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Wallflower Christmas Hardcover – 14 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (14 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312533780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312533786
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Praise for

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.”—

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

Praise for

TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT

SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE

MINE TILL MIDNIGHT

Enchanting romance...Lisa Kleypas has created a cast of characters that could keep readers enthralled for years. "Chicago Tribune on Tempt Me at Twilight"

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 on Tempt Me at Twilight"

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 on Tempt Me at Twilight"

A delectable story with a hero and heroine to savor. It's a fine addition to the Hathaway family series. "The Romance Reader on Tempt Me at Twilight"

An absolute delight. "Night Owl Romance on Tempt Me at Twilight"

Has plenty to keep readers turning the pages: Wit, suspense, secrets to learn and, of course, lots of love and passion "The Monitor on Seduce Me at Sunrise"

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 on Seduce Me at Sunrise"

Lushly sexy and thoroughly romantic superbly crafted characters and an intriguing plot blend together brilliantly in this splendid romance. "Booklist on Seduce Me at Sunrise"

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 on Mine Till Midnight"

Kleypas's effortless style makes for another sexy exploration of 19th-century passion and peccadilloes, riveting from start to finish. "Publishers Weekly on Mine Till Midnight"

Will steal the hearts of readers. "The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on Mine Till Midnight"

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"" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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 " --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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).
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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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