I've been avid about audiobooks since my mom put a big ol' vinyl "Peter and the Wolf" on the record player, so this website is ambrosia.
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.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
This novel is pieced together so wonderfully, so magnificently that my only mistake in approaching it was listening to this audiobook before bedtime. Lisa Kleypas beautifully intertwines the characters of Annabelle and Simon Hunt and their developing romance in this novel that you just can't stop listening to. There are so many perspectives that captivate the reader.
1) Society's impact on the characters: Annabelle is beautiful and if she had a dowry she would be highly sought after by eligible bachelors in the upper class. Yet, something interesting is revealed about how the aristocracy functions. Because of Annabelle's dire financial circumstances, the men in her class act like vultures, as they follower her progress in her attempt to find a husband. Both single and married men in her class believe that she is highly unlikely to marry well. In their view, she is destined to be a scintillating and coveted mistress.
2) Simon as the hero: Although he is handsome, tall, rich, intelligent and hugely successful, because his lineage is from commoners, he is not completely accepted among the aristocracy. Simon represents a new breed of rising social juggernauts....he is an entrepreneur. I had mixed feelings about Simon. He came across as just another vulture who was also going to benefit from Annabelle's financial and less-than-fortunate social situation. First of all, Simon is quite alluring and the chemistry between Annabelle and himself is electrifying. You get the impression immediately that although he is physically desirous of her, that his feelings for her run deeper; that he truly loves her. Yet, I could not understand why he also was seeking her as a mistress. If I thought Simon's character was alluring at the beginning, throughout the book I was just so curious and interested in seeing what kind of man he really was. And, OH MY GOODNESS.....He is just a dream come true, and I'm so glad it worked out.
3) Women in society: Annabelle and her mother's relationship was so touching to me. I wanted to cry for her mother when she became a mistress of an old, fat, ruddy man who used to actually be a friend of her husband before he died. Annabelle's mother gives herself to his man because of the financial benefits to her family. She tries to hold on, until Annabelle can make a reasonable marriage and save their family's financial situation. I also loved the relationship Annabelle establishes with the wallflowers; her friends.
Oh, I could go on and on because this book touched me and captivated me. The author did a superb job in thinking about the reader. This book delivers in each level of the characters relationship phase: when they are acquaintances, falling in love, marriage life and the grand ending. The best way I can describe this book is absolute perfection!!!
Rosalyn Landor is wonderful!!! She is so talented and enhances the listening experience. I can't believe how well she is able to portray the variation of voices for both men and women. What a treat to listen to her!!!
Yes...and listen to it over and over...
I read reviews for the next book in the series and some are saying that it is better than the first book; which I find hard to believe. Yet, I'm excited to decide for myself. This author may just become one of my favorite if she delivers on the following books in this series.
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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!
I really enjoy every thing I've listened to by Lisa Kleypas. I love this series and enjoyed the non-traditional Victorian misses finding love with non-traditional men of the time.
The performance was spot on and let me immerse in the book for true enjoyment.
I usually love historical fiction with strong female leads, but this book was a tedious listen.I didn't even finish the last two chapters because I just couldn't take it any more. It was basically a poor romance with some historical references sprinkled throughout. None of the history was interesting and the characters kept making weak decisions. I was surprised at all of the good reviews this book got. I am returning this book.