How to Woo a Wallflower

How to Woo a Wallflower

by Christy Carlyle
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How to Woo a Wallflower 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele 13 days ago
Returning to the Ruthven’s story, the third book focuses on Clary, a young woman who can’t wait to get her hands on an inheritance, with which she plans to help the young women at Miss Fisk’s School for Unfortunate Girls. But, she soon learns that she will have to marry to have her own money – and that doesn’t work for her at all. She wants to control her own life and destiny, and without a way to earn her own keep – that isn’t going to happen. Her brother, Kit, part owner of Ruthven Publishing, offers her a place at the company, learning the trade from the manager, Gabriel Adamson. Already knowing the man, and finding him dour and rigid, Clary isn’t thrilled, but means to an end and all that – and she accepts. Gabriel has worked his entire life to distance himself from his lowly birthplace: a Whitechapel birth and struggle for his early years, he always thought of more – and has done all he can to distance himself from the way he earned his way out. Hiding his secrets and unwilling to allow this boisterous, outspoken and determined young woman to draw his gaze from his goals of a quiet life with a boring and uncomplicated wife, he’s doing everything he can to discourage Clary from continuing to torment his days with her presence and his nights with his thoughts of her. Oh – but Clary’s determination, and her boldness lead to a kiss, a kiss he can’t forget. Carlyle is a wonderful storyteller and creating this unusual Ruthven family who are all determined to lead lives that make a difference and please them – even if not conventional. Allowing readers to see the darker sides of Victorian life, experience society’s changes and be treated to a story that is wholly historic in feel but differs as th story is about the ordinary people – those without titles or pretentions so valued by the tonne. With Clary’s determination to visit and make a difference in the East End, Gabriel’s every fear is awakened: her safety and his secrets could be the undoing of everything he’s built to this point. Gradually we see that most of Gabriel’s reserve with Clary is more insecurity and a belief that he’s not worthy of someone as well-bred as she, and his worries of her reaction when she discovers his secrets. But, Clary isn’t just determined to make a difference for the women of Miss Fisk’s, she’s truly encouraged by anyone who can take charge of their life and rise above circumstances of poverty, birth or education – but could this possibly help design a future for her and Gabriel? Another wonderful story in the series, easily read in any order and sure to please fans of historic romance who want something different from the next story about a duke gone wrong or a lady scandalizing the tonne. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 9 days ago
It would have been better if I had not paid for it. The characters were engaging and the plot was distinctive. The love scenes were sparse and could have benefitted from more heat. I will not be reading any more of Ms Carlyle's books.
Anonymous 17 days ago
This story represents the saying “save the best for last”. This was such a great story. I love the depth of characters and the twists and turns of the plot. I fell in love with Clary and Gabriel. I loved the story so much I read it in a day! Such a good book I couldn’t put it down!
BookReview4you 3 months ago
How to Woo a Wallflower by Christy Carlyle is Book Three in the "Romancing the Rules" series. This is the story of Clarissa 'Clary' Ruthven and Gabriel Adamson. I have read (and LOVED them!) the other books in this series but feel this can be a standalone book. Gabriel grew up a poor boy in Whitechapel where he had to fight his way to get money for food for his family. So much so that they used to bet on him when fighting. His mother was nothing to speak up and would get beaten by men. But when Gabriel was 16 years old him and his sister left there leaving their mother. Now almost 10 years later Gabriel isn't that wild boy anymore. Gabriel is an Office Manger for Ruyhven Publishing Enterprise and been helping to run it for years. Gabriel wears suits and never has a hair out of place. Gabriel knows that when he marries is will be to a plan and boring lady so that he will have calmness in his life...nothing like the beautiful and unruly Clarissa. Clary is the youngest daughter of Leopold Ruyhven and along with that is very independent with the new age thinking that women are more than what people except. Clary has met Gabriel before thinking he is a stiff, never smiles and always dress perfectly. Clary knows that he sees all her faults and doesn't think much of her. But on her 21 birthday she is to inherit part of the family Publishing Enterprise and plans to work there. Clary doesn't have an interest in getting married but does want to help the poor women and children she knows. When her brother puts Gabriel in charge of teaching her the ropes of the company they start butting heads more. Gabriel seems to want everything neat and play by the rules but Clary isn't that type of person. Ms. Carlyle knows how to write some great romance stories and this was one you won't be able to put down! Loved seeing Clary and Gabriel come together.
MoniqueD 3 months ago
One of Clarissa “Clary” Ruthven’s fondest wishes is to do more for London’s poor women, but to get her inheritance, she would have to marry, which does not figure in Clary’s plan for the foreseeable future. She wants her own place, so she will have to seek a position, and when the opportunity knocks at her door, why not work at the family’s publishing house? Ah, but there looms the forbidding manager, Gabriel Adamson. Clary’s brother Kit, part owner, arranges for Gabriel to mentor Clary, which ought to keep her out of trouble. Gabriel is the quintessential neat freak, and Clary not one to follow the rules; she is a “New Woman”. This might not go so well… Oh but it does! Christy Carlyle spins another enchanting Victorian tale set at the turn of the twentieth century as women are gaining more independence, and Clary is a perfect example. The author paints a vibrant picture of the working class, the poor of Whitechapel, and moneyed folks with equal ease. Ms. Carlyle’s attention to historical detail makes the story all the more enjoyable as we feel privy to the workings of a publishing house, the grime and despair of the East End, and the conditions of women in a bygone era. Clary is strong-willed and effervescent, and a delectable disruption in Gabriel’s gloomy life. Clary and Gabriel don’t actually hate each other, but they certainly don’t go about doing things the same way. Gabriel’s backstory is fascinating, and the secrets he harbours could resurface at any moment, and they do, putting Clary in danger. And that first kiss! So lovely, so tender and magical! I loved how the romance progressed; it felt very realistic, nothing was rushed, and there were some perfectly charming moments, as well as some difficult ones. At one point, I thought Gabriel quite the silly man, but it turns out he was justified in his choice, even though it was heartbreaking. HOW TO WOO A WALLFLOWER is a marvellous novel for book lovers because of the printing house setting. I always feel secure when I pick up a book by Christy Carlyle; she never disappoints. HOW TO WOO A WALLFLOWER is a beautifully written and compelling story; the characters are very appealing; and the ending will leave you smiling and sighing with happiness. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.