Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Series #4)

Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Series #4)

by Lisa Kleypas

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After spending three London seasons searching for a husband, Daisy Bowman's father has told her in no uncertain terms that she must find a husband. Now. And if Daisy can't snare an appropriate suitor, she will marry the man he chooses -- the ruthless and aloof Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified. A Bowman never admits defeat, and she decides to do whatever it takes to marry someone . . . anyone . . . other than Matthew. But she doesn't count on 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 right at the moment of sweet surrender, a scandalous secret is uncovered . . . one that could destroy both Matthew and a love more passionate and irresistible than Daisy's wildest fantasies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786290192
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers Series , #4
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Scandal in Spring

By Lisa Kleypas

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Lisa Kleypas
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060562536

Chapter One

"I shouldn't tell you about it," Daisy railed, pacing back and forth in the Marsden parlor later that evening. "In your condition you shouldn't be distressed. But I can't keep it to myself or I will explode, which you would probably find infinitely more distressing."

Her older sister lifted her head from Lord Westcliff's supportive shoulder. "Tell me," Lillian said, swallowing against another wave of nausea. "I'm distressed only when people keep things from me." She was half-reclining on the long settee, settled in the crook of Westcliff's arm as he spooned some lemon ice into her mouth. She closed her eyes as she swallowed, her dark lashes resting in spiky crescents against her pale cheeks.

"Better?" Westcliff asked gently, swabbing a stray drop near the corner of her lips.

Lillian nodded, her face ghastly white. "Yes, I think it's helping. Ugh. You had better pray for a boy, Westcliff, because this is your only chance at an heir. I'm never going through this again -- "

"Open your mouth," he said, and fed her more flavored ice.

Ordinarily Daisy would have been touched by the glimpse into the Westcliffs' private life . . . it was rare that anyone saw Lillian so vulnerable, or Marcus so gentle and concerned. But Daisy was so distracted byher own problems that she barely noticed their interaction as she blurted out, "Father has given me an ultimatum. Tonight he -- "

"Wait," Westcliff said quietly, adjusting his hold on Lillian. As he eased his wife to her side, she leaned more heavily on him, one slender white hand coming to rest on the curve of her belly. He murmured something indecipherable into her rumpled ebony hair, and she nodded with a sigh.

Anyone who witnessed Westcliff's tender care of his young wife could not help but take note of the outward changes in the earl, who had always been known as a cold-natured man. He had become far more approachable -- he smiled more, laughed more -- and his standards for proper behavior had become far less exacting. Which was a good thing if one wished to have Lillian for a wife and Daisy for a sister-in-law.

Westcliff's eyes, so deep a shade of brown they appeared black, narrowed slightly as he focused on Daisy. Although he didn't say a word, Daisy read in his gaze the desire to shield Lillian from anyone and anything that might disturb her peace.

Suddenly Daisy felt ashamed for having rushed over here to recount the injustices dealt by her father. She should have kept her problems to herself and instead she had run to her older sister like a tattling child. But then Lillian's brown eyes opened, and they were warm and smiling, and a thousand childhood memories danced in the air between them like jubilant fireflies. The intimacy of sisters was something not even the most protective husband could disrupt.

"Tell me," Lillian said, nestling against Westcliff's shoulder, "what did the ogre say?"

"That if I don't find someone to marry by the end of May he would choose a husband for me. And guess who that is? Just guess!"

"I can't imagine," Lillian said. "Father doesn't approve of anyone."

"Oh, yes he does," Daisy replied ominously. "There is one person in the world Father approves of one hundred percent."

Now even Westcliff was beginning to look interested. "It is someone with whom I am acquainted?"

"You will be soon," Daisy said. "Father sent for him. He'll be arriving at the Hampshire estate next week for the stag-and-hind hunt."

Westcliff riffled through his memory for the names Thomas Bowman had asked him to include on the guest list for the spring hunt. "The American?" he asked. "Mr. Swift?"


Lillian stared at Daisy blankly. Then she turned her face into Westcliff's shoulder with a squeaky gasp. At first Daisy feared she might be crying, but it quickly became apparent that Lillian was giggling helplessly. "No . . . not really . . . how absurd . . . you could never . . ."

"You wouldn't find it so amusing if you were supposed to marry him," Daisy said with a scowl.

Westcliff glanced from one sister to the other. "What is wrong with Mr. Swift? From what your father has indicated he seems a respectable enough fellow."

"Everything is wrong with him," Lillian said, giving a last snort of laughter.

"But your father esteems him," Westcliff said.

"Oh," Lillian scoffed, "Father's vanity is flattered by the way Mr. Swift strives to emulate him and hangs onto his every word."

The earl considered her words while he spooned up more lemon ice and pressed it to Lillian's lips. She made a sound of pleasure as the frosty liquid trickled down her throat.

"Is your father incorrect in his claim that Mr. Swift is intelligent?" Westcliff asked Daisy.

"He is intelligent," she admitted. "But one can't have a conversation with him -- he asks thousands of questions, and he absorbs everything one says but gives nothing back."

"Perhaps Swift is shy," Westcliff said.

Now Daisy couldn't help laughing. "I assure you, my lord, Mr. Swift is not shy. He's -- " She paused, finding it difficult to put her thoughts into words.

Matthew Swift's bred-in-the-bone coldness was accompanied by an insufferable air of superiority. One could never tell him anything -- he knew it all. Since Daisy had grown up in a family populated with uncompromising natures, she'd had little use for yet one more rigid and argumentative person in her life.

In her opinion it didn't speak well for Swift that he blended in so well with the Bowmans.

Perhaps Swift would have been more tolerable had there been anything charming or attractive about him. But he had been blessed with no softening grace of character or form. No sense of humor, no visible displays of kindness. He was awkwardly formed to boot: tall and disproportionate, and so wiry that his arms and legs seemed to have all the substance of stringbeans. She remembered the way his coat had seemed to hang from his wide shoulders as there was nothing inside it.


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Scandal in Spring 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 248 reviews.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This is the last re-read of the series. I like Daisy. She seems very Alice Cullen like. This book seems to wrap everything up. I don't care for Lillian in this book though.
Genevieve54 More than 1 year ago
Well, first off, i'm wondering where did Matthew Swift suddenly come from. I seriously thought that Kleypas was hinting a romance for Daisy and Rohan from the previous book. When i read this one i was just like, "Where did Rohan go?" He was conveniently withheld from this one. Do not get me wrong. I do not form some kind of grudge to Matt. I actually liked his character very much. Lilian annoyed me the most in the story though. Everyone who has read the other wallflower books know that she an opinionated woman and we all know that she cares for Daisy deeply but the fact that wanted to keep Daisy by her side so selfishly as to hate and badmouth Swift so much made her appeared so childish. She's so full of herself. ****SPOILER**** If she did not help Matt when he was going to get arrested i would have hated her. The only reason i started liking her again was just because of that but she was extremely annoying until 55pages away from the ending....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Daisy and Matthew Swift has its ups and downs. There's on obvious attraction between the two, but Daisy can't make up her mind as to what she wants to do with regard to young Mr. Swift. Matthew on the other hand has always loved Daisy, but he is afraid to get involved with her due to the circumstances of his past. Will they or won't they? All of your favorite characters are brought back for this wonderful conclusion to the Wallflower series. A must read.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Wallflower series. Each one brings something special and different. Daisy's story is no exception. It brings a sweetness not found in the other books. Daisy is a dreamer who yearns for love. She simply wishes it wasn't from the man her authoritative father chose. She resists him as much as he resists her. She, because he's her fathers favorite. He, because he has a secret that won't let him accept her love. The novel doesn't deviate from the standard formula but Ms. Kleypas has a way of engaging the reader with lovable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ended the series with a such a heartfelt romance between Daisey and Matthew. She was delightful. He was wonderfully tragic. This and Devil in Winter were my favorites in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sooo dissapoint ed Cam wasn't Daisy's love interest in this book! After the end of book 3 I was exited about Cam seriously... However, this turned out to be an excellent romance. Perfect ending to the series. Drama, hot chemistry, romance, and friendship. Loved it! Bonus this one was also very the series in order or it won't be as good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To explain my title, I feel like Daisy's story was rushed along. The writing was good, although I feel like the romantic scenes were copy and pasted from the other books. There could have been more to the story, with a little more written out about both her (she was not mentioned much in the other books, so we could have gotten to know more about her) and about Matthew "Swift." The story felt like the writer was just trying to get to the end, rsther than give us a story. Even the book following this we got more of Daisy that gave us more insight than this one which was supposed to be about her. This could have been a 5 star story if a little more writing had been put in. The idea behind it was good, but poorly fleshed out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the wallflower series. The 4th installment wasn't the best but, a good story none the less. I would have liked more dialogue between the protagonists and prefer some hints about secrets to come instead of a blunt reveal. I liked Matthew, thought he was sweet, but wanted to read more indepth about Daisy's feelings. All in all, I recommend these books. S.A.K.
CarmenSwoonsCP More than 1 year ago
Disappointed by Daisy's regretful unmarried status, despite three seasons in London, Thomas Bowman sets his foot down: "This is my ultimatum," Bowman said. "Find a suitable husband by the end of May, or I will give you to Swift." Silly man, don't you know ultimatums make us want to do the exact opposite?! Scandal in Spring is the final installment of the wonderful Wallflowers series featuring Daisy Bowman, Lillian's younger sister. Oh, she has a task ahead of her indeed, but leave it to Daisy to go after what she wants no matter the objections. And there are plenty, surprisingly from the intended himself! Lisa Kleypas captures romantic essence and enchants effortlessly as always. Surprisingly, at the beginning of Chapter 3, I was rather deflated. Where's the Kleypas that makes me ask Albert to bring home dinner, makes me ignore the girls? I kid, I kid...(they're sure not going to read this to prove otherwise!) Thomas Bowman, bully that he is, is going to force Daisy to marry Matthew Swift, a "cold, self-righteous prig". Or so she thought! Who knew this boorish man (whom Lillian loathes as well) would not only mature and transform his former "bag of bones" physique into that of a swoon-worthy specimen, but keep secrets of his own ruination? This is the Kleypas that never disappoints! Matthew has twists that are bound to unravel. The secrets of his past haunted his present and endangered his future. Matthew was never without the awareness that the identity he had created for himself could be blown to bits at any moment. All it would take was for one person to put two and two person to recognize him for what and who he really was. Daisy deserved a husband who was honest and whole, not one who had built his life on lies. Unfortunately, we do go through several chapters more before the issue of Matthew's duplicity is again mentioned. True to form, however, is Kleypas' steady, experienced hand. She carefully made a darling of Daisy from the beginning of the series. Attach a confident, enigmatic Matthew and you come to crave their connection; you want them in constant contact, demonstrating in glances what they were too afraid to admit. When Matthew is too dense to court Daisy, leave it to him to say no without explanations, Daisy decides upon a new strategy: Make herself the object of another's interest. Doesn't take much to rile him after that. Being with Daisy (succumbing to her advances -- she was so bold!) was a gift Matthew never thought possible. Although slower-paced than the other Wallflower stories, Kleypas' masterful, methodical approach of their relationship was engaging. The seduction was splendid; a feast of delicious banter to outweigh the awkwardness of any person's first time. The courtship, though unconventional (you'll understand once you read it), was full of romance and adoration. Soooo sweet! But just when the tide turns in favor of a genuine love match (though more expressed through actions right now -- not complaining!), Matthew's past stalks right in. The ominous prediction of a fortune-teller at a local festival startles Daisy: Sweet the night a heart was given, bitter turns the day. A promise made in April...a broken heart in May. Just how bad is Matthew's secret? A scandal worthy of pushing away Daisy? A wallflower no more, and never a wilting one at that, Daisy was "so delicate and yet was remarkably hardy". Don't underestimate the love of a determined woman! A fitting finale for a first-rate series. I loved the camaraderie and affection between each Wallflower as well as her perfectly-paired partner. Kleypas is a brilliant author who knows how to thrill her audience and keep them wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading lisa kleypas novels after picking up Wallflower Christmas and have not stopped since. This is one of my favorites from the wallflower series. Daisy is just as entertaining as her sister and i realy appreciated the relatability of the characters. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved all the books in this series. Wonderful concept and like heroines. But sometimes you just want to slap the hero up the side of his head!
tamale8888 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how Lisa Kleypas does it, but every book of hers is always a pleasure.
MrsHardytheThird More than 1 year ago
I love the Bowman sisters and related more to Lillian, but found Daisy's story very touching. You're ready to hate Swift, but Kleypas write characters into your heart and he is no exception. If you have enjoyed the series so far, this will not disappoint you. Daisy's personality is so heart-warming, if you weren't in love with her before, you can't help but fall in love with her after this read.
Readinglikecrazy More than 1 year ago
I think that this novel was one of the best of the wallflowers series. I think that Daisy makes for a great character. She doesn't care what others think and just wants to embrace life to be happy. She dedicates herself to something that she find meaningful and doesn't go back on her word. This was a great read for relaxing and not thinking about everything else going on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this series and was very pleased with Daisy's (my favorite Wallflower) story. Lisa Kleypas is a beautiful writer and lovers of romance should read all of her books.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Faced with the ultimatum of finding her own husband or being forced to marry Mr. Matthew Swift, Daisy Bowman stopped reading her book to take a walk down by the wishing well. The wishing well had served her `wallflower¿ friends well, each of them were now married to a man they each loved. If only that same wish could come true for her too. Matthew Swift had watched Daisy and her family together for ten years now, he knew how her father treated her, he also knew he had no rights to her. His past prevented him from anything more than his overwhelming desire to see her and be around her. Daisy had been in England for two years now, she never realized how much someone could change is such a short amount of time. Mr. Swift was at one time a bag of bones and just like her father, but now he was different. Daisy didn¿t want to like him for any reason, that would make her father happy. Another great Wallflower book from Lisa Kleypas. Daisy Bowman was a very complicated character, she loves to read her novels and she is shy but at the same time, she has such spunk and a strong will. Despite her fathers cruel treatment of her and her sister, they both are so self assured. Another strong female character. Matthews secret is well hidden till the right time, I had a few guesses, but the end result was better. The return of all the girls and their men to Stony Cross Manor was fun, to see the difference in them after marriage. Actually enjoyed seeing Lillians anger about Matthew and how everyone seemed to like him but her, hormones and her personality made for some good sparks.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
another lacklustre, and thankfully the last, installation for the wallflower quartet. i don't know if i just can't take too much of this author in one sitting, (i did, after all, enjoy secrets of a summer night) but all Kleypas' heroes and heroines seem to blend together after a while. meagre attempts at individuality ultimately provide stereotypes: one's dreamy, one's fiery, one's shy, one's practical, etc. they all seem to fall in love the same way, make love the same way, and enjoy very similar happily ever afters. i felt in particular that this story's plot was a copout - the hero's "disreputable" past and his efforts to keep it a secret are supposed to provide conflict, but the author forces the plot through the most desperate contortions in order to make any kind of conflict evaporate on the spot. in Scandal in Spring, everything is perfect. the hero is and has always been perfect. his angst over his past seems exaggerated and misplaced considering his is innocent of the charges that are eventually brought against him. the cast of guardian angels from the previous books are perfect and have the amazing super power of making sure everything stays perfect. i don't have a problem with happily ever afters, but none of this was remotely believable. never did I doubt that lord westcliff would be able to save the day. everything simply fell into place too easily. kleypas writes well, which is a small blessing, but that wasn't enough to get me hooked. i guess this would be the kind of book that appeals to readers with emotional attachments to the characters from previous books, who are trotted out for no other reason that i can divine except to gratify these fans. i'm beginning to think that Kleypas just isn't my cup of tea.
aapike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The last book in a well-written series by Kleypas. A look into the women who were wallflowers, not popular debutatnes, and the men who fell in love with them.
mom2lnb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Until now, the Wallflower series has been pretty good but not 100% satisfying for me like it has been for so many other readers. Based on the ratings I've seen at various book-related sites and the fact that I rarely see it mentioned as a fan favorite, it would seem that Scandal in Spring is possibly the least favorite book for most readers of the series. As such, I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but now that I've finished it, I'm going to go against the grain again, by saying that in my opinion, it is the best book amongst the original quartet. Both the hero and the heroine were extremely likable which wasn't necessarily the case for me with the first three books. The couple had a sweet, tender relationship with plenty of deeply romantic moments. I also felt that the characterizations were more well-drawn, or at least, the characters were more relatable for me. The secondary characters were fabulous too, and there was also some decent suspense created by the wait to see what secret Matthew was keeping and what the fall-out from it might be. I suppose the ending was a tad bit rushed, but not enough to be unsatisfying. Everything just came together to create an emotional story that is definitely a keeper for me.Although I adore Marcus (It Happened One Autumn), Matthew has at the very least, tied him, but may have nudged ahead just a bit, as my favorite hero of the series. He is probably the closest Lisa Kleypas has come to writing a beta hero, and perhaps that's why I don't see a lot of love being expressed for the character. Ms. Kleypas is known for her sexy alphas, so Matthew is something of a departure from the norm. For me, that was a good thing, because I adore betas. Matthew is also a geek. Highly intelligent and a whiz with numbers, he's a force to reckoned with in the business world. His logical nature can sometime make him seem a little cold, but underneath it all he has a very kind and sensitive heart. It was amusing how his feelings for Daisy don't quite make sense to him in the beginning, and he simply wrote them off as mere lust. Daisy and Lillian seemed to have a preconceived notion that Matthew was an uncaring, ruthless businessman who is just like their father, simply because their father likes him so much and he is so good at being his right-hand man. I could tell right from the start though that there was much more to him than meets the eye. I think it was utterly sweet that Matthew fell in love at first sight (even though he didn't recognize it as such) and had been pining for Daisy ever since. My heart just went pitter-patter when I realized how closely he had been observing her over the years, so much so that he knew every detail about her, her likes and dislikes, the difficulties she'd had with her parents and the closeness with Lillian, and most of all what a wonderful woman she was when few other people seemed to see it. I thought it was rather funny when, feeling he couldn't have her for himself, Matthew tried to ¿sell¿ her attributes to another man in hopes of helping her find a match. Much like Marcus, Matthew is a well-spring of controlled, hidden passion which when unleashed for the woman he loves is a heady brew. He was also extremely dependable and responsible, as well as brave and determined to take the measures he did to better himself after a very rocky beginning to his life. All in all, Matthew was a very admirable, and lovable hero who was more of a gentleman than many men who were born and bred for that kind of position.Daisy was a really sweet girl. I've liked her throughout the series and she has now edged out Evie as my favorite Wallflower heroine. I just adore her bookishness and her imagination which takes her on many an adventure in her head. She has a big heart that allows her to love all creatures great and small and find the good in everyone, even those people who have wronged her. In fact, I was quite surprised that she had such a low and prejudiced
Jen7waters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Last Melon!! No wait, wrong story.I meant to say: The Last Wallflower! NOOOO! It¿s so hard to say goodbye¿This is Daisy¿s book, the dreamer/romantic/bookish wallflower. She has been husband-hunting for 3 years but as we all know men can be idiots and the girl is still single ¿ and as so, her father sends for his most dedicated employee, Mr Matthew Swift, and tells Daisy she¿ll have to marry the guy. Daisy can¿t stand the idea, because she loads Mr Swift, who she thinks is the very image of her father: someone who only cares for the business and making money. But it turns out Mr Swift wows everyone by being a quite impressive fellow - he is handsome, educated, sharp, and can make a baby stop crying in 1 minute or less. I thought it would be so much more difficult for him to sweep Daisy off her feet, especially because Lillian was determined to make him look bad, but it turns out that Daisy gives her heart away to Mr Swift shortly after the ¿Please, help me save this rude goose¿ scene, and that happens almost at the beginning of the story.For some reason this last installment wasn¿t, let¿s say, as intense as the other 3 -although I reckon Devil in Winter is a tough book to follow, because it is THAT GOOD, please go read it- but I loved it nonetheless. One scene made me laugh so hard I lost my breath: Daisy trying to climb to Matthew¿s bed. You see, she¿s kind of short, and the bed was uncommonly high. I couldn¿t stop laughing for a while because of that image imprinted in my head.Needless to say I also loved the scenes with all the other wallflowers and their respective husbands - it's so nice to take a peek at their married lives. *sigh*So, yes! I want to read everything by Lisa Kleypas now. Everything!
avernon1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
He loves her and has loved her for years. But Daisy Bowman would never know it and Matthew Swift is determined to keep it that way. He harbors a hidden desire he must keep to himself in order to protect her from his past. What is he hiding? What is so unforgivable that he cannot profess his need for this woman, even when she beckons him with her innocent desires?As with the previous books in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, the last in Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series. I got lost in her easy, free-flowing style and her witty sense of humour had me chuckling throughout the story. The banter between the hero and heroine was so enjoyable and hilarious that I was laughing out loud, especially during the heated "lawn bowling" game. Of course, neither character would admit defeat, something I can totally relate to. There is hope for we five foot lasses in this tale. I, only being an inch (or 2????) over five feet, could easily connect to the petite Daisy. She was a different kind of beauty, not the striking, regal vision of refinement. She was an every-day beauty....romantic and fiesty, my kind of gal. I loved how Daisy fell for Matthew, someone she never fathomed could possess all of the qualities she had sought for so long. In Matthew Swift she found someone whose presence she reveled in, even more than her precious books, someone who made her senses come alive with the brush of a fingertip, someone who accepted her for who she was, quirks and all. "Daisy rushed at him and whacked his chest with the book. She hated it that she felt so alive with him. She hated the way her senses drank in his presence like dry earth absorbing rain. She hated his handsome face and virile body, and the mouth that was more tempting than any man's mouth had a right to be."Matthew was a wonderful hero, a man with a duality of character that even women today seek. He could be a cold-hearted, aggressive businessman, very smart with a strong work ethic and a tenacious and unyielding drive to succeed. As we learn Matthew's secrets, we learn why this tenacity exists within him. Yet Matthew also possessed a gentle and playful side, easily apparent in the "goose" incident as well as his many debates with Daisy about her romantic notions of men. What I adored the most was his devotion to Daisy. He loved her for so long, secretly keeping his feelings to himself as he reveled in every glimpse of her face, every movement of her hands, every breath that she took. When a man keeps a lock of your hair in his pocket for years, knowing he could never possibly have you, I call that love and devotion. Thus, when Matthew finds himself alone with Daisy and she innocently proclaims her desire for him, he couldn't help but question this unfathomable reality. "Do you know what I want from you?" she heard him ask hoarsely. "Do you understand what's going to happen if we don't stop?" "Yes." Matthew lifted his head and gave her a doubtful glance. "I'm not as innocent as you might think," Daisy said earnestly. "I'm very well read." He turned his face away, and she had the impression he was fighting a smile. Then he looked back at her with piercing tenderness. "Daisy Bowman," he said unevenly, "I'd spend eternity in hell for one hour with you."Wow! Eternity! Sigh.....I would spend an eternity with Matthew Swift myself. And you can spend a few hours with him as well if you read this historical romance, another success by the very talented Lisa Kleypas.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Daisy has been given an ultimatum by her father, find a noble to wed within two months, or he will marry her to his Bostonian protégé, Matthew Swift. Daisy has known Mr. Swift for years, he is just like her father, ruthless, domineering and aloof, no one a free spirit such as Daisy has any interest in. However, when Mr. Swift arrives at the Westcliff he is much different than Daisy remembers. Matthew Swift has loved Daisy since meeting her years before and has never met a woman who can live up to the ideal that is her. However, as much as a marriage to Daisy is his dream come true, the truth of his past is a nightmare which will never allow them to be together.Lisa Kleypas has a reputation as being one of the best historical romance writers and after reading this story, I can see why. I truly enjoyed the story immensely, more so than Devil in Winter. Daisy and Matthew make a wonderful pair and the heat between them fairly leaps off the page. I loved their courtship, such as it was and found the ending to be quite satisfying. I would have no problem recommending this story, even to someone who has not read any other historical romances, Kleypas' works or even the first three books of the series. The story worked very well as a stand alone and does not disappoint.
marys-scene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read 9/06. I finished the last book in Lisa Kleypas's Wallflower series. I really liked this series and this was good ending for it. Note: The last scene offered a super ending to the compelete series... satsifying.After I finished Scandal in Spring... I took a moment to think about Lisa Kleypas. I don't this this is one of her best stores BUT it was entertaining and enjoyable. As far as I can remember, Lisa Kleypas always delivers a satisfying read. Dependable. She is a dependable author. I look forward to see what she comes up with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good one! Really enjoyed the wallflower series.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
After three unsuccessful seasons, Daisy’s father has had enough. He wants to return to his home in America and gives her an ultimatum. She has to decide on a husband within the next two months or he will have her marry Matthew Swift, one of his trusted employees. She abhors the gangling scarecrow of a man. Daisy went to the wishing well and wished to find the right man for her. Turning around, she sees a man and not just any man but a handsome man. He resembled Matthew but the scarecrow she remembered had grown into a tall and brawny man with beautiful blue eyes. She finds herself attracted to him. Matthew has always loved her, but he has a secret that will keep him from marrying her no matter what either of them wants.