February 10, 2012

Destiny in Her Hands • Winning the Wallflower

Winning the Wallflower book cover
Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tales #2.5
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Source/Format: Bought || Kindle e-book

Lady Lucy Towerton:
Plain and tall. (According to the lady herself.)
Titled and irreproachably proper. (According to her fiance.)

Until, overnight, she becomes...
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Heiress. (Thanks to an aged aunt’s bequest.)
Belle of the ball. (So say the fortune hunters of the ton.)

In charge of her own destiny (finally!), Lucy breaks her engagement and makes up her mind never to be proper again…

In the midst of my paranormal and contemporary reads, I always find it refreshing to return to one of my favorite genres: historical romance. This was my first read from Eloisa James, and I enjoyed this brief respite from my reading pile.

I really liked Lucy for her practical, intelligent, but slightly dreamy nature. She seemed real and relatable, and reminiscent of my favorite historical romance heroines. Cyrus, on the other hand, - I loved when he lost control of his Plan and ended up realizing what he could nearly have missed out on.

This was a quick read, as how I didn’t realize it was a novella until I reached the end. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my quick foray into the world shared by Cyrus and Lucy and I would have loved to hear even more about it. I’ll definitely be checking out more of Eloisa James’ work.


  1. I enjoyed this quick read too. It was my first book on my Kindle Fire!

  2. Oh, I need to read this. Eloisa James is absolutely fantastic! She's one of my top three favorite historical romance authors (along with Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn). I am usually not one for either broken marriage plots or fairy tale retellings. She does both of these things, and she does them fabulously. Her books are so intelligent and sharp, but she does extremely well with the emotional side of things as well. And she's a Shakespeare professor in real life, which makes her doubly awesome. This post has reminded me that I am dying to read The Duke Is Mine, which is her recent release. I must go see if my library has it yet...

  3. It sounds really good! I haven't read anything by Eloisa James before, I'm definitely checking this one out! :)

  4. I'm hoping to read this soon as I've really enjoyed her two recent Fairytale retellings releases. Just off to put it on my Kindle now :)

  5. This sounds kind of cute! I love historical romance as well, and it's always fun to sneak one in every once in a while. :)

  6. Oh my goodness - you've got me seriously excited to read more of her novels! I've never read a book of hers prior to this novella, but now I'm sufficiently intrigued.


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