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A Wallflower Christmas [Mass Market Paperback]

Lisa Kleypas
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Nov. 2 2010

Rafe Bowman has just arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen…

Winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic…and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.


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TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT

“Enchanting romance…Lisa Kleypas has created a cast of characters that could keep readers enthralled for years.”—Chicago Tribune

“Brimming with superbly nuanced characters, simmering sexual chemistry, and wicked wit, the latest in Kleypas’ Victorian-set Hathaway series is a thoroughly romantic literary treat.”
Booklist


“From the first page to the last of her latest Hathaway novel, Kleypas delivers a witty, charming (wait until you meet the animals!), vibrant, sensual love story that takes your breath away. Her unique storytelling shines as she creates situations that elicit powerful emotions. Best of all, just when you think you know what's going to happen, she surprises you in this deep-sigh story.”
Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“A delectable story with a hero and heroine to savor. It’s a fine addition to the Hathaway family series.”—The Romance Reader  

“An absolute delight.”—Night Owl Romance

SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE

“Has plenty to keep readers turning the pages: Wit, suspense, secrets to learn and, of course, lots of love and passion…”—The Monitor

“Each member of the family is a delight to meet, and the depths of emotions and love they have for each other is shown magnificently...a spectacular story that continues the saga of the Hathaway family.”—Romance Reviews

“Lushly sexy and thoroughly romantic…superbly crafted characters and an intriguing plot blend together brilliantly in this splendid romance.”—Booklist

MINE TILL MIDNIGHT

“Vintage Kleypas…An unforgettable story peopled with remarkable characters and a depth of emotion that will leave you breathless with the wonderment of knowing what falling in love is really like.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Kleypas’s effortless style makes for another sexy exploration of 19th-century passion and peccadilloes, riveting from start to finish.”—Publishers Weekly

“Will steal the hearts of readers.”—The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

Captivating…The love story brims with humor and touches of pathos as the characters struggle with lost love and relinquishing grief to embrace life anew.”—Fresh Fiction

From the Back Cover

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas invites you to spend the holidays with the Wallflowers—four young London ladies who finally found the men of their dreams…and will join together once more to help the world’s most notorious rogue meet his match.

The magic of Christmas

Rafe Bowman has just arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen…

BEGINS under the mistletoe
Winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic…and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

                                       “Splendid romance.”—Booklist     

 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Wallflower Sept. 28 2010
By Loretta
Format:Hardcover
The last book in the Wallflower Series (?) was a special treat. The addition of one more Wallflower with once again the link to the previous characters and the continuning of their stories makes this book a very enjoyable read. I had started with book three in this series and once I started reading had to stop and order the other and read them all. This whole series and the associated Hataways series that follows them are all keepers on my bookshelf and also in my ipod as audiobooks. A Wallflower Christmas: A Novel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finally! June 1 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this cause it gave a glimpse at all the ladies settled into there lives. A small book but really enjoyed it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous serie May 23 2014
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Hello,

The writing of Lisa Kleypas is always great. Enjoyed this book very much, but sorry to see it is number 5 and
the last one of the serie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars love the wallflowers April 5 2010
Format:Hardcover
What can I say Lisa Kleypas has done it again! I only thing I didn't like is that the story was rather short, and the new characters did get to be as developed as in the previous characters in this series. I loved Rafe and Hannah, and the other Wallflowers in the novel....and of course as in all the rest of the Wallflower novels there is a lovely happily ever after!
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice Wallflower series update plus an extra new romance -but at a price Sept. 25 2008
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
In order to secure an interest in his father's company Rafe Bowman, eldest brother of Lillian and Daisy, has come to England for a Christmas holiday to meet the English lady his social climbing parents want him to wed. The independently wealthy Wall Street mogul is a typical American -brash, crude and downright improper. And its Miss Hannah Applegate's opinion that the brutish rogue would never make as acceptable husband for her gentle and beautiful charge. He's entirely too outspoken, direct and has no manners. So the stubborn companion blocks all his efforts in courtship. But Rafe is up for the challenge and no managing miss, no matter how tempting and beguiling she may be, is going to get in the way of his financial goals. And soon Hannah realizes that she might have been in fact wrong about Rafe. Beneath his uncivilized exterior lies a lonely and wounded child looking for happiness. Much to her dismay Hannah is falling in love with this imperfect man. But this handsome enigmatic man could never want a poor relation with no social ties such as herself, especially if it meant forfeiting his stakes in his father's company. Or could he?

After highly anticipating The Wallflower Christmas, I'm both happy and disappointed with the results. The book itself is *extremely short* merely 210 pages. So the romance, while excellent, reads more like those shorter anthology books (multiple stories by different authors) rather than a full blown historical romance. And while there's fair development of the delicious lovable rogue Rafe's character, Hannah's is sadly underdone. For example we find out barley anything about her family background. Happily though their romance is filled with the trademark Kleypas sexual tension with plenty of swoon worthy scenes. As far as the Wallflowers are concerned there are two very good parts with Sebastian & Evie The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3) and Marcus & Lillian It Happened One Autumn (The Wallflowers, Book 2), but they are very short (only a few pages each :( ). And Simon and Matthew might as well have been statues for all the attention they get.

So while I enjoyed the romance and the Wallflower update (technically not an update since the book takes place a few months after Daisy's book and well before Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, Book 1)) I hesitate to recommend this due to the steep price. Her novels normally run $8 and this is nowhere near the caliber of novel Kleypas usually writes. And I feel like the publishers counted on the fact that the readers would fork over extra just to read updates about their beloved characters. OK -you can make me pay more BUT give me more! Thats just not the case here.

Really a nice Christmas romance with a small treat for die-hard Sebastian and Marcus fans. And although its a very good short romance and frankly anything with Sebastian (*sigh*) is a keeper IMHO, I suggest checking this one out throughly at the bookstore or library before you buy.

The reading order of Wallflower and Hathaway books-
Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
It Happened One Autumn (The Wallflowers, Book 2)
The Devil in Winter (The Wallflowers, Book 3)
Scandal in Spring (The Wallflowers, Book 4)
A Wallflower Christmas
Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, Book 1)
Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, Book 2)
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely predictable in a good way Oct. 3 2008
By K. Kraus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
As long as you go into this book expecting a pleasant, predictable, well-written romance novel, you won't be disappointed. I haven't read an historical romance novel in years, not counting Jane Austen, and I forgot they could be really good. I liked this one enough to order all four of the other Wallflower books.
Rafe Bowman is your typical leading man, rich, not worried about what others think, very experienced with women. He's expected to marry rich, upper-class girl Natalie Blandford, a union that would benefit both their families. Hannah is Natalie's poor cousin who acts as her paid companion, and she meets Rafe first to try to find out a bit about him. Rafe is immediately attracted to Hannah, but she dislikes him because of his informality and borderline crude ways. She thinks he's completely wrong for Natalie. What follows is no surprise. Rafe's charm starts to get through to Hannah and her resistance crumbles. Because he's a "rogue" with a devil-may-care attitude, he has the guts to go against his father's orders that he propose to Natalie. Isn't that the kind of man we all want? One who would renounce his family's fortune to be with us but ultimately still be wealthy?
This book is just the kind of pleasant fluff you crave sometimes and it's done well.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you are a Kleypas fan - Skip if you are not! Sept. 30 2008
By Jill Guntur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I've enjoyed the Lisa Kleypas "Wallflower" series. I think because I have enjoyed following the stories of the women, this book became an extension of characters already known and was - therefore - just ok. Felt very much like a rush to get a Holiday story out and quality in storytelling suffered for it.

Rafe Bowman comes from the rough and tumble Americas to win the hand of titled woman (Natalie Blandford) and secure a place for him in his family fortune. Hannah (Natalie's cousin) is absolutely certain this is not a proper man for Natalie. And so begins the hunt toward truth.... He is not the man for Natalie, but perhaps he is the man for someone else. Question is... will either of them realize it in time.

It is an easy ready. It is good if you've read the rest of the wallflower series. Other than that.... I found myself disappointed at the way this book felt like it was phoned in for Christmas.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If this was my Christmas present, I'd want to sock Santa in the nose. March 13 2009
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Marketing a scant 200 pages as a hardcover "novel" could only be done with a big name author. Lisa Kleypas has loaned out her good name to make a quick buck on this pathetic romance and peek at her former Wallflower standouts.

Kleypas can be devastating at describing the seedier side of life, the despair of neglected children, and how their hope for a better life is worn thin like the sole of an old tennis shoe (Sugar Daddy). So why, when she has all this material set up in both Rafe and Hannah, does she gloss over their past like a coat of bright red nail polish? Is it because this is a perky Christmas time book? The only hint of her powers comes out in Lillian telling a significant story about a small solider keepsake of Rafe's. That's the Kleypas that I admire.

Heroine Hannah's intro scene was solid, but after that her character started to break down like sugar in water. What was her backstory anyway? Ladies's paid companions were a tragic lot, but there's only a scant sentence or two explaining her history. For some reason, Hannah is never fleshed out, or made terribly interesting, which makes Rafe's sudden head-over-heels love feel empty and forced.

Finally we come to the Wallflowers themselves. We get several scenes of the girls being chummy, and demonstrating just how boring happily married people can be in fiction. There's a reason that regency romances so often end with marriage, and that's because Jane Austen had it right; marriage is the beginning of the end. We do get two gratuitous sex scenes, between Evie and Sebastian, and Lillian and Westcliff, but they won't satisfy the rabid fans and only serve to take up precious space that belonged to Hannah and Rafe. If they had been the ones getting hot and heavy, maybe I would feel something for them now.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, warm Christmas season confection. Sept. 23 2008
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is a delightful, heartwarming love story. Lisa Kleypas has managed to blend together charm and atmosphere and a satisfying story about two people who were not supposed to fall in love.

Rafe Bowman and his father have a turbulent past but there is hope that the future will be better for them if Rafe will just meet and propose marriage to the English aristocratic young woman his father has chosen for him. Thomas Bowman has decided that he wants to settle even more firmly within the English upper crust and he can do that by holding a lucrative business arrangement over his son's head. Rafe is a rake, he knows it, his parents know it and his sisters know it. But he also has a very good head for business and he wants to be allowed to run the continental segment of his families soap manufacturing business. If it means marrying the woman his father has chosen, then so be it. He knows he will not love her but he doesn't intend to fight his father's wishes. Then Rafe meets Miss Hannah Appleton, the companion of the woman he is supposed to propose to. The problems begin when Rafe is instantly attracted to Hannah even though she doesn't like him at all.

Hannah has been the companion of Natalie Blandford for three years and truly only wants what is best for her. When Hannah is invited to tea at the home of Lady Westcliff she meets the brash American who slouches in his chair and has a terrible accent. This man will never do as a husband for Lady Natalie. He is too vital, too forceful, too audacious and too arrogant.

This book brings back the four original women from the Wallflower series in a country home setting at Christmastime. It is really wonderful to see the women together again and reacquaint ourselves with them as wives and mothers. Kleypas manages to insert very touching stories concerning each of the marriages into this new story and it is a pleasant updating. In one part of the story each of the wallflowers gather in an upstairs room to hear what is happening to Hannah and each vows to keep the secret she is sharing with them. But you just know that will never happen. Each one loves her husband too much to ever keep a secret like this from him. Besides, maybe the husbands can help solve the impass involving Rafe, his father, Hannah and Natalie.

This wasn't a very complicated plot but it was a very satisfying read. Just the kind of book to bring you up to date on some of your favorite characters, introduce you to several new ones and put you in the Christmas spirit.
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