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Secrets of a Summer Night Audiobook

Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure, he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon — and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses…and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

©2010 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"By turns amusing, sensual and sober, but always compelling, this is a first-rate offering from a truly talented storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jeanne Hutchinson, KS, United States 04-06-12
    Jeanne Hutchinson, KS, United States 04-06-12
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    "I loved everything about this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Secrets of a Summer Night the most enjoyable?

    First book was wonderful, funny and oh so romantic!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon!!


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Annabell


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Foundry fire


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-23-12
    Sheba LANCASTER, TX, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2011

    AVID READER!!!!

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    "Simon and Annabelle"

    This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Kleypas and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  The chemistry between Simon and Annabelle was just the right amount of tension and electricity.  It wasn’t overly sappy nor under developed.  It was very nice.  I fell in love with the way Simon felt for Annabelle and vice versa.  Experiencing this type of love myself, with my husband of 11 ½ years, I truly could relate to how Annabelle felt when she went back in the foundry after the love of her life.  I could totally see myself doing that.

    I know there is a part 2 to the Wallflower series, but I just don’t know how I’m going to feel about the story focusing on other characters beside Annabelle and Simon. I’m already attached to them. But I definitely will be reading the next novel in the series because I did so enjoy this first novel. Good job Lisa Kleypas.  

    The narration by Rosalyn Landor completely benefited the story.  I knew who was talking at every turn.  Even her male voices were great. She did an awesome job.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-08-13
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 01-08-13 Member Since 2016

    I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)

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    "An enjoyable listen..."

    A beautiful story that is very romantic. I loved the ending (one of the few that has made me cry). It set the ground for the next book that I will begin immediately. The narrator was very good also.

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    S NY 09-30-10
    S NY 09-30-10 Member Since 2013
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    "NARRATOR AND HEROINE BOTH ANNOYING--"

    The narrator made the women in this story sound like a bunch of Hysterical Harpies while the "heroine" was so darn shallow and self-centered she was just about unbearable. Her "genteel" family was near financial ruin (a relative was selling her body to help pay the bills), yet she and her mother were only interested in her marriage to a wealthy peer even though a dashing wealthy man of trade had been interested in her for years. She couldn't possibly love the butcher's son so she along with her other cold-blooded wallflower friends set about to trap a not-too-bright titled man into a compromised wedding. Nothing romantic here. The only warmth came at the very end, but by then I could care less.

    13 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel 09-19-16
    Ariel 09-19-16 Member Since 2016

    The cosmere consumes me.

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    "Fluff"

    Fluffy with frequent moments of hilarity, some moments of angst, and all-around really good romance novel to just curl up and listen to, narrator did an excellent job. Story was likable, if a little predictable. Worth the time if your in the mood for bickering couples that grow to love each others company.

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    Barbara 09-04-16
    Barbara 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely love this book"

    this is a wonderful read and the narrator is excellent. I really enjoyed the light-hearted banter between the girls and the depth of relationship. I enjoyed both the relationships built with the men as well as the camaraderie between the women.

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    tooonce72 05-28-13
    tooonce72 05-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Quite Enjoyable"

    I enjoy a light historic chick lit every once in a while and this was a good one. I would probably read all, though audible doesn't have all of the books in their catalog. I will be on the lookout for them.

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    Johanna 12-31-12
    Johanna 12-31-12
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    "Not bad, just average"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Kleypas and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    Maybe


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice, very vanilla story. Nothing very interesting, and the story line was pretty predictable.

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    Marlowe Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-12-12
    Marlowe Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Strong and Persistent"
    Would you listen to Secrets of a Summer Night again? Why?

    I would listen to the story again...and again...and probably even again. Ms. Landor does a stunning job of bringing the characters to life and the story is so fast moving that I'm sure there are parts that I didn't fully absorb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy a good series....and this series is great. Even though I read them out of order they still made sense and each of the characters, even minor ones, are very well developed.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her inotation and ability to characterize linguistic patterns make her a master of her trade.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud quite a lot....hence my earlier comment about listening to it again. I'm quite sure I missed some interesting parts.


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    lgreader Massachusetts 12-07-12
    lgreader Massachusetts 12-07-12
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    "Lisa Kleypas & Roslyn Landor are a dynamite team!"
    If you could sum up Secrets of a Summer Night in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome heart-rending read!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love all of Lisa Kleypas' books, but the Wallflowers series and the Hathaways series are truly amazing. The story made me laugh and cry and keep reading til I was done, then go onto the next in the series. Rosalyn Landor has the ability to make you feel that there are many readers, one for each character.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I specifically look for books that Rosalyn Landor narrates, she's really wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this entire series, but my all-time favorite Kleypas novel is Poppy Hathaway's story in the Hathaway series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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