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Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1) (edition 2004)

by Lisa Kleypas

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Title:Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
Authors:Lisa Kleypas
Info:Avon (2004), Edition: The Wallflowers, Book 1, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:historical romance, wallflowers

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Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

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Thus begins a series of four young women who are never asked to dance and are getting desperate to find a husband, each for different reasons. Annabelle's need was financial, as her family was living in genteel poverty and was getting desperate. Simon was a butcher's son but was ruthless and had a gift for making money. In addition, they were like flint and steel with their prejudices coming to the fore! I loved this the first two times I read it and it does stand the test.
Rosalyn Landor is exceptional as a narrator and never oversells! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Sep 5, 2018 |
Listened to this on playaway audiobook from the library. Fun! ( )
  PNRList | Aug 15, 2018 |
Secrets of a Summer Night
4 Stars

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Annabelle Peyton is in want of a husband. She doesn't require much only that he be a peer and have sufficient funds to raise her family out of poverty. Simon Hunt is a self made man who has everything he could ever want except the one woman who will never have him - Annabelle. Can these two very different people find a way to overcome their differences for love?

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Charming and funny read with a very hunky hero but the heroine rubbed me the wrong way.

While Annabelle is in desperate straits and it is difficult not to sympathize with her circumstances, she is nevertheless not a likeable character due to her haughty, mercenary, elitist and selfish personality. She does ultimately redeem herself but it was too late for me. Simon, on the other hand, is simply perfect - honest, intelligent, sexy and sensual, understanding and accepting, loving and determined - I could go on and on but I won't. His only flaw is his attraction to Annabelle as I have no idea what he sees in her.

The plot is an enjoyable yet predictable love/hate romance with some Pride & Prejudice thrown in for good measure. The historical background on Victorian social norms are well researched and interesting, especially the descriptions of the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the industrialist middle class. The portrayal of the difficult choices faced by women who fall outside the accepted conventions is also very apt.

The writing is good although it does lack a certain flow. I sometimes found myself re-reading lines and even entire paragraphs just to make sure I was following the action.

The real highlight of the book is the hysterically funny banter, machinations and antics of the Wallflowers. The Rounders-in-Knickers scenes still have me smiling.

Overall, an entertaining beginning to a promising series. Lillian and Marcus are up next and I look forward to seeing just how crazy they can drive each other. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
So it's essentially Gone With The Wind in Victorian England (and no war). Seriously, they should have just named Simon Hunt "Rhett Butler." ( )
  ElleyOtter | Nov 28, 2017 |
First book in the wallflower series. Annabelle needs a wealthy husband and her mother is tutoring her in how to attract a titled gentleman for her coming-out party into society. Because she has no dowry, most of the titled bachelors aren't interested in her. She meets some wealthy American young women who are sitting by the wall not getting asked to dance because they don't have "blue-blood." They form a pact to help each other find husbands. Since Annabelle is the oldest, they concentrate on her first. ( )
  Kathy89 | Sep 9, 2017 |
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To Julie Murphy,
for taking care of Griffin and Lindsay
with such love, endless patience and skill...
for lending your many talents to the business side of my career...
for being a cherished member of our family...
And most of all, for being you.

Love always,
L.K.
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Although Annabelle Peyton had been warned all her life never to take money from strangers, she made an exception one day...and quickly discovered why she should have heeded her mother's advice.
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"Somehow I've never thought of husband-hunting as a team sport."

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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.

1841. 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.
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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.

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Desperate to save her family from ruin, Annabelle Peyton plans to use her beauty and wit to marry a wealthy aristocrat, but her plans are undermined by the intriguing Simon Hunt, who offers seduction but not marriage.

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