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Secrets of a Summer Night Audiobook

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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    "Pleasant romance with some humor"

    This was entertaining but not terribly memorable. The hero is a bit unusual in being a self-made man, and there are some humorous elements, which I always appreciate.

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    Amazon Customer 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the. first. wallflower"

    Loved the story. Just enough humor and excitement that you didn't want to
    stop listening. Looking forward to the
    next book in the series.

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    Astrid Kensington, Australia 07-14-15
    Astrid Kensington, Australia 07-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoying the wallflowers"

    This is the second wallflower book I've listened to ( the first was Evie's book). I found this book really engaging, I liked the character of Annabel and enjoyed the growing tension between her and Simon.
    I know a lot of readers struggled with Annabel's apparent snobbery but I think considering her in the context of her time and place, I found her willingness to go with significant social change quite inspiring and well drawn.

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-15-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-15-14 Member Since 2016

    Audible Addict!

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    "Good story but a bit too wordy."

    This was a good story. I could have been better. But it was a bit to wordy and descriptive of furnishings and the like for my taste. Not enough dialogue for me either. I enjoyed the H and H and the secondary characters. All in all it would have been a much better book with less descriptions and more dialogue. It was not good enough for me to move on to the next book.
    Narration is okay if you listen to it on 1.25 speed. Not a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor but it was tolerable.

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    jenifer francis 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.

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    Dianne Oregon, Untied States 12-05-12
    Dianne Oregon, Untied States 12-05-12 Member Since 2016

    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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