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I have loved Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series for years - since the first novels were published.  Not surprisingly the 'wallflower' in the title lead me to them initially, but they are a fun series of historical or Victorian-era romance novels with fun characters, romance and humor. The basic premise of the series are four girls for various reasons (poor, american, shy) are considered unappealing as marriageable prospects and thus are left hugging the walls during social events, ie wallflowers. One evening they decided to help each other find suitable husbands by pooling their strengths to overcome their weaknesses.

And now they are in manga form... How did I not know about these before now!

So, my new favorite scanlator group Transient Mirage has them listed and already has release a few parts of book 1 Kabe no Hana: Hishoyaka na Shoka no Yoru - so far it looks to be a really well drawn and well adapted series. I can't wait til I get my copies of the mangas (ordered them yesterday :) and look forward to the scanlations too ^_^

Secrets of a Summer NightThe Wallflowers Book 1: Secrets of a Summer Night
Kabe no Hana: Hishoyaka na Shoka no Yoru
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: HANABUSA Youko 

Summary: Son of a butcher, Simon Hunt is a self-made man whose wealth has given him entree to the highest levels of the English aristocracy - yet he will never be considered one of them. Annabelle Peyton is beautiful and pitifully poor. She is in her fourth and last season and if she can't find a 'suitable' husband her family will be ruined. Suitable to her mind is a peer, preferably with a title and of course wealthy; but somehow she can't seems to get Simon off her mind, even if he only wants her as a mistress.

A nice start to the series, we are introduced to the all four principle girls: Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, and Daisy. Simon is cool, patient and just sarcastic enough to be tolerable. Annabelle is beautiful, warm-hearted, proud, and desperate. The Victorian-era is an interesting one as industry and business started to take over and push the aristocracy out of privileged prominence - this story showcases that divide and it is interesting to see a 'hero' who isn't a lord or a rake, or a complete scoundrel.

It Happened One AutumnThe Wallflowers Book 2: It Happened One Autumn
Kabe no Hana: Koino kaoriha akikazeni notte
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: OGATA Rin

Summary: Marcus Marsden, the Earl of Westcliff is the archetype British aristocrat: pompous, aloof, controlled - everything in order. His entire life has been strict and ruled by a demand to duty. Yet, he is 'modern' and intelligent enough to understand his world (aristocracy) is changing (dying) and that he must change with it. Lillian Bowman is an American heiress, pushed by a social-climbing mamma, to 'land' a title and give the family more social clout. She is willful, brash, full of energy - the antithesis of the perfect demure British girl an Earl should marry.

I really love this couple, perhaps my favorite of the series. They are both written (pov) so well and the story is funny. I love an opposites attract storyline where both are fighting the inevitably passion between them so fiercely. Lillian is my favorite 'type' of heroine archetype and Marcus is more than your typical 'hero' he is complex and his realizations are some of the most memorable of the book/series.

The Devil in WinterThe Wallflowers Book 3: Devil in Winter
Kabe no Hana: Fuyuzora ni mau tenshi to 
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: KISHIDA Reiko

Summary: Sebastian, Lord St Vincent a debaughed rake is our 'hero' - he is beaten and depresed after the events from book 2 (don't want to spoil it). He is desperate and so is Evangeline (Evie) Jenner, our timid and reclusive wallflower. There is only one thing Evie wants and that is to spend what little time is left with her dying father - but her abusive relations have gone to extreme measures to prevent her, so she makes a daring proposal of a marriage of convenience with the vicount, her fourtune for his protection.

This is the reformed rake storyline, I love this couple, but both are so well-written you really get inside their heads and their growing understanding, desire, and trust just works, even when the plot get crazy - the characters shine and just carries you along. Sebastian is a typical rake you can't hate - he loves woman and they love him, Evie know this and tries very hard not to do the same - convinced that she would never be someone he would be interested in. Sebastian, not used to a challenge or a truly gentle sole starts to crave more from Evie - her trust, respect and love.

Scandal in SpringThe Wallflowers Book 4: A Scandal in Spring
Kabe no Hana: Haru no ameni nuretemo  
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: AKINO Nanami

Summary: Daisy Bowman is the last wallflower not yet wed and her father is getting impatient; he gives her an ultimatum ... if she can't find an English peer to marry, then she will marry a man of his choosing, his protege Matthew Swift - a man she has always despised as being too like her father. But when Matthew arrives, he has changed so much and perhaps he might just be the man of her dreams.

Daisy lacks the beauty of Annabelle, the sweetness of Evie or the force of personality of her sister, Lillian, she is a whimsical character who loves romance and fantasy. I always found her the best secondary character in the other books, she is funny and insightful and full of enthusiasm... Matthew Swift comes from humble beginnings but through intelligence and hard work is now a wealthy and highly sought after businessman. He has been infatuated with Daisy since he first meet her many years ago, but never felt worthy of her, but now that he has this one chance he utilizes all his charm to try an win Daisy's heart - despite all the odds.

The real strength of the series are the very well-written and richly developed characters - not only in and of themselves but to their world and the people around them. The friendship between the girls is a real highlight - as it is seldom done well, if at all - usually our heroine is on her own or keeps her thoughts/desires private; but these girl are real friends, not just social friends - they talk, encourage, give advice - even help. The boys in the series are also given more than 'hero' duties, they talk business, about women and marriage and what they want/expect from life. I'm not an aficionado on romances, never thought I would ever read one but Jane Austen opened the door - and recommendations from fellow Janites to read Georgette Heyer and Marion Chesney 'regency' novels - and well, I got hooked. But when you start reading romances, you tend to notice they are either really good, really bad or just boring - and the really good ones are few and far between...

Other Books with series tie-ins

A Wallflower ChristmasThe Wallflowers Book 5: A Wallflower Christmas
Kabe no Hana no Seiya
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: HANABUSA Youko

Summary: I know it is called the 5th wallflower book, but it is more of an extension of the original series - which was clearly meant to be 4 books (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring). The main romance is between the eldest of the Bowman's sisters older brothers, Rafe Bowman and honorary wallflower Hannah Applegate. The story takes place a few months after Daisy's book, and has a couple of nice tid-bits on the other wallflowers.

A nice supplement, but not necessary unless you really love the series. I was actually surprised when this came out - the Bowman brothers are mentioned a few times in the series, only in passing as they are all still in America - but it seemed like an obvious setup for another trilogy.  Especially interesting as none seemed poised to take over the extremely successful family business (according to the original series) this books kinda dispels that at least for the eldest Bowman ... still wondering what the Bowman twins would be doing ... and young Jeremy Peyton - when he grows up a bit of course, lol

Again the MagicBow Street Series Book 4: Again the Magic
Mou Ichido Anata o
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: OGATA Rin

Summary: This is book 4 of the Bow Street series, but you really don't have to read the other books to enjoy this one - although another solid series if you are so inclined. This books takes place before the wallflower series and follows Lady Aline Marsden who is Marcus, the Earl of Westcliff (Wallflower Book 2) younger sister.

Been a while since I read this one, but if I remember correctly the heroine is really put through the ringer emotionally - not only by her horrible parents, but also by the hero - he blames her for the past and wants revenge, but ends up falling in love with her again.

Mine Till MidnightThe Hathaways Book 1: Mine Till Midnight
Yashoku no Ai ni Tsutsumarete
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Artist: KISHIDA Reiko

Summary: This books begins a new series of books following the Hathaway family. The hero of this book is Cam Rohan, the handsome half-gypsy from the Wallflowers Book 3.

The rest of the series is a fun read too :) The gypsy theme plays out a lot in the series - kinda has a Wuthering Heights feel to them -  although, not as much gothic melodramatic brooding - and of course a HAPPY ending.

Gawd, her dress on the cover is hideous ... I hope she has better outfits in the rest of the manga, lol

Also, Cam should be much darker ... ah well.

I like the historical romances, especially the British regency, edwardian or victorian eras - medieval and gothic can be a fun read too - anything else would have to come VERY highly recommended.


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Nov. 15th, 2012 08:48 am (UTC)
I love Devil in Winter the most, Evie and Sebastian are such a great couple.

Btw may I know where you buy this manga? I really want to buy Kabe no Hana: Fuyuzora ni mau tenshi to but I can't find it everywhere. Most the site is out of stock.

Thank you and sorry for asking.
Nov. 15th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
I agree, they are are great couple! Their chemistry is really great and I love how both grow and change - it feels very believable and they have some of the best 'love' scenes.

FYI: The manga is really really well drawn and follows the storyline fairly well. The parts they change/leave out make sense - although the darkness is missing a bit for me. The manga definitely focuses on Sebastian's transformation more so than Evie's

I bought mine at YesAsia.com
Nov. 16th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for the reply ^-^/ Oh lord now I really2 want to read this manga xD They are like my fav couple ever from Lisa Kleypas's novel xD

Yeah I saw it on yesasia too but currently it is out of stock :v: I'm contacting my local kinokuniya, hopefully they have it.
Nov. 16th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I'm going to write up a quick overview of each novel, and post scans from the manga. Devil in Winter to me has the best art, S&E are really beautiful (as they should be :) KISHIDA Reiko is a wonderful artist!


YesAsia maybe out of stock, but they do tend to re-stock if the book is still searchable, put a notice on it and wait a week or two - if the other store doesn't pan out.

Edited at 2012-11-16 01:55 am (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2012 06:05 am (UTC)
wwwww I saw your pics, OMG the arts are so so pretty, makes me want to buy it more.

Yeah hopefully they will restock it, I already sign for the notify me. xD

Edit: I found the book at amazon jp, so I decided to buy it there ^-^/

Edited at 2012-11-16 07:58 am (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
ahh, yes, that is an expensive option, but a reliable source - been tempted to try them, but haven't had to yet.

I'd be interested in your thoughts on the adaptation when you do get it :)
Nov. 24th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Finally the book has arrived, it is a bit costly for the shipping but worth it. I must say the cover doesn't impressed me a lot but when I read the mang wow I'm impressed, I totally love the art.

I feel like the author should make it into 2 books because it feels short for me. I love the scene where Sebastian prepared the hot water for Evie's feet in the carriage and it is not included in the manga. And I feel like Evie is not stuttering in the manga (or maybe I missed it since my Jap level is not advance yet lols)

The misunderstanding between him & Westclieff is cleared almost immediately lolz.

The manga should portrayed Sebastian as a rake and he pretends to be evil but in truth he is not, I dunno why but I feel like he is kind and perfect gentleman in the manga.

And one last thing: the kidnapping event, it should follow like in the original event. And how Sebastian was shot is very different.

But despite all my complains I still love this manga and never regretted to buy it ^-^/

Edited at 2012-11-24 04:20 am (UTC)
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
the wallflower series into mangas
omg!! i just couldn't believe it, i was just browsing mangafox and suddenly BAM! kabe no hana: secrets of a sumer night by lisa kleypas and i was like no way!! its super exciting, lisa kleypas is my favorite author of all times, and i looove the wallflower series, i'm super excited!! , i'm really looking forward for this mangas, my fave books are it happened one autumm and devil in winter!, lord westcliff and lord st vincent ahh man, i repeat !! i'm super excited! i hope they make a hathaways manga too
Apr. 26th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: the wallflower series into mangas
I had the same reaction when I found them, lol
I also love the wallflower series, and I tend not to like romance novels too much, but there is just something about them that makes them so much fun! lord westcliff and lord st vincent are my favorites too

They have done book 1 of the hathaways, hopefully they will do the rest ^_^
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