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It Happened One Autumn

(Wallflowers #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  45,040 ratings  ·  2,315 reviews
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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 at the ball...

Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways
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.

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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
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 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 trials and tribulations of life, family, relationships, and love.

Wealthy American heiress Lillian Bowman is fiercely independent
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
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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.
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

3,5 Stars

One thing's for sure: Westcliff, the hero, has much more patience for 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 understa
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Victorian romance fans who enjoy a British/American pairing
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
Stacey is Sassy
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
"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.
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
✰ 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
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Sammy Loves Books
4.0 "I Hate You but I Want You" stars
"Tell me, Lillian, dearest 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.
Lover of Romance
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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.

The Key Players of It Happened One Autumn a
DNF at 67%. (I was so thoroughly repulsed by something that happened at this point that I couldn’t bring myself to continue.)

It seems I’m going to be that person. There are many high ratings/glowing reviews for It happened One Autumn and I really wanted mine to be among them, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. The thing is, I totally get why so many of my GR friends liked this book. The bold, strong-willed, potty-mouthed heroine won me over from the start. The relationship of the main coup
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read. Love to see the aristocracy brought to their knees by the lower classes! And by an American, no less.

Marcus, Lord Westcliff is one of the most eligible bachelors in England. He knows it is his duty to marry well. Someone of his own station ... but he is attracted to a brash American girl. And he is not happy. He does not like her, he does not want to be attracted to her! And the feeling is mutual from her.

And once he had passed judgment on someone, he rarely changed his opi
Melanie A.
5+ STARS!!
She realized that he was trying very hard to open his closely guarded heart to her.
Absolutely LOVED it! The romance, the banter, the humor, and - I never thought I'd say this, but - even the action sequences at the end were all incredible!

Audio: 4 STARS!

PS: How on earth St. Vincent is going to be redeemed, I have NO IDEA! I guess if anyone can pull it off, Lisa Kleypas can. Starting book 3 immediately.
Irene Sim
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lillian and Westcliff are one of my favorite couples... Fell in love with them again..

It was very enjoyable. I really liked the fact that in the first half of the book the two of them were constantly bickering, trying to convince themselves that they despised each other only to fall even harder in love.
Now though, I'm very intrigued about the next book and how Duke St. Vincent will pull out of the hole that he dug himself into. But I'm sure that Lisa Kleypas will find an interesting way........
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Lisa Kleypas; fans of Historical Romance
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3.75 Stars

Overall Opinion: I was totally loving this book the first two thirds! I was so happy with the hate-to-love type relationship they had and I was just anxiously waiting for them to come to their senses and be a couple! I'm SO incredibly disappointed in the ending though. I wanted some time with them as a couple! We get so much of the h hemming and hawing about the idea of them together and how they would potentially fight all the time, and we don't actually see them as a couple! Even if
After reading Lisa Kleypas’ previous books Again The Magic and Secrets of a Summer Night, I just had to read the second book in the Wallflower series called “It Happened One Autumn” which stars Lillian Bowman and Marcus, Lord Westcliff! “It Happened One Autumn” is so full of drama, romance one awesome hero and heroine team that any romance fan will eat this book up!

American heiress Lillian Bowman came to London along with her family to pursue a worthy husband of her status. However, Lillian seem
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 i
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Lady Heather
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 didn't take long for them to realize that there was an attract
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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 (4 books)
  • Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1)
  • Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3)
  • Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers, #4)

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