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How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  395 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day.

Of course, having the man you’ve loved forever announce his engagement to your (now very former) best friend will do that.

Emily is sure nothing good could possibly come out of this horrid situation. But she lets her sisters—along with Francis Riley, the delectable but brooding Earl of Dunhurst—convince her that a season in London w...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Avon Impulse (first published January 31st 2012)
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Feb 02, 2012 Sadie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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3.5 stars

To Emily Rutherford (and everyone else it seems) marriage to Adrian Fairfield, son of Viscount Carroway, is inevitable. They've known each other since childhood, they love each other and they have an understanding. But when Adrian announces his intention to marry Emily's friend Kate, Emily is heartbroken.

Francis Riley, Earl of Dunhurst is Adrian's cousin. Unknown to Emily, he has been in love with her for years. Seeing her distress over Adrian's engagement, Francis invites Emily and her...more
Emily Rutherford is shaken to the core when her lifelong friend Adrian proposes to her best friend. After all, Emily and Adrian had an understanding that they would become engaged in due time...well, that was understood by Emily, his parents, her sisters, and practically the entire ton. Apparently Adrian, and his heart, missed that particular discussion. Wanting to do nothing more than stay in her small cottage, she is persuaded to go to London and enjoy a Season, along with her two sisters at t...more
Kati (Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance)
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

Welcome to the London ton where anything and everything is game and ready to be spread as gossip through ballrooms, drawing rooms, house parties, behind fans and over the breakfast table.

Spotted: One, Miss Emily Rutherford is having the most terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Turns out Lord Adrian Fairchild's promise of marrying her when they were younger were just thrown out there due to their comfortable camaraderie...more
How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back

Poor Miss Rutherford; she has been jilted just when she thought her long time dear friend Adrian was going to make his proposal public at a ball given by his mother. Now what is she going to do to keep her and her two sisters from the poor house? She really did love Adrian, or so she thought. Adrian’s cousin Francis comes to the rescue for Emily when she leaves the ball in all haste. Now Francis is the exact opposite of Adrian; he is brooding, cranky and so...more
Reading Romances
How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back is the first published title by Sophie Barnes and I absolutely adored it! So so so gooood! Emily and Francis make such a sweet couple! The interactions between them were intense and the dialogue was really clever.

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I'm so sad about this book! I wasn't expecting very much, but was amazed and so excited by the first few chapters. Unfortunately the rest of the book was SUCH a disappointment. She could've done so much with it! Very sad. Hoping someone will take the same premise and do something better with it.

I love certain aspects of the characters yet wish there was more conflict within each character. There was very little internal conflict and that's what keeps me interested. Some parts of the story were s...more
I simply loved this book! We've come a long way in this genre and this is certainly not your granny's romance novel.
It's well written, entertaining and easy to follow, with just the right combination or romance, adventure and intrigue, without the overly ornate descriptions so typical of this genre(which eventually make me skip a few pages ahead just to return to the plot).
The well defined characters simply come alive and, as the story unfolds, you suffer and rejoice with each of them as you c...more
Amanda Ryan
Emily Rutherford is heartbroken when Adrian, her friend (and love of her life) proposes to her best friend. When Francis, Adrian’s cousin, offers to take her and her sisters to London to enjoy the rest of the season they accept his offer, hoping Emily will come out of her melancholy. Unbeknownst to them, Francis is also secretly hoping to win Emily’s heart, a prize he’s always had to concede to his cousin.
First thing’s first – this title is deceptively modern when in fact the book is written mor...more
Poor Miss Rutherford has had her heart broken, but as always there's a handsome man who comes to her rescue. He has his own problems - a dark secret that threatens to bring scandal upon his name and family. Sweeping us inside the dazzling ballrooms of the Regency period, this is a story that's sure to entice. I love the author's light hearted dialogue coupled with a close look at what makes each character tick. I'm already looking forward to Miss. Barnes' future books =)
HOW MISS RUTHERFORD GOT HER GROOVE BACK will sweep you off your feet, transporting you to an era of chivalry and etiquette - a time when the slightest mishap could ruin a woman's reputation forever. What a delightful read! Filled with humor, a fast paced plot and well developed characters, comes a story that you're sure to enjoy curling up to. Five thumbs up! :)
Quite good! Funny and sweet, this book is simply satisfying. The story line is straight forward and easy to follow, the characters are charming and the writing flows smoothly from beginning to end.
Sharon Redfern
Emily Rutherford and her sisters have had a difficult couple of years. After the death of their parents, a distant cousin inherited the estate under the laws of entail. The sisters found themselves shunted out to a small home on the estate with virtually none of their possessions. The one thing to make it bearable for Emily is the understanding she has with Adrian Calloway that they will marry when the time is right.
After Adrian’s engagement is announced at the Calloway ball to Emily’s best fri...more
1 Star.

I picked this up as an ebook because it had some buzz online, and it seemed like a cute, light read.

Aside from the cute title - that's about all this book has going for it. I was terribly disappointed in this book.

Up until chapter 8 I thought that book had potential. Both our hero and heroine, Emily and Frances, start off the story as being interesting and unique characters. They both quickly devolve into classic stereotypical romance novel characters, complete with silly actions, ridicu...more
Mel King
Let me start by saying that I happend on this book by accident, I literally accidentially purchased it when I mentioned to buy another book by one of my well known, well beloved authors, I'll admitt it, I tend to stick to the same authors unless someone recommends them to me. But if we all did that how do new authors find their audience. So here is my recommendation to you.

Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day, we know this because we've read the back of the book. The poor girl has just wit...more
I was dissapointed in this book. The premise seemed so fun and interesting; plus it was recommended by Julia Quinn, one of my favorite authors. But it just fell flat to me. I wish there was more plot and less random conversation that doesn't move the story along. I get that the author was trying to show them slowly gaining appreciation for each other's opinions and falling in love, but it got pretty dull sometimes. I don't care about your opinions on Socrates and art! Give me some plot! Some act...more
"How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back" is the ideal boy meets girl next door, and go from best friends to lovers. A sweet story all around.

Emily Rutherford and her sisters have a priviledged life and all going for them, until of course tragedy knocks on their door. From there on, all goes down hill, them included. Edward, a most hedious cousin, basically kicks them out of the place they've known as their home all their lives. Out of pure "generosity", as Edward puts it, he lets them live at a...more
Deeply dissatisfying, the dialogue is overwhelmingly sappy and cheesy. The characters are kinda flat. At first, I thought Francis very intriguing. I found his plan to seduce and flirt his way into Emily's heart fascinating. Then, all of a sudden, that plan seemed to disappear into thin air and they were both overwhelmed with their trysts.

The characters are annoying from Emily to Kate, especially Kate. One minute she is shouting at Francis for his 'dishonesty' and for 'keeping a mistress', the v...more
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I have a confession to make. I’m really on the fence about this book and I hate that. On one hand, it had all the right ingredients for a topnotch historical romance, but on the other, it missed the mark.

The characters were sometimes mere shadows of themselves, while the protagonist, Emily, often seemed bi-polar. I looked for more depth in the former romantic relationship as well as in Emily’s sisters, but it kept slipping away, never quite taking shape. Fr...more

I try to find *something* to like about any book that I read. For this novel - that would be Francis Riley, the brooding hero. I also enjoyed some of the open and witty conversation between Emily and Francis. As a couple, they work well. In addition, I found parts of the novel to be quite humorous...

However, overall something was lacking. The story felt...well...rushed. I like a well developed story line, and I tend to shy away from books that skip whole periods of time.
I have a confession to make. I’m really on the fence about this book and I hate that. On one hand, it had all the right ingredients for a topnotch historical romance, but on the other, it missed the mark.

The characters were sometimes mere shadows of themselves, while the protagonist, Emily, often seemed bi-polar. I looked for more depth in the former romantic relationship as well as in Emily’s sisters, but it kept slipping away, never quite taking shape. Francis was a man tormented, yet it never...more
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes Sophie Barnes

Ms. Barnes has always written such great characters and hilarious plots that twists and turns in her books. Two great examples are The Summersbys​ series and not finished yet, The Kingsborough Ball series. I was worried that this story would not be able to make me love all the characters, but she did it again. In this book was a collections of loving, caring, suffering, funny, unique and heartbroken characters. I fell in love with the Emily, Beatrice and Claire Rutherford. I was o...more

Up and down between a 2 star and a 3.5 star, so I'll give it 3 stars.

Some bits I really liked, but unfortunately I kept putting it down and reading a few other books before picking it up again. (a few times)

Too much internal dialogue - and repetitive thoughts and explanations. The idea of the story was good though, but it just didn't gel.

A lot of modern speech and modern behaviour for a English historical, which unfortunately seems the norm with a lot of American writers. I usually overl...more
Maxine Mansfield
It's hard for me to believe that this is truely an Avon Impulse book because it is so bad. Poorly written, head hopping all over the place. Historical facts trampled, and a plot that was boring at best.
Ryan Honer summeralls
I normally like books that give me the inner thoughts of the two leads but the way the author wrote this story left me wondering who was talking several times, which took me out of the book. The way she not only says the inner thoughts of the leads but EVERY character felt a bit much. Especially when it was all within the same chapters not separated. I liked the main storyline but felt it got mixed up with a lot of unnecessary drama. I'd read a book by this author again because she's great at cr...more
Sarah Saville
I had such high hopes for this novel mainly because of the quirky title (I do love quirky titles) and because of the synopsis. It sounded like a great story with an interesting plot. But it just lacked something like the queens in this genre, Julia Quinn among others, have.
I am still giving it a three, because while it was a little bit lacking in the presentation, I did see potential. It is obvious that it's a debut novel, but I am going to read more of Sophie Barnes when more novels are publish...more
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Aliaa El-Nashar
Ok, so to the book I had said before I was going to review – but I got sidetracked as per usual - “How Miss Rutherford got her Groove Back.” As I’ve mentioned before and I never fail to mention in any given opportunity, I am a sucker for historical romances, regency ones in particular, England in the 1800’s if we’re being very specific. My favourite in that genre would have to be Julia Quinn, and interestingly enough she had helped Sophie Barnes out – as it seems from the Acknowledgement in the...more
HOW MISS RUTHERFORD GOT HER GROOVE BACK by Sophie Barnes is entertaining, lighthearted even. Whereas I truly did enjoy it, I feel it lacked something toward the latter part of the story. Perhaps the love connection is revealed too soon or Ms. Barnes just didn't know how to get her hero and heroine to the conclusion without losing sight of the tension that originally existed between the pair.

Ms. Barnes' characters are full of life and humor just as old friends might be who have grown to age toge...more
I'm 50-50 on this. A part of me liked this mainly bec of Francis. I like his brooding, protective, responsible personality. Diff from most heroes of HR that seduce right away and driven too much of their lust. He was different. He was patient, there with Emily as she got over her childhood love and even helped out the three sisters.
On the other hand, I didn't like some of the characters in the story. Emily to me seemed, idk, ditzy(?). She would have this perceptions of people/situations that's...more
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“It began with the twitch of her lower lip as it took on a life of its own, rippling outward to the corners of her mouth and forcing them upward into a helpless smile. She instantly clasped one hand over her mouth in a frantic attempt to silence the sound that was coming from her throat. The result was that she half-spluttered, half-coughed, her eyes painfully wide as she desperately wished a hole would emerge in the oriental carpet and mercifully swallow her up.” 8 likes
“And then of course there was her opinion to consider. Would she ever care to entertain the thought of kissing him, let alone marrying him? He was willing to bet his life that she wasn't. Not yet anyway. Therefore, he had made up his mind. He had devised a carefully thought-out plan, its sole purpose being to eventually ensure Emily's hand in marriage. And he would do it the old fashioned way--through trickery.” 1 likes
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