Title: A Wallflower Christmas
Genre: Historical Romance/Victorian
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2008
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…
It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, 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. And 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.
Many other reviewers have alluded to the fact that this addition to The Wallflowers Series is a bit of an afterthought. That it is not long enough or filled with enough of the characters from the preceding books in the series. I tend to agree with the former assertion but found that the characters from the preceding books were everywhere in this story and gave the book the exquisite flavor of the series that I have loved. That we get to meet Rafe Bowman and Lillian Bowman Westcliffe’s father in more depth was a welcome addition. Hannah was a heroine to cheer for since she was thoughtful, kind and perhaps worried more about her cousin, Rafe’s intended, then her own happiness. There were moments of humor and such a warm family feeling at the Christmas festivities. This book can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who has read the preceding books in the series but I hesitate to recommend it to those who have not.
The Wallflower Series:
Again The Magic- full length prequel (Reviewed by Deet on July 9, 2015)
- Secrets of A Summer Night- Annabelle and Simon (Review on Monday, July 13, 2015)
- It Happened One Autumn- Lillian and Marcus (Review on Tuesday July 14, 2015)
- The Devil In Winter- Evie and Sebastian (Review on Thursday, July 16, 2015)
- Scandal In Spring- Daisy and Matthew (Review on Monday July 20 2015)
- A Wallflower Christmas