Diary of an Accidental Wallflower: The Seduction Diaries

Diary of an Accidental Wallflower: The Seduction Diaries

by Jennifer McQuiston

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ISBN-13: 9780062335012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: Seduction Diaries Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 660,633
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal.

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Diary of an Accidental Wallflower: The Seduction Diaries 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Sweet historical romance with a bit of a twist.  I liked that our hero was not a titled gentleman, it made it seem almost impossible that he and Clare would be able to have a future together.  There were a few moments that brought tears to my eyes and others that made me laugh.  Clare's brother and sister are so funny - I can't wait for their stories! 4.5 stars! ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Diary of Accidental Wallflower is a fantastic and fun historical romance. Thank you Jennifer Mcquiston
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower was a delightful historical romance that I really enjoyed. With its engaging cast of characters, sweet romance, and some secrets that took me by surprise, this book was lovely. Clare, to be honest, really came off as a snob at first, with her treatment of other people and with how she took such pains to hide the parts of her that weren't considered desirable by society. Twisting her ankle knocked her off her pedestal and forced her to see how different she had become from who she really was. So, as the book went on, she slowly revealed who she really was and became a much more likable character. By the end of the book, I thought she was great. Daniel was simply wonderful. He was so sweet and smart and just an absolute delight. I loved how kindly he treated not just Clare, but also her siblings and basically any person he came across, no matter their station. He was an absolute sweetheart and I adored him. The romance was sweet. Clare and Daniel clearly cared for each other, despite the circumstances keeping them apart and, eventually, their feelings became a force great enough to overcome those obstacles. I thought they were a lovely couple. I liked the secondary characters in this book, from Clare's siblings to the prostitute Handsome Meg. They were all interesting and added an extra element to the story. The plot moved quickly and kept me engaged all the way through. There were a couple of secrets along the way that truly took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower was a lovely historical romance that I really liked. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
mrsgodiva More than 1 year ago
This is a new-to-me author and I will definitely be reading more of her books.
Laynesfavs More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The author is new to me but not any more. I'll read all of her books. She knows how to grab your heart right from the start and doesn't let go until the end. This is a "read again" for me.
def618 More than 1 year ago
No plot spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. For me, it started a little slowly but then I couldn't put it down. It is well written with good secondary characters. I look forward to the next one in this series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
New fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it from the start til the end. Funny, family affair and love story. Will not spoiled from other readers.. but I enjoyed reading this book . Will add to my library the hard copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story Funny, fast paced, unpredictable heroine
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
London 1848 Miss Clare Westmore, in her second London season, has her sights on the future Duke of Harrington. Even after spraining her ankle in the morning, she appears at a prestigious ball, determined to waltz at least once with the man. Dr. Daniel Merial supplements his small income from St. Bart’s as a private physician. When his elderly, rich patient refuses to cancel her ball he accepts an invitation to attend, even though he’d rather be continuing his research. When he notices a charming young lady limping to the wallflower chairs, he draws her into conversation and convinces her to allow him to examin her ankle. The first of the Westmore family secrets is endangered when Clare and Daniel enter the library during the ball. No wonder Clare’s parents are avoiding each other. Ms McQuiston has given us a delightful story of past sins, present secrets, and Victorian science. The supporting characters of the Westmore family and Daniel’s landlady come to life off the pages as the couple destined to be overcomes obstacles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute historical romance
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Fun ready from beginning to end!!
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Cecilia_Dominic More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about Jennifer McQuiston's historical novels is how she gets away from the convention of always having noble heroes/heroines and shows that ordinary people can find love, too, even if they're not titled. This book will also speak to any girl who's felt like being smart has held her back from romance and any guy who feels that women just don't go for geeks. Yes, it definitely has appeal beyond the period it's written in, and I look forward to the sister's story next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story as much as the romance! Exposed me to life outside the ton and the social ramifications. Loved the characters...and how their hearts and minds made for a sweet and perfect romance!
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This book has heart. I would describe it as more a novel of manners à la Jane Austen than a traditional historical romance. Although the love story is very sweet and very central to the plot, the hero and heroine get to know each other very slowly and realistically as they reveal their true and hidden natures and their true and authentic selves. But it’s also a story of an early Victorian era family. Clare Westmore is the eldest daughter of a viscount and destined and expected to marry well in accordance with her illustrious lineage. But she must tread carefully as one misstep in the sharp and icy waters of the ton and she is ruined. At the novel’s beginning, she aligns herself with two other debutantes, Sophie and Rose, two rather shrewd and cruel young women, whom she believes to be her friends. In her first London season, Clare has already caught the attentions of the future Duke of Harrington, but when she sprains her ankle, she must step out of the social whirlwind for awhile, and thus becoming “an accidental wallflower.” During this time, she becomes frustrated and anxious, because she knows time is of the essence. Indeed, during her relatively short convalescence, Sophie manages to turn the tide of gossip and respectability solidly against not only Clare, but also her family. Daniel Merial is a young and ambitious physician, a recent arrival to London from the Yorkshire countryside, and eager to become a good doctor and to be taken seriously by the medical field. He’s also strikingly handsome in an unassuming and modest way. After his long hours at the hospital, he devotes his evenings to intensive and exhaustive experiments with anesthetic which he hopes to someday publish in The Lancet, a preeminent medical journal. He is also living in a poor and rather seedy part of London, far from Clare’s polished and comfortable Mayfair neighborhood, in a dingy flat with a lustful and nosy landlady. He relies on a spunky and formidable dowager duchess, Lady Austerley, whose weak heart provides him with a steady income, but he also counts her as a dear friend. His conversation, banter, and friendship with this wise older woman is one of the highlights of the story. Clare’s family dynamics are as much a part of the story as the romance. Her parents have an emotionally troubled marriage and her younger siblings, Lucy–an incorrigible tomboy of seventeen–and Geoffrey–a curious and typically crude thirteen year-old expelled from Eton– provide humor but also a lot of emotion and feeling to the novel. When they all meet Daniel after he becomes Clare’s doctor, he quickly becomes a steadying influence on Clare and her siblings, a bane to the uneasy atmosphere of their own family life. Clare matures a lot during the course of the novel. In the beginning, she tempers and hides her love of reading (especially The London Times) because it’s considered unladylike (not to mention threatening to gentlemen) to be knowledgeable and educated. She also worries about her dress and appearance but, during her recuperation, Daniel catches glimpses of the true and real Clare, and calls her out on it. And that’s when their romance heats up. Jennifer McQuiston writes a wonderful multi-layered story, with rich and well-fleshed out characters I really cared about, from the protagonists to the poor prostitute that Daniel rescues. The pacing as well as the execution of the plot are pretty near perfect. The only flaw I can find is that the end is perhaps just a little too neat. But it is a story of a loving and very human family, so it all fits. For readers who enjoy the stories of Caroline Linden and Sherry Thomas where the ordinary is extraordinary. With this beautiful novel, McQuiston positions herself firmly in the historical romance genre. This review first appeared on Romantic Historical Reviews.
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Good
regencyromantic1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. A good read.
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I enjoyed it.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
In a book world where Regency heroines are fiercely independent, sometimes a social outcast, and definitely bluestocking in their way of thinking, this book was a nice break. I don't mind independent heroines, especially during this time period, yet there is something so...relative about a woman struggling with fitting in while maintaining her own identity. Why? Because it's something many women struggle with today. I was somewhat amused at Clare's attempts to appease to Mr. Alban. Mind you, I didn't agree, not one bit, but I was amused. She dumbed herself down to appear like a woman Mr. Alban would want, a woman who would make a biddable wife, a pretty arm piece, and a graceful hostess. Clare could be all those things...except biddable. Marriage to the wrong man (Mr. Alban) would result in a lifetime of lukewarm happiness, of possibly questioning her choice of husband, of wondering if maybe she had missed out on something extraordinary. Daniel was a doctor, a man beneath Clare's social class, yet he possessed more sense in his pinky than she did in her brain. For a woman who loved to learn and read, she certainly didn't show it as often as she should have. Daniel saw her for who she really was and he appreciated who she was. He didn't ask or expect her to be anything less than herself. Any man worth his salt would, I think, see Clare as a woman worth taking to wife for the adventure she'd turn their marriage into. Mr. Alban, for all his prestige and soon-to-be wealth, was not that man. But how do you help someone see their worth isn't defined by social standards? I was frustrated with Clare. I wanted her to see herself through Daniel's eyes, to learn to appreciate her desire to read and learn even if it was frowned upon by society. Who cares if she was interested in bones and the editorial section instead of cloth swatches and the gossip column? Did what she wear really matter? Was an injury really worth trying to be fashionable? Alone, Clare wouldn't have found the answer to any of those questions. With Daniel, she did. Her brother Geoffrey and sister Lucy helped her find them too. Age might bring maturity but it doesn't mean changing who you are completely. Clare did that to fit into society and gain the friends she thought she needed. Her injured ankle showed how wrong she was and how misplaced her value in herself was. The romance between Clare and Daniel took time to develop. At times, I wondered what the hell he was doing with her. I found her forced shallowness too much to handle at times, and I wanted to reach through my Kindle and slap the crap out of her. The ending was worth all the frustration I felt with her because everything happened in its own time. Ms. McQuiston wrote an intriguing historical romance between two very unlikely people who see society differently yet manage to find themselves, as individuals and as a couple, as they grow to love each other. The most important lesson I took from this story is one I hope to pass on to my own daughters: You'll never be happy in life if you let society (or others in it) define who you should be. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Quirks and all, you are meant to be no one else but you. (Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)