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Book Title: Winning the Wallflower A Novella|
The author of the book: Eloisa James
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: December 6th 2011
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This was a wonderful little story about a girl who feels tall and awkward, so when the most handsome man in Society asked her to marry him-even though she knew it was because she couldn't say no (she thinks she has no prospects), and she knew he needed her title (his mother caused a scandal when she was younger by marrying beneath her station)- Lucy says yes.
Cyrus has a Plan, that's Plan with a capital "P." Nothing on his list involves any form of emotion, after all his mother caused quite the scandal when she married his father, a "mere" solicitor, for love. Cyrus plans to gain back his mother's status, and marrying a wallflower who has a title is his goal.
But the wrench thrown in the Plan? Lucy becomes an heiress, and with all that money and her title? Lucy is suddenly very eligible. Her mother pushes her to break of her engagement and look for someone "better." But Lucy finds she really wants to marry Cyrus, so her plan is to kiss him in front of witnesses to compromise herself.
When Lucy sees Cyrus, they find a room to talk in private-he (and the whole ballroom) think Lucy is about to call off the engagement. Lucy didn't expect to do just that. But she does, and very passionately. Which surprises Cyrus, because Lucy was supposed to be calm and steady. This passionate side of her is...entrancing. And, she's...leaving him? Cyrus wants her back immediately, and not at all for his Plan.
Will Cyrus win her back?
A delightful, passionate story. Absolutely worth the read, and since it's free right now-grab it! (til Dec. 26, 2011)
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Read information about the authorNew York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.
Eloisa...on her double life:
When I'm not writing novels, I'm a Shakespeare professor. It's rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I'll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It's like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.
When I rip off my power suit, whether it's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.
So I'm a writer, a professor, a mother - and a wife. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy. It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in Italian.
One more thing...I'm a friend. I have girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors. And I have girlfriends who are romance readers. In fact, we have something of a community going on my website. Please stop by and join the conversation on my readers' pages.
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