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A Wallflower Christmas Hardcover – October 14, 2008

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American cad Rafe Bowman goes bride shopping in London and must choose between love and money in Kleypas's coy Christmas romance. Rafe is wealthy in his own right, but his grossly wealthy father demands he marry the uninteresting Lady Natalie. Rafe, naturally, falls in love with someone else: Natalie's commoner cousin, Hannah. As his courtship of Natalie progresses, Rafe keeps returning to Hannah, who rejects his courtship because she thinks he is destined to marry her cousin. As Christmas draws closer, Rafe must choose between the woman he is falling in love with and his father's fortune. Throughout, veteran romancier Kleypas gracefully balances Regency mores, light humor and a dash of Christmas magic, and even if Rafe and Hannah hew too closely to genre archetypes, the book passes muster as a holiday bonbon. (Oct.)
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“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.”

“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


“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


“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 Courier (Charleston, SC)

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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312533780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312533786
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on September 25, 2008
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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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 3, 2008
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As long as you go into this book expecting a pleasant, predictable, well-written romance novel, you won't be disappointed. I haven't read an historical romance novel in years, not counting Jane Austen, and I forgot they could be really good. I liked this one enough to order all four of the other Wallflower books.
Rafe Bowman is your typical leading man, rich, not worried about what others think, very experienced with women. He's expected to marry rich, upper-class girl Natalie Blandford, a union that would benefit both their families. Hannah is Natalie's poor cousin who acts as her paid companion, and she meets Rafe first to try to find out a bit about him. Rafe is immediately attracted to Hannah, but she dislikes him because of his informality and borderline crude ways. She thinks he's completely wrong for Natalie. What follows is no surprise. Rafe's charm starts to get through to Hannah and her resistance crumbles. Because he's a "rogue" with a devil-may-care attitude, he has the guts to go against his father's orders that he propose to Natalie. Isn't that the kind of man we all want? One who would renounce his family's fortune to be with us but ultimately still be wealthy?
This book is just the kind of pleasant fluff you crave sometimes and it's done well.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on September 30, 2008
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I've enjoyed the Lisa Kleypas "Wallflower" series. I think because I have enjoyed following the stories of the women, this book became an extension of characters already known and was - therefore - just ok. Felt very much like a rush to get a Holiday story out and quality in storytelling suffered for it.

Rafe Bowman comes from the rough and tumble Americas to win the hand of titled woman (Natalie Blandford) and secure a place for him in his family fortune. Hannah (Natalie's cousin) is absolutely certain this is not a proper man for Natalie. And so begins the hunt toward truth.... He is not the man for Natalie, but perhaps he is the man for someone else. Question is... will either of them realize it in time.

It is an easy ready. It is good if you've read the rest of the wallflower series. Other than that.... I found myself disappointed at the way this book felt like it was phoned in for Christmas.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on March 13, 2009
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Marketing a scant 200 pages as a hardcover "novel" could only be done with a big name author. Lisa Kleypas has loaned out her good name to make a quick buck on this pathetic romance and peek at her former Wallflower standouts.

Kleypas can be devastating at describing the seedier side of life, the despair of neglected children, and how their hope for a better life is worn thin like the sole of an old tennis shoe (Sugar Daddy). So why, when she has all this material set up in both Rafe and Hannah, does she gloss over their past like a coat of bright red nail polish? Is it because this is a perky Christmas time book? The only hint of her powers comes out in Lillian telling a significant story about a small solider keepsake of Rafe's. That's the Kleypas that I admire.

Heroine Hannah's intro scene was solid, but after that her character started to break down like sugar in water. What was her backstory anyway? Ladies's paid companions were a tragic lot, but there's only a scant sentence or two explaining her history. For some reason, Hannah is never fleshed out, or made terribly interesting, which makes Rafe's sudden head-over-heels love feel empty and forced.

Finally we come to the Wallflowers themselves. We get several scenes of the girls being chummy, and demonstrating just how boring happily married people can be in fiction. There's a reason that regency romances so often end with marriage, and that's because Jane Austen had it right; marriage is the beginning of the end. We do get two gratuitous sex scenes, between Evie and Sebastian, and Lillian and Westcliff, but they won't satisfy the rabid fans and only serve to take up precious space that belonged to Hannah and Rafe. If they had been the ones getting hot and heavy, maybe I would feel something for them now.
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