- Series: Old Maids' Club (Book 1)
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495247740
- ISBN-13: 978-1495247743
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 219 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,716,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wallflower (Old Maids' Club) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 18, 2014
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The heroine of this book is the middle of three cousins, Tabitha. These girls so admired their spinster aunt and her eccentric life and way of being completely herself, that they made a pact to never marry, to be just like her. The oldest cousin, Jo, knew she would never accept being someone's property, so she would never marry. Tabitha was always a bit plumper than normal and felt that she wasn't pretty so the only reason someone would want her was because of her large dowry, so she would never marry. The third cousin, Bethanne, had no dowry and her family didn't have great ton connections, so she felt no one would want her. They called themselves the "Old Maids' Club" and it bonded them like sisters. The bond has lasted almost 2 decades, but Tabitha is under real pressure from her family, her Viscount father especially, to marry this season.
The hero is Noah, Lord Devonmont, whose sister is married to Tabitha's oldest brother. They've known each other for several years and are good friends. When Tabitha's brothers find out that Noah is in financial straits due to his father's mismanagement, they suggest that he court Tabitha. She's got a huge dowry, but more importantly, they're already friends and the brothers have guessed that Noah really likes Tabitha, a lot, in a not just friends way. Since they don't want to have to kill him, they'd rather he be legitimate and court Tabitha.
The plot is added to by villain or two and the struggle of Tabitha to see Noah as anything but a fortune hunter and herself as anything but fat and undesirable. Also, can she break the sacred pact she made with her cousins? The author makes the characters real and believable, people to whom the reader can relate. I stayed up late to finish the story, and loved the duel scene. I look forward to reading the next story, about Jo, because she's a force of nature. There are sexual scenes and some violence in this story. I loved it and recommend.
Heat factor hot.
This is so much different from her hockey romances. I was very surprised.
The premise of three cousins who choose to be old maids on purpose is also different.
I managed to read two novels in a row where the woman believed she was unloveable. This can be a very real issue for some.
Well, last week Catherine Gayle just published book 2 of the Old Maids' Club. I have been so excited to get my hands on it. Then I went "hold up" to myself. I couldn't remember the first book. Oh no. I felt so horrible. A book I loved and I couldn't remember why I loved it. (Hanging my my head in shame.) Before I could start book 2 I must go and re-read the first one.
Its my normal practice to re-read books when the next book comes out, unless there is more than 10 or they were release pretty close together. So, I started re-reading Wallflower, then I notice things start to come back to my memory.
At the start of the book you meet the adolescent girls of Tabitha, Josephine, and Bethanne. However, the first book focuses on Tabitha. She would be the middle cousin in this trio. She has grown up with the stigma that she would never find love because they would only want her dowry and she is a little plump. There is nothing wrong with having a little extra padding. Except when growing up in an era where being tall and willowy was the thing to be. However, Noah deLancie, the Marquess of Devonport starts paying a little attention to her, and she can't understand that one. He loves a curvy girl. So, watch Noah almost botch things up with Tabitha.
A great read. Who doesn't love a compromising situation and a duel?