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Scandal in Spring

(Wallflowers #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  41,029 ratings  ·  2,129 reviews
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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 ad
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Avon
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Standing by your man Stars

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Scandal in Spring was a touching and sweet read. I loved Daisy and Matthew. Matthew had a funny dry sense of humor that was very charming. Daisy was a romantic and a dreamer. They made a cute couple. I thought Matthew was so sweet the way he loved Daisy. I loved the bowls war they had. I laughed so hard. I have to say I really don't like Daisy and Lillian's parents. Just sayin' they are cold-hearted assholes. This book was a little slower for me then some of the o
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Recommended to Auntee by: Eastofoz
I loved this story! Maybe it was because I approached it with lower expectations, since everyone has said it's not as good as the first three Wallflower books, or maybe it was because LK is such a fabulous storyteller, and made me fall in love with the characters...but who cares--I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thinking back on the other Wallflowers stories, maybe Scandal In Spring doesn't quite have all the drama, or even the passion (although Daisy and Matthew were passionate enough for me) of the oth
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Book 4 in the Wallflower series finds Daisy Bowman, the only wallflower yet unwed, being faced with an ultimatum: Find a suitable husband by the end of May, or be forced to wed a man of her father’s choosing. Who is that man? Matthew Swift, Thomas Bowman’s protégé and the last person on the planet that Daisy would ever consider marrying.

Matthew Swift learns about the marriage ultimatum from Daisy herself. While he has secretly adored her for years, there are skeletons in his closet that would th
I'll just say I agree on everything the third time around. I cried and laughed just as much as the first two reads.


Updated review after second reread 3/27/13

Oh my freaking god - this book is so amazing! This was the second time around, and if anything I loved it more! I truly love the Wallflower series and this book is my favorite. If I could only read one romance novel ever again, then I would pick this one.

I loved the writing, the humor, the plot, well everything! If I could, I would have hig
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
This fourth and last instalment is, on par with the first Secrets of a Summer Night, the one that I found less engaging in the series.
A hero hiding his identity, pining after the heroine since she was fifteen, she who has never spared him a glance until they meet again in England years later where she suddenly "notices" him? Not the best scenario to lure me in as far as my favourite tropes go, and I knew this from the start, but I really wanted to read the complete series so, armed with the best
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

I've been going through a massive reading/reviewing slump lately. I think this book was a massive victim of that slump. I hoped a Wallflower book would pull me out of it, but alas it didn't. There's nothing wrong with this book, I just failed to connect to it. My fault and not the author's.

This book is about the youngest wallflower Daisy, whose father declares a match for her when she doesn't procure an English husband. Unfortunately, Daisy hates the American businessman her father ch
Lover of Romance
Daisy Bowman, the last of the wallflowers left to marry, has had three season and has yet to find a man to marry. So her father insists that she has two months to find a husband, or she will be marrying Matthew Swift. From what she remembers of Matthew Swift is a cold man so much like her father, who is driven and intelligent, but when she meets him again she is stung by how much he has changed over the years. No longer a "bag of cabbage" he is handsome, strong features and mesmerizing. So with ...more
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Audio: 4 STARS!
Story: 4 STARS!
"You're the only one I've ever wanted."
I've come to the end of the Wallflowers. 😥 I'm sad, but I loved being back with them in Scandal in Spring.

Though this wasn't my favorite installment of the series, I wasn't disappointed at all with Daisy's book. It was full of LK's signature humor and tender moments. And Lillian and Marcus played large roles in the story, which thrilled me.

What didn't thrill me, however, was Matthew; he was too 'cold' for too lon
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

'Father, wouldn't it be wonderful if hummingbirds had tea parties and we were small enough to be invited?'

A lovely romance between a whimsical dreamer and an ambitious, pragmatic businessman. A wonderful story, a hint of mystery, touches of humour and love scenes (mostly) devoid of purple prose. The best in the series.

Steam: 2.5-3
Irene Sim
To tell you the truth I started this book determined to dislike Matthew Swift. From the previous book I got the impression that the next hero would be Cam Rohan and I was rooting for him and Daisy. So when I read on the summary about Matthew Swift, an unknown American, I was disappointed. Also Daisy has been the less impressive wallflower of the four.
But the amazing Lisa Kleypas ended the series with a bang!!! Daisy's story became my favorite, even more the one of Lillian and Marcus with their
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series even though I am managing to read them all completely out of order. I have always been a fan of all things Regency, starting with my love for Georgette Heyer, and this author's books just fit the bill.
Lisa Kleypas has a talent for writing charming characters and witty dialogue. It is nice too the way she brings back the characters from previous books so we can see how their lives have progressed.
Altogether light, entertaining and very enjoyable!
Robin (Bridge Four)
Daisy is the most fanciful of all the Wallflowers. She is forever with her head stuck in a book and thinking random thoughts.
“When he had explained why investors who wanted low risk and moderate returns should put their capital into national debt shares, Daisy had interrupted him by asking, “Father, wouldn’t it be wonderful if hummingbirds had tea parties and we were small enough to be invited?”

Matthew on the other hand is dependable with two feet firmly on the ground and pockets full of so
Daisy deserved a husband who was honest and whole, not one who had built his life on lies.
But that didn’t stop Matthew from wanting her. He had always wanted Daisy, with an intensity that seemed to radiate from the pores of his skin.

♥ What an excellent book for the final wallflower!! ♥

She hated it that she felt so alive with him. She hated the way her senses drank in his presence like dry earth absorbing rain. She hated his handsome face and virile body, and the mouth that was more temp
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

"A versatile flower, the daisy," Matthew commented, breaking the silence.
"Lovely in its freshness and simplicity. I've always thought it went well in any kind of arrangement."

Another wonderful story by Lisa Kleypas. And a sweet ending to the Wallflower series. I was really happy that she included the other characters in the book. And Daisy finally got her happy-ever-after ending. I felt that this one was a little bit more predictable than the first three novels. But I loved t
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Daisy in the previous books. She is the last Wallflower in need of a husband. Mama, of course, wants an aristocrat. Daisy just wants someone to love her for what she is ... she is a little romantic, a bit scatterbrained, somewhat unpredictable, a dreamer, a reader, a true friend ...

“Most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meani
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

Books in Wallflowers series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 0.5: Again the Magic
Book 1: Secrets of a Summer Night
Book 2: It Happened One Autumn
Book 3: Devil in Winter
Book 4: Scandal in Spring
Book 4.5: A Wallflower Christmas

Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
This is my favorite book in the Wallflower Series. What a ride! I’m kind of crying right now, LOLOLOL! I can’t believe I read all 4 books in a week and now it’s over! It’s done. This series, as a whole, is an absolutely EPIC journey! It’s a 5 + star series that has the most incredible cast of characters. I love them so much and I’m so sad it’s over! Gah! I need to take a minute! LOL!
Duchess Nicole
I can safely say that I loved all of the Wallflowers, and I loved all of their men. But I do think I loved Matthew Swift most of all. He is such a down to earth person, not really caring about others opinions of him. He just does what he wants, and what he wants is usually wonderfully endearing. His interaction with Annabelle's baby made me melt. He and Daisy's "bloodthirsty lawn bowling" game made me laugh out loud. And his enduring love for Daisy was beautiful. There are so many lines in this ...more
Lady Heather
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance, luvvas of Lisa Kleypas
First read March 15-16 , 2010

Second read March 24, 2013.. yup read it in a day... that good!!

This is the fourth book, and perhaps my favorite in the Wallflower series. In the previous three books we are introduced to Daisy Bowman. The daughter of an American industrialist and entrepreneur. Thomas Bowman has brought his two daughters to England with the sole purpose of them marrying a Peer. His motives for this is so that his business connections will be better when he expands his Soap Empire t
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I'm slowly working my way through the Wallflowers series, and I have to say, this is Lisa Kleypas at her most charming. Nothing can surpass my love for The Gamblers duology, of course, but Wallflowers comes pretty darn close. It's about three sisters, and their friend, all of whom are considered wallflowers and bluestockings, and completely undesirable as wives...

Daisy Bowman is the last Wallflower, and really feeling that "forever alone
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love Matthew and Daisy!

This series is one of my favorites. I re-read all the books from time to time and enjoy them so much each time. Highly recommend it if you like Historical Romance.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Annabelle Payton, Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Evangeline Jenner and Miss Daisy Bowman used to be regular sights at the peripheral of a ballroom. This was before they formed an unlikely friendship each vowing to help the others out to find a husband by means fair and foul. Daisy Bowman is the last of the wallflowers to be wed and now her father has issued her with the ultimatum of finding a husband in the next few months...or he will pick someone for her.

This is the last full length book i
Sammy Loves Books
Sweet Daisy gets her HEA

I have totally loved the Wallflowers series!

These lovable (except for Lilian) wallflowers banded together to find husbands and unexpectedly they found love!
Radd Reader
Reread. I loved this even more the 2nd time around.

“To friendship," Lillian said, her voice suddenly husky.
And their four glasses clicked in one perfect moment.”

A perfect end to a fabulous series.

Book 4: London 1844

Daisy, 22:
An American whose father has made his fortune manufacturing soap. Her mother brought her and her sister (Lillian) to England to marry peers. Lillian has already found her true love (Book 2) and Daisy is the last of the Wallflowers who has yet to marry. She l
Princess under cover
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've upgraded this book to 4.5 stars from the 4 I gave originally, round to 5. Main reasons being:

Really like the heroine, Daisy. I like any h who knows what she wants and goes after it. Despite her initial prejudices towards Matthew, she gets over it relatively soon and then she sticks to her guns and is truly devoted and loyal. She uses everything she's got to get what she wants (what they both want), making her a "modern" heroine vs. the ones from Jane Austen who are prob more time period app
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a popular belief in Victorian society that women, with their mercurial natures and lesser brains, could not have the same quality of friendship that men did. Only men could be loyal to each other, and only men could have truly honest and high-minded relationships.

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this has got to be one of the coolest gif's I've found. WTF is going on here?

So, the Victorian asshats didn't think much of women, huh? Well, I say to them:

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The last of the Wallflowers finds her true love in this book.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What a breath of fresh air Daisy was in this one. I have enjoyed her character throughout the series but she really shined in this one. Maybe it was because it is HER story! LOL I loved her bubbly personality and all her imperfections as she would say.

Daisy feared she wouldn’t find a husband like the other Wallflowers had. She wasn’t sure there was a man out there that understood her and could love her for who she was. Boy oh boy was she surprised when upon seeing a man from her past caused the
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
4-4.5!!! I’m actually so sad I’m finally done with the Wallflowers series. I want moooreeee 😭 But I loved Daisy and Matthew so, so much. They were adorable, wholesome, and so freaking sweet! And that epilogue for the Wallflowers? JUST PERFECT.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially historical romance fans
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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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