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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.

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"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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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 03-24-11
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable"

    I liked this book even if the ending was a bit predictable. It's a light, entertaining listen.

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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Predictable"

    If you like mid 19th Century romances, this won't disappoint. I thought it was very predictable. Girl of good background with noble blood meets a "Rhett Butler" type character of ignoble birth. It isn't bad it is just predictable. I prefer Lisa's more contemporary romances.

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    Michelle Griffin, GA, United States 02-13-11
    Michelle Griffin, GA, United States 02-13-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read! With kids, that hobby is impossible...enter Audible...problem solved. Chores that I dread are now quiet time for this Mommy!!!

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    "Addicted to this Series!!!"

    I love period romance, and Lisa Kleypass does not dissapoint in this novel! Narration is great, and the intro to these four characters make you want to delve deeper into their lives. I really love how Kleypass sets up the next book in the Epilogue of each novel! Worth a credit!!!

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    Carla Memphis, TN, United States 02-10-11
    Carla Memphis, TN, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2010

    I love to read and have used it as a way to visit other countries and other worlds. Audible allows me to fit more books into my busy schedu

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    "My Favorite Wallflower Book"

    This is my favorite of the Wallflower's book. I like Simon Hunt and Annabelle because of their passion. It's clear to the reader how much they like one another before they realizew it themselves. Other reviewers have criticized Annabelle's mercenary tendencies however, Annabelle's plot to marry for convenience is not unusual given the times.

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    Promise ANTELOPE, CA, United States 02-06-11
    Promise ANTELOPE, CA, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2010
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    "a cute historical romance!"

    could not stop listening to this book but reader has an old sounding voice at times felt like i was listening to a forty year old reading about a young girl, good book love the wallflowers group!

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    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 02-05-11
    Jackee Goovigen, Australia 02-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "COULD LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER"

    This is the first book of Lisa Kleypas i have listened to and I really enjoyed it. And I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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    S NY 09-30-10
    S NY 09-30-10 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-13-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 09-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book"

    This was a goos story and not the same old, usual plot found in may books. The characters are fresh and fun. Good story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 01-03-11
    Shannel Richton Park, IL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "OK but not very bad"

    I like to listen to Rosalyn Landor so this book was a pleasing listen. The reason I would not give this book more than 3 stars is because of the characters themselves. I could not enjoy or relate to them.

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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-17-10
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 12-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable, but disturbing"

    Maybe I shouldn't regard this book in the light of the 21st century, but despite much of its lighthearted story and all trials and tribulations having happy endings, I couldn't help being bothered by the womens' plight in those times.

    Their whole existence and well-being was determined by men. Everything they did centered around being taken care of by a man---their very lives, and their families' lives depended on men. Their situation, their entire future, rested on their capturing a wealthy man. And then, as if that wasn't bad enough, everyone had to pretend they weren't doing it.
    The men, knowing of course what the women were up to, disdained their behavior if the women were too obvious.
    And all the women continually apologized foer everything! Every nuance of emotion was so discouraged, it became exasperating.
    Okay, okay, those were the times they lived in and it was said that those times were changing, but those male attitudes were seriously revolting.
    Okay, okay. maybe I took it a little too seriously, and some of it was fun and enjoyable, but boy am I ever glad I didn't live back then.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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