Kleypas, Lisa. A Wallflower Christmas. (New York: St. Martins: 2008). ISBN – 9780312533786.
Main Characters: Rafe Bowman and Hannah Appleton
Related Works: This is part of Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower series. The books in the series include the following:
- It happened One Autumn– story of Lillian Bowman and Marcus, Lord Westcliff
- Secrets of a Summer Night – story of Annabelle Peyton and Simon Hunt
- Scandal in Spring – story of Daisy Bowman and Matthew Swift
- The Devil in Winter – story of Evangeline Jenner and Sebastian, Viscount St. Vincent
Description from book:
The Wallflowers are for 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 hat happiness might be might 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 realized 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 Christmastakes 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.
This book made me happy. I thoroughly enjoyed all of Kleypas’ Wallflower books, and looked forward to reading this Christmas-themed book. Fortunately, I was not disappointed in any way. There was something incredibly endearing about Hannah Appleton, the lady’s companion for her cousin Natalie Blandford. And the sparks flew between Hannah and Rafe from the moment that they met. While Rafe is supposed to be courting Hannah’s cousin Natalie to please his father, Thomas Bowman, and Natalie’s parents, he can’t quite seem to stay away from Hannah. The wrinkle is his father’s insistence that he marry Natalie or be disinherited. Rafe does have his own money, but has been working hard in his father’s organization for most of his life. This is why it takes Rafe so long to understand that he cannot forsake Hannah and marry her cousin.
Additionally, it was wonderful to see all of the other wallflowers from the previous books: Lillian and Marcus, Annabelle and Simon, Daisy and Matthew and Evie and Sebastian. We got to spend a few moments with each couple throughout Rafe and Hannah’s courtship. All in all, it made for a very heartwarming story!
Read first October 2008