Once upon a time, four young women who were always the
wallflowers of London societyís social events banded
together to help one another find love, happiness, and the
perfect (or wickedly imperfect) man for them.
Now itís Christmas, and the Wallflowers are once
again reunited to celebrate the holidays and, perhaps,
welcome a new member to their ranks.
Raphael Bowman has come from America to meet and likely
marry the aristocratic Lady Natalie.
Lady Natalie is everything Rafeís parents want for
him, and his father isnít above making Rafeís marriage to
her a condition to Rafe securing an interest in his fatherís
not enthusiastic about the idea, Rafe is agreeable, but upon
arriving in England finds that his brash American ways may
not lend themselves to wooing the perfect English rose.
To help Rafe, his sisters and their friends decide to
invite Lady Natalieís companion to visit so that Rafe can
learn the way to his proposed intendedís heart.
Thereís just one problemÖ
Once Rafe meets Miss Hannah Appleton, he canít seem to get
her out of his mind.
Her good, proper, English demeanor makes the wicked
American want to be very, very bad.
She thinks heís a cad.
He thinks sheís
And Rafeís father would definitely think a match between
them is unacceptable.
But with a little help from friends, perhaps the
impossible can become possible, just in time for Christmas.
There is truly no better way to spend an afternoon than
curled up with a Lisa Kleypas novel.
Her books are always charming, entertaining, and
bright from beginning to end, and
Christmas is no exception.
I was swept away by Hannah and Rafeís love story;
itís filled with delightful characters, sparkling banter,
and, at the center of it all, a sensual, heartwarming
Rafe is a truly irresistible hero.
Heís sexy, clever, and irreverent Ė a rogue to the
core that I couldnít help but fall in love with.
In Hannah, Rafe meets his match.
Sheís intelligent and sweet, but with a spine of
the kind of heroine you canít help but feel close to, as if
from the very start she is a friend.
In other words, she fits in perfectly with her fellow
Wallflower heroines as an endearing character who is easy to
identify with and adore.
And like her four predecessors, Hannah doesnít fall
for a rakeís usual tricks, even if that rake is a man she
finds utterly irresistible.
Her no-nonsense attitude makes her the perfect foil
for Rafe and his careless charm, making their love story a
joy to watch unfold.
From their first meeting, sparks practically fly off
the page, making
Christmas impossible to put down.
I confess, though this book is Rafe and Hannahís story,
before ďmeetingĒ them, what I had been looking forward to
the most was getting to revisit the characters I loved so
much from the original Wallflower quartet.
Ms. Kleypas did not disappoint.
Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, Daisy, and, to a lesser
extent, their husbands all played a large role in
While Hannah and Rafe were undeniably the center of
the story, it was pure joy to see my favorite Wallflowers
Their cheerful, boisterous, teasing, caring presence added
another wonderful layer to this story.
Ms. Kleypas also provides a peek into each of the
fourís lives after their happily ever after, a wonderful
gift for any Wallflower fan.
And for those who have yet to read Ms. Kleypasís
phenomenal Wallflower series,
Christmas does stand on its own.
Yet after finishing this enchanting tale, I am sure
every new fan will be rushing to read
Secrets of a Summer
Happened One Autumn,
Devil in Winter,
and Scandal in Spring.
A Wallflower Christmas
is everything Iíve come to expect from one of Ms. Kleypasís
sensual, witty, imaginative, and fun, with characters that
are so full of life they seem to come right off the page.
I cannot speak highly enough of Ms. Kleypasís talent
for writing engaging, entertaining love stories, and
Christmas is a perfect example of why her books
always end up on my list of favorite novels.
I absolutely loved this book and hope that Ms.
Kleypas will one day write stories for the remaining two
Bowman brothers, Ransom and Rhys, for I cannot get enough of
this incredible series.
For now Iíll content myself with curling up with
Christmas and falling in love with Rafe and Hannah
all over again.