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It Happened One Autumn

(Wallflowers #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  58,373 ratings  ·  3,454 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.

It happened in the garden.

When Marcus shockingly—and dangerously—swept her into his arms
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Avon
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Nettieforce1 The vocabulary is great, like all else in this book. It's the best of the Wallflower series, and I reread this constantly.…moreThe vocabulary is great, like all else in this book. It's the best of the Wallflower series, and I reread this constantly.(less)
Ezri You can buy the new version in paperback and ebook formats on the publishers (Harper Collins) website. The ISBN-13 are 9780063204829 and 9780063204836…moreYou can buy the new version in paperback and ebook formats on the publishers (Harper Collins) website. The ISBN-13 are 9780063204829 and 9780063204836 respectively. You might also be able to get the new version elsewhere, just make sure the publication date is 2021, not earlier.

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! It Happened One Autumn (stand-alone). Marcus Marsden, Lord Westcliff meets his match in the feisty American heiress, Lillian Bowman!

“It has all the makings of a farce. One can scarcely conceive of a more ill-suited pair.”

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 Chri
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Hate/Love Stars


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It Happened One Autumn was a good read but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I was really looking forward to Lillian's book. I loved her brash, foul mouthed, outspoken american ways. I couldn't wait for her to bring Westcliff to his knees. So I was a little disappointed that for half the book Westcliff fought his attraction to Lillian. I also didn't like that Lord St. Vincent was trying to court her or that they kissed. I wanted Westcliff to g
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
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
I originally wanted to write a long review explaining why this series took a problematic turn and well, this book in general. But I still can't comprehend Kleypas's choice. So here's my somewhat of a review of the book before the very last scene and then I'll tell you why readers are outrageous, at least, those who take their books seriously.

There will be spoilers for the kissing and the like scenes. And the ending but unrelated to the MCs.

This book was actually fun. Sure, it wasn't great. It w
Nov 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another hit from Lisa Kleypas! This book was so fun and I just love American heroines who do not adhere to the British society standards. I really enjoyed Lillian's character and there were so many scenes I loved, but I think the baseball scene was my favorite. She's not afraid to run around with servants or ride astride and she was just so fun! Then, we have the hate to love relationship between her and Marcus and it was SO GOOOOOD! I do wish that I had waited to read Devil in Winter after this ...more
There are guilty pleasures, and there are Guilty Pleasures.
It Happened One Autumn is a Guilty Pleasure.

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.

It Happened One Autumn follows the second Wallflower, the bold and shockingly opinionated Lillian Bowman, whose crude manners, American origins and nouveau riche status complicate her attempts to find a
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“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.”

The Wallflowers are so good!!! I think this book is my favorite in the series so far (yes, I have read Devil in Winter already). I liked the chemistry between the main characters in this one the most so far, that hate to love you tension. This book is the story of Lillian and Westcliff, a brash and outspoken American and a formal, follow the rules
Dec 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*0 stars*

Warning: Offensive language

The heroine was drunk while the hero decided he HAD to have her. Let that sink in. He took her virginity while she was sloshed out of her mind.

Fuck, Marcus, that piece of inbred shit and fuck this book to hell and back. DNF@ 78%
This was adorable in every single way. The story was perfectly balanced. I have no complaints.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3.5 stars

An enemies to lovers story between a foul mouthed outspoken heroine and a grumpy arrogant hero. Their banter was hilarious and their chemistry was so freakin explosive. Overall, this was so entertaining. However, the first time these two slept together the heroine was completely drunk! This just made me so uncomfortable and it kinda ruined things for me. Anyway, Now I’m so looking forward to see how St Vincent is going to be redeemed!!
Amy | Foxy Blogs

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
Re-read 5/4/21:

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Rosalyn Landor for my third time reading this. Still big 5 stars!

Re-read 10/11/19:

Just as wonderful as I remember from almost 10 years ago!! Still big 5++ stars!!

Original read/review Jan'2010:

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 tr
2.5 stars
I was really enjoying this enemies to lovers historical romance, and compulsively read it, until that scene.. WTH Kleypas? This was written in 2005, but still I don't understand why an author would choose to include a scene which so clearly has no consent?! (view spoiler)
When love makes you lose control.

This is my favourite in the series. Nothing gets my heart pumping (in my reads) like a hero who listens to his heart instead of his head. When the hero is dumbfounded, discombobulated and bamboozled by his feelings, I can't help but want to sigh. I love that his mind is telling him that she's all wrong but his heart and body are saying *come a little bit closer*. They try to ignore it. They try to fight it. They run screaming from it. But IT is too much. Those bl
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Meet Lillian rich lady from America whose parents ship her off to England to find a man #thanks-a-fucking-lot-Dad

The only problem is ....these stuffy english men want a lady of modesty and class. And Lillian? Lillian don't do none of that shit


“The good news is that your husband seems to be on the way.”
“If so, the bastard is late,” Lillian retorted, causing Daisy and Evie to laugh.”

Her family is invited to stay at Lord Westcliff’s home as it is the height of the season and bachelors are ever
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
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
3,5 Stars

One thing's for sure: Westcliff, the hero, has much more patience with ill-mannered houseguests than I do. The houseguest in question being the heroine, Miss Lillian Bowman.

The brash American heiress and the starchy English earl, so much potential especially in the hand of such a skilled author, and in fact, for the greater part the book delivered on all accounts and I enjoyed most of their scenes together immensely. If only Lillian had been a little less confrontational. I underst
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*No Longer For Me*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

The book centers around American heiress Lillian Odelle Bowman (24?) and Marcus Marsden (35), Lord Westcliff, the Earl of Westcliff. Lillian is looking for a husband in England, what she didn't expect was finding the arrogant Lord Marcus interesting.... I don't know how, but somehow I obviously liked Lillian the first time reading it, this time however? I almost hated her at some point. Her recklessness and actions when people say no to her are insane.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining entry in the Wallflower series, all of which have been thoroughly enjoyable even if I did read them out of order!

This time it is Lillian's turn to find herself a rich husband and she does it in style. As in all the other books the dialogue is the thing- smart and funny and always entertaining. The characters are well defined and as I am sure I have said before, probably many times, the overall atmosphere of the book is a la Georgette Heyer but with sex. And this is not a bad
 Danielle The Book Huntress
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
Sammy Loves Books
4.0 "I Hate You but I Want You" stars
"Tell me, Lillian, dearest love...how can you have reached so far inside my heart?"


"I want to feel you, I want to kiss you everywhere..".

Wow...didn't see Westcliff being so passionate for Lillian. He's always so reserved. Who knew he had it in him? I think he was totally caught un-prepared for his need of Lilian.

West cliff never wanted to fall in love and placed no value on it. He's attracted to Lillian, but she is too far beneath him to consider for marriag
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
God, I loved Lillian and Marcus so much! 4.5 stars. Their chemistry is fabulous and I loved how perfect they were for each other! I can't decide whether I love this or Devil in Winter more. ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Delicious Historical Romance

One of my favourite books in the Wallflower series. Here we see outspoken and fierce American Lillian Bowman put a delightful wrench in the ordered life of self-contained and powerful Lord Marcus Westcliff. The passion between the two ripples off the pages.

I forgot how much of a douchebag Viscount St. Vincent was in this, that one key action of his had me frowning so hard, and yet I so enjoy him in Devil in Winter.

Marcus's mother remains ice old in each re-read.
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
*4.5 stars*

I love Marcus and Lillian!
"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.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Staring down at her adorably pursed lips, he felt an insistent warmth invading his heart, overflowing and spilling past its fretted barriers. God in heaven, he was tired of fighting his desire for her. It was exhausting to struggle against something so overwhelming. Like trying not to breathe.

I absolutely LOVED this one. Delightfully entertaining, and at times hilariously funny. This was an enemies to lovers connection that was incredibly addicting. There were several scenes t
✰ Liz ✰
"I've wanted you every moment since I first held you in my arms."

It Happened One Autumn is the second book in the Wallflowers Series. Relatively new to Historical Romance, I have discovered Lisa Kleypas to be one of my new favorite go-to authors. The Wallflowers features four young ladies living in London as they try to secure happiness and love. In this second book, we are introduced to the spunky American Lillian Bowman and the noble aristocrat Lord Marcus Westcliff. Lillian and her f
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 lik
Crystal Cook
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2021
Lilian and Marcus may be my new favorite Kleypas couple. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Enemies to lovers to perfection.

How does she do it? How does she continue to write book after book that captures my entire heart and soul?
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

It Happened One Autumn is a story that I have loved and adored ever since it was published. This book is the second book in the  Wallflower series and one of the best historical series that has ever been written. Now I will say that there is much to love about this book, and even though I don't love it quite as much as Devil in Winter or Scandal in Spring, there is so much to adore about this book.

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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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