referred to as Lord and Lady over and over - wrong. Ironically, the author includes a note at the end about the historical basis for "writing girls". Too bad nothing else seems correct.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greeneyes on August 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm on the last leg of this book, and it's my first with this author. I don't normally read historicals but read the first few pages in Borders and decided to buy it. I'm enjoying it very much. It isn't great fiction, but it's nicely written, and I don't care a whit that everything isn't perfectly accurate to the time, she isn't looking for a Pulitzer and most people who read historicals are lacking in full knowledge of those eras, it's fiction not biography. It's a charming story, the characters are delightful. It doesn't have the depth of a Mary Jo Putney, or Diana Gabaldon, but for a fun light read it's fine. This appears to be only her 3rd novel and perhaps she'll develop more depth as she continues.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 1, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1822 at the church in Buckinghamshire, the man she is engaged to marry Matthew Fletcher breaks off their relationship saying marriage is a commitment. Stunned, Sophie Harlow writes off marriage. Thus it is ironic because one year after her disavowal of marital bliss and her fall from grace, she obtains a position as one of the four Writing Girls; her column is Miss Harlow's Marriage in High Life for the London Weekly.

For the Weekly, Sophie covers the wedding of the Duke of Hamilton Brandon to Lady Clarissa, daughter of the Duke of Richmond. She would like to beg off because she is very attracted to the groom, but must attend if she is to keep her job. To her amazement the Duke appears to want her and to both their shock, the bride seems more interested in a foreign prince. However, the quartet is all honorable people so no one will take that critical first step to disentangle the wrong pairings into the loving relationships.

The first Writing Girl's Regency romance is a screwball comedy of errors that feels like combining Sheridan's The School for Scandal with a 1930s madcap movie inside a regency romance. The story line is fast-paced throughout as the quartet dance to love but with the wrong partners. Maya Rodale provides a wonderfully zany historical with three other Writing Girls to go.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By digruntled reader on August 4, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
gosh. everyone is so lame and unromantic. the whole book is kind of boring and it's hard to read on. the guy who is supposed to be the hero is a loser who's wishwashy. he waits until the absolutly last moment to think about his feelings. he's not passionate at all and seems to be stringing the heroine along when he's engaged to another woman. the heroine shows all the classic denile and justification signs of the 'other woman' eventhough she has been on the receiving line of a cheating fiance. i would not recommend you to spend money on this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lawlady on November 28, 2011
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This book had such a great premise and such a great start but it fizzled and dragged from there. The hero is an honorable man who feels responsibility for the fiancee he does not love because jilting her would be too scandalous for his family and her family needs the money the marriage will give them even though her father is a duke. The heroine loves him for being honorable but she spends the book wanting him to break his engagement. The fiancee does not love him but she will marry to save her parents. When the prince was finally introduced as the fiancee, Clarissa's love interest, he was supposed to be the wildly exciting guy but he came across as boring and wimpy to me. They all go through alot of angst and I was really tired of them halfway through but I finished the book because I kept hoping it would get better.

The hero fantasized alot about kissing the heroine but they not even kiss each other until more than halfway through the book. Then when they finally did have sex, it was a boring scene.

The final scene where most of the book is resolved was supposed to a heart pounding, scandalous, epic event but all I could think was "eh".

There were alot of issues and secondary characters dropped into the book and not fully explored such as the newspaper owner who hired the girls. I would have been great to know more about him. One of the girls was in love with him yhet we do not know much more than his name.

One reviewer commented on the inaccuracies in the titles and regency matters. I noticed this as well. First, both the hero's mother and the fiancee's mother were duchesses but noone ever called them "Your Grace"- just Lady Whomever.
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