It happened at the Ball….
Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.
It happened in the garden…
When Marcus shockingly – and dangerously – swept her into his arms. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!
It happened one autumn.…
Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?
©2006 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love Marcus Westcliff's love to Lillian. He knows what he wants to get it.
I had a heard time hearing her in the beginning. I think it's the quality of the audio. She was great in another book, Devil in Winter, in this series.
I only listened book 2 & book 3 of this series and love them. The stories were well written.
Usually, I am a bit disappointed with 2nd books in a series, but this one stands out as a triumph!
The story follows the 2nd eldest "wallflower" in their bid to become a wife to a titled Englishman. Our American born and highly independent heroine is so colorful that it makes me laugh out loud at her antics in stodgy Victorian England. I could identify with her so well!
Again, the narrator is outstanding! Keeping the voices from the first book, you never have to wonder who is speaking!
Again, I'd highly recommend this book.. and look forward to the next installment. This author had won me back over to this genre!
I owned this book in hardcopy, bought it a few months ago in e-book and now I have it on audio. I love the story and characters and Rosalyn Landor made it come alive. One of the best audio books ever.
When Lillian gets drunk - too funny and then too hot!
Rosalyn Landor is an excellent narrator and always makes the book come alive.
When Lillian's mother is describing her marriage to Lillian's father and for the first time Lillian realizes how unhappy her mother is in her marriage and why. It gives Lillian insight to why her mother acts the way she does.
Totally addicted to Audible.
This story was just a little too much like the first one to suit me but it was entertaining and I don't regret getting it. Much better than so many others.
I have enjoyed many of Lisa Kleypas's books. I was very exciteed to see the Wallflower series finally on audible.com. I enjoyed Rosalyn Landor's interpretation of the the characters. Sometimes her men seem to run together, but that can be said of very many performers doing the opposite sex. I highly recommend this series to lovers of historical romance.
This is one of my top 5 novels of all time. The narrator was pretty good except for Lillain's voice. She sounded like a 45 year old woman. It was totally obnoxious and pretty much ruined the audiobook for me.
Lillian and Marus who would've thought. Another good story and loved that Simon, Annabel, Evie and St. Vincent were also a part of this. Gotta love the Wallflowers. Rosalyn Landor does the story proud.
A simple and sweet romance for those who enjoy the Mills & Boon type of books. Its a bit like a simplified version of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew". Personally though, i dont go for this genre, and bought it because of good reviews and a pleasant sounding sample. Not the right book for me, but I'm sure many others would enjoy it. Good narration.
The producers erred terribly in hiring Rosalyn Landor because
1) She can't do an American accent.
2) Her male voices sound like the voice you make when you drop your chin into your neck and make as silly a deep voice you can.
The pity is that the protagonist for this book is American and a New Yorker (I'm both) yet sounds exactly like someone parodying a flat, part faux-midwestern, part cowboy accent with the most rollings R's I've ever heard a Brit or American bother with. Lillian and her sister sound like they should be riding mules and shooting their pistols instead of coming out of New York society.
You can imagine how scenes of ardor sound when a woman sounds like a cowgirl and a man sounds like a kid pretending to be a man. The declarations of passion are absolutely hilarious and ridiculous, and I found all the male characters very difficult to take seriously because they sounded so awful.
If you can get over these two things and are a fan of Lisa Kleypas, then I guess it's a fine read. Try not to laugh.
Storyline was well written, but what I found even more enjoyable was the narrator/storyteller. I have been legally blind since 2003 and have had to give up just about all of my reading. Being a book a day reader this was devastating to say the least! Since then I have been blessed with audiobooks. The first audiobooks I received (from bookstores, friends, and library) were awful. Either monotone or tried too hard using accents and/or voice inflections that were over the top horrible.
I would definitely recommend the entire series. Although the plots are quite similar, stories are well written and well read.
My only problem with Lisa Kleypas books is I have read/listened to them all. This series I have gone through twice. These are some of my "go to" books. Whenever I need to relax my eyes and mind.
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