A Groom of One’s Own

HarperAudio. (Writing Girls, Bk. 1). Feb. 2022. 10:06 hrs. ISBN 9780063162150. $26.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Launching the “Writing Girls” series, and originally published in 2010, this audio edition gives listeners a place to jump into some of popular romance author Rodale’s (An Heiress To Remember) earlier work. After being jilted at the altar, Sophie Harlow swore off matrimony. Her misfortune continues, however, when the only employment she can find is as a wedding columnist, surrounded by the society ceremonies she dreads. When a dashing stranger saves her from a close call with a carriage, Sophie’s carefully guarded heart is captured. Complications arise, however, when this stranger turns out to be the groom in the next wedding she is covering! Can they eschew propriety for passion or will the threat of scandal thwart their chance for love? The narrative is rounded out by droll banter and delightful gossip from a fleet of secondary characters whose love stories are explored in subsequent volumes. Narrator Carolyn Morris’s sultry voice is, at times, incongruous with the youthful exuberance of the protagonists, but well matched to the steamy love scenes.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to readers seeking a self-sufficient yet sensual heroine, torn between her head and her heart; recommended for fans of Sarah MacLean and Julia Quinn.
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