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It Happened One Autumn: The Wallflowers, Book 2 Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2005
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›
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?
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.Read more ›
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It Happened One Autumn, had it all -- willful heroine, broody Duke, amazing friendships and some clever twists that made me love it that much more. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Laurie Oh
I love Lisa Kleypas's books!!!! I have reread most of her books 4 times each alternating years. Very descriptive, funny, sexy, romance and always a good ending. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Judi
It Happened One Autumn is the 2nd book in the Wallflowers series but could be read as a stand alone although I think you'll enjoy it more if you read the first book which is also a... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Danielle Taylor
I liked this book better than the first. I liked the main characters better. There was some humor and of course the bad boy thing is always popular.Published 16 days ago by T. Lowrie
Everything I could ask for in a Historical Romance and more!
The Good: Being so character driven of course I have to list Lillian and Marcus as being the "Good"... Read more