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Peek Inside Once Upon a Wallflower

When Mira Fitzhenry's guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée....

Once Upon a Wallflower

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A Perennial Wallflower…

When Mira Fitzhenry's guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. But Mira doesn't see a killer in Nicholas's moonlight eyes, and she resolves to find the real murderer before the wedding.

A Gothic Villain…

Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by Mira's tenacious resolve to prove his innocence. She's not put off by his imposing appearance, but his family's dark secrets mean he cannot let her get close.

As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the danger.


"A fabulous romance in the best "Gothic" style with chemistry between these two characters that swept me away and wanting more! III be watching for more from this very talented author's historical romances. Highly recommend!"- The Pirate Wench, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622662357
Release Date: Aug 12, 2013
Page Count: 239
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical
Tropes: forced proximity

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By Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* February 11, 2019

Setting: Georgian England
4 1/2 Stars!

When Mira Fitzhenry's guardian offers her hand in marriage in order to assuage a gaming bet, she finds herself suddenly betrothed to the scandalous Nicholas Ellerby Viscount Ashfield.
Now if his own behavior were not enough, then the rumors surrounding the dea... ...more

By ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover) August 03, 2018

A Perennial Wallflower…
A Gothic Villain…

I enjoyed this book very much.
If you like strong heroines, tortured heroes, sizzling romantic tension, and a well-written story, this might be the book for you.

By Mei October 07, 2014

What I love here was the hero, Nicholas! He was a refreshing type of hero, even if he's tortured at the same time by his physical wound (his bad leg), his childhood when his mother apprently commited suicide, his being suspected of murder of his fiancee and other young women...

I was expecting him... ...more

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book...

Wendy Lyn Watson’s Once Upon A Wallflower was a pretty good read. Having never read anything by her prior to this book, I was drawn by the word ‘wallflower’. I love a good romance where the so-called wallflower h... ...more

By Tin August 27, 2013

Disclosure: I received this book from the tour organizer as part of the book tour. Thank you to Bewitching Book Tours and to Wendy Lyn Watson for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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The announcement in the newspapers was clear and straightforward: Miss Mirabelle Fitzhenry is engag... ...more

By Angie December 14, 2014

I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Based on the blurb for Once Upon a Wallflower, I was expecting something a little on the dark side, but really, this book is so much fun! I love the combination of historical romance and murder mystery. It was light, fun, steamy, and quite funny at times. It al... ...more

By Fizza January 25, 2019

I really enjoyed this story. It's well-written and quite interesting. I loved all the characters and the mystery part of the story had me intrigued since the very beginning, all in all, it's an amazing read. It's definitely a must read for historical fiction fans.
Miss Mira is engaged to a man who... ...more

By Brenda January 30, 2019

A Perennial Wallflower… When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. But Mira doesn’t see a... ...more

By Farrah August 27, 2013

Gothic mystery and sweet romance come together in this book and it was brilliant! Once Upon a Wallflower was a wonderful historical romance. The mystery was thrilling, the romance was off the charts and every other bit of it was lovely.

I really liked Mira. I thought she was a wonderful heroine. S... ...more

By Melanie December 28, 2016

You know how sometimes you get stuck in a rut with the books on your TBR? Well, I can tell you that this story got me out of one of those ruts and the reason for it is its characters and the mystery in it.

If you’re in a mood for a hero that is to die for, this book is for you! He was such a great... ...more

By Elaine February 20, 2015

A well written story. Great characters and full of suspense.
An exciting read. ...more

By Lindsey January 28, 2019

This book is a little confusing, but it is supposed to be. Let me explain. To gain an inheritance from their father, both Fitzhenry brothers named their daughters Mirabella. That way if the inheritance was left in name to one, they both would inherit. With me so far? It is because these two are b... ...more

By Bonnie February 09, 2019

"Once Upon a Wallflower" is a very entertaining read, and it has a mystery element unlike any that I've encountered in the many historical romance novels I've read. This story has a criminal mystery at it's core, with three murders to be solved, and one suspect. The suspect is the son of an Engli... ...more

By Margaret February 11, 2019

Gothic romance

What's better than a Lord accused of the murder of three young ladies, an arranged marriage with the wrong young lady, his home is close to a cliff looking over the sea, the possibility of another murder and several suspects? Read this novel and find out that a lady can make a good... ...more

By Stephanie December 06, 2018

I truly enjoyed this romance. The story of Nicholas and Mira pulled me in immediately. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the reference to the hero as a "gothic villan" made me think this had more to do with something supernatural. Other than that, it was very well done and the worl... ...more

By Sandra February 16, 2019

Great story!

This story is well written, with great charicters, it has adventures,and mysterious,killings,
And one man everyone, thinks that did it! But did he really do it?
If you're a curious person, you,LL have too read the story.And this is a wonderful love story.
Thank you❤ ...more

By Heli February 17, 2019

Clever heroine

Well spaced story. A heroine who is clever and a hero worth saving. In this mystery there is a gothic atmosphere that I specially liked. ...more

By Cerian August 28, 2013

Originally given 3.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.

Mira Fitzhenry has been overlooked by her family for most of her life, and is used to being unfavourably compared to her beautiful cousin, Bella. Mira is then promised to Lord Ashfield, a reputed murderer. She starts to believe that Nicholas couldn't... ...more

By Tory August 23, 2013

First, can I say that once again, Entangled has come up with a gorgeous cover? Now, granted, I can’t see this really fitting with the book, buuuut it’s still gorgeous with all those shades of gray in it.

Now, on to the story. I have to say I was very pleased with this story overall. It was nice th... ...more

By Melody August 13, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

I just finished Once Upon A Wallflower by Wendy Lyn Watson. All right, I picked this book for a couple of reasons. 1) The Cover. If we remember I'm a coverwhore. Yes, this cover is beautiful. Plus, I love how it is all dark with that little splash of color. It really cat... ...more

By Stephanie April 24, 2016

A very mysterious, lovely and interesting story, that’s how I defined this book when a friend asked what I was reading. I totally recommend it to her, by the way.

I really don’t know much of time frames names, but I suggest that the story is very from the English time. Which is not my favorite, bu... ...more

By Jasmyn September 06, 2013

Once Upon a Wallflower is a beautiful story of love and suspense. When Mira finds that she has been engaged to a man everyone believes is responsible for murder, she is quite naturally afraid and hopes to find a way to call it all off. Nicholas, a misunderstood man everyone believes killed his la... ...more

By Chrystal August 24, 2013

I absolutely loved the premise of the book. A wedding and a scandalous murderer - what a great combination. From the very start I knew that this book would be one that I just wouldn't be able to put down.

Mira is exactly the type of girl I like to read about - she is unique in that she has red h... ...more

By Linda August 18, 2013

Orphaned at 6yrs, Mirabelle Fitzhenry (Mira) has been living with her Uncle, Aunt & younger cousin who bears the same name Mirabelle Fitzhenry (Belle). A little bit of a Cinderella story, Mira's aunt is always putting her down declaring her to be plain compared to the picture perfect, blond B... ...more

By Rosemary August 23, 2013

I loved this romantic yet suspenseful tale of love, honor and fate. Mira Fitzhenry is engaged to Viscount Nicholas Ashfield. She is to be his bride because her guardian lost her hand in marriage when he lost a card game. Her intended is the notorious, Butcher of Bidwell. He is suspected of killin... ...more

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Wendy Lyn Watson

About the author

Wendy Lyn Watson

Wendy Lyn Watson’s life has been stranger than fiction. Between working in a pool hall in Virginia, living in a community of priests near Detroit, and learning to curl on Minnesota’s Iron Range, she’s gathered enough material for a hundred books. Turning all those experiences and characters into stories is her life’s ambition. Wendy believes that love and murder go together like chocolate and peanut butter: she writes mysteries dipped in romance, romances dipped in mystery, and both smothered in a generous dollop of humor. When she’s not losing herself in another book, she teaches American government and constitutional law to college kids. She lives in Texas with her hero of a husband and three very spoiled cats. She loves to hear from readers; you can find her on the web at, @wendylynwatson, and

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