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It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  30,859 Ratings  ·  1,354 Reviews
It happened at the ball. Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren't entirely 'the thing.' And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London's most eligible aristocrat.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Piatkus Books (first published 2005)
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Sep 10, 2010 Auntee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every fan of historicals
Recommended to Auntee by: Eastofoz
Why are the best books the hardest to review? I'm not sure I can come up with enough superlatives for this one, the second book in Lisa Kleypas's magical Wallflowers series. I think she hit the ball out of the park with this humorous, emotional, romantic read!

I had my doubts coming into this, after reading Secrets of a Summer Night. In that book Marcus, Lord Westcliff (most eligible bachelor in England), was such an uptight, humorless stick-in-the-mud--how was I going to fall for him in his own
Sep 16, 2010 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historcal Romance, Lisa Kleypas, or the Wallflowers
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"4.5 stars" It Happened One Autumn was another great book in the Wallflowers series. As with the first book of the series though, it got off to a somewhat slow start for me. The first half or so of the book is primarily character driven relying heavily on internal conflicts. I'm not really a big fan of love/hate relationships or of the hero and heroine holding each other at arms length for an extended period of time. It seemed like the early part of the book was pretty mu
Beth F.
"I can't get it out," she said.

"Just pull at it."

"It hurts. It's throbbing."

"Pull harder."

"I can't! It's truly stuck. I need something to make it slippery. Do you have some sort of lubricant nearby?"


"Not anything?"

"Much as it may surprise you, we've never needed lubricant in the library before now."

And that, yes that, is why I continue to read books like this.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This was a great second entry into the Wallflower series. I really enjoyed this story and I firmly believe that Lillian and Westcliff are soulmates. They are both strong, vital people who are not afraid to say what they think and do what they want to do. Westcliff is a very arrogant man and very opinionated. He came off as being a little bit snobby in some ways. Not in the sense that he was too good to associate with self-made men of working class origins. He was very forward-thinking in that ma ...more
Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LK fans & historical romance readers
Shelves: favorites, i-read-own-faves-keepers, historical-romance, made-me-cry, author-lisa-kleypas, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-alpha‎, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-series, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, hero-i-wanna-marry, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, 2010-reads, historical-romance-victorian, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, series-wallflowers, heroine-odd-spinster-wallflower, heroine-curvy-plump-not-stick-thin, heroine-tomboy-lady-in-pants, aar-top-100-romances, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, sweet-romance-left-smile-on-my-face, hero-darcy-paragon-haughty-staid, heroine-bluestocking-unconventional, favorite-hottest-love-scenes-nookie, best-fave-reads-of-2010, 5-stars-plus, hh-across-the-tracks, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, heroine-heiress-socialite, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, controversial-memorable-event-scene, heroine-commoner-lower-class, hero-titled-wealthy-lord, heroine-desperately-seeking-husband, hero-nice-guy-gets-the-girl, heroine-miss-independent, a-all-time-favorite-heroine, a-all-time-favorite-hero, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, best-friendships, heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky, heroine-hoyden, hero-starchy-loosen-up-buttons-babe, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, a-all-time-best-favorites-treasures, a-will-stay-with-me-forever-gem, hh-banter-bicker-sparring-foreplay, a-all-time-best-top-10-20-fave-dik
5++ stars – Historical Romance

WOW! I loooved this second installment in Kleypas’s extraordinary Wallflowers series about four very different young ladies in Victorian era England society whose deep bond of friendship sustains them through the trials and tribulations of life, family, relationships, and love.

Wealthy American heiress Lillian Bowman is fiercely independent, strong-willed, feisty, daring, obstinate, brash, honest, outspoken, free-spirited, opinionated...pretty much everything lackin
Continuing with lighter theme Wallflowers series, LK focuses on Lillian Bowman, the funny, smart and very stubborn American heiress on her journey to find herself a husband and Marcus, Lord Westcliff straightlaced, no nonsense earl. Both hit it off like gasoline and fire in Secrets of a Summer Night and continue their banter and arguing in It Happened One Autumn.

Lillian finds it a chore to find herself a husband and feels stuck between a rock and hard place as she and her sister try to fit in
Summer Ann
I have no time to write in-depth reviews as I am swimming in homework. I will say that this second installment involving Lillian and Marcus was fantastic. To me there wasn't as much humor here as there was in the first book but Lillian and Daisy's quips still got me to laugh a few times. My only complaint is that it seemed like Marcus became infatuated with Lillian rather quickly. You had the notion that he felt some kind of attraction to her from events in the previous book but I though the lus ...more
Jul 20, 2010 valee rated it it was amazing
I am glad to say that this book is another 5 stars from Kleypas' Wallflower series; and another book into my faves shelf.

I loved this book. It was amazing from the begining to the end. I must say that while in the first book I got infratuated with the story, in this one I did with the characters, Lillian and Marcus were perfect for each other. I really liked Lillian, I guess I must really like it when the woman is strong and doesn't back down because that was what I apreciated more from her pers
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Wow! Another fun installment of The Wallflowers series.

I love the way Lisa Kleypas developes her characters. Subtly, without pages and pages of narrative descriptives. We learn about them by seeing them in action, or through the eyes of others.

It was such a joy to watch Marcus, Lord Westcliff, put aside the bitterness of his childhood, the will of his mother and the demands of his title and just allow himself to experience the emotions which, despite his best efforts, were awakened by Lillian Bo
Lady Heather
Mar 30, 2013 Lady Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance, luvvas of Lisa Kleypas

First read March 10-12, 2010

Second read March 22-23, 2013

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Lilly & Marcus together.
I loved their immediate dislike of one other when they first met, and then their raging passion once they realized what it was they were really feeling.

Their characters are so alike. They're both strong-willed, confident, stubborn, intelligent, and extremely protective of the people they love. Once they spent some time together, it didm't take long for them to realize that there was an att
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Annabelle Payton, Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Evangeline Jenner and Miss Daisy Bowman are regular sights at the peripheral of a ballroom. Each young lady has their own difficulties making them untenable prospects to the bachelors of the ton. However, they strike up an unlikely friendship each vowing to help the others out to find a husband by means fair and foul. After Annabelle’s successful marriage to Mr Hunt, it is now the turn of the dollar princess, Miss Lillian Bowman, she is both irre
The more you hate, the more you love.(Well, that absolutely didn't happen in my case, because I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book)

Lilian Bowman hates the the arrogant clod pole which is Marcus Marsden, or Lord Westcliff. We could also be assured that Westcliff feels the same way. So they definitely have a mutual understanding.

But mutual understanding is better than nothing right?

If you've read Again The Magic before this one, you would see that Westcliff isn't actually a complete pig but
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) I know I gush over Rosalyn Landor every time I listen and review one of her narrations. If you haven’t heard her read before, Lisa Klaypas’ enchanting Wallflowers books are the series with which to start. Ms. Landor transforms her voice to fit the characters, doing a wonderful American accent for Lillian Bowman; managing to sound brash and “freethinking” – but innocent when the time is right. Then there is her evil, snide inflection for Countess Westcliff! A ...more
Updated review 27/3/16 after third read!


This is one of the funniest historical romances I have read and I laughed out loud so many times. The Wallflower series is one of the most wonderful historical romance series out there! But I really recommend that you read this series in order. The first time, I read Devil in Winter before this one, and that was clearly a mistake since I knew pretty much the whole twist.

Lillian is a wonderful strong, brazen, independent, American heroine and I really like
Nov 05, 2012 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, pt
Depois de um início grácil com o primeiro livro: “Desejo Subtil”, seguimos caminho até outra Wallflower, desta vez Lillian Bowman que irá encontrar o amor em Marcus Westcliff, um homem que não suporta nem um pouco.

Sabendo de antemão que o casal não simpatizava um com o outro, suspeitei logo que a leitura fosse divertida e de facto, gostei muito mais de “Sedução Intensa” do que de “Desejo Subtil”, simplesmente porque eu adoro um bom romance com choque de personalidades!

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*re-read September 30th 2013

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OMG! I loved this book so much. This was me literally at the end of the book.

Fell in love with both Marcus and Lillian's character.

Marcus Lord Westcliffe, raised under very strict ways. He grew up to be strong willed, very proper, always under control and raised with the idea of having to marry another young proper English lady part of the English peerage. But under all that façade of a brooding prim and proper lord, there is a romantic and passionate man with some "rakish ways" haha, also a c
Nov 29, 2014 Anna marked it as books-lost-in-book-2-plus-vortex  ·  review of another edition
Why did I skip this book ? Friends/OCD book fairies please don't let me do this again. I have too many books of book#2 of series that are lost in my vortex. I'm challenging myself to finish series that I've started !!!!!
Amy (Foxy)
Jul 31, 2015 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy (Foxy) by: Kristin (KC)

In London (1843) a pact is made between 4 wallflowers. They will help each other find husbands starting with the oldest and working down to the youngest.

(1) Annabelle is the oldest of the pact. Married - first book.
(2) Lillian is a rich American who has not acclimated to England.
(3) Evie is painfully shy and stutters.
(4) Daisy is the younger sister to Lillian.

IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN is another GREAT installment in this series of wallflowers. Lil
Carol Storm
Sep 04, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking back, I think this was my favorite book of the WALLFLOWERS series. I loved the fact that Lillian Bowman was such an articulate, cynical and self-confident young female, by far the most rebellious and outspoken of the four Wallflowers. I kept picturing her as a young Katherine Hepburn, around the time of BRINGING UP BABY!

At the same time, I loved how Marcus, Lord Westcliff (who'd been bouncing around Lisa Kleypas novels at least since LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER) was so ideally suited to deal wit
helen the bookowl
Another book in this historical romance series that keeps you entertained and makes you laugh. Lillian was an even more interesting character than Annabelle (from the first book) because she is determined and stubborn and will let nothing get in her way.
I loved being back in 19th century England with its grand dinner parties and beautiful dresses. This is exactly what keeps me so attracted to this series; that it contains an easily accessible love story that takes place in one of my favourite t
Dec 15, 2015 Daniella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 4 stars.

I've never been a chronological reader; I just pick up whatever book that catches my fancy. When I read It Happened One Autumn for the first time, I had no idea what I was getting into—I started the series with it. The description had simply intrigued me, since I've always been a fan of the "stoic-hero-cracks-under-the-heroine's-spell" trope, a la Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.

But this time around, after re-reading the series, I find myself having a totally deeper appreciation o
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Nuestra reseña en A la cama con... un libro
Lo mismo hay media estrellita de más pero me lo he pasado tan bien leyendo... Lo demás ya lo contaré en la reseña XDD
(Pero Lisa Kleypas, ahora mismo te mataría, que lo sepas)
This series came to me at just the right time in my life, *sucky*, and has me smiling while I read.

Thank you, Nicole!

I think I liked this one slightly more than the first - if that's possible. And, it wasn't just because of the hero/heroine, it was the side characters. St. Vincent is sex-on-a-stick awesomeness wrapped in a dangerously beautiful burrito wrapper. One please!

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I also loved seeing the married relationship between Simon and Annabelle. His devotion to her is adorable.

In this story, w
Robin (Bridge Four)
The Quick Rundown is it is the Wallflowers turn to help Lillian find a husband and what better place to start looking than at Westcliff’s estate. They have been invited to the country estate because Westcliff is doing business with Lillian’s father. It seems that even though Westcliff is bound and determined to do his duty and find a nice English girl to settle down with someday he can’t get the often crass and willful American out of his head. Every time he gets close to her his senses disappea ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I did really like this one but definitely not as much as the first one in this series... it was still good though and I'm moving on to book 3!
Four young ladies enter London society with one necessary goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So they band together, and a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

This book is another great addition to the highly entertaining wish-fulfilment romance that is the Wallflower series. What this series does so well is the female bonding/friendships. The wallflowers recognise a basic fact, that being a woman comes with certain disadvantages and loss of privileges men nev
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Wallflowers (6 books)
  • Again the Magic (Wallflowers, #0.5)
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“There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your sound sweeter than your pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you’re my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest can you have reached so far inside my heart?” 611 likes
“The next time you face a room full of strangers . . . you might tell yourself that some of them are just friends waiting to be found.” 279 likes
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