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A Groom of One's Own (Writing Girls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maya Rodale
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Miss Harlow's marriage in high life
London, 1823
A handsome duke. His beautiful soon-to-be duchess. A whirlwind courtship. It is this author's privilege to report on the event all of London is talking about: the upcoming wedding of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon to the only daughter of the Duke of Richmond. Every detail of the "Wedding of the Year" will be reported in these pages as a London Weekly exclusive.
But I, Miss Sophie Harlow, must confess to a secret infatuation with this "double duke" that can only lead to trouble. It is impossible that this notoriously upstanding gentleman would ever jilt his bride for a scandalous female newspaper writer. And yet . . . the arrival of a foreign prince, the discovery of a shocking secret, and one passionate kiss could change everything. Will this perfect duke risk the scandal of the year to marry the woman his heart desires?


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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061922986
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MVZ3WO
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dumb on so many levels 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Regency 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
5.0 out of 5 stars screwball comedy of errors 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Groom of One's Own June 8, 2011
By M. Nix
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Scandal sells, and no one knows that better than the infamous Writing Girls, The London Weekly's four female newspersons. After having been jilted halfway to the alter - literally - Sophie Harlow now writes about society weddings...and she hates it. Each installment of "Miss Harlow's Marriage in High Life" reminds Sophie that she will see many a bride walk down the aisle, but quite likely will never have a groom of her own. All that changes when a dashing stranger rescues Sophie from nearly being trampled. Could the mysterious Brandon be the groom she's longed for?

Likely not. The charming Mr. Brandon is actually the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon and is betrothed to Lady Clarissa Richmond, the daughter of the Duke of Richmond. There's no chance the "double duke" and upstanding gentleman would break his marriage contract and jilt his fiancée for a scandalous newspaper writer, no matter how much he desires Sophie. But Sophie may have a second chance at the aisle yet, once a foreign prince, astonishing secret, and kind-hearted dowager duchess enter the mix.

The day of the wedding draws close. Who will be the next Duchess of Hamilton and Brandon?

Weddings, forbidden love, gossip, scandal, and the odd bout of fisticuffs bring life to A Groom of One's Own, the first book in the refreshingly original Writing Girls series. I loved the idea of having unconventional newspaper writer heroines and Sophie's fellow Writing Girls - Julianna, Annabelle, and Eliza - all promise to delight. Sophie herself was a bit hard for me to like, I must admit. She's intelligent and witty, but she also comes across as somewhat self-centered. I understood and sympathized with her plight concerning Brandon, yet her seeming disregard for anyone else affected by her situation bothered me a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Groom of One's Own by Maya Rodale
Note: this review is based on an audio edition of the book.
Carolyn Morris is a wonderful narrator and this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. E. Almaguer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book loves of fun and romance
I really enjoyed this read. the characters are fun. I liked that the other woman was so likable and you end up with more than one romance in the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars The story line was easy to follow but the make-up of the story lacked...
The story line was easy to follow but the make-up of the story lacked fire for my taste. The author defined her characters very well, even if some readers might not have liked... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Janie_tx
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Conquers All
I am a regency novel addict - having read and re-read hundreds. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the rest in the series because they were lighthearted, romantic, entertaining... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Momma Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun story
I really enjoyed this first installment of the Writing Girls Series. The characters were strong and very likable. There was plenty dialogue. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tracy T
5.0 out of 5 stars A really cute story..
I loved everything about this book. I really loved the stuffed-shirt Brandon and the way he slowly came around. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trish R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
I really like the Bad Boy Billionaire series but this book left me numb. Anachronisms abound! Dialog such as "being ahead of the curve" tend to break the magic of being... Read more
Published 12 months ago by DV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Great series
Great series tells a great story and takes you away to the place in history for u to live it
Published 13 months ago by Barbara S. Ellis
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
It started off with an amazing premise, but fell flat in the end. Boring, repetitive, and zero fun. Avoid, because it doesn't matter how good the plot sounds, at the end of the day... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Day
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun enjoyable romp
I enjoy May Rodale's style of writing, the way she paints a vivid picture of a time gone by, the depth of the characters that come to life and the way she weaves both humor and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Leslie A. Miller
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and she is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy 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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