A Wallflower Christmas
Wallflower Series, Book #5
By Lisa Kleypas
St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Reprint Edition): November 2, 2010
Hannah Appleton, Lady Natalie Blandon’s companion, is called upon to vet Rafe Bowman, the prospective fiancé of her ladyship. Rafe Bowman is the relatively crass but undeniably good-looking brother to Lillian, Lady Westcliff (the first of the Wallflowers to find her HEA is Kleypas popular romance quatrain.) Rafe, an American, needs to a bit of acculturation to British manners if he is to succeed in wooing Lady Natalie; but the unprepossessing Hannah doesn’t think Rafe will suit.
Surprisingly, owing to the merits of the first four Wallflower novels, A Wallflower Christmas is weak in its plot development and sexual tension. The opening chapters (boy meets girl) showed promise; but the story was quickly reduced to its formulaic bones – what follows is a variation on the Classic Cinderella tale set in Victorian Era England – and the end result was little more than a gloss of what could have been an engaging full length novel in its own right.
To a certain extent, A Wallflower Christmas serves as a coda to the Wallflower series as readers catch a glimpses of the married lives of Lillian, Evie, Anabelle and Daisy; but if readers skip this title, they haven’t missed anything. Overall, it’s disappointing end to the series.
OTHER: I acquired a paperback edition of A Wallflower Christmas (Wallflower series, Book #5 by Lisa Kleypas) from the Rogue Book Exchange in Oregon on 02/12/2013. I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post.