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Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1 | [Lisa Kleypas]

Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

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.
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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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    Arlene Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-12-12
    Arlene 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.

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    Dianne 12-05-12
    Dianne 12-05-12 Listener Since 2010

    A busy Mum and Accountant. Listen to books while driving to work or sunbathing is my guilty pleasure.

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    "Good story; love making sections very pleasing"
    What did you love best about Secrets of a Summer Night?

    Although you knew the two main characters would end up together. The way you get to go along with their journey is wonderful. The love making scenes left enough that you could still use your imgaination.


    What other book might you compare Secrets of a Summer Night to and why?

    This is my first time reading this genre.


    What aspect of Rosalyn Landor’s performance would you have changed?

    It took time to get use to her style of reading, this was only because the period she was trying to convey. Her characters were very good and I could clearly picture them. I don't think I would seek out a book especially for her reading, not like others I have.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Part one, I listened to over a week, but part two was a different story - I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finished the book I wanted to know what happend to the other characters. To my joy, Lisa Kleypas has written a series around these people.It would make a good TV series, give Downington Abby a run for its money.

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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-27-12
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-27-12

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    This was a nice easy listen. Story was well told and kept me listening. :)

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    Paula Dublin, OH, United States 11-26-12
    Paula Dublin, OH, United States 11-26-12
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    "Sooo good!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 11-22-12
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 11-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Sweetheart!"

    I love this old fashion love story. So beautifully narrated. Thanks for a wonderful yet simple story.

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    Amazon Customer Leumeah, Australia 11-12-12
    Amazon Customer Leumeah, Australia 11-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "WALLFLOWER NO MORE"

    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!!

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    Pearl Palm City, Florida 10-18-12
    Pearl Palm City, Florida 10-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "*Marvelously Entertaining*"
    Where does Secrets of a Summer Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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...


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    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Pat LORENA, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Determined suitor persues a reluctant lady"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of a Summer Night to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Secrets of a Summer Night to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep recording these stories as they are so good.

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    Maureen Vilonia, AR, United States 09-17-12
    Maureen Vilonia, AR, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of a Summer Night to be better than the print version?

    I love audio. I have to drive an hour to work and it passes the time quicker than I want sometimes.


    What other book might you compare Secrets of a Summer Night to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Rosalyn Landor was the perfect narrator.

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