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A Wallflower Christmas (Playaway Adult Fiction) [Preloaded Digital Audio Player]

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  • Preloaded Digital Audio Player
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441878955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441878953
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

Visit her website at: www.lisakleypas.com

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underdeveloped but enjoyable 13 Jan 2010
By josie82 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's Christmas in London and Hannah Appleton has been given the task of finding out whether the brash American, Rafe Bowman, will be a suitable match for her charge, Lady Natalie. What she finds is a ruggedly sexy, outspoken man with shockingly American ways who irks her in a way no man has before.

In order to gain his inheritance in his father's company, Rafe Bowman must marry the blue blooded and very proper Lady Natalie. Although pretty and kind, it's her chaperone Hannah that draws Rafe's eye. At a house party at Stony Cross Park the Wallflowers play matchmaker with some unexpected consequences that will make it a Christmas to remember.

It pains me to have to only give a Lisa Kleypas book 3 stars but there are a few problems that have stopped this book being nearly as good as her other historical books.

Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed the Wallflower books and was anticipating hearing about how all the previous characters had progressed. There was a nice little bit about Evie and Sebastian (Devil in Winter) and another about Lillian and Marcus (It Happened One Autumn) but barely anything about Daisy and Matthew (Scandal in Spring) or Annabel and Simon (Secrets of a Summer Night). This is disappointing as with the book being so short, I feel another couple of sections could easily have been added, making it more the size of a normal romance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Lisa Kleypas is definitely one of my 'must read authors'; her contemporary Friday Harbour series has already found a special place in my heart. However, this was the first historical romance I had read by her. A Wallflower Christmas is the fifth and final book in the Wallflower series set around a group of young ladies searching for true love in a Victorian London. As you can see, I read the fifth book in the series and in no way did I feel I needed to read the other four to enjoy this series. Having said that by the time I had finished this book, it made me want to go back and read the previous four as I truly enjoyed this one, unleashing a new love in historical romance within me.
I would describe this book as a Victorian Christmas Cinderella, as the poor girl gets her Prince. Hannah is sweet, innocent and walked over by the superior members of her family, she cannot see herself rising very far in society and has resigned herself to a fairly decent marriage without love. Until she meets her cousin's betrothed, hot womanising, American stud Rafe, who needs an English wife to please his father, who will disinherit him if he doesn't marry into aristocracy. Rafe has other ideas of how he would like to live his life and I loved watching him pursue his choice of bride. He is the all American bad boy!
The four main women from the previous books all appear in this one and as you read on you realise they have happily moved on with their lives after finding the loves of their lives. Their husbands may be upper class members of society, but their is nothing cold about them, they are all full of heat and testorone (one of the main reasons I now want to go back and read the rest of the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Could't wait to revisit Stony Cross Park!
I was delighted to receive this paperback book as a Christmas gift and even more surprised when it had a lovely picture just inside the cover of gorgeous Rafe and sweet Hannah. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cornish Tinkerbell, UK.
5.0 out of 5 stars treats
very good book,had read the others and same as before could not put this down,very good value and arrived in excellent time and was packaged well.
Published 3 months ago by dinks
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a presant
I can't really rate this book as I have bought it to go with my Mum's Christmas gift's. She has read the complete " Wallflower " set of books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Antoinette Bertie
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I really enjoyed this book, I liked the characters and storyline. Will definitely put it in my favourites and enjoy reading it again.
Published 10 months ago by Jangler
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read any time of the year
Review taken from my Blog post (#56) in December 2010, after borrowing the book from the local library:

Actually I think this would be described as a Novella rather than... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Toodles Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing story
I have read the previous wallflower stories by Lisa Kleypas and enjoyed them, so it was nice to read how they got on. It is entertaining and well written.
Published 13 months ago by Hermine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Up to Ms Kleypas's usual high standard. The tale move along rapidly. It rounds out the "Wallflower' series very satisfactorily,
assuming this is the final novel.
Published 13 months ago by MDG
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion.
Lisa kleypas is a exellent story teller,I enjoy her character's and her plots,you feel you are in the story with them.
Published 14 months ago by mrs s.j.hull
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Book purchased for My wife. She enjoyed the book as it entwined all the characters from the Wallflower series of books.
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Brian George Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wallflower Christmas
Another hit by Lisa Kleypas. Along with a new love story featuring an honorary wallflower, there were several shorter stories. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by Joanne
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