Audiobook Review: IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN by Lisa Kleypas


it happened one autumnTitle: It Happened One Autumn (The Wallflowers #2)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Source: bought audiobook via Audible
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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 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. Lillian was overcome with a consuming passion for a man she didn’t even like. Time stood still; it was as if no one else existed…thank goodness they weren’t caught very nearly in the act!

It happened one autumn…

Marcus was a man in charge of his own emotions, a bedrock of stability. But with Lillian, every touch was exquisite torture, every kiss an enticement for more. Yet how could he consider taking a woman so blatantly unsuitable…as his bride?

My Review:


Why did I want to listen to this book?

To be honest, the only books I’ve listened to in Audible are historical romances. I haven’t branched out to other genres except for the occasional self-improvement ones. And Rosalyn Landor is a favorite narrator of mine. Plus, this book is one of my most beloved Lisa Kleypas novels.


What worked for me?

First of all, I love Rosalyn Landor’s narrations. She does historical romance novels complete justice with her voices, the emotions she put behind each one of them, her pacing. And it was great that she narrated some of my favorite HR novels, including this one.

In this second book from The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas, where four perpetual self-dubbed wallflowers decide to hatch plans for each of them to finally find a husband. Now, for Lillian Bowman, Marcus, Lord Westcliff, could not have been farther from her idea or prospect of potential husbands. And you could say the same for Marcus, when it comes to considering Lilian as a potential wife, which he would say is an idea that had never entered his mind. At least in the beginning. They rub each other in all the wrong ways and they can’t seem to stand each other. But you know what they say about that thin line. I love the fire that each of them inspires from the other. Yes, most of the time, it’s the antagonistic kind but as they got to know each other and spend time with each other, really talking, that fire transforms into something deep, something profound, and something that could last forever. And I just loved how these two fell just so deep, without meaning to and without intending themselves to.

Their relationship is far from perfect. These two can be pretty stubborn and there were times when I wanted to give them both a slap or two. They’re flawed people and I appreciate that they seem to know that too. But Lisa Kleypas manages to mesh their lives in this somewhat chaotic calmness and passionate symmetry that tells you in your bones that they’re perfect for each other.


What did not work for me?

As I mentioned earlier, there were just some scenes that made me want to get shake these two since they’re both stubborn and clearly strong-willed. Not that I fault them for it but at times, it was a bit much. But no worries since they redeemed themselves by the end of the book.


My over-all take on it?

This was such a lovely story and it makes you think about how fortunate people are to find the kind of love and the kind of partner in that love that Marcus and Lilian found in each other. Theirs was not an easy road to HEA but it was all worth it and for me as a reader, magnificently enjoyable to watch unfold.


My rating:

5 stars 




About the Author:

After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, Lisa published her Lisa and her agent Mel Bergerfirst novel at age twenty-one. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world.

Lisa writes for St. Martins Press and is represented by her agent Mel Berger of the William Morris agency.


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6 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: IT HAPPENED ONE AUTUMN by Lisa Kleypas”

  1. So I am a HUGE Kleypas fan, and Wallflowers is my favorite of her HR series. But this is probably my least favorite of those books. Like you said, I think Marcus and Lillian were just a little too stubborn, and I hated the semi love triangle that was going on.

    The Devil in Winter is my favorite from that series. SWOOOOOON.


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