Monday, December 20, 2010

A Wallflower Christmas - Lisa Kleypas

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, Rage realizes he must learn the rules of London society.  Bit when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen...Winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman had 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 hearts.

Take a trip down memory lane with the Wallflowers.  I loved revisiting all of our "friends" in this story.  It was great to see the relationships that blossomed and have continued to grow.  Rafe tries his best to be the "American" that everyone is expecting, rude, rakish and extravagant.  Natalie is a beautiful socialite that has recently come out to society, he cousin and best friend and companion is Hannah, an unassuming lovely woman, who comes from the wrong side of the family's wealth.  Rafe has met his match in Natalie's companion, Hannah.  She takes none of his nonsense and calls him out when he steps over the line, but their attraction is evident from the very first meeting.  The question becomes, will they give in, OR will Rafe remain honor bound to marry Natalie to appease his father and not be disinherited???

Notable Quote:
..."I've missed you Sebastian"...."What part did you miss most?"  "Your mind" she said".  "I was hoping for a more depraved answer than that."  "Your mind is depraved", she told him solemnly.  (Evie and St. Vincent after a brief reunion while he was away).

5 out of 5 for this 5th and final Wallflower book.  It was wonderful that all of the wallflowers were brought back and had big parts in this story.  I loved it from cover to cover.

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