by Lisa Kleypas

August 2006
ISBN: 0-06-056253-6
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Mass Market Paperback

American heiress Daisy Bowman has had three Seasons to attract a husband. While her closest friends have all found loving spouses, she remains unattached. Her father, hoping for an advantageous match that will compensate him for the trip to England, has had enough. He issues an ultimatum; either Daisy finds a husband by the end of May, or she will marry his protégée, Matthew Swift.

Daisy is horrified! She would perish under the stern care of such a ruthless businessman. All he cares about is work, money and power – all fine qualities if he was going to marry her father! Daisy wants someone to love and cherish her as she is, not someone who will try to mold her into the perfect socialite wife. She likes her books, and the flights of fancy that her imagination creates. If she were Matthew Swift’s wife, she would shrivel up inside. To create even more havoc, Daisy learns that Matthew is arriving in England at any moment, on business of course, but she can just imagine his glee at the prospect of marrying his employer’s daughter. That snake!

Matthew Swift is bowled over by Daisy’s heated accusation that he plotted with her father to make her miserable. This is the first he has heard of the marriage plans, and he could not be more horrified. He knows that he would make a terrible husband for Daisy – regardless of how much he cares for her. Loving her means knowing what is best for her, and his past will not allow him to dream of marriage.

Daisy soon discovers that the Matthew Swift she remembers is not exactly the Matthew Swift who arrives in England. For one thing, he has finally filled out his large frame, and the gawky young man is now a broad-shouldered ladykiller, with both charm and wit. He seems to be just as upset about her father’s plans, and has even offered to help Daisy find a husband. So why can’t she seem to concentrate on anyone else?

Scandal in Spring is the finale of Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower quartet, and the author knows how to go out with a winner. The story is enchanting, and series readers have grown to love the fey, dreamy Daisy and her unusual way of looking at life. Watching her find the love of a lifetime is very fulfilling, and Ms. Kleypas brings the gamut of emotions into play. I could not wait to get this book and then was consumed with every page until the epilogue.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Paula.

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