Title: It Happened One Autumn Author: Lisa Kleypas Publication Info: Avon ISBN: Genre: Historical: European. It Happened One Autumn in. Though this historical romance kicks off on a corny note—with the heroine, who has a supersensitive sense of smell, buying a seemingly. It Happened One Autumn (#30 on our Top Romances List) has been a supporting character in several of Lisa Kleypas’ previous novels.

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He finally meets his match and gets his own love story in this second entry of the Wallflower series.

It Happened One Autumn

The nouveau-riche Bowmans, manufacturers of scents and soaps, have been unable to break into the very stuffy New York City society scene, and so have brought their daughters to England, part of the wave of rich Americans trying their hand at snagging titles for their daughters. The Bowman girls are not having much success in London either, having spent the last Season as wallflowers, though they have made good friends with some other girls while sitting on the sidelines of every ball.

Lillian Bowman is a sharp-tongued, cynical woman with a biting humor, but she is also fiercely loyal, especially to the Wallflowers. Marcus, while an exemplary man and excellent brother, can be a bit domineering, manipulative and arrogant.

Lillian sees Marcus as a stodgy, pompous autocrat, and Marcus believes her to be a reckless, ill-bred hellion. Everyone but them can see that their antagonism masks a potent attraction. But will they kill each other before they admit it? This was such a fun read, with much more humor than one expects to find in a Lisa Kleypas novel, who specializes in yummy tortured heroes and angsty relationships.


It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2) by Lisa Kleypas

Indeed, he has become all the more caring because of it, becoming a reformist in Parliament, a loving brother to his sisters, and a good friend. Lillian is a smart, irreverent, physically active, independent woman who frequently acts before she happdned and has very little patience with the seemingly inane rules of society.

Kleypas does an excellent job of gradually changing their angry bickering to more of a mutual teasing, from being mean-spirited to a friendly one-upsmanship of kindred spirits. At the beginning of the book, there was no way I could envision these two being together without one of them eventually killing the other, but I ended it assured that, though their lives together would never be dull, they really are perfect for each other and would be truly happy.

So why the A-? I also for some weird reason really like buttoned-up and starchy men, and I enjoy the tension when this type of figure is paired with a free spirit, as Lillian is in this book. There are two scenes in this book that really stand out to me and make me want to reread this book periodically.

They both show in quiet ways the decency and heroic nature of Marcus.


The first is when Lillian is manhandled and forced to apologize to Marcus in front of her parents. The second highlight is when Marcus notices Lillian struggling with the cultural shock of being asked to eat items on the menu that certainly sound revolting to me as an American.


He finds a way to get her out of the dining room with her dignity intact. I also thought the scene where Lillian is tipsy and Marcus is struggling with aggravated sexual frustration to be hilarious. I definitely liked this book. I still like Secrets of a Summer Night more and really liked Annabelle as a more complex and unusual heroine in a romance, but this was a fine addition to the Wallflower series.

I liked this book well enough but I found Lilian problematic.

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Some of her antics were downright immature, especially given her age. I liked Marcus a lot more than Lilian. It was out of character for him and it seemed convenient to drum up that conflict just to end the book. I mean, come on. I thought that jappened too convenient.

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