quinta-feira, 19 de setembro de 2013

Opiniao - Wallflowers 4 and 5

Ficha Técnica:
Autor: Lisa Kleypas
Title: Scandal in Spring and A Wallflower Christmas
Páginas: 384 and 290 (Ebook)
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061197147 and 9780060795443


Scandal in Spring
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.

A Wallflower Christmas
The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love. Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford. His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.

Scandal in Spring is basically the last book in the Wallflowers series, given that A Wallflower Christmas a sort of short story that shows us glimpses of the near future of all the characters we've come to know and presents us the eldest son of the Bowmans.

In Scandal in Spring we finally get to see Daisy, the last Wallflower, in love. I liked her romance with Swift. The fact that he had always loved her, and lived for the brief moments he would spent with her, and that she always hated him and the influence he had over her father, made everything more enjoyable. Swift try at all costs to push back Daisy for her own protection, and Daisy starts to know, bit by bit, what kind of man Swift really is, and falls in love with him. So their roles changed, in a certain way, and that brought something a little bit different to the story. It amused me the glimpses of the other couples I was able to see. I was only a bit disappointed with the big mystery surrounding Mr. Swift and the fast resolution that was presented to readers. I would prefer that Daisy, and us, would have suffered a little bit more until everything was all right.

As I said before, A Wallflower Christmas is sort of a short story. In it we have the chance to meet another Bowman, the older brother. The story revolves around Rafe and Hannah. It's a story with a different kind of magic, since it occurs during Christmas time. Along the book the author makes a lot of references to Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, which without a doubt bring us the Christmas's atmosphere. Another thing that I liked a lot was the opportunity of, yet again, getting to see littler moments of the formers Wallflowers. But this time was different, since the moments were more private than in the previous books, and we were able to see how the relationships between every couple have grown. The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that once more the author used a strategy used before, and in more than one book, that it's the fact that the main characters don't like each other. It's getting very boring.

To summarise, it's a nice series to pass time, but not something amazing.

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