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A Wallflower Christmas (edition 2008)

by Lisa Kleypas

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Title:A Wallflower Christmas
Authors:Lisa Kleypas
Info:St. Martin's Press (2008), Hardcover, 224 pages
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This tender love story begins with a gathering at Stone Cross Park, including all four wallflowers, their husbands and families. Rafe Bowman, is coming from America to meet his future bride, that much to his dismay, his father has picked out for him, and the Wallflowers, including his sisters, go about in assisting him in this endeavor, not before having ever courted a Englishwoman before, and a member of the Ton as well. When he arrives he firsts meets her companion, Hannah and finds that from their first meeting, he has a fervent desire for this woman and their interaction with each other stimulates his senses. Hannah, companion to the woman he is suppose to marry, is surprised when he focuses his attention toward her. She finds him arrogant, bold, cynical, but soon entrances her in a whirlwind of his kiss. At first she think its just infatuation that is between them, but as Christmas time draws closer, she begins to realize that her feelings for him reach far beyond infatuation and toward genuine and passionate love... A Wallflower Christmas is the fifth and last installment in the Wallflower series that was written by astounding author Lisa Kleypas. When I first started this book, I didn't know what to expect out of this story, I thought it might be enjoyable, but after reading the whole story within a couple of hours, its a classic love story, with the enchanting Christmas scene that even makes it even more magical. The character interaction between Rafe and Hannah was playful, witty and very amusing for this reader, there was also a intensity about their relationship, both on a physical and emotional level. This was such a well written story, that I found the story seemed all too riveting and entrancing. From the first page to the last page I couldn't stop reading, I was so drawn into this love story, that I think I forgot my surrounding. A Completely unforgettable love story that you better get a box of tissues, you will need it, it will bring many laughs and at other times many tears, that will tie up your heart strings to no end!!! A Chanting Love Story To Remember!!!

My Favorite Quote
"Then I will have to show you what happens to women who stand in my way." Before she could comprehend what was happening, one powerful arm had brought her against his hard masculine body. With his other hand, he grasped the nape of her neck, and tilted her head backward. And His mouth took hers. ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 17, 2019 |
A Wallflower Christmas
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The time has come for Rafe Bowman, an incorrigible rake, to settle down and he travels to England to meet his prospective wife. However, it is not the socially desirable Lady Natalie Blandford who captures his fancy but her poor relation and companion, Hannah Appleton. Can he, with the help of his intrepid sisters and their friends, find happiness with the woman he loves?

Note: It is necessary to read the Wallflowers series first so as not to ruin the other books.

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Enjoyable opposites attract romance between a cool-headed Englishwoman and a hot-headed American rake.

Hannah and Rafe are cute together, however their relationship is a bit rushed. Hannah is practical and passionate but she is too forgiving of her spoiled, selfish and obnoxious cousin Natalie.

Rafe is a sexy rake and knows how to write a sexy, steamy love letter. Unfortunately, much of the action resolving the obstacles to his and Hannah's romance takes place "off-screen" which detracts from the overall plot. The excerpts from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol are tedious and unnecessary. If I had wanted to read it, I would have.

All in all, a light, quick and enjoyable read, and it was great catching up with the other wallflowers, particularly Lillian and Marcus (who is still my favorite Wallflower hero) and Evie and Sebastian. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
It was nice catching up with all the Wallflowers and knowing that they're happy. Lillian's and Daisy's brother from America has arrived and his wealthy father wants an aristocratic wife for him to help further their business goals.. They've selected Lady Natalie but it's her poor relation, cousin Hannah, who acts as her companion that catches Rafe's heart. ( )
  Kathy89 | Dec 23, 2017 |
Excellent addition to the Wallflowers series, but it did lose one star for being "too rape-y," as my friend would say. Full of menfolk forcing their amorous attentions on ladies until they become willing. ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
The wallflowers have reunited for Christmas but little do they know that their efforts will be required for an honourary member of their group. When Lillian and Daisy's oldest brother, Rafe Bowman, comes to England to negotiate with his father for receiving a share in the family's soap company, he's willing to concede with his father's demand that Rafe marry Lady Natalie Blandford as a condition. Until Rafe encounters Natalie's cousin and companion, Hannah. Hannah herself is utterly horrorstruck at her cousin being married off to a disreputable American but finds herself charmed by Rafe despite her better instincts.

A sweet Christmas novella that is split evenly between Rafe and Hannah's romance while also checking in with the relationships of the quartet of wallflowers. Despite the shorter page count, none of the plot feels rushed and it's a very nice (and festive) bow to tack on to the end of this series. ( )
  MickyFine | Feb 4, 2017 |
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To Jennifer Enderlin, who has so many personal graces; wisdom, talent, beauty, and generosity of spirit. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my life and work.

Love always,
LK
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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.

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.
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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. 

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.

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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.… (more)

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