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A Groom of One's Own

(The Writing Girls #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,979 ratings  ·  187 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Avon
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Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
It started off so strong but it died halfway when I realized the main problem was them moping and complaining that they couldn't be together and then thinking maybe it'll be okay in the end if they weren't together and then finding ways to be together. It also just felt so dumb cause these two couples were caught up in this drama. ...more
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Hmmm. What to say. I liked times. This is my 3rd Rodale book, and while her stories/ideas are there her writing is very very rough. The POVs and characters are not fully developed, the world building is an afterthought and so flat. The POV shifts are hard to follow where sometimes you aren’t even sure whose POV you are reading about. And the internal dialogue is confusing at times because you aren't sure if the characters are speaking in hypothetical or describin
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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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
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
Vicky (Victoria) Cavill
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
1 utter-crap Stars...!

I rarely give a book one star. The number of books I have given one stars can be counted on one hand. But this book deserves not even this one. I was a decent enough fan of Ms. Rodale until I picked up this horrid book. God..! My eyes... My 3 hours of time... My delicate sensibilities have all been tainted by this one horribly crafted novel.

Caution : Lot of bitching will be entailed. People who have an aversion for negative reviews... Don't read further.

I don't even know
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 thoughts a ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Insipid heroine. Plenty of telling, not showing. Insta-lust, which I don't actually find a sin, as it's happened to me, but we aren't SHOWN it we're TOLD IT. REPEATEDLY. AND IF I READ ONE MORE TIME ABOUT HOW THE HEROINE WAS JILTED AND HER WEDDING WAS AWFUL BUT NOW IT IS HER JOB TO WRITE ABOUT WEDDINGS BOO HOO I WILL SET THIS BOOK ON FIRE. ...more
Rachel (BAVR)
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of light-hearted Regency Romance
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I liked the concept of this story, but I thought it was confused and poorly written. There were too many characters' perspectives and the story wasn't focused on a single romance. In fact, I couldn't see why I should believe in the romance at all for either couple. There was precious little romance here. Besides that, the dialogue and characters' behavior were inappropriate for the setting, and there were a few times that the author seemed to forget whether she was writing in first person or thi ...more
Victoria Vane
May 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical

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:
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No long review, just, what a fun and cute ride! :D
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read
This is more a 3.5 for me. (half stars would really be handy...)

I liked some parts, others not so much. I think all about the emotional responses the characters had over the plot situations were well done and interesting to follow, after all, people with conscience just don't do reckless things and I liked the complexity this offered.
However, the main couple's romance wasn't romantic to me nor was it convincing they were such great people together...
Catherine Stein
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The misuse of titles in this book was horrendous. Fortunately, the story and characters were delightful.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance, Strong female lead, Sassy female lead, Honorable male lead
A Groom of One’s Own

Finished 6/8
Started 6/6
4 Honorable Stars

It’s been a while since I read a historical romance and now I’m wondering why it took me so long. This has always been on of my favorite genres. My love of romance novels started when I secretly read my mom’s copy of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodwiss, at the tender age of 12. It was eye-opening!! I fell in love with Captain Brandon Birmingham and never looked back.

So it was a real thrill for me to find Maya Rodale’s The
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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kasumi Ren
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Bronwyn Rykiert
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 & Brando
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:

Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! Two people, who really should not be together, accidentally meet anonymously and become immediately attracted to each other. The hero, Brandon, is a double duke (never knew there was such a thing) and engaged to the perfect potential duchess. He does not want love involved at all-way too distracting. Sophie, on the other hand, was jilted literally at the altar and now writes about weddings for a newspaper. She is terrified of weddings, ironically. Neither one knew who the oth ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: review is based on an audio recording of the book.

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 Writing Girls’ series and, though Maya Rodale’s writing is engaging, witty, and energetic, I felt the road to happily ever after a bit arduous. And I’m not at all too sure about the hero never really and truly making his choice but rather, having it made for him very conveniently. I also thought the endin
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic-reads
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. ...more
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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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