- File Size: 6618 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Avon Impulse (December 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2011
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00655KHQG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Winning the Wallflower: A Novella (Fairy Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh, this little novella is grand. What a wonderful love story.
The heroine comes into her own. The hero wakes up. There is banter, heat, and courting. Read more
I loved it so much bought the series. I am a fan of Eloisa James. I have most of her books. I liked the play on fairy tales! Fun and engrossing read!Published 3 months ago by oldmodelT
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 morePublished 9 months ago by ReadingMad100
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 morePublished 10 months ago by ****
Winning the Wallflower was sweet. I have learned from EJ stories that I often enjoy her novellas more than her novels. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Airbecca8
I wished this book was a full novel...it 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 11 months ago by ASpoon