The Wallflowers Series Guide

Miss Annabelle Payton, Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Evangeline Jenner and Miss Daisy Bowman are regular sights at the peripheral of a ballroom. With each young lady having oddities and foibles that make them untenable 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. The bachelors of London and beyond had better watch out…

To say that the Wallflower series is a favourite of UTC is a massive understatement. We adore them! Whenever historical romance or favourite heroines are mentioned, the Wallflowers inevitably pop up. Not only has Lisa Kleypas written a fantastic series of romances, but she has also penned an ode to the power of female friendship. This is a series where you won’t only come out with lots of new heroes to add to your book boyfriend list, but with some book girlfriends as well.

Book 0.5: Again the Magic
Main couple: Lady Aline Marsden & Mr John McKenna
Secondary Romance: Lady Olivia Marsden & Mr Gideon Shaw
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Book 1: Secrets of a Summer Night
Main couple: Miss Annabel Peyton & Mr Simon Hunt
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Book 2: It Happened One Autumn
Main couple: Miss Lillian Bowman & Marcus Marsden, Earl of Westcliff
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Book 3: Devil in Winter
Main couple: Miss Evangeline Jenner & Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent
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Book 4: Scandal in Spring
Main couple: Miss Daisy Bowman & Mr Matthew Swift
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Book 4.5: A Wallflower Christmas
Main couple: Miss Hannah Appleton & Mr Rafe Bowman
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  • Lady Aline Marsden is the eldest daughter of the eighth Earl of Westcliff
  • First appears in Again the MagicRomance is on Again the Magic.
  • Sister of Marcus Marsden, the ninth Earl of Westcliff and Lady Olivia Marsden
  • Married to John McKenna
  • Had a terrible accident when she was younger which has left her legs horribly scarred
  • Beautiful with long dark hair and brown eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Rachel Weisz

 “I love him beyond reason,” she whispered. “He’s a stranger to me now, and yet he is still so familiar. I can’t imagine a sweeter agony, having him so close.”

 

  • John McKenna, used to be a stable boy in the Westcliff’s estate before being sent away
  • First appears in Again the MagicRomance is on Again the Magic
  • Best friends and business partners with Gideon Shaw
  • Married to Lady Aline Marsden
  • When to America and has made his fortune and is now a very rich and successful man
  • Black hair, blue/green eyes tall and big boned and ruggedly handsome
  • Fantasy Cast: Thomas Beaudoin

Aline was his curse, his fate, his consuming desire. He would never stop wanting her, no matter what she did, no matter how many oceans and continents he managed to put between them.

 

  • Lady Olivia Marsden, known as Livia is the youngest daughter of the eighth Earl of Westcliff
  • First appears in Again the MagicRomance is on Again the Magic
  • Sister of Marcus Marsden, the ninth Earl of Westcliff and Lady Aline Marsden
  • Married to Gideon Shaw
  • It is believed that she is illegitimate and a result of one of her mother’s affair.
  • Previously had a fiancee, however, he died before they could marry
  • Petite, with light brown hair and hazel green eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Chloe Moretz

Livia held his gaze and smiled. Very deliberated, she closed her eyes and opened them again, and looked at him through the warm, blurry brightness of hope.

 

  • Mr Gideon Shaw, from a prominent and rich New York high society family
  • First appears in Again the MagicRomance is on Again the Magic
  • Best friends and business partners with John McKenna
  • Married to Lady Olivia Marsden
  • He is an unashamed alcoholic
  • Very handsome with short wheat coloured hair and blue eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Alex Skarsgaard

“That everything I learn about you makes me love you more.”

Livia stopped breathing for a second, stunned by the admission. It took her long time for her to speak. “Gideon…”

“You don’t have to say it back,” he murmured “For once I want to have the pleasure of loving someone without asking anything in return.”

 

 

  • Simon Hunt is the son of a butcher and used to work in his father’s shop
  • First appears in Secrets of a Summer Night. Romance is in Secrets of a Summer Night
  • Simon is a self-made man and now extremely rich
  • Best friends and business partners with Marcus, Earl of Westcliff
  • Married to Miss Annabel Peyton
  • Tall and powerful body, with black slightly wavy hair and dark eyes.
  • Fantasy Cast: Hugh Jackman

“Where are we going?” Annabelle asked, resisting his hold on her wrist.
“To the house. If they’re not willing to be witnesses, then it seems I’ll have to debauch you in front of someone else.”

 

 

  • Miss Annabel Peyton has been raised like a lady and loves the finer things in life but since her father died her family has had no money
  • First appears in Secrets of a Summer Night. Romance is in Secrets of a Summer Night
  • She lives in genteel poverty and lives with her mother and younger brother
  • Becomes best friends with the the Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Daisy Bowman Miss Evangeline Jenner
  •  Very beautiful with fine brown/gold hair, blue eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Unknown

“How sweet,” Annabelle mumbled sickly her eyes closed. “Every woman dreams of being told that she’s preferable to a dead cow.”

 

 

  • Miss Lillian Bowman is an American heiress whose father has made a lot of money in the soap business
  • First appears in Secrets of a Summer Night. Romance is in It Happened One Autumn.
  • Daisy Bowman is Lilian’s younger sister
  • Married to Westcliff
  • Her family are in England hoping to make an aristocratic match for both her and Daisy.
  • She is head strong often in trouble as she finds the English rules of behaviour very restrictive.
  • Long, thick chocolate coloured hair, pale creamy skin, with a tall and lithe figure
  • Fantasy Cast: Kristin Kreuk

“There is something about you that makes me feel terribly wicked. You make me want to do shocking things. Maybe it’s because you’re so proper. Your necktie is never crooked, and your shoes are always shiny. And your shirts are so starchy. Sometimes when I look at you, I want to tear off all your buttons. Or set your trousers on fire.”

 

  • Marcus Marsden, the ninth Earl of Westcliff. Known by his friends as Westcliff
  • First appears in Again the MagicRomance is in It Happened One Autumn.
  • Has two sisters, Lady Aline Marsden and Lady Olivia Marsden
  • Close friends with Simon Hunt and Sebastian St. Vincent
  • Married to Lillian Bowman
  • The Westcliff name is old and well known, he is seemingly the perfect English aristocrat, with a very dignified bearing and always follows the rules of proper behaviour.
  • Not overly tall, but fit with a lean muscled body, dark brown eyes and hair and a commanding presence
  • Fantasy Cast: Justin Joslin

“There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your smile…no sound sweeter than your laughter…no 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 love…how can you have reached so far inside my heart?”

 

  • Miss Evangeline Jenner, known as Evie to her friends
  • First appears in Secrets of a Summer NightHer romance is in Devil in Winter
  • Married to Sebastian St Vincent
  • Her father is Ivo Jenner, the owner of a notorious gaming club. Ivo Jenner also appears in Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You
  • She has been raised by her abusive and terrible Aunt and Uncles and has developed a stutter under their care and is very shy.
  • Fiery red hair, pale slightly freckled skin and blue eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Rachel Hurwood

 “…during the past quarter hour you’ve been fondling parts of my anatomy that no one’s ever dared to touch before.”

“I v-very much doubt that.” She burrowed even further into the depths of his coat, and added in a muffled voice, “You’ve probably been h-handled more than a hamper at Fortnum and Mason.”

 

  • Sebastian, Lord St Vincent.
  • First appears in It Happened One Autumn. Romance in Devil in Winter
  • He is the son of an impoverished Duke
  • Married to Evie Jenner 
  • His closest friend is Westcliff
  • He is a notorious rake who dedicates himself to his hedonistic lifestyle, can be incredibly cruel and yet is capable of being incredibly kind.
  • Extremely handsome, he is tall and lean with amber and gold hair and icy blue eyes.
  • Fantasy Cast: Gabriel Aubry

“It’s a mistake, you know. You have no idea what you’ll be exposed to…the obscenities and lewd comments, the lecherous gazes, the groping and pinching…and that’s just my house. Imagine what it would be like here.”

 

  • Miss Daisy Bowman is an American heiress whose father has made a lot of money in the soap business.
  • First appears in Secrets of a Summer Night. Her romance is in Scandal in Spring
  • She has been brought to England to marry a titled English gentleman
  • Married to Matthew Swift
  • She is the younger sister of Lillian Bowman
  • Daisy has her first kiss with Cam Rohan the hero in her later book Mine till Midnight
  • She has a whimsical personality yet has a wide streak of practicality and common sense
  • Petite, with thick dark hair and dark brown eyes and pale creamy skin, she is often described as ‘doll like’
  • Fantasy Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin

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

 

  • Mr Matthew Swift, supposedly from an old Boston family…
  • First appears in Scandal in Spring. Romance is in Scandal in Spring.
  • He works for and is second in command of Daisy’s father’s soap empire. Mr Bowman views Matthew as the son he wished he had.
  • Has been secretly in love with Daisy for years
  • Married to Daisy Bowman
  • Tall and brawny, very attractive with rich sky blue eyes and dark brown hair.
  • Fantasy Cast: Tom Welling

“Is there any emergency for which you are not prepared, Mr Swift?”
“Miss Bowman, if I had enough pockets I could save the world.” 

 

  • Rafe Bowman is the eldest Bowman sibling
  • First appears in A Wallflower Christmas – although he has been mentioned may times before this. Romance in A Wallflower Christmas
  • His sisters are Lillian Bowman and Daisy Bowman
  • Married to Hannah Appleton
  • He is rich and successful in his own right; however, he tries to be please his father but his father never seems satisfied
  • Tall with dark hair and dark eyes.
  • Fantasy Cast: Pedro Soltz

“This is how we court girls in America. We grab them and kiss them. And if they don’t like it, we do it again, harder and longer, until they surrender. It saves us hours of witty repartee.”

 

  • Miss Hannah Appleton
  • First appears in A Wallflower Christmas . Romance in A Wallflower Christmas
  • Married to Rafe Bowman
  • She is a poor relation and earns her allowance as a companion to her younger cousin
  • Hannah is pretty with brown hair and green eyes
  • Fantasy Cast: Felicity Jones

“She wanted him to stop, but more than that, she wanted him to go on forever.”

 

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