Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
Monday August 6, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Avon Books
Copyright: 2005
Published: September 27, 2005
Pages: 391
Form: Paperback
Series: The Wallflowers Series (2)
Find the Author: Lisa Kleypas
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Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

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?

My Thoughts:

I really don’t even know what to say about this novel except that I loved it.  Lillian is just the kind of heroine I love.  Intelligent, talented, bold, and deliciously defiant.  I love that she is determined to be who she is, and refuses to conform to being someone she is not.  Her attitude is society and traditions be damned.  Her fiestiness proves to be the biggest pain in Lord Marcus Westcliff’s backside.  But her contrary nature is just what he needs to temper him and keep him on his toes.

Westcliff is an intriguing character as he’s so dominant and doggedly determined in his business dealings.  Rarely is he ruffled or caught off his guard, until Lillian bursts into his life.  But there is definitely a very charming and understanding side to Marcus.  While his father thought he was beating every weakness out of him, Marcus did harden himself, but also resolved to never be like his father in all the ways that count.  I so fell for this guy and loved to see when his sensitive and passionate side emerged.

Another interesting character was Sebastion St. Vincent.  Another competitor for Lillian’s affections, though he is described as an insatiable rake,  there seemed to be more to him than his reputation as a rascal.  I actually really liked him and was hoping that St. Vincent would have his own story!  But then he went and did something unfathomable in the book and I ended up really disgusted with him.  And now that I know that the next book does include his story, knowing what he did in this book, I wonder if I will be able to reconcile myself to him enough to enjoy reading about him.

Overall, the characters were well written and the story was delightful.  I was totally consumed in this world of Wallflowers, and I cannot get enough!  I already have the next in the series and look forward to reading it.  This series is a MUST READ if you are a fan of historical romance!


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7 Responses to “Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas”

  1. Historical fiction is something I keep telling myself to read more of, so thanks for the recommendation. Lillian is a character I’m sure I would love too – reading about strong and intelligent female characters never gets old. I hope you like the rest of the series as much as you did the first book.

  2. Sounds delightful. Not my favorite genre, but I would give this a read if it crossed my path. I love feisty characters in any genre. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jade says:

      Oh I hope you eventually run into that one historical romance that makes you fall in love with the genre. Thanks to Jude Deveraux I can’t get enough.

  3. Oh I’m soooo glad you are reading these! I absolutely love them and they stand out in the sea of historical romance novels out and about. I think I love the focus on the friendships best of all.

  4. Never heard of this series but judging from your review, it sounds really good and I love historical fiction!

  5. Brie says:

    Have you read Love in the Afternoon? That’s one of my favorite of hers, at least historical, I love the Travis series which is contemporary. If you haven’t read LitA you should, it’s sooo good! Great review as usual!