A Wallflower ChristmasPaperback St. Martin's Press
- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Paperback | 214 pages
- Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
- Publication date: 2 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0312360738
- ISBN 13: 9780312360733
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 12,109
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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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor," and "Love in the Afternoon." Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.
By Niina C 11 Dec 2011
Rafe Bowman comes to London to marry so that he can get rights to his estranged father's European market. The deal is to marry Lady Natalie, but as an American there is much to learn about courting an English Rose, so when his sister and her three friends begin matchmaking they contact Lady Natalie's companion and cousin Hannah Appleton to learn more about Lady Natalie.
Hannah arrives for tea and is met by a rough, rude and unsophisticated Rafe Bowman who is supposed to marry her cousin, and she leaves with one stolen kiss that kindles a fire inside her and stout determination that he's a Rake and should not marry her cousin. As both families travel to the country to spend Christmas and hope for an engagement, Hannah vows she'll try her hardest not to let Natalie fall for Rafe's pretend charms.
Rafe has never in his life met a woman like Hannah, and the more he spend time with her and speaks with her the more he can't understand why she holds something that ties his attention only to her. Sure he's to marry Lady Natalie, a decent enough marriage, but he can't seem to keep away from Hannah, her smile and determination to dislike him. But it's not a game lost yet because to every kiss he's stolen she's responded to.
I absolutely loved this book, couldn't but it down! From the very beginning this book was charming, intriguing and deliciously proper and passionate at the same time. I loved Kleypas's writing, she's superbly talented in creating characters that are sophisticated, proper and have so many passions boiling just underneath the surface.
Rafe, I think I have a little crush, he comes to London to marry an upper class girl because of a deal with his father and falls for the charms of the lady's poor cousin and can't seem to get his head right between what's expected and how he absolutely doesn't want to do anything that is expected of him. He's charming, little rude but in a delicious way that makes a girl swoon.
Hannah is a wonderful character, she's smart, headstrong and tries to be practical to fault, but whenever she's around Rafe she loses some of her cool and picks up on his fire for life, his passion initiating hers.
She's the perfect Victorian heroine, not too modern but modern enough for her time to be little out of place, even though she tries her hardest to be proper and practical she's sporting quite the temper when flared.
If you love historical Romance this is for you! And if you love Christmas you'll love reading this! But on some classical baroque or waltz Christmas music and thoroughly enjoy this novel. I did.
I will be re-reading this every Christmas from now on, I loved it!
Praise for TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT"Enchanting romance...Lisa Kleypashas 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
Back cover copy
"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 "