Stony Cross, Hampshire 1845 Another arranged marriage brought Rafe Bowman to England. Trying to discover as much as possible about his intended, Rafe’s sister, Lillian set up a tea with Lady Natalie’s companion, Miss Hannah Appleton. From the start, Rafe’s crass charms did not win over Miss Appleton, her honesty with him about it left him stunned and interested. He could not go against his fathers wishes and get everything he wanted, he wondered if any sacrifice be worth it, if his feelings were reciprocated, if it would or could last the test of time.
Wonderful to see the Bowman family, the other Wallflowers and their significant others, again. The story was very predictable, but like all Wallflower stories, it was very enjoyable. I was a bit disappointed and sad to see Lillian doubting Marcus, although the resolution turned out to be ok, I didn‘t feel the side story was needed for the progression of the main story. Great to have several love matches revisited and doing so well, the camaraderie of the girls and the inclusion of Hannah was so fun to watch. The mention of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ was a nice touch for a timeline connection.
Dec 24, 2008