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The Bluestocking

(Wicked Wallflowers #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,114 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Two damaged hearts learn there’s a fine line between love and hate in a Wicked Wallflowers novel from USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell.

Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated—especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, S
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Tanya Sridhar
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-read : Starting of 2020 with a book I've loved in the past, not sure why I picked this but I was feeling it for some reason. Still love it!

4.5/5 stars. Probably one of my favorite books by CC.

He kissed her as though he sought to memorize the feel and taste of her. As if she were the only woman in the world. And she, Gertrude Killoran, long invisible to all, felt what it was to be wanted and hungered for . . . and so very much alive because of it.

The Bluestocking is the third book in th
Barbara Rogers
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: Wicked Wallflowers #4
Publication Date: 5/7/19
Number of Pages: 352

Finally, the Mad Marquess gets his HEA and I’m absolutely thrilled with Gertrude and Stephen as well. They all had their own growth to manage and issues with which they had to come to terms. I usually have to read this author’s work in increments because it is so intensely emotional and gripping. I love that this one wasn’t that way – I read it straight through. Yes, it was every bit as emotional as the other books, but it
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
Gertrude Killoran and Lord Edwin are thrust upon each other when Edwin exercises his right as father and takes back his kidnapped son, Stephan. Unknown until recently, the Killorans thought they were rescuing Stephan from the streets of London, Stephan was kidnapped by Mac Diggory, Gertrude’s villainous father (now dead, thank goodness!). The death of his wife and disappearance of his son has taken their toll on Lord Edwin, now nicknamed The Mad Marquess. Stephan is like a little brother to the ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This fourth instalment of Christi Caldwell's Wicked Wallflower series was the best one yet. This is a fun historical romance series that has a perfect blend of drama and romance. It also has an engaging story and characters that are super easy to like and root for and I've not always found that easy to find in my romance reads. This series is not super high on realism but I do feel like that is not a weakness as it means the characters, and the story, get to be both complicated and likeable even ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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4.5 hearts

The best thing about Historical Romance novels is you can usually jump into any book in a series with absolutely no trouble.  That is completely true of The Bluestocking, the fourth book in the Wicked Wallflowers series.

This was a fun sort of enemies to lover’s tale. Lord Edwin lot his wife and unborn child to a fire y

Title: The Bluestocking
Series: Wicked Wallflowers #4
Author: Christi Caldwell
Release date: , 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: historical romance

Gertrude is the last sister in the Killoran family to get her book. Although she has always been the most unobtrusive one, the one everyone always seemed to feel was the weakest link in the family, I was eager to read her story. She is a true wallflower in every sense of the word, and she could easily have been the crowning glory in the series. I can be a picky
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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THE BLUESTOCKING (Wicked Wallflowers Book 4) by Christi Caldwell is the historical romance I have been waiting for in this series. The Mad Marquess is about to meet his match in more ways than one and it comes from an unlikely source. This romance is a part of the Wallflowers series and the romance plot can standalone, but there is a background storyline in all of the books that I feel makes these books even more enjoyable if they
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I confess I had the previous book in this series but it was lost on its release day because too many books popped up in my kindle at the same time.
But as I was lucky to have been able to receive an ARC for this one book even if I preordered it, i can’t pass it now.
So here it is my first meeting with the Killorans and the Mad Marquess. So everything was new to me.
It was a slow burning story, and while it could have been an angsty and filled with bitterness tale, it was in fact a recital of redemp
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever finish a book and wonder why you allow the author to put you through the emotional turmoil they do? Why you willingly read a story knowing it may rip your heart out and leave you agonizing whether the hero and heroine will have their HEA? For me it’s because it’s Christi Caldwell. I enter every book knowing she’ll quickly get her emotional hooks in me with a story that is impossible to forget, leaving me in heart-wrenching, happy ending tears. That’s why I read her. She rips my hear ...more
When the daughter of your worse enemy loves your son...

It is hard to hate someone that loves your son and faces all kinds of offenses to protect him. It gets even harder when this someone is also so full of lightness and good sense. Edwin has all the reasons in the world to want Gertrude out of his house and away from his eleven years old son, or at least he thought he did, but she got under his skin and into his soul and he doesn’t know how he will ever let her go. Great read!
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
While just as beautifully written as all the previous books in this series, "The Bluestocking" has a bit slower and a much more sad feeling to it. The heartbreak that Edwin has felt for so long, all the guilt and blame and horrific prejudices that society lays on Gertrude and her family combine in this installment. It is not a light and happy story to read.

Still, Ms. Caldwell works her magic and through all the sad, a beautiful relationship grows - two, actually. Because, as Edwin's heart is sl
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Bluestocking by Christi Caldwell is book 4 in the Wicked Wallflowers Series. This is the story of Gertrude Killoran and Edwin Warwick, Marquess of Maddock. I have read the previous books (and Loved them!!) which I think helped with my enjoyment of this book and series since there is a underlining story going on but with that said I do feel you can easily make this a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Edwin's wife, son and unborn child died in a fire that left him mad and of course very up
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it

Gertrude Killoran (the daughter of a notorious villain – Mac Diggory and Lord Edwin (aka the Mad Marquess) are forced together when Edwin exercises his right as a father and takes back his kidnapped son no known as Stephan (a son he thought dead for years).Edwin despises the Killoran’s blaming them for the sins of their father and the childhood Stephan endured, he also distrusts them due to their criminal/shady lives. Thus, he wants his son, and forbids any of the Killoran’s from stayi
Lori Quick
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am just in awe of Ms. Caldwell's storytelling. She has a beautiful way of bringing the characters alive and pulls you in. There is so much brokenness in this story, it broke my heart to read at times. I knew Edwin and Gertrude would get a HEA and loved every bit of the journey. ...more
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
Finally, a winner in this series! If you've read my review of The Vixen, then you know that I anticipated this very set up for Gertrude's story. So it should come as no surprise that I LOVE this premise so much. I should point out that this book cannot be read as a standalone at all. The Bluestocking's premise relies heavily on the previous two books. If you begin reading The Bluestocking without having read the last two books, you'll only get confused by the plethora of characters and the compl ...more
Lori Meehan
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is one of the best historical romances that I’ve read in a long while. It has everything that I look for in a book, suspense, laughter, tears and of course a beautiful romance.

Gertrude Killoran was born into a life of crime. Her father Diggory was the king of street crimes in London. He was a mean spirited evil man who could careless that Gertrude was his daughter, her only use was as a thief. When she lost her sight in one eye she was of no use to him any longer. When she formed a small
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated, especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, is due to return to live with his true father Edwin Warwick, the Marquis of Maddock, and she’ll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquis. Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Edwin ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gertrude really comes into her own in this book. In previous books she has always given way to her siblings. The trials that Edwin has suffered are further explained. I loved the way Gertrude was not afraid to stand up to Edwin, something he wasn’t used to. I enjoyed the way they got to know each other. Stephen had to adjust to the changes in his young life and his journey was excellently portrayed by the author. There are still dangers for them and much reconciliation to achieve. This was a mos ...more
Dee Deacon Foster
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell never fails to amaze me and she really upped the ante in this story. An extraordinary story that not only involves two damaged souls but includes a third – a child. As always, Ms. Caldwell’s characters have flaws and an unexceptional strength to their characters. From the heart wrenching first sentence to the happily ever after last sentence this book will keep you engaged. Just be sure and have the hankies handy!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Christi Caldwell at her best.

At last we have Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister and Stephen, the youngest “brother” complete their character arcs. Laughter and tears for a wonderful redemption story. Plus who doesn’t love a few cat characters in the mix
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect! I loved this book! Having read the rest of the series I was highly anticipating this one. This was my favorite in the series. Gertrude was an excellent heroine and I loved watching her come into her own. I liked seeing Stephen become a little boy and connect with his father. Edwin was an excellent hero. He loved Stephen so absolutely. He was also celibate which is my favorite kind of hero. I really enjoyed this book.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gertrude 💖Edwin

Another brilliantly written story by this author. She has been tempting readers with the mad Marquess and the mystery surrounding his bitterness, anger and drive for revenge. A captivating tale that raises many unanswered questions about the Killoran family, especially Stephen, the son they are accused of stealing from Lord Edwin Maddock. Loved Edwin, but the real star is an intelligent, smart, and caring bluestocking, a member of the Killoran family, who is so underestimated and
Joann Maggio
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bluestocking ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️by Christi Caldwell

This is story is a love triangle, but not the usual kind we hear. It is a love between sister and brother and father and son.

Gertrude was the eldest Killoran sister, she had been blinded in one eye by her father. Her family often under estimated her abilities and she was charged with taking care of her siblings. When Stephen was brought to their so called home, he was only five and cried for his family. Gertrude became his mother and he grew to accep
Juliana Philippa
4.5 stars
He kissed her as though he sought to memorize the feel and taste of her. As if she were the only woman in the world. And she, Gertrude Killoran, long invisible to all, felt what it was to be wanted and hungered for . . . and so very much alive because of it.
Christ Caldwell continues to delight me with her historical romances! She's an extremely prolific author, even for the genre, and yet it took me a longtime to finally read some of her books. For some reason, her earlier works, ev
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
These two learn that love and hate are two sides of the same coin.

Overlooked and under-appreciated even by her own siblings, Gertrude Killoran is seen as weak for her partial blindness and her motherly tendencies and willingness to show compassion. Her adopted brother of the streets, Stephen, has been found and reclaimed by his true father, a man known as the Mad Marquess, who has been threatening Gertrude's brother, Broderick, for his inadvertent role in Stephen's initial kidnapping.

Lord Edwin,
May 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this was a DNF for me at 29%. I really wanted to like it but I could tell it was a part of a series and I had missed out on a lot to put the storyline of this book into context.
The hero thought his son dead for 7 years but now finally has him back. However, his son comes with a lot of baggage including the crime family he was raised with. Upon returning to his father’s care his adopted sister decides to come with him to smooth his transition against all warnings from everyone.
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this one out when I saw it on the this month's newsletter. I haven't liked many Christi Caldwell books but this one was the perfect one to pick!

I didn't know anything about the other characters, but it wasn't that hard to keep up. I'm a fan of slowburns, and while this one wasn't technically one, it had some tropes I really liked. Making each other better, enemies to lovers and faling in love after watching him/her being great with kids (don't know if that is a thing, but I love it xD)

Pj Ausdenmore
I read a lot of books. Some don't work for me. Others, I like. Some, I love. Then there are those few that are special, that check my boxes, engage my mind, capture my heart. Those stories that pull me from my world into the world of the author's creation, fully immersing me in the hearts and minds of the characters - characters I come to know and love and wish I could meet in person. Characters who linger in my mind long after I turn the last page. Characters who, even as I read their final wor ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I was going to like this story (and I don't know why). I loved it. This story was touching, so incredibly endearing. It was enjoyable to read. 5☆ ...more
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