001: Lisa Kleypas Wallflowers Throwdown - with guest Amanda Diehl

Short Description

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.

Books Discussed

  • Devil In Winter - Lisa Kleypas
  • Scandal In Spring - Lisa Kleypas
  • It Happened One Autumn - Lisa Kleypas
  • Secrets of a Summer Night - Lisa Kleypas

Show Notes

Thank you to the contributors of this episode: KB, Sue D., Jane Galen, Morgan, Robyn, Claire A., Malin, Jess, Erica, Jayne Hendry, Maida Malby

Chit Chat

Amanda Diehl:


Lisa Kleypas Intro

People article title, 1987: “...Lisa Kleypas, New Wellesley Grad, Beauty Queen (Gasp!) and Successful Romance Novelist”

Origin of “All out of Spoons” aka Spoon Theory

Information on all Lisa Kleypas’s books/series

The Wallflowers Series

The Bechdel Test

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)

The Throwdown

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:

Amanda’s recommendations:

Recommendations from listeners:

Write This Book

(PS: when Andrea says “forced intimacy” she means “forced proximity”.

If this sounds like a book you’ve read, email us at andrea@shelflovepodcast.com

Last thoughts

Future Episodes:

  • His At Night by Sherry Thomas

  • Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

  • Something about You by Julie James

  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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