001: Lisa Kleypas Wallflowers Throwdown - with guest Amanda Diehl
Amanda Diehl (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; NPR Books) and Andrea duke it out to select their favorite Wallflower from Lisa Kleypas’s memorable Wallflower quartet series.
During the Wallflower Rumble, we share crowdsourced contributions from readers about their favorite characters and books.
In Trope Town, we recommend Girl Squad romance novels. (Mostly Amanda recommends, since she is the queen of book recs.) Amanda also shares the premise for a sexy spy heroine in Write This Book.
In the course of casting each book we talk about, Andrea discovers a surprising connection to her favorite GLOW actor. We also discuss the meaning of “maladjusted narcissist” and Lisa Kleypas’s amazing, long-lived career as a romance novelist.
- Devil In Winter - Lisa Kleypas
- Scandal In Spring - Lisa Kleypas
- It Happened One Autumn - Lisa Kleypas
- Secrets of a Summer Night - Lisa Kleypas
Thank you to the contributors of this episode: KB, Sue D., Jane Galen, Morgan, Robyn, Claire A., Malin, Jess, Erica, Jayne Hendry, Maida Malby
Lisa Kleypas Intro
People article title, 1987: “...Lisa Kleypas, New Wellesley Grad, Beauty Queen (Gasp!) and Successful Romance Novelist”
The Wallflowers Series
Secrets of a Summer Night (2004)
It Happened One Autumn (2005)
Devil in Winter (2006)
Content warning in this book: kidnapping and threat of sexual assault
Dollar Princesses: https://www.history.com/news/american-heiress-marry-british-aristocrat
Scandal in Spring (2006)
Highly scientific research shows Devil in Winter is a fan favorite:
56% Devil in Winter
22% Secrets of a Summer Night
22% It Happened one Autumn
Every time Andrea says “holding a torch” she means “carrying a torch.”
Trope Town - Book Recommendations
Girl squad romances:
Kresley Cole’s: Immortals after Dark (paranormal romance)
Hudson Valley series by Alice Clayton (contemporary)
Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole (contemporary)
Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare (historical) - A Week to Be Wicked is one of Amanda’s favorite all-time romances.
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (historical) - Suffragettes! Debut novel!
Recommendations from listeners:
Write This Book
(PS: when Andrea says “forced intimacy” she means “forced proximity”.
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Something about You by Julie James
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
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