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Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallfowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants.
However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.
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By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13
Very enjoyable addition to the series
It was nice to revisit old friends in this series. I would call this short but very enjoyable. This book, as well as all the books in the series, is very entertaining. It is funny, romantic and emotional at times. All the books are well written and narrated to perfection!
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By bluestategirl on 08-09-16
A Christmas gift from Lisa!
This is a shorter book, as this series goes, but no less full of everything I love about Lisa Kleypas and the Wallflowers, with the added bonus that it takes place at glorious Stoney Cross during Christmas time -- and the whole gang is there!
Rafe Bowman, a reputed ladies man, is being encouraged (blackmailed) by his parents into marrying into the aristocracy. Rafe wants control of part of Bowman's Soap, and the price is marriage to Lady Natalie. This kind of pressure is not new for Rafe: His father has been bullying him since he was a young boy in an effort to make him into a carbon copy of himself. That's probably why Rafe doesn't capitulate to their demands as a rule -- but dammit, this time something he really wants is at stake, so he's considering it.
Then he meets Hannah, Lady Natalie's poor relation and companion, a young woman who has already formed a rather poor opinion of Rafe based on what's she's heard from the rumor mill. And yet, he has a strangely compelling effect on her -- especially after they kiss.
I've been collecting Christmas themed HRs in a special playlist to pull out during the holiday season, (as a secret santa gift to myself!), and this is one of my favorites. (The scene with the toupee is a classic, as is the reading of A Christmas Carol.) I can't think of a nicer way to spend Christmas eve, (after everyone else has finally gone to bed), than to sit in my favorite chair in front of the fire, and listen to this lovely story. It's become a yearly favorite.
The lovely scene when the Wallflowers and their husbands, along with Hannah and Rafe, are all together and decorating the tree -- with tiny wires holding tiny candles! The idea of the candles really captures my imagination, though I'll admit it does give me pause. What a fire hazard! (Even Westcliff suffers a bit of trepidation at the thought of burning the manor down!)
With all our modern electrical decorations, we can only imagine how magical such a tree would have been at that simpler time. I would love to see a tree decorated that way, just once.
Rosalyn Landor, as always, is a Christmas gift as well.
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