Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Once Upon A Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson

Once Upon A Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson
Published: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 250
Received: for review via Bewitching Book Tours
Buy Now: Amazon

A Perennial Wallflower…

When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous, yet devastatingly handsome lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancĂ©e.

A Gothic Villain…

Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by the unfashionably lovely Mira, but his family’s dark secret means he must fight his attractions. No matter what his heart wants.

As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the very real danger. Will the truth bring Nicholas and Mira together or tear their love apart?

I absolutely loved the premise of the book. A wedding and a scandalous murderer - what a great combination. From the very start I knew that this book would be one that I just wouldn't be able to put down. 

Mira is exactly the type of girl I like to read about - she is unique in that she has red hair, is not terribly fashionable when Nicholas first meets her and she's extremely smart and passionate. Most girls her age could care less about their education and more about finding a rich husband. I love a great heroine that isn't a part of the norm or the trendy crowd. I think the best leading characters are those who strive to make their own decisions, who let their passions shine through and who stand up for what they believe in.

The situation that Mira finds herself in is an extremely sensitive one, but somehow she accepts her lot and tries to make the best of it. She is determined to learn the truth about her fiancee - is he really a murderer? 

The relationship between Mira and Nicholas blossomed when others expected them to falter. I don't even think that the two of them weren't really sure if they could go through with things at the beginning. Funny how emotions and ideals change given the chance to get to know the real person behind the mask.

The biggest intrigue of all was trying to figure out who the murderer really was - was it Nicholas, a random peddler or someone close to the family? I thought I had it figured out, but the twist was pretty good.

I'd like to read more by this author, perhaps a book about Mira's cousin? Maybe we could see where her life leads after everything that happens to the family in this book.

About the Author:
Wendy Lyn Watson writes mysteries of all types: contemporary, historical, and cozy. Whatever the time or the tone, her mysteries always feature a dose of humor and a dollop of romance. Her first cozy series, the Mysteries a la Mode, feature the owner of an ice cream parlor in a small Texas town.

Once Upon a Wallflower, due to be released in August of 2013, is a Regency-set romantic mystery. While Wendy does not commit (or solve) mysteries in real life, she can kill a pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She also enjoys 80s music, Asian horror films, quilting, and vegetarian cooking.

While she was born in Ohio and has called half a dozen states home, she currently lives in a college town in North Texas along with her husband and their three cats (Iphy, Squeak-a-Doodle, and Todd Baryshnikov).

She loves to hear from readers, so find her on Facebook page.


  1. Glad you enjoyed the book, Chrystal. Thanks for hosting me!

    1. Loved this story and would love to see more with these characters.

  2. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Nice review. The story does sound pretty interesting. Thanks for the giveaway :)


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