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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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    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 2015
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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 2011
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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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    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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    Amy Cook 04-09-12
    Amy Cook 04-09-12

    Book Nerd, Extraordinaire!

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    "I love Kleypas Wallflower books"
    Would you listen to Secrets of a Summer Night again? Why?

    I bought this audiobook so I could reread the Wallflower series, it amuses me and entertains me and I laugh like I did the first time I devoured the series day after day until they were all read.


    3 of 7 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 2012
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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 12-28-14
    bluestategirl Vermont 12-28-14 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "So good!"

    I loved Annabelle. Her family is down on it's luck after the death of her father and everything hinges on her making a good ton marriage. Unfortunately, without a dowry, and with her clothes much worst for wear, attracting a suitable man is clearly impossible. But our plucky heroine is determined to keep her chin up and persevere, even if she has to trick some hapless peer into marrying her.

    Then along comes a wealthy commoner, Simon Hunt, a butcher's son who's made his fortune in industry. Simon is welcome at some ton events only because he's got friends in high places. He's met Annabelle before, and finds that he's still attracted to the lady, but she won't give him the time of day. To put it simply, Annabelle is a snob.

    There's an oily villain, some fellow wallflowers (who act as fairy godmothers), and lots of opportunities for romance and misunderstanding at the Duke's estate during a months' long house party. The characters from Again the Magic are also here, so the series gather's some steam as more are introduced.

    LK hits all the right notes with this one, and it's clear she had fun writing it. Best of all, you end up cheering for the leads.

    Loved it!

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 12-17-10
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 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.

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

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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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    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 11-17-13
    Amazon Customer Modesto, CA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of a Summer Night to be better than the print version?

    No, nothing beats the actual physical activity of holding the book and turning to the next page with all of the excitement and anticipation of seeing what is printed on that page.


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

    It actually has no comparison for me. I usually read regency London novel's, this is the first of this era of London for me, but I LOVED IT.


    Did Rosalyn Landor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, the men kind of all sound the same to me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wall flowers, not just for show but for showing their peers how to get it right.


    Any additional comments?

    Love LK, I have tons of her books, but this series by far is my FAVORITE.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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