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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061922986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061922985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iss 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?

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the author of numerous "dazzlingly sexy and witty" romantic novels. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.


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By Clare Traylen on 15 Nov 2014
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Dumb on so many levels 5 Aug 2010
By NM Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Delightful Regency 23 Aug 2010
By Greeneyes - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
screwball comedy of errors 1 July 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A bit blah 14 Aug 2010
By Book lover - Published on Amazon.com
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great romance with two couples for the price of one. 13 Oct 2012
By TBreakiron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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. But Lady Richmond, his fiancee's mother, is absolutey opposed to her daughter marrying the man even though he's even richer then Brandon as she has a prejudice against his people over something that happened to one of her relatives. Lady Richmond over the course of the book is revealed to be a social climber and it's really hard to feel sympathy towards her in the book. But if Brandon and Cassandra get married as planned, there are going to be four very unhappy people as a result. So is there any way both couples can come up with a solution that bypasses obligation and Lady Richmond's objections before the big day arrives.

This book was pretty well written to me and while the main characters can make you frustrated at times when they place obligation and duty over what their heart wants. But as Sophie and Brandon don't act nearly as much on their feelings beforehand as they could have in the book, I was able to stay sympathetic to their situation. And in my opinion both couples were likeable and sympathetic throughout the course of the book. I will likely try another one of Maya's books in the future.
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