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

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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • 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
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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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.
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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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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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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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