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Wallflower (The Old Maids' Club Book 1) by [Gayle, Catherine]
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The choice between adhering to a long-held pact and finally accepting love could prove Lady Tabitha Shelton’s unhinging. She is plump, plain, pleasant . . . and thoroughly unappealing to any of the men of the ton—apart from fortune hunters. A self-appointed wallflower, she has every intention of remaining one. Tabitha made a vow of spinsterhood with her cousins when they were girls, and she refuses to go back on her word. So far, she’s proven herself quite adept at warding off the blasted fortune hunters’ pursuits.

Noah deLancie, Marquess of Devonport, would prefer to marry for love and companionship—he’s a gentleman through and through—but circumstances have forced his hand: he needs money as badly as he needs a bride. When Noah’s brother-in-law suggests pursuit of his sister, Tabitha, a woman with a dowry large enough to cause even Croesus to blush and who is tantalizingly good company to boot, Noah stumbles into the future he hopes to secure. He’ll stop at nothing to convince Tabitha to marry him.

Nothing, that is, except perhaps the barrel of a dueling pistol, held to his face by his ladylove.

About the Author

Catherine Gayle has been an avid reader of romance novels (and almost anything else she can legally get her hands on) for as long as she can remember. Her mother might say it started in the womb. When she is not writing or reading, she can often be found buried beneath her sleeping cat or chasing the Nephew Monster. She's a reality TV junkie, a hockey addict, and experimental cook.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5592 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1938101049
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Night Shift Publishing (May 6 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZR9F7S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wonderful!! A heroine all of us imperfect women can relate to. So many issues, fears, questions she faces are the same for me and so many other women. Bravo to Ms Gayle for her insightful, unique writing. Tabitha finds herself in situations I can only visit in my fantasies or in the pages of this book. I look forward to reading more of Ms Gayle's fiction.
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Good story but something lacking in the writing the emotions weren't always there. Took me 5 days to read because there wasn't a need to know.
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Good characters waiting not to patiently for next.
Good book for lazing at the lake or cooling at a beach.
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Very good story, unfortunately poorly written. Too many repeats of the same idea in different contexts. A good ending process should take place.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a128900) out of 5 stars 190 reviews
94 of 105 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a08833c) out of 5 stars Glad it was free May 20 2012
By S. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh my, this could have been a good book. But...

(1) The author introduces too many characters too fast, and then refer to some of them by two or more different names. It takes forever to sort out who is who, and that (for example) "Tobias," "Toby" and "Shelton" are the same person. Irritating at the least.

(Moderate Spoilers Below)

(2) The heroine's brothers, cousins and hopeful suitor discover a dastardly bet regarding the heroine in White's betting book. Do they warn her that two cads have bet that one of them will successfully seduce her? Noooo. And then she wonders why the brothers et al are falling all over themselves trying to keep the cads away from her. She even accepts an invitation to a picnic from the worst of the two. She ends up in a dangerous situation because of that picnic, which would have been completely avoidable if she had known that he was not to be trusted. Categorize this as one of those tiresome "huge intractable problem" plot devices that could have been solved with one simple conversation.

(3) The heroine holds onto a ridiculous pact made in her childhood with her two best friends. Keeping true to a silly agreement made before the age of reason is more important to her than acknowledging and accepting the love of a truly decent man. What? How dumb is this chick?

(4) A key plot point hinges around the heroine flinging herself onto a spirited horse and riding to the rescue, even though previously it was well-documented earlier in the book that she does not like horses, and she does not like riding. And then all of a sudden she can ride like a Valkyrie? I don't think so....

(5) Some other reviewers have expressed doubt about a wallflower suddenly blooming. I agree - it certainly is not impossible for a self-doubting person to gain confidence, but it does not happen overnight.

So glad this book was free.

Two stars.
73 of 89 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a088588) out of 5 stars I stopped reading it. June 14 2011
By Deadpan.Sally - Published on Amazon.com
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I tried. I really tried to finish it but I was just too exhausted. There were so many names and characters to keep track of. I still can't tell you who all were siblings, who were cousins, and who were couples. I guess some of them appeared in other books; many more of them will appear in future books.

My biggest complaint is that you land smack-dab in the middle of a relationship five years in the making. It seriously took them this long to finally "see" the other person?

The heroine is an overweight, on the shelf woman who lacks self-esteem and self-worth. The hero is supposed to be a charming, pacifist type nice guy who has secretly lusted after the heroine for quite some time. Her brother is married to his sister. One day, he realizes that he needs money. The heroine's dad is dropping dollars on her dowry in order to entice some gentleman to marry her. Bam! Her brothers think this dude would be perfect for their sister so they plot to get them together. I don't know, but I felt betrayed reading the antics and comments made by her brothers and cousins. I just never felt like there was a connection between the hero and heroine; it was all about necessity for the both of them.

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I didn't like the fact that I learned the color of the hero's hair in the second half of the book. I didn't like the fact that you learn towards the end of the book that the heroine had a previous lover. I just gave up on it towards the end. As another reviewer mentioned, the concept was good, but the execution was poor.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a08854c) out of 5 stars Boring read with way too much emphasis on graphic scenes.. June 26 2012
By A. M. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was tolerable. The writing was okay, but nothing to write home about. The characters were moderately likable, the male more than the female. It seemed that the story was long, drawn out and very boring and then bam, there would be an overly graphic sex scene. What happened to romance, to dialogue to suspense and angst? This book seemed to lack the good story telling and language and was really reduced to a cheap thrill. Not for me, and not for me to recommend.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a088840) out of 5 stars Excellent story, good writing April 29 2012
By Sherry Z Fortner - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't know what the bad reviews are about. I really like this book and I have zero tolerance for mediocre writing! The plot is complex enough to be interesting and the characters are believable and likeable. A little more steaminess than I care for but I can flip past that. Not offensive, just doesn't contribute to the story for me. That's just a personal preference. Even though I knew there was a fairly predictable happy ending coming up, the story still held my interest to the last page. Excellent regency style. I liked that the female lead was not too beautiful to be believed. The characters felt human, like someone you might have known. If you like regency and you like more depth in a story than a half-dried mud puddle, just get it and enjoy.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0888a0) out of 5 stars Not Interesting May 29 2013
By Kristine - Published on Amazon.com
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The concept was good and the hero was sweet. Unfortunately the story itself was boring and the heroine, Tabitha, acted more like someone just out of the schoolroom instead of her mature age of almost 29. She's known the hero, Noah, for five years but you can't tell that by the way she (mis)treats him. She leaves him in the middle of a ballroom dance floor when she mistakenly believes he's in on some scheme of her brother's and doesn't spare a thought as to how humiliating and unfair that is. When Tabitha realizes Noah is in financial straits, she immediately categorizes him as a fortune hunter, calling him a scamp and cur in front of another gentleman whom she despises and also knows is a true fortune hunter. Tabitha doesn't even give Noah a chance to speak in defense of himself, even though he's always behaved honorably in the past. I wanted to slap her. I read the first couple of chapters of this book, grew frustrated and tried skimming others, then just gave up without even glancing at the ending. In summary: This was a rather dull love story where the hero was too good for the heroine, who was an annoying, unreasonable and perplexingly immature spinster.