I like Kleypass but erroneously thought her Wallflowers series would be boring...so I always avoided it. This book (book 1) was on sale so I thought I'd try it.
Oh, how I loved Annabelle!!! She is one of my top 5 favorite heroines of all time! Proud, brave and beautiful. She goes through so much but she never hides or feels sorry for herself. And Simon is pretty wonderful too!
This is the first in the series and i really enjoyed it. The narration is great and the characters wonderful. I read the second, then the third, however the third book is not available in audible format yet. Enjoy following this series, it's light, moving and i enjoy the history aspect of these stories. That alone intrigues me, how it was back then, very different!!
With the most marvelous Rosalyn Landor narrating the fabulous Wallflower series, these audible books are sublime! Lisa Keyplas writes with a passion and conveyed me to another time and place as I sewed and listened to the story unfold. Such a wonderful tale that ended too soon, but thankfully continues with the next book in the series. Thank you LK, Simply magic...
I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.
I think the audio edition just enhances what is already a great story. Rosalyn Landor always brings so much to a good book. I have only a couple of times wished she had not made a character sound as snobbish as she sometimes does. It is hard to imagine a really sexy rake sounding snobbish and in Devil In Winter, sadly, she did that. If all her heroes sounded like she makes Sebastian, the sexy Lord St. Vincent sound, I would have a hard time thinking of him that way. I always buy when she is narrating because she most always does such a good job. I believe a good read should be appreciated in both the written and audio if possible. This certainly fulfills that for me. I also enjoyed the scene in the library where Simon teaches Annabelle to play chess. Light sexual tension but well written. The chess game continues over several chapters and plays a part in helping them to understand each other.
There are likely many other books I could compare it to but I prefer to let each book I read stand on it's own merits as opposed to comparing them. If I was the author I would want you to read the book for my story alone and not to compare it to one read before.
I really enjoyed the Rounders game that the wallflowers had for one since they took off some of their garments to make play easier for them. Of course you knew that somehow the men would show up to see them not dressed as was appropriate for the times and of course it would be Simon Hunt and Lord Westcliff. It was a funny scene. I enjoyed others as well of course but baseball played in the undergarments of the time was funny. I also liked the scene where Simon teaches Annabelle to play chess in the library where she is recovering from an Adder bite. Nice scene with light sexual tension. Well done. The game continues over several chapters and has special meaning.
No extreme reactions but I laughed alot. Never really cried but certainly got angry a few times as the heroine made some stupid decisions. Were women really as dumb as she acts sometimes? I often wonder how some of these heroines know to keep from walking off a cliff or something else equally as dumb.
Keep recording these stories as they are so good.
I love audio. I have to drive an hour to work and it passes the time quicker than I want sometimes.
All 4 of the Wallflower series..........hate the guy, fall in love with the guy, marry the guy and he's wonderful to her. It's a great story though. Both main character were wonderful caring people and I really rooted for them.
I loved all the scenes where Hunt was so gentle and caring for her inspite of her "hatred" for him. Also, how good he was to her mother and brother.
Rosalyn Landor was the perfect narrator.
From a modern woman's perspective I found the heroine, Annabel exceptionally annoying. Her attitudes to marriage, sex and aristocracy were that of a very juvenile mind even though she was 25.
OK - So then I reminded myself of the historical period and I gradually start to enjoy the story somewhat. I did have to keep reminding myself however that she was an innocent from a different period.
I enjoyed the different perspectives of the different "Wallflowers" and I believe that this Annabel will be my least favourite of the four. (I have already purchased the second in the series on sale). Simon was a very patient man.
The sex scenes were OK but went on and on and on and on and I had to wait for three quarters of the book before something happened and then it didn't stop.
For me Rosalyn Landor always takes a little getting used to but proves to be an excellent narrator within a very short time of listening to her books. I like her interpretations very much.
As a mother of 4 you have a lot of laundry. Audible books made washing a whole lot nicer. Walking isn't as painful either.
Right near the top.
Lillian Bowman. She is a strong sexy woman thatis not afraid to have fun.
Absolutely! After meeting the wallflowers I knew I was in for a treat.Its like you wanted to be part of their group and see what happens to you.I found myself smiling, laughing, excited and thoroughly anticipating everyscene.
Since I discovered the Wallflowers, I feel like I've found my best friends.
I would if I knew they liked romance novels. It's juicy, although it is quite formulaic.
I read so I can write
This is going to be a fun and fantastic series if the rest continue like this first one. Such realistic characters and fun story. This Kleypas in her element and Landor at her best.