Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James

Released: December 6, 2011

Title: Winning the Wallflower

List Price: $0.00 (at the time of this post)

Author: Eloisa James

Pages: 1770 kb

Publisher: Harper Collins E-Book

Description (her website): 

It Could Only Happen in a Fairytale

Lady Lucy Towerton

Plain and tall. (According to the lady herself.)
Titled, and irreproachably proper. (According to her fiancé.)

Until, overnight, she becomes

Lady Lucy Towerton
Heiress. (Thanks to an aged aunt’s bequest.)
Belle of the Ball. (So say the fortune hunters of the ton.)

In charge of her own destiny (finally!), Lucy breaks her engagement and makes up her mind to never be proper again…

THOUGHTS:

First, the cover reminds me of Julia Quinn’s Just Like Heaven.

It’s short and sweet. My main quibble is with the brevity of the storyline. It was about two days. I really don’t think real love can be realized in two days. But, hey.

Lucy Towerton (always, always always pay attention to names in an Eloisa James novel) is not rich, is not beautiful, and is not of average height. She (feels like) a clumsy colt too tall for society. But! She’s engaged to the handsome, emotionally closed-off, bastard . He, of course, has everything except entrance into society which is what he craves most. He wants to regain his family/mother’s respectability. What better way to do this than buying his way into the ton via a bride? That’s just common sense. If you didn’t think of doing that you don’t belong in the 19th century (-__-‘).

Winning the Wallflower is a story about two betrothed breaking up and then finding their way back to each other. She makes him notice her. He wants her back. It’s short (and again this is primarily due to the two-day plot line), but sweet. The wallflowers are making a comeback! (Again, reminds me of Julia Quinn’s Penelope ^_^)

This novella also introduces the heroine of James’ next novel, The Duke is Mine – a take on the Princess and the Pea fairytale. Olivia has her share of issues and it seems like a fun ride. GO.CHECK.IT.OUT.

*First e-book to reach the NY Times bestseller list and was free over the weekend.

Rating: 3 of 5

PS

(Another thing I don’t like with e-books, that is proven with this one, is you never know how long the actually story is unless you sit there and click through. About half of this download is excerpts from James’ previous books and a sneak peek of her latest release: The Duke is Mine – which is out today, actually.)

Also, if you’re in NY and interested!

Meet Eloisa and have your book signed:

December in New York City:
December 29, 2011
6:30 PM
Posman Books
Grand Central Station
New York, NY
(212) 983-1111
Meet Eloisa and get your very own signed copy of The Duke Is Mine.

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