Ah, sadly I’m at the end of the Wallflowers series… except for the Christmas one. I still have that to read over the festive season.
This series was my introduction to Lisa Kleypas and I suspect I’ll be adding more of her historical romances to my reading in 2022. Truth be told, this series is actually quite a lot better than the Bridgerton series. Oh dear, yes I wrote that. But it is what it is. And anyways, I loved the Netflix adaptation, so I’m still a fan. 🤣
Quirky and fun-loving American heiress Daisy Bowman is the last unmarried Wallflower. Her exasperated father has informed her that if she can’t find a husband by the end of her third London season, she will be forced to marry a man she hates—the ruthless entrepreneur Matthew Swift.
Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, so she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. What she doesn’t count on, however, is Matthew’s unexpected charm, or the blazing sensuality that soon flares beyond both their control. And Daisy discovers that the man she has always hated just might turn out to be the man of her dreams.
But when a scandalous secret is uncovered, it could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy’s wildest fantasies.
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On to the story of how the last of the Wallflowers, Daisy, finds her true love. I’ll tell you this, it starts with a wish at a wishing well and a gentleman who appears immediately after. It’s perfectly fitting for the whimsical character that is Miss Daisy Bowman. She is perhaps the sweetest and most naive of all the Wallflowers and they are quite protective of her. Of course, none so much as big sister, Lillian, who was a tad over the top in her non-stop complaining about Matthew Swift. (Lillian was also my least favourite character of the series but still likeable for the most part).
Daisy is one of those gentle souls who sees the best in most people and is utterly guileless. Expect for that one scene where she tunes into a level of cunning she didn’t even realise she had! Juicy stuff!
Her gracious and obliging nature is the complete opposite of determined, savvy Matthew Swift. Matthew has worked his way up through the Bowman family business and has become a surrogate son to the Bowman patriarch. He is analytical and careful where Daisy is intuitive and spontaneous – they are a perfect fit, especially once they get into a good argument! It’s easy to root for them as a couple.
But mystery and danger lurk… Matthew has a secret that could destroy all he has built. There is a bit of suspense built in as we await the truth of his history and wonder how he will wrangle his way out of it.
Finally, one of my favourite parts of this book is how we catch up with all the Wallflowers and their husbands. We even have a few scenes told from Lillian and Westcliffe’s perspectives. The jump between points of view are clear, never confusing, and add another level of enjoyment to the tale.
I give A Scandal in Spring 4.5/5 scandalous espresso shots.