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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2010 Maya Rodale (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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)

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The historical version of The Wedding Planner

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Writing Girls series by Maya Rodale, narrarated by Carolyn Morris! This book features all the things you'll love about the series: whitty writing, clever, intelligent and independant women; an impossible match; the unlikliest of loves and a big, red bow at the end!

Not sure which came first, but this book constantly reminded me of the movie The Wedding Planner throughout. Because of that, I couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but it was a great read.

As with most audio books, narration can make or break a book and in this case, Carolyn brings the vibrant, funny and creative story to life with her seemless transition to characters, her ability to capture at least 10 different characters without skipping a beat and each having their own sense of identity. She really is a gem.

I highly recommend this book and this series, and this author....and this narrarator! Worth the credits all day long!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 03-13-14

A COMPELLING REGENCY ROMP

This was a good start to a new series and the well written humorous story tells of Sophie's journey about when she's jilted at the alter and flees to London and there she finds a job writing a Wedding Column for a newspaper. One day she meets a handsome man called Brandon and they have a very nice friendly afternoon walking around London chatting, laughing and becoming friends with mutual attraction so during the conversation she asks if he's married and he says no so she starts to daydream hard about him.

However, Sophie's in for a shock as her next assignment is to write a detailed account about The Wedding Of The Year a marriage of convenience between Lady Clarissa and the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon (a double Duke no less) and she happily goes along for a meeting with all concerned but she's in for a heartbreaking shock. As the plot progresses two love stories emerge and, as the countdown to the wedding begins, the attraction between Sophie and Brandon builds but there's conflicts of duty and honor v love an emotional turmoil that must bring decisions, everyone's internal battles of doing the right thing, an ever growing passion, helpful or scheming Mothers and yet another event filled walk down the aisle for Sophie.

Worth a credit? This was an enjoyable, sweet, light yet intense listen with a contemporary feel, it had a handsome, honorable and respectful Duke who needs adventure from all his responsibilities in his boring life and a strong-willed, clever woman with a sense of humor that is willing to give it all to him if he chooses her. It was funny, sad, frustrating, probably not historically accurate, had emotional rather than graphic sex scenes, there were lots of events, a secret, a well described blossoming touching romance but which, IMHO, went on a bit too long about the decisions to be made, however YES creditworthy.

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  • Tracy T
  • Jacksonville, FL USA
  • 04-07-14

What 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. Sexual tension and a well written sex scene, (not graphic, just nicely written)

I will definitely read the next book in this series.

The narrator did a very good job as well. I like that she did change her voice to sound like a man for the male dialogue and read with emotion.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 08-18-17

Oh what a great story

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I enjoyed this book SO much. The narrator was perfect. The characters had depth and the writer's skill in telling a story is great. There is a lot of angst involved, but it is a good angst. Not uncomfortable at all. Very little sex but a lot of romance. Reminds me a little of Wedding Planner movie. I stayed up all night because I could not stop until I found out the ending.

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Doesn't go anywhere

Would you try another book from Maya Rodale and/or Carolyn Morris?

Maybe not with Maya Rodale. I like Carolyn Morris as narrator and that is the reason I picked up the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Rodale again?

Not sure

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Nice performance

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the beginning of the book...

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The book doesn't go anywhere. I am half way through. It just repeats itself of the H/h's feelings over and over again. I was like, didn't I hear this already? Is the audio working, did it rewind? It is boring. h is not ethical in my opinion, don't pretend to be friend with the woman if you are trying to steal her fiance. Frustrating and boring.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful