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It Happened One Autumn: The Wallflowers, Book 2 Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2005

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Book 2 of 6 in the Wallflowers Series

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Though this historical romance kicks off on a corny note—with the heroine, who has a supersensitive sense of smell, buying a seemingly magical perfume—the story quickly evolves into the kind of engrossing, dynamic romance that readers have come to expect from Kleypas. The setup is familiar: strong-willed American heiress Lillian Bowman gets under the skin of straitlaced earl Marcus Westcliff, and soon finds herself sharing the sheets with him. But what distinguishes this book from a multitude of similar stories are Kleypas's characters. One can imagine the mouthy Lillian as a regular on Sex and the City and, with his contemporary sensibilities and hunky good looks, Marcus could easily win the heart of a modern woman. Indeed, while the protagonists are both hardheaded in a typical way and their path toward love is peppered with few surprises, it's no chore to sit back and be amused by their antics and engrossed in their struggles. Even if this romance isn't as fresh as the first book in Kleypas's Wallflowers series, Secrets of a Summer Night, the charismatic characters—including Lillian's pert sister and chatty, mischievous friends—ensure that it's never boring.
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060562498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060562496
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It Happened One Autumn" is the second installment in Lisa Kleypas's "Wallflower" series which features as heroines four friends from Victorian England who band together in their search for eligible husbands. The heroine of "It Happened One Autumn" is the brash American heiress Lillian Bowman. Along with her younger sister Daisy and under the watchful eye of her social-climbing mother, Lillian has come to England in the hope of marrying into the British aristocracy. In the first book in the series ("Secrets of a Summer Night") Lillian clashed memorably with Lord Westcliff, a stuffy, autocratic member of the British peerage. In this book, Lillian and Westcliff are front and center in the story and their head-on collision and oil-and-water chemistry is a delight to behold.

Lillian is an excellent heroine--high-spirited, willful, bold, outspoken, uncomfortably direct and a bit cynical; she is a wealthy heiress by virtue of her father's business interests, but readily admits the fact that her grandmother was a dock washerwoman. Lillian is the antithesis of the demure, well-bred bride that Westcliff has always intended to choose as his countess. Westcliff, the survivor of a harsh childhood with a brutal, unloving father who groomed him to always do his duty to the earldom, is an unfailing honorable man but a bit of a prig. Westcliff has spent his life invariably doing the correct and proper thing and is appalled to find himself attracted to the American hoyden. The clashes between these two strong-willed people are tremendously entertaining, particularly watching the arrogant Westcliff completely lose his famously cool head when Lillian dares to defy him.
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Kleypas does it again! She dependably turns out books that deliver just the right amount of passion and drama drawn together by an excellent writing style that keeps me riveted.

Lillian Bowman, featured in the Secrets of a Summer Night, is a fiesty American heiress and having been gilted by the New York upper class is dragged to England by her social climbing Momma in order to marry into aristocracy. However as much as she tries to be refined and proper she is still retains the low brow mouth of her grandmother and can swear with the best sailors.

Marcus Marsden, the Earl of Westcliff, is a supporting character in at least two other Kleypas books. He has lived his life to a strict English code of propriety. Not living as a monk mind you but always descreet. He has single-handledly pulled his family from financial ruin by breaking with traditonal aristocracy and aligning himself with some powerful self made men (other Kleypas heroes), not of the arisotocracy, who are as business savvy as he is.

If you read Secrets of a Summer Night you remember that the animosity between Lillian and Marcus is as immediate as it is fierce. But if resistance is the measure of desire...they desire each other fiercely. Despite Marcus best intentions he can't resist the pull of someone so free, so wild, so unlike himself. Lillian on the other hand is complete flummoxed by someone she believed she had figured out. She is completely suprised by how undone and passionate the paragon of English virtue is becoming.

I liked Lillian because she is completely rich character. She is vibrantly full of life. And Marcus...sigh...Kleypas definitely has this fella right.

The only thing I want to know is where I can get some of that perfume?
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i admit it. i'm a big fan of lisa kleypas' writing style. that said, i don't like all of her books. SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT (first book in the series) was a disappointment. however, the character of lillian bowman shined in that book and i was eager to find out what would happen to the evident intense emotion that existed between her and marcus marsden, earl of westcliff. luckily, i was not disappointed!

lillian is an american heiress whose family is looking to get her hitched to a member of british nobility with the hopes of giving them respectibility within the rich set. needless to say, she is not the retiring, coy, well-mannered and quiet british miss prevalent in london society. she is opinionated, athletic, brash, willful, and strong. and she's proud of it. marcus is just as willful, but add to that a level of arrogance afforded him because of his social position, and a belief he is never wrong. he is proud of the fact that he has never allowed his feelings to dictate his actions and sees those who do as weak and perplexing. he thinks lillian is too loud, too opinionated, too head-strong and too uncouth. ultimately, he also finds her to be too irresistable.

kleypas is gifted in a number of ways, but what i really like about her writing style is her keen ability to create heroes who are both vulnerable and strong. marcus, the guy who tells his friends that sex with his wife should only be once a week or its glutonous, is suddenly incapable of keeping his hands off of lillian. it was wonderful watching him fight his feelings before totally losing control over them. he knows lillian is wrong for him in all of the ways that count in their society, but he can't seem to help himself.
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