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Once Upon a Wallflower Kindle Edition

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Length: 178 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1156 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous (August 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendy Lyn Watson writes mysteries of all types: contemporary, historical, and cozy. Whatever the time or the tone, her mysteries always feature a dose of humor and a dollop of romance. Her first cozy series, the Mysteries a la Mode, feature the owner of an ice cream parlor in a small Texas town. Once Upon a Wallflower, due to be released in August of 2013, is a Regency-set romantic mystery. While Wendy does not commit (or solve) mysteries in real life, she can kill a pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She also enjoys 80s music, Asian horror films, quilting, and vegetarian cooking. While she was born in Ohio and has called half a dozen states home, she currently lives in a college town in North Texas along with her husband and their three cats (Iphy, Squeak-a-Doodle, and Todd Baryshnikov). She loves to hear from readers, so find her on Facebook at @wendylynwatsonauthor.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amelia on September 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ebook copy for review from Netgalley.

Mira Fitzhenry is the poor relation. She lives with her uncle and his family and is made to feel sub par in every way. She doesn't fit in with society's standards and has grown to accept how everyone views her. She has the misfortune of sharing a name with her cousin and therefore becomes a pawn in her uncle's plan to get out of debt and save his own daughter. Her uncle has promised that Miss Mirabelle Fitzhenry will marry the Viscount Ashfield in exchange for his gambling debts to be cleared by the Viscount's father the Earl of Blackwell. The Earl is a scoundrel and the Viscount is rumored to be a murderer, to dabble in the black arts and a number of other unsavory things.

Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, reminded me of a romantic version of Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. They are both dark, brooding men who spend their time roaming the moors. He despises having been called to London by his father and plan on using his unsavory reputation and skilled dark looks to scare away the unlucky women. That was his plan until he met Mira. The fact that Mira is everything that society is not, attracts him to her almost instantly. It helps that she feels almost the same attraction. Their plans to end the engagement falter as they get to know and like each other.

When the story moves from London to Blackwell Hall, is when I started to have some issues with the story. Mira's desire to solve the mystery of the deaths of two local girls and Nicholas' first fiancee, turned this story from a more Gothic mystery into a historical cozy mystery. I would have preferred if the solving of the mystery to have been more subtle than her outright investigation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Book Addiction and More on September 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
ONCE UPON A WALLFLOWER by Wendy Lyn Watson is an exciting Georgian era Historical Romance/ Romantic Mystery set in 1809 England. Fast paced filled with action,mystery,murder and intrigue. When you think you know who the culprit is you are presented with another possibility. Keeps you guessing until the end, An on the edge of your seat Georgian era mystery with a bit of romance included in the mix. A quick read full of possibilities. Well written with intrigue and romance. The characters are charismatic and engaging. A must read for anyone who enjoys mystery, romance and intrigue and of course the Georgian era. I absolutely loved it!! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane K. Peterson on August 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Once Upon a Wallflower is a Regency mystery romance with a tender edge. This is the first book I have read by Wendy Lyn Watson. Her specialty is mysteries and that is evident in this story. It is also evident that she is a skilled and effective writer. I enjoyed both the romance and the mystery.

Lord Ellerby wins a bride for his son in a card game. It is announced that Nicholas, Lord Ashfield will marry Mirabelle Fitzhenry. But there are two cousins named Mirabelle Fitzhenry. Ellerby thinks he is getting Bella, the beautiful blonde daughter of his card opponent. Instead, they substitute Mira, the plainer, red-haired cousin. Fortunately, Nicholas is attracted to Mira and uninterested in Bella. Mira like Nicholas, but is wary of the stories that he murdered three women. As the families gather at the Ellerby estate to organize the wedding Mira becomes convinced of Nicholas' innocence and vows to prove it. Danger lurks as she tries to find the real killer and become sure of Nicholas' love.

Once Upon a Wallflower was an enjoyable, all-round story. Both Mira and Nicholas had some deep insecurities, but were decent and sincere. I think the writer could have developed their characters a little more. We know that Nicholas was an artist, but saw only a little of how art was part of him. Why did he live in the tower alone? His relationship with his father was also a little confusing. We saw things that happened to Mira, but didn't fully know what made her tick. Nevertheless, I was sympathetic with both of them and was happy that they found each other. The mystery was intriguing, but not too difficult to figure out. The ending didn't thoroughly tie up all of the loose ends (What happened to Beatrix? Did Bella and Jeremy truly love each other? How did Nicholas reconsider his relationship with his father?), but generally I liked the book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faith Freewoman on January 19, 2014
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You know how you sometimes start a book and find yourself snuggling down for a good comfort read after just a few pages? That's what I did with Once Upon a Wallflower.

Watson's writing is just lovely, lyrical without being self-consciously ostentatious about it. It was a good mystery (I did figure it out about 2/3 through), and there were no moustache-twirling cardboard bad guys, just spoiled brats and desperately unhappy families. But not so intense that I had to stay up all night. Which is good, because I have lots of work to do right now.

The main characters were very likeable and, although there wasn't enough sex to satisfy, say, a die-hard Stephanie Laurens fan, what there was was beautifully, sensually written and emotionally very satisfying. Sweet/sexy level, I'd say.

A wonderful read all around. I'll buy more of Ms. Watson's romances as they become available.
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