There were great reviews for this author and the series. I took a chance and was very disappointed. I am amazed readers gave it such high praise. The heroine is extremely spoiled and the story had no plot
She was very good at narrating
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I picked out this book just for a little fluffy romance reading. Which it most satisfactorily was, until it nearly nearly gave me a heart attack due to the last two chapters. It starts out well, setting up a typical period piece in 1880s London/Hampshire. The girls known as the Wallflowers were quite an incongruous but entertaining crew when they put their heads together. I quite enjoyed their plans and activities. I thought all of the characters were wonderfully drawn - though the focus was centered on a few, there was enough attention given to others, with the suggestion given a bit more plainly in the epilogue, to foreshadow the next books of the series. I foresaw much of the initial courtship and undesired (by Annabelle) complications, as well as the resolutions of the Lord Kendall plan and the ensuing events at the end of the season. Without any explicit spoilers, Annabelle is with the right man, and they are just finding happiness in their new life when the author saw fit to strike terror into my heart. I was so gripped by the violent imagery -terrifying and well depicted as far as I'm concerned- that I panicked and (thinking of the real world likelihoods) I failed to anticipate the fictional story wrap-up. Luckily for me, I was reaching those events just as my fiancé was coming to bed... Unluckily for him, as I held his had so tightly and crushed his fingers for a solid half-hour. Aside from my horror at that, the first 24 chapters was a fun fanciful Victorian romance, just what I wanted. Just enough hot-n-bothering scenes. Bonus, it was read by Roslyn Landor, who has never let me down in the several novels I've heard her narrate. She has a wonderful flowing voice, and can sufficiently distinguish enough voices (even male characters'!) to avoid any dialogue confusion. Those of fainter hearts might skip most of the last two chapters, read the last few pages/minutes and epilogue and be no worse off story-wise.
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
Thank goodness for a writer that listens. I was pleasantly surprise i must admit I was beginning to believe this book was like all the rest man chase woman love hate relationship and than they come together finally than the end. It had become so frustrating to listen to the drama the couples had to go through and than no information hardly ever when they are finally together just a few loving making spots but Lisa pull it off trying not to give the story away but for me I enjoy the way she put it together there was a few frustrating parts but well blended. A good listen.
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If you have read anything else by Lisa Kleypas, such as the Hathaway family books (such as Seduce Me At Sunrise) you will be charmed by the Wallflowers! I don't read a lot of historicals, but these are gems. Good narration also.
Don't always write reviews anymore, but since I used reviews to decide on this series, thought I would chime in. I love this series. The characters have more variations than many books of this genre. I laugh out loud at these four women. They don't fit the mold of 'proper society', which makes them so much more likeable. If you like this type of novel, you would like this series. And this narrator is the best. As many others have said, she is just about my favorite. Never get tired of listening.
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Not your traditional regency romance! Loved the twists and the ending! Can't wait to read/hear the next one in the series.
I read so many good reviews on this series I thought it would be a good purchase. While it was not the worst it was by far not what I expected. I will not be ordering any more from the series.
Lisa Kleypas is a wonderful story teller, she cuts to the chase and creates characters you want to get to know.
Listen to book two. I'm starting book 3 today. Check out her Hathaway series; it brought me to the Wallflowers. Love them all.
She made me not want to stop listening. I've stayed up all night listening to her read.
I always feel emotions when I listen to a Lisa Kleypas story; Ms Landor brings it to life.
I think it was well worth it.
I couldn't wait to purchase the 2nd book as the first one was so "wow". It is the first time that i listened to the 2nd book of a series directly after the first one - i usually take a break and listen to a different author. Ros Landor is an EXCELLENT narator, the story is realistic and gripping and it really sucks you into the lives of the characters. I am however very disappointed that the other books aren't recorded yet - i cannot WAIT to hear how the other wallflowers find their matches! I highly recommend both the first and the second book!
Riveting charachers! Very funny at times.
Annabelle Peyton and her independent spirit.
Lisa Klepas characters come alive!