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A Groom of One's Own (The Writing Girls #1)

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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 thes
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Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Avon
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Gemma
Good writing, but I had a hard time liking the heroine in this one. From almost the first attraction she has for the hero (who is engaged to another women), she openly flirts with him (in front of his fiance, no less), and constantly thinks about how she wishes he'd jilt his fiance for her. She doesn't even seem to feel a twinge of guilt that such an action would humiliate the fiance, who was a nice person. Considering that a year before, the heroine had herself been jilted, you'd think she'd be ...more
Denise
Sophie Harlow, to her extreme mortification, embarrassment and hurt was jilted at the alter. This left her with little options so she sold her wedding dress and took off to join her friend Julianna in London. Here she gained employment with a newspaper which she writes a column about weddings taking place within London society. While at a wedding where one of the wedding party was left at the altar, Sophie panics and blindly roams the streets. She is nearly run down by a carriage but was saved ...more
Sarah
I'm having a hard time finding something I didn't like about this book, and for me, that is the best review I can give an author. You would think that a few hundred pages of angst and longing would get tiresome, but Ms. Rodale makes you as eager and torn as the four, yes four!, characters in this book. I believe the two things I loved the most was: 1) how, without actual physical contact, she managed to make the encounters between the duke and Sophie so incredibly erotic; & 2) how the though ...more
Lover of Romance
Sophie was once engaged, but her fiancee broke their engagement as she was walking down the aisle. So she ended up in London, as one of the four writing girls, who all write for London's Weekly, the city's most popular newspaper. Sophie's main focus is to work on weddings and report on them. She is then to report on the wedding of the year of the Duke of Brandon and the daughter of the Duke of Richmond. Normally Sophie would be thrilled with the opportunity, however she is half way in love with ...more
Lisa
Miss Sophie Harlow got the shock of her life when she was jilted at the alter and it forces her to leave her home and head to London to find a job...which she does as a newspaper writer and is part of a quartet of women known as The Writer Girls. She writes a column about all the society weddings but she is always nervous as she waits for the bride, as she can not bear to see anyone else get jilted and when at one such wedding it is looking like a jilt is in process she flees from the ceremony a ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
Trying out a new romance author is very similar to trying a new hair style. Sometimes the cut works and sometimes it makes the world seem like it will come to an end. Fortunately for me, Maya Rodale ended up being a good decision.

A Groom of One's Own tells the story of once-jilted at the altar Miss Sophie Harlow. Humiliated, Sophie flees to London, where she somehow gets a respectable job writing a column about weddings for a newspaper. But Sophie hates weddings. Hers was such a disaster, and e
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Alexis
A Groom of One's Own is the first of the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale, a refreshing take on the regency romance genre. The heroines are women with jobs, which automatically makes them different from most regency romance heroines and provides a fresh outlook to the narrative. Instead of being scandalous, the Writing Girls are minor celebrities.

After being jilted by the country boy she was going to marry, Sophie Harlow moves to London with her best friend. She gets a job writing a weekly n
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W.
Mar 07, 2012 W. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: mediocre
This book started off well, but started to take a nosedive around the middle.

Ms. Sophie Harlow was jilted on her wedding day. Instead of taking things sitting down, she goes to London and become a well known columnist for a popular newspaper (how this happened was never quite explained. How Sophie met the other Writing Girls weren't really touched either). Sophie hates weddings, but now writes about the biggest society weddings for her column.

Henry, the Duke of Brandon and Hamilton, is a doubl
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Caz
I've given this a B for narration and a C- for content at AudioGals, so I'm leaving it at 3 stars here.

A Groom of One’s Own
is the first book in Ms Rodale’s Writing Girls series in which each of the four heroines are just that – young women who write for a living, in this case, for London’s favourite newssheet, the London Weekly.

Miss Sophie Harlow was devastated when her fiancé jilted her very publicly on their wedding day. To avoid the scorn and pity of the locals, Sophie took herself off to Lo
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Goblin
No long review, just, what a fun and cute ride! :D
Bronwyn Rykiert
This story was fun. I would highly recommend it.

Sophie Harlow was jilted at the alter by her finance Matthew (he had met someone esle 2 weeks earlier), so she fled to London with her best friend Julianna. She found a job as a jounalist with "The London Weekly", her column was "Miss Harlow's marriages in High Life" and she hated weddings or at least until the couple were married.

Fleeing one of the wedding she was covering she is saved from falling under a carriage by the Duke of Hamilton & Br
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Connie
Okay, here goes...

I did like Sophie and Brandon and I did like their chemistry. They were cute together and it made much more sense for Brandon to like Sophie over Clarissa, his fiance. The problem was, was that I could not get over the "sort of" cheating they were doing and the fact that this sort of cheating was leading up to a situation that could have potentially been the EXACT. SAME. SCENARIO. that left Sophie jilted at the altar in the beginning, but with her being the other woman this tim
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Jacob Proffitt
This is a very light Regency romance with a touch of heat, and an enjoyable one in the end. The book opens with our heroine, Sophie Harlow being jilted at the altar, more or less, and we’re told that this represents the end of her hopes for marriage. Sophie moves to London and we pick up with her nearly a year later as she has built a life for herself (more or less).

Some of the details of Regency London don’t quite square with my understanding of the period. Rodale’s assertions about the consequ
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Kasumi Ren
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Kim
I'm totally torn on my feelings for this book.

Things I didn't like first:

- It takes Brandon a ridiculous amount of time to figure his shit out. 90% of the book was him being unsure of what kind of wife was best for him. If I was Sophie I would have flipped.

- The back and forth - can we be together? no we can't! yes we can! no we can't! got old fast for me. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE ANGST, but when it's the same conflict over and over and over and over I get bored.

Things I loved:

- SOPHIE AND THE
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
A pleasant post regency historical (set in 1823) with a love square and minimum steam.
Krista
This book seems like the typical simple Duke and his Wife story. But don't be mistaken, Rodale's book evoked numerous feelings in me I had not thought possible in the simple tale told on that back.

It was anything but simple; the way that it was told, the way it makes readers feel, I know one of the characters was a Duke, trust me...the Lady of the tail does stuff that makes the Duke feel like a commoner. The author has me thrusting myself into different, unknown paths in historical-romance. Hap
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RIF
Not quite finished but its driving me batty! Saved to some extent by a decent hero and fair tension, but I am put off by the modern YA tone (true love for everyone in two weeks or less), a heroine who spends the entire book wondering if the hero will marry his fiance when ALL evidence and dialogue says he will (bloody hell, even he says he will), random plot twists, abundant parenthetical asides, lists, and constant repetition. This is not for me. THIS IS NOT FOR ME!
DebbieLisa
I really enjoyed this, it was a refreshing change from the recent spate of romances I've read with insipid heroines, unlikeable men and heavy/sinister/murderous/kidnapping plots. Enough already, I want more books like this!
I'm giving 4 stars just because I got a bored towards the end (perhaps because I was a bit impatient) but overall I was happy with the story. This was a good, enjoyable, light read, I'm looking forward to more from Maya Rodale.
PointyEars42
Overall, I...suppose... I enjoyed this book, but only because I read it a few pages at a time. In larger doses I would not have been able to finish it because of how unlikeable the main couple were. Despite having been jilted herself, Sophie doesn't hesitate to persue an engaged man so its really hard to sympathise with all her teenage whining. Because its twu wuv and therefore, like, totally different from when it was done to her, duh. The un-heroic hero is such a wishy-washy, emotionally stunt ...more
Melissa
I quite liked the set-up of the story - women who write for their living in Regency/Georgian/pre-Victorian England - as well as Sophie's particular hangup about weddings. What got tedious was the nearly 100 pages of we-love-each-other-but-are-engaged-to-other-people-and/or-being-paid-to-write-a-gossip-column-about-the-wedding quibbling. Because the solution presented itself halfway through - as usual.
Maria
Carolyn Morris is a wonderful narrator and this is the first time I've had the pleasure of hearing her. This is the first book in the fun Regency era Writing Girls' series and though Rodale's writing is engaging and very enjoyable, I felt the road to happily ever after was a bit arduous. And I"m not too sure about the hero not really and truly making his choice. My full review coming eventually.
Brittany
Sophie had a life changing event at a fairly young age an now she's tormented every week to attend weddings an write articles about them. I love her an her group of 'writers'. The romance is fairly common story line of forbidden romance an love with the typical ending but the reading was great an I love the twist with the prince! I can't wait to read the next in the series an by this author!
Victoria Vane
Great Regency romance with a very spunky and persistent heroine, who has taken some hard knocks, but refuses to become embittered. The somewhat self-centered (but really aren't they all?) male protagonist comes to annoy me at times, when he plays with her feelings, but all is made right in the end.

Well-written with excellent pacing that keeps one turning the pages. 3.5 rounded up to 4.
Emery Lee
Great Regency romance with a very spunky and persistent heroine, who has taken some hard knocks, but refuses to become embittered. The somewhat self-centered (but really aren't they all?) male protagonist comes to annoy me at times, when he plays with her feelings, but all is made right in the end.

Well-written with excellent pacing that keeps one turning the pages. 3.5 rounded up to 4.
Aly is so frigging bored


The writing style and the way everything is phrased gets on my nerves. I am not attracted by the characters either...

What the book inspired:
Kristel
Promising beginning, idea was original but to the middle -> end it was just such a bore-fest. The hero keeps remind me of a a floor mat. Realistically speaking if this happened in real life, the guy probably already ditched the girl. No one stays that long and the heroine, painful to see how she obviously shows how much she likes the guy without any assurance to her affection back. Doesn't seem (and sorry to be redundant) realistic. For a woman who's supposedly the smarter because of her expe ...more
Cheryl
easy read and interesting twist, though I did feel the heroine was a strong character who finds herself in love with a sort of wimp of a Duke sort of implausible. A strong female should never settle for a less than strong male unless, of course, she wants to rule/lead in the relationship.
Alma Mcmahan
This was a twist on the theme of leaving the bride at the altar. Our heroine has been jilted and ends up reporting on society weddings. Along the way she meets her ideal mate but he is engagaed to marry another and she must hope that he will jilt his bride for her.
Karen Erickson
I really enjoyed this book. I'll admit - I'm a huge fan of the hawt sex scenes and this one didn't have many. BUT what it DID have is wonderful sexual tension (which is more important/fun to read than the hawt sex IMHO), humor and a fun heroine and hero.
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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romanti ...more
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