Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
I love you, GIS. How I wish I could have been reading the paper version of this book on the train.
Okay, first of all, we all know that romance titles are basically afterthoughts and they’re all basically the same and usually I just let it go, but I want to take a second and bitch. This book takes place in spring, to be sure, but there is not even a whiff of scandal. In fact, Daisy, the youngest Wallflower, who we may remember from such romance novels as the rest of the Wallflower series, ends up marrying the very man her father picked out for her. THAT’S NOT A SCANDAL. I mean, I guess any out-of-wedlock sexxing counts as a scandal, but ugh. Can you just PRETEND to even care a tiny bit, romance editors?
Oh yeah, spoiler alert. Or whatever. Did you really think this was going to have a surprise twist ending?
Daisy is the youngest Wallflower, like I said above, and she’s the dreamiest and she spends most of her life buried in a trashy book. A girl after our own heart, right? Much like her sister Lillian, she’s funny, sly, and smart. Like the rest of the Wallflowers, she’s very pleasant company and a terrific heroine. Matthew Swift, her intended, is very broody and smart and has a tragic past and whatever he’s kind of boring, okay? I mean, not compared to a lot of romance novel dudes, but when compared to the Earl of Westcliff (I STILL remember that sex scene) or, be still my heart, St. Vincent, he doesn’t quite measure up.
That said, this is a tremendously fun read, and after a break from Lisa Kleypas and a bit of reflection, I find that I really, REALLY enjoyed this whole series and her accurate and respectful take on female friendships. She never resorted to cliche and each of the Wallflowers felt like a fully-developed character to me. She was able to keep the characters interacting with each other in a way that did not feel like a Token Series Mention.
If you like historical romance, you really need to read the Wallflower series. That’s all.