Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Series #4)

Scandal in Spring (Wallflower Series #4)

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by Lisa Kleypas, Rosalyn Landor
     
 

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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

Overview

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:
9781469259079
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Series:
Wallflower Series , #4
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.37(d)

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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?"

"Yes."

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.

Continues...


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Meet 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 237 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 funny...read 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 together...one 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.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Lismixrs 1840s English &American lifestyles bwith currentifestles but stillbacfun read.
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Enjoyed all four books
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