Winning the Wallflower: A Novella

Winning the Wallflower: A Novella

by Eloisa James

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ISBN-13: 9780062191823
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Series: A Fairy Tales Novella , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 52,755
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at

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Winning the Wallflower: A Novella 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 257 reviews.
FLORATHEREDMENACE More than 1 year ago
Lucy is a tall, long stemmed, English beauty convinced that she is a wallflower because of her height. Despite her insecurities, she is betrothed to the delicious, but distant Mr. Ravenscroft, who has his own agenda and suffers from his own set of different insecurities. When Lucy suddenly inherits a fortune, her mother is convinced that her daughter can do better in the marriage mart and wants Lucy to break her betrothal. Lucy is already halfway in love with Ravenscroft, but she does throw him over for her own reasons. She wants love in life and in her marriage; Ravenscroft seems clueless about love. Of course, this makes Ravenscroft see Lucy in a whole new light and makes it his priority to win over the wallflower. This lovely novella has the potential to make you an Eloisa James addict. This is not a bad thing! I've been addicted from her very first novel "Potent Pleasures' **Also noteworthy, is the fact that this novella introduces the female protagonist of Eloisa James' next novel in her "Fairy Tale" series: Olivia Lytton in "The Duke is Mine." (December 27th release)
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
This short book had such an interesting premise that I couldn't put it down.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. Loved it. Awesome read
Loupy More than 1 year ago
I won't give away the ending but for any gal that has found herself on the edge of the dance-floor or on the edge of the party just watching -This is a must read! For all the times you've drempt of standing up for not only yourself bur for what's right - this is a must read! In this delightful novella the couple not only learn that they are both worth a lot more than they thought, they also end up proving thier worth to each other and their families. All while falling in the oh so unfashionable state of true love. The only drawback to this novella is that it ends much to quickly! I highly recommend reading this and look forward to the sequel novel "The Duke is Mine." Barbara
Nikki1987 More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book. James is one of those authors that feels the need to repeat herself throughout the book. I get it... the main female character is tall and hates it... I get it... the main male character is very, very, very handsome (aren't they all?). I got it the first time you introduced them, no need to repeat it a solid 15 times more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this cute little book. It is all of 188 pages. Think Romantic Comedy in 1812, London. Thre are no surprises, but it will keep you company if you want some light reading!
pepper-ann More than 1 year ago
this was a short sweet, sexy tale that made you wish for more, send me a cyrus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read...romantic and lovely, with the perfect amount of fire! The writer developed the characters really well, especially the complete turnabout of Cyrrus. Really wonderful! Everyone who is into romance should read this!
Phyllis_L More than 1 year ago
Really liked this one and felt the characters were well-sketched and clear. They grew and changed, even over such a short period of time, as they got to know each other for real. The sex at the end felt a tad gratuitous, as if they really hadn't reached that level of intimacy yet. I would have liked to see them stand up to her family and his cousin the duke and meet his parents.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I liked that even though Lucy considered herself a wallflower, she had enough self-esteem to turn down the unenthusiastic proprosal of Ravenscrost (once she had the means), and open his eyes to see she was a prize worth winning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like pretty much everything this author writes. This is a quick, satisfying read. Think "Some Enchanted Evening",only he's not a stranger. Sigh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book got my attention. Now i have been reading all her books. Waiting on the release of "The Duke is Mine"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this so much. Could not put down.
bkluvr4evr on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Eloisa James, you remind me of the song "simply the best" loved this as usual. It was however my first Novella, and it was a wonderful Christmas gift from your publisher for free, thank you. I did then go online and purchase your other novellas as well, fantastic. Just the right length for reading in the car on my phone. xoxo Wishing you a fun filled 2012 of writing!
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I really enjoyed reading this novella, I loved Cyrus and Lucy very much. The only negative I have is that the ending was just too fast. There were a few questions that were not answered. It could have been done in a page or two. However, I still enjoyed it.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Book #2.5 in Eloisa James’ fun and flirty Fairy Tale series. I love the premise of this story. Tall, gangly, wallflower heiress, Lucy Towerton—tall as a tower—is relieved when Cyrus Ravensmore, a wealthy yet untitled young man, asks for her hand in marriage. She can finally stop looking for a man who is tall enough and man enough to not mind her height. However, there is a problem. Cyrus didn’t actually ask for her hand, he asked her parents. And he doesn’t act at all like a suitor; there is no touching, talking, or even kissing. "He wanted an engagement that everyone would immediately understand to be a  matter of property and propriety. The last thing he wanted was even the faintest rumor of love or passion…” Cyrus Ravensmore has a plan. After his mother, the daughter of a duke, married a mere solicitor in a scandalous love match, he has determined to restore the family honor and respect. In this way, he reminded me of Kate Westbrook from Cecilia Grant’s A Woman Entangled. “He hadn’t thought of her as a person at all. Miss Towerton was merely one of the objects on his list, the plan that had been forged years ago at Eton.” So when Lucy’s great aunt leaves her a fortune, her mother orders her to break the betrothal. But Lucy likes Cyrus, despite his faults. Since he doesn’t show any signs of becoming a doting suitor, however, she reluctantly heeds her mother’s advice and breaks it off. In a wonderful scene, Lucy laments to Cyrus all he has been lacking in her pursuit of her, worthy of Elizabeth Bennet’s set down to the shocked Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. "She wanted loyalty, respect. And genuine liking. She wanted him to look at her, and for her to see more in his eyes than lust.” Now, now, Cyrus realizes his grave mistake and sees Lucy for the very first time. And he’s determined to win her and show her that he cares. He’s so very serious but when Lucy tells him off, he realizes he has not been the gentleman he believed he was. Lucy opens his eyes to love, yes, but also to fun and life. He courts her properly and not so properly, much to her delight. "Partnership hadn’t been on his damn-fool list, but all of a sudden he knew he wanted it. Maybe more than all the things in his plan." I like the role reversal here as Lucy cuts Cyrus loose and then he must grovel for her love and affection. Go, wallflower, go! Olivia, Lucy’s best friend, is in a similar situation, one that many women of this time period found themselves in. They have no choice as to their marital partners, the one person who can make their life a misery or a joy. Marriage is a business transaction. “'It doesn't seem fair that neither of us is able to choose a spouse.'” Olivia is engaged to her tepid cousin, Rupert, but she is making the best of it because he isn’t mean to her and what more can a girl ask for? Olivia’s story follows in The Duke is Mine. Memorable moments: “‘That’s what I would like in a marriage: a daily opportunity to ogle a beautiful man.’”  “‘It would be a terrible thing to be in a marriage predicated on a man knowing that his wife hankers after him, while he condescendingly pats her head once in a while.” "The look in his eyes should be outlawed, she thought. Or at least bottled and sold to forlorn maidens.” "It was his innate decency. The way he accepted it when she told him he was a pompous ass. The way he apologized, with words and—much more convincingly—with a kiss." A very charming novella.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Marissa Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Lucy Towerton who, just as her name suggests, towers over most men of the ton, is a wallflower – a woman destined to sit on the sidelines and watch while other women dance. She is currently engaged, thanks to an arranged marriage, to Cyrus Ravensthorpe, a businessman and the son of a lawyer and a duchess. Lucy’s mother would rather her marry someone of the ton, someone without scandal (Cyrus’s father has no title and his parents ran off to Gretna Green to be married, ensuring their banishment from society). And when Lucy’s great-aunt leaves her a fortune, her mother decides that’s just what Lucy should do – marry someone of class and distinction. Too bad Lucy has other ideas… Cyrus has chosen Lucy as a bride because she is a wallflower. She is sensible, quiet, and the daughter of an earl. She will not cause a scandal, as his parents did. And as she has been overlooked for three years, her parents would easily agree to their marriage. What he fails to see is Lucy – the woman beneath the wallflower.  This is a wonderful story about seeing what’s on the outside and failing to see what is lying just below the surface, failing to look for what is below the surface and losing out because of it. There is one scene where, after an evening of dancing, Cyrus rubs Lucy’s feet. It is beginning to rain so he escorts her to the terrace to watch the rain drops, which he then compares to the color of her eyes, and the color of her hair to honey, moonlight and rain. During their conversation, she realizes he is on the terrace with her only because she danced with his cousin.           “You asked me to marry you, knowing little of me, and caring nothing. So when I sent you away earlier tonight, you did not protest, or try to change my mind. But now, after your cousin has made his interest clear—which I assumed was due to my fortune, but I now see the fact that you and I were once betrothed also played a part—you return, you rub my feet, you take me to see the rain, you wax eloquent about my hair.”            His mouth opened and she raised her hand, stopping whatever weak protest he was about to make. “I am a person, with feelings and emotions, not a game piece to move about a board in which you are playing against an entirely different opponent: your cousin, the Duke of Pole.”            He was scowling now, and he didn’t look so beautiful, rather to Lucy’s satisfaction. But he did look as if he was listening to her.            “Treat your next fiancée like a human being,” she told him, and turned to go. It appears that her fortune has allowed Lucy to finally find her voice – and she makes no apologies for the things she says. I think most men would huff and sputter and walk away with some mumbled phrase we wish we couldn’t understand. But Cyrus, our handsome hero, listens. And he takes to heart what she tells him. This is another one of James’ perfectly enchanting stories full of romance and heartbreak… and more romance. She captures her characters so fully that you feel as if you are there and can touch them, can see the tears in Lucy’s eyes as she tells Cyrus why she will never marry him, and the twinkle in Cyrus’ eyes when he recites Sappho to Lucy. Most of all, you can feel the heartbreak when they part and the rush of excitement when they are in each other’s arms. I loved the Desperate Duchesses series by Eloisa James and have been wanting to read the Happily Ever After… series, based on popular fairy tales. While this book is not actually a part of the Happily Ever After… series, it is connected. Lucy’s best friend, Olivia, is the heroine of The Duke is Mine, the third installment in the series. You don’t have to know the series to enjoy this novella – it stands perfectly well on its own. Favorite Quote:  He stopped, a look of agonized embarrassment on his face. “I sound like a pompous ass.”  Lucy laughed, genuinely amused. “Has it never occurred to you that you are a pompous ass?”
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It was shorter than I expected but I loved it. I will admit it does seem a little shallow that the heroine goes on about her height the hero's good looks but I enjoyed this read. I'll be checking out more from Eloisa James.
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