A Wallflower Christmas: A Novel by Lisa KleypasA Wallflower Christmas: A Novel by Lisa Kleypas

A Wallflower Christmas: A Novel

byLisa Kleypas

Mass Market Paperback | November 2, 2010

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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.

Lisa Kleypas's 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.

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 fir...
Title:A Wallflower Christmas: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.76 × 4.18 × 0.64 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312360738

ISBN - 13:9780312360733


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christmas + Historical Romance + Lisa Kleypas' wallflowers = ABSOLUTE MAGIC!!! Loved this story with all the side stories about heros and heroines I love!! 10/10
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Christmas Read Reading this was so much fun. I loved revisiting the characters from the series and the new characters were as equally likeable. This was a real treat.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved revisiting the characters This was such a treat. I only wish we had seen more of the Hunts and the Swifts. Hannah and Rafe were great though. That letter he wrote to her was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Christmas Treat! Loved this story and I loved revisiting the Wallflower girls! The story was great and I did love Rafe and Hannah.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Christmas Historical Romance I couple days ago one of my book groups on Goodreads You'll love this one...!! A book club & more there was a 24 hour read-a-thon and while I only participated for about 17 of the 24 hours I had a lot of fun and this was one of my reads. Last November I read & reviewed one of Lisa Kleypa's books called Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. It was one of her contemporary romances and I just could not get into it so when I pulled this one off my shelf to read it on Saturday I was a little nervous. However, her historical romance novel A Wallflower Christmas was nothing like the contemporary read by her I read last year. While I did not read the previous 4 novels in this historical romance series I was able to follow the story line because while the couples from the previous books are in this book the main focus is on Rafe Bowman who is brother to Daisy and Lillian who are two of the Wallflowers from earlier books as well as young Miss Hannah Appleton who is Rafe Bowman's intendeds companion. Whilst trying to ensure that her brother is on his best behaviour when he meets his intended Lillian his sister invites Hannah to meet Rafe so both parties can learn about each other in a round about way. However instead of being interested in gleaming information about Natalie from Hannah her cousin Rafe finds himself inexplicably drawn to Hannah. While Hannah is attempting to put her attraction to the rakish Rafe on the back burner they end up in a heated embrace not long after they meet. This sets off a whole chain of events and while Rafe and Natalie's parents are still trying to get them together over the holidays when all the Wallflowers come together with the Blandfords, Rafe, and Hannah in tow. But, against all odds fate, the spirit of Christmas time and the strong willed Wallflowers bring Hannah and Rafe together. I thought that this was a wonderfully written Christmas historical romance novel. I was very surprised by how much I loved the writing in this book because of my experience with one of the author's other books but I couldn't be happier. The characters were great. I really loved Hannah. She was a lovely girl who wasn't interested in Rafe for his money but only for his love. She was witty, smart and unbelievable charming but still had her share of backbone. Rafe was the typical rake but I loved him nonetheless because of how sweet, kind, and passionate when it came to Hannah, his two sisters and his young niece. While he could be pushy I didn't mind the way he came off in the beginning as being stuck up because I thought he redeemed himself when it came to getting the woman he's been waiting for. I also really enjoyed all the different characters of the Wallflowers. After reading this book I'm very excited to read the preceding novels in the new year. This was a great Christmas read because it was cute, funny and sweet too. I would highly recommend reading this book despite it being the 5th book in the series it's great read as a standalone. Lisa Kleypas seems to have redeemed herself in my eyes and if her other historical romances are as good as this I'm set. If you're looking for a quick, funny holiday read that's also a historical romance. Check this one out!
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews I bought A Wallflower Christmas a long time ago because I was so attracted to the beautiful cover. I love those dresses! I want one of those dresses! At the time, I hadn't even read any Lisa Kleypas books before. Well of course that changed and now I've read a pile of Lisa Kleypas books and I am so happy that I finally got to read this one. Even though it's August and this is a Christmas themed book it was still fabulous. It was a wonderful reunion book that ended this amazing Wallflower series perfectly. I will miss those ladies! I am so sad it's over. I read this small book (which is about half the size of the previous books) so quickly. I wanted more. I didn't want it to end. I am currently sulking. Goodbye to Annabelle, Evie, Lillian and Daisy. What a great group of friends. All so different and yet in the face of being so different, each had such an amazing story where strong friendship was heavily themed. I am so pleased that Lisa Kleypas put out one last little novel to share a bit more of their life after their books. I enjoyed every page that the friends were featured on. Rafe was Lillian and Daisy's oldest brother. I have to say at first I really didn't care for him. He grew on me though. I did however like Hannah right away. I liked how she also enjoyed a close relationship with her cousin even though she was her paid companion. I loved that Lisa Kleypas didn't make her cousin, Natalie to be a villain. It just wasn't necessary to make the women mean to each other in order to make the story good. I cannot stress how much I appreciated that! Even though the story was short, it was sweet and had enough content to satisfy me with a wonderful ending to the Wallflowers series. Teasers: burnt love letter, toupee in tree, Dicken's Christmas Story, library affair (almost)
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Holiday Read Being in the market for a delighful holiday read, I picked up A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas having read a previous Wallflower novel (Scandal in Spring - this one is focused on Daisy) and being imrpessed with the way Kleypas had developed the different characters of the Wallflowers, I deciede to give this little novel a read. I was not disappointed, this is a great little book to read during the holidays. If you are familiar with other Wallflowers books you will be happy to revisit the ladies and get an update on what has been going on in their lives. A definate must read for romance lovers or fans of the Wallflowers. This si the second Lisa Kleypas novel I have read and I certainly plan on becoming more aquainted with her writing!
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Christmas Story This was a really quick read – well written and lovely characters, but I wish it had been just a little longer, some parts felt a little rushed. It does make for a quick Christmas read. I had not read the Wallflowers series before this wonderful Christmas novel. I plan to pick up the others in the new year to read the lives of the Wallflowers. I love all the great details that Ms. Kleypas has written about in this novel to convey a traditional Victorian Christmas, from the sleigh rides to the candlelit Christmas tree, she has the scenes set perfectly for this romance to unfold. Rafe is by far the stereotypical rogue American, who some women would love to marry for the excitement and challenge, but others would shy away from. His character is actually quite likable as he finally learns what true love is all about. He changes before your eyes from the rake his sisters all know and love, into the perfect gentleman who cannot live without his love. Such a sweet love story. As for the woman he falls in love with, well I can't say too much about her or it gives away the story. So what I can say is that she is as quiet as a mouse, but highly opinionated and has a sharp tongue. They compliment each other well and their flirting does not go unnoticed. The Wallflowers themselves has a charming scene in which they learn the secret of the love blooming between Rafe and his chosen one. One by one the ladies are comforting the young lady as they enter the room and promise not to let the secret slip, but soon everyone knows that love is in the air, but not between the two intended. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the Wallflower Series or anyone looking for a nice little Christmas romance.
Date published: 2010-12-13

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OneLondon 1845“It’s official,” Lillian, Lady Westcliff, said with satisfaction, setting aside the letter from her brother. “Rafe will reach London in precisely a fortnight. And the clipper’s name is the Whirlwind, which I think is quite apt in light of his impending betrothal.”She glanced down at Annabelle and Evie, who were both on the parlor floor working on a massive circle of red velvet. They had gathered at Lillian’s London house, Marsden Terrace, for an afternoon of tea and conversation.At the moment Annabelle and Evie were making a tree skirt, or rather trying to salvage the fabric from Lillian’s previous efforts. Evie was snipping at a piece of brocade ribbon that had been stitched unevenly on one side, while Annabelle was busy cutting a new edge of fabric and pinning it.The only one missing was Lillian’s younger sister, Daisy, who lived in Bristol with her new husband. Annabelle longed to see Daisy and find out how marriage suited her. Thankfully they would all be together soon for the Christmas holiday in Hampshire.“Do you think your brother will have any difficulty convincing Lady Natalie to marry him?” Annabelle asked, frowning as she encountered a large, dark stain on the fabric.“Oh, not at all,” Lillian said breezily. “He’s handsome, charming, and very rich. What could Lady Natalie possibly object to, aside from the fact that he’s an American?”“Well, Daisy said he’s a rake. And some young women might not—”“Nonsense!” Lillian exclaimed. “Rafe is not at all a rake. Oh, he’s sown a few oats, but what red-blooded man hasn’t?”Annabelle regarded her doubtfully. Although Lillian’s younger sister Daisy was generally regarded as a dreamer and a romantic, she had a streak of clear-eyed pragmatism that made her judgments quite reliable. If Daisy had said their oldest brother was a rake, there was undoubtedly strong evidence to support the assertion.“Does he drink and gamble?” Annabelle asked Lillian.A wary frown. “On occasion.”“Does he behave in rude or improper ways?”“He’s a Bowman. We don’t know any better.”“Does he pursue women?”“Of course.”“Has he ever been faithful to one woman? Has he ever fallen in love?”Lillian frowned at her. “Not that I’m aware of.”Annabelle glanced at Evie with raised brows. “What do you think, Evie?”“Rake,” came the succinct reply.“Oh, all right,” Lillian grumbled. “I suppose he is a rake. But that may not be an impediment to his courtship of Lady Natalie. Some women like rakes. Look at Evie.”Evie continued to snip doggedly through the brocade ribbon, while a smile curved her lips. “I don’t l-like all rakes,” she said, her gaze on her work. “Just one.”Evie, the gentlest and most soft-spoken of them all, had been the one least likely to capture the heart of the notorious Lord St. Vincent, who had been the definitive rake. Although Evie, with her round blue eyes and blazing red hair, possessed a rare and unconventional beauty, she was unbearably shy. And there was the stammer. But Evie also had a reserve of quiet strength and a gallant spirit that seemed to have seduced her husband utterly.“And that former rake obviously adores you beyond reason,” Annabelle said. She paused, studying Evie intently before asking softly, “Is St. Vincent pleased about the baby, dear?”“Oh, yes, he’s—” Evie broke off and gave Annabelle a wide-eyed glance of surprise. “How did you know?”Annabelle grinned. “I’ve noticed your new gowns all have front and back pleats that can be let out as your figure expands. It’s an instant giveaway, dear.”“You’re expecting?” Lillian asked, letting out a tomboyish whoop of delight. She launched off the settee and dropped beside Evie, throwing her long arms around her.“That is capital news! How are you feeling? Are you queasy yet?”“Only when I saw what you had done to the tree skirt,” Evie said, laughing at her friend’s exuberance. It was often difficult to remember that Lillian was a countess. Her spontaneous nature had not been subdued one whit by her new social prominence.“Oh, you should not be on the floor,” Lillian exclaimed. “Here, give me the scissors, and I’ll work on this dratted thing—”“No,” Evie and Annabelle said at the same time.“Lillian, dear,” Annabelle continued firmly, “you are not to come anywhere near this tree skirt. What you do with a needle and thread should be considered a criminal act.”“I do try,” Lillian protested with a lopsided grin, settling back on her heels. “I start out with such good intentions, but then I get tired of making all those tiny stitches, and I start to hurry through it. But we must have a tree skirt, a very large one. Otherwise there will be nothing to catch the drips of wax when the tree candles are lit.”“Would you mind telling me what this stain is from?” Annabelle pointed to a dark ugly splotch on the velvet.Lillian’s grin turned sheepish. “I thought perhaps we could arrange that part in the back. I spilled a glass of wine on it.”“You were drinking while sewing?” Annabelle asked, thinking that explained quite a lot.“I hoped it would help me to relax. Sewing makes me nervous.”Annabelle gave her a quizzical smile. “Why?”“It reminds me of all the times my mother would stand over me while I worked on my sampler. And whenever I made a mistake, she rapped my knuckles with a ruler.” Lillian gave a self-deprecating grin, but for once the amusement didn’t reach her lively brown eyes. “I was a terrible child.”“You were a dear child, I’m sure,” Annabelle said gently. She had never been quite certain how Lillian and Daisy Bowman had turned out so well, given their upbringing. Thomas and Mercedes Bowman somehow managed to be demanding, critical, and neglectful, which was quite a feat.Three years earlier the Bowmans had brought their two daughters to London after discovering that even their great fortune could not induce anyone from the New York upper circles to marry the girls.Through a combination of hard work, luck, and a necessary ruthlessness, Thomas Bowman had established one of the largest and fastest-growing soap companies in the world. Now that soap was becoming affordable for the masses, the Bowmans’ manufactories in New York and Bristol could scarcely keep up with the demand.It took more than money, however, to achieve a place in New York society. Heiresses of undistinguished bloodlines, such as Lillian and Daisy, were not at all desirable to their male counterparts, who also wanted to marry up. Therefore London, with its ever-growing pool of impoverished aristocrats, was fertile hunting ground for American nouveaux riches.With Lillian, ironically, the Bowmans had reached their highest pinnacle in having married her to Marcus, Lord Westcliff. No one could have believed that the reserved and powerful earl would wed a headstrong girl like Lillian. But Westcliff had seen beneath Lillian’s brash façade to the vulnerability and fiercely loving heart she tried so hard to conceal.“I was a hellion,” Lillian said frankly, “and so was Rafe. Our other brothers, Ransom and Rhys, were always a bit better behaved, although that’s not saying much. And Daisy would take part in my troublemaking, but most of the time she daydreamed and lived in her books.”“Lillian,” Annabelle asked, carefully rolling a length of ribbon, “why has your brother agreed to meet with Lady Natalie and the Blandfords? Is he truly ready to marry? Has he need of the money, or is he seeking to please your father?”“I’m not certain,” Lillian said. “I don’t think it’s the money. Rafe has made a fortune in Wall Street speculations, some of them a bit unscrupulous. I suspect he may finally have tired of being at loggerheads with Father. Or perhaps …” She hesitated, a shadow crossing her face.“Perhaps?” Evie prompted softly.“Well, Rafe affects a carefree façade, but he has never been a terribly happy person. Mother and Father were abominable to him. To all of us, really. They would never let us play with anyone they thought was beneath us. And they thought everyone was beneath us. The twins had each other, and of course Daisy and I were always together. But Rafe was always alone. Father wanted him to be a serious-minded boy, so Rafe was kept isolated from other children. Rafe was never allowed to do anything that Father considered frivolous.”“So he eventually rebelled,” Annabelle said.Lillian grinned briefly. “Oh, yes.” Her amusement faded. “But now I wonder … what happens when a young man is tired of being serious, and also tired of rebelling? What’s left after that?”“Apparently we’ll find out.”“I want him to be happy,” Lillian said. “To find someone he could care about.”Evie regarded them both thoughtfully. “Has anyone actually met Lady Natalie? Do we know anyth-thing about her character?”“I haven’t met her,” Lillian admitted, “but she has a wonderful reputation. She’s a sheltered girl who came out in society last year and was quite sought after. I’ve heard she is lovely and exceedingly well bred.” She paused and made a face. “Rafe will frighten her to death. God knows why the Blandfords are advocating the marriage. It must be that they need the money. Father would pay anything to pump more blue blood into the family.”“I wish we could speak with s-someone who is acquainted with her,” Evie mused. “Someone who might advise your brother, give him little hints about things she likes, her f-favorite flowers, that sort of thing.”“She has a companion,” Lillian volunteered. “A poor cousin named Hannah-something. I wonder if we could invite her to tea before Rafe meets Lady Natalie?”“I think that’s a splendid idea,” Annabelle exclaimed.“If she’s even a little forthcoming about Lady Natalie, it could help Rafe’s case immensely.”“Yes, you must go,” Lord Blandford said decisively.Hannah stood before him in the parlor of the Bland-ford home in Mayfair. It was one of the smaller, older houses in the fashionable residential district, tucked in a little enclave near Hyde Park on the west.Comprised of handsome squares and broad thoroughfares, Mayfair was home to many privileged aristocratic families. But in the past decade there had been new development in the area, oversized mansions and towering Gothic-style houses cropping up in the north, where the recently moneyed class was establishing itself.“Do anything you can,” Blandford continued, “to help facilitate an attachment between my daughter and Mr. Bowman.”Hannah stared at him in disbelief. Lord Blandford had always been a man of discernment and taste. She could scarcely believe that he would want Natalie, his only child, to be married off to a crass American manufacturer’s son. Natalie was beautiful, polished, and mature beyond her twenty years. She could have any man she chose.“Uncle,” Hannah said carefully, “I would never dream of questioning your judgment, but—”“But you want to know if I’ve taken leave of my senses?” he asked, and chuckled as she nodded. He gestured to the upholstered armchair on the other side of the hearth. “Have a seat, my dear.”They did not often have the opportunity to speak privately. But Lady Blandford and Natalie were visiting a cousin who had taken ill, and it had been decided that Hannah would remain in London to prepare Natalie’s clothes and personal items for the upcoming holiday in Hampshire.Staring into the wise, kind face of the man who had been so generous to her, Hannah asked, “May I speak frankly, Uncle?”His eyes twinkled at that. “I have never known you to speak otherwise, Hannah.”“Yes, well … I showed you Lady Westcliff’s invitation to tea as a courtesy, but I had not intended to accept it.”“Why not?”“Because the only reason they would want to invite me is to ferret out information about Natalie, and also to impress me with all the supposed virtues of Mr. Bowman. And Uncle, it is obvious that Lady Westcliff’s brother is not nearly good enough for Natalie!”“It appears he has been tried and convicted already,” Lord Blandford said mildly. “Are you so severe upon Americans, Hannah?”“It’s not that he’s American,” Hannah protested. “Or at least, that’s not his fault. But his culture, his values, his appetites are entirely foreign to someone like Natalie. She could never be happy with him.”“Appetites?” Blandford asked, raising his brows.“Yes, for money and power. And although he is a person of consequence in New York, he has no rank here. Natalie isn’t used to that. It’s an awkward match.”“You’re right, of course,” Blandford surprised her by saying. He settled back in his chair, weaving his fingers together. Blandford was a pleasant, placid-faced man, his head large and well shaped, the bald skin hugging his skull tightly and then draping in more relaxed folds around his eyes, cheeks, and jowls. The substantial framework of his body was lank and bony, as if nature had forgotten to weave the necessary amount of muscle to support his skeleton.“It is an awkward match in some regards,” Blandford continued. “But it may be the saving of future generations of the family. My dear, you are very nearly a daughter to me, so I will speak bluntly. There is no son to inherit the title after me, and I will not leave Natalie and Lady Blandford to the questionable generosity of the next Lord Blandford. They must be provided for. To my profound regret, I will not be able to leave a satisfactory income for them, as most of the Blandford monies and lands are entailed.”“But there are Englishmen of means who would dearly love to marry Natalie. Lord Travers, for example. He and Natalie share a great affinity, and he has generous means at his disposal—”“Acceptable means,” Blandford corrected quietly. “Not generous. And nothing close to what Bowman has now, not to mention his future inheritance.”Hannah was bewildered. In all the years she had known Lord Blandford, he had never displayed an outward concern for wealth. It was not done among men of his station, who disdained conversations about finance as bourgeois and far beneath them. What had prompted this worry over money?Reading her expression, Blandford smiled morosely. “Ah, Hannah. How can I explain adequately? The worldExcerpted from A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa KleypasCopyright © 2008 by Lisa Kleypas.Published in 2010 by St. Martin’s PressAll rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

Editorial Reviews

"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