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Winning the Wallflower: A Novella (Fairy Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eloisa James
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A delightful ebook original novella from New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James. Winning the Wallflower introduces Lady Lucy Towerton, who is plain, tall, and considered very lucky to be betrothed to a man who lauds her irreproachable propriety. When she unexpectedly becomes an heiress—and belle of the ball—she breaks her engagement and makes up her mind to never be proper again. Includes lengthy bonus excerpts from 4 other titles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6618 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Impulse (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00655KHQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Be forewarned that this short story is only 50% of the total download. The rest is promotional excerpts from other James' works: Her new HR to be released Dec. 27, The Duke Is Mine; previously released HRs A Kiss at Midnight and When Beauty Tamed the Beast; and her e-book novella Storming the Castle: An Original Short Story with Bonus Content.

So this novella is definitely short. It is also sweet and romantic but nothing new in the HR genre. Heroine Lucy, daughter of Lord and Lady Towerton, is self-conscious about her over-average height and has turned into a wallflower. She doesn't have a large enough dowry to make up for her perceived drawbacks and has not received one offer of marriage from men of the ton. (An aside to mention is that Lucy is the best friend of Olivia Lytton, another wallflower, the heroine of the new James HR to be released soon.)

Rather desperate, her parents have agreed to an engagement with Cyrus Ravensthorpe, whose mother was an earl's daughter who had the gall to fall in love and elope with a commoner. Never mind that Cyrus' father is a very famous and distinguished barrister; his blood is just not even close to blue. However, the Ravensthorpes are very well off financially and Cyrus himself is extremely and independently wealthy. Cyrus has always felt a bit shunned by the ton and has plans to better himself in society, hence his wish to marry a woman of the peerage.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Short Novella with a Lot of Sneak Peeks! December 6, 2011
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I love Eloisa James' books! I have probably read just about everything she has written - especially her historical fiction. Due to an inheritance, Lucy becomes a girl in demand. She is already engaged, but when she inherits, her mother forces her to break her engagement because now the man isn't suitable since he doesn't have a title.

Coming face to face with the man she agreed to marry, Lucy forces Cyrus to tell her why she was selected for his bride. Forced to confront his own reasons for choosing her, Cyrus acknowledges that he chose her because she was safe...not given to giggling, drama, or other foolishness. She "checked a box" on his list of successes he wants to achieve. Sadly, this confirms Lucy's opinion of what happened when she became engaged. She continues to challenge his behavior, his thinking, his actions.....and breaks the engagement, even though she didn't want to.

Faced with the loss of the woman he was going to marry, Cyrus realizes that maybe the way he chose a bride was wrong. The two of them have to figure out if the engagement is what they want, or if they want to call it off completely, no matter what Lucy's mother wants.

I know this is a novella, but I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt, in my opinion. It just seemed to be resolved, without the usual depth of understanding I expect from her books. One thing I liked was that there were several excerpts from other books. One of them, The Duke is Mine, is the story of a secondary character within Winning the Wallflower. I'm looking forward to reading it.

I received this book from the publisher through the Edelweiss program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This review originally appeared on my blog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning, disappointing ending January 3, 2012
By North
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The first chapters are brilliant. It sets the story of Lucy, a wallflower, engaged to Cyrus, whose mother married beneath her station and who has a plan to get back into the Ton. Lucy inherits money from an aunt and her mother soon pushes her to break the engagement and look for a better (read titled) gentleman to marry.

Both Lucy and Cyrus are nice characters. Lucy, especially, shows that she has a brain and is not afraid to use it. She will only break the engagement for her own purposes and the dialogue between her and Cyrus on the reasons to get married is very very good.

Unfortunately, it all goes downward from there and since the beginning was really great, my high expectations were crushed. Maybe because of the length of the novella, maybe because the author had no idea of how to pace her plot but those two engaged characters seem to fall in love overnight and poof, on to wedded bliss.

If the author had sustained the promise of her first chapters, this would a been a five-star.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fail with Eloisa James December 14, 2011
By Laly P.
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I agree with the other reviewer who warned: this is a SHORT novella. I love a new book from Eloisa and was very excited to get this novella before her next novel arrives. I have no complaints except to say "I wish there was more!" Great teaser till the next book but I was just starting to get attached to the characters when the story ended.
And like all novellas, you have to be okay with the small 'leaps' the characters take (e.g., becoming more confident, discovering something complex in what feels like an instant).

I didn't relate to Lucy as much as others might (she's very tall; I am very short) but she was very easy to understand and root for.

And for .99, I'm not complaining. :)~ hehe
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i like it
Published 14 days ago by Natlija Simunic
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars. Won me over
I enjoyed everything about this novella. With a change to her status in the marriage mart, Lucy’s mother insists that Lucy break off her engagement to Cyrus and aspire to “catch”... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ReadingMad100
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep him on his toes!
A young lady comes into an inheritance and has the choice of marrying her bethroled...or not. Only love with resolve the question of her heart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ****
5.0 out of 5 stars I love EJ novellas! A good antidote for overly angsty books!
Winning the Wallflower was sweet. I have learned from EJ stories that I often enjoy her novellas more than her novels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Airbecca8
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable Hero & Heroine....
I wished this book was a full had some great characters. I loved both Lucy and Cyrus....they were adorable together. I think I'll try more books in this series.
Published 3 months ago by ASpoon
5.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet
Eloisa James never disappoints
Published 3 months ago by Bookjunkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 4 months ago by Ladytiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!
If you are in need of serious distraction, and don't have a lot of time, this is the PERFECT solution. But what else can one expect from Elosia James? Read more
Published 4 months ago by amy griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars always great!
Never miss one of Eloisa's books, always great!
Published 7 months ago by kmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Winning The Wallflower
So this just happens to be my favorite book by Eloisa James. We all have book's that our dear to our hearts. Book's that touch our soul's. This one is very dear to me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ashley Collins ( Lady A )
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More About the Author

A reviewer from USA Today wrote that she "found herself devouring [Eloisa's] book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Eloisa wrote her first novel after graduating from Harvard, but alas, it was rejected by every possible publisher. After she got a couple more degrees and a job as a Shakespeare professor, she tried again, with much greater success. Over twenty best-sellers later, she teaches Shakespeare in the English Department at Fordham University in New York City. She's also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

For info about books, visit Or ask a question on Facebook (where Eloisa spends entirely too much time): And then drop in on her very romantic, very Eloisa Tumblr blog, a labor of love:

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