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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 (36 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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Review

"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.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit blah August 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book, it seemed quite fine. Sophie, after being jilted, turns her life around and becomes somewhat famous. The hero, an honorable man (and we are reminded over and over again) engaged to another woman, meets the heroine and is conflicted. But then, it kinda went downhill from there. Usually, you see an alpha male and his mate. This one was alpha female and her mate. Seemed liked Sophie had so much more guts and courage than Brandon, who to me was such a wuss. I mean really, what did she see in him? I was waiting and waiting for him to come to his senses and man up. He does,.....eventually. And the passion between them was so lukewarm.This book didn't do much for me. I just wanted to get it over with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great romance with two couples for the price of one. October 13, 2012
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At the beginning of the book Sophie is given every worst bride's nightmare when her fiancee walks halfway up the aisle and then tells her he can't marry her. Then all chaos breaks out and the bride is further humiliated. A year later and she's moved to London and works for one of the papers along with her best friend and a couple of other women. A profession that would have been unheard of at the time, but not impossible as the real life papers this fictional one is based on were usually written anonymously. So who is not to say that some of those papers had at least one woman working on it.
In the year since her disastrous wedding, she has worked on a wedding column. While she likes the writing aspect of the job, she still ends up nervous at each and every wedding until the bride makes it all the way down the aisle. On any given Saturday she can end up attending as many as two or three weddings in the same day. Then she is assigned to cover the wedding of Cassandra and Brandon. An assignment that both becomes a joy and a curse as it's attraction at first sight when she sees Brandon and sparks fly. But since he's already taken, there really is no place for that attraction to go. And he can't possibly do that to his fiancee and not just because it could humiliate her but the fact the bride's parents really need the wedding to happen as they are broke and have only just enough money left to keep up appearances.
When Cassandra his wife to be falls for the prince of Bavaria after seeing him at another wedding, things look like they could look up for Sophie and Brandon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 3 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 6 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 13 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 13 months ago by Leslie A. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Groom of One's own
Loved the book!! Full of laughter and tears. Didn't want it to end. Bring on more just like this one.
Published 15 months ago by Aileen Hayes
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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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