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

Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1)
Lisa Kleypas
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The Large Print Book Company (May 30, 2005)
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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.
  • Malann
I just loved "Secrets of a Summer Night" I had read it a long time ago and remembered that I liked it, but this time around I just loved it I know I'm repeating what I just said but it just made me want to sigh when I finished it. I thought both Simon and Annabelle are wonderful! She's not only beautiful but smart and funny and she loves her family very much so she knows that she can't just seat and wait to see if her life turns out well, she has to go and try to make it , thankfully for her things don't go exactly the way she planned because of Simon ahh there is just so much chemistry between them and it's great to see the way she fights against it but he just does not give up. I loved Simon as a Hero and that's saying a lot because I'm a snob I'm embarrassed to say when it comes to these kinds of books I always want the heroine to end up with somebody with a title the higher the title the better, but Simon is so great he does not have any hang ups because he comes from the working class he is proud of who he is and what he has accomplished as he should be, he is a little bit rough around the edges but very sexy and sure of himself and he wants Annabelle and he does not give up until he gets her I think he is so sweet in a grumpy ruff kind of way.

Not only the main characters are wonderful but the secondary ones are very interesting too so it's great to know that each of the friends has her own book.

When I read historical romances with this particular theme of the impoverished family without a father I'm just so happy that I live in this time period and not theirs because it's scary to think the lack of options women had and the way men would take advantage of them. It's so easy to criticize the decisions that some times women had to make but it must have been awful to be in a society that did not let women be educated and that if you actually worked they would look down on you.

I highly recommend this book it's romantic, steamy, funny and much much more.
  • lifestyle
I found Lisa Kleypas because of A Wallflower Christmas. I read the book and loved it, not knowing it was part of a bigger series. Now I'm reading them, and loving it.

This story focuses on Annabelle and Simon Hunt. These two are very different, but since Simon is a stubborn man who knows how to get his way, and is very attracted to Annabelle, their paths cross. A lot. And it's at turns funny and so sweet. Both have some prejudices, but especially Annabelle, and both get plenty of time to overcome these issues. In the meantime, their interactions are explosive and fun, with plenty of witty banter and heat. I liked Annabelle, but I really liked Simon.

This story begins the friendship of the wallflowers and gives an entertaining and consuming romance. The friendship aspects were done well, and I liked all of the romance aspects, up until near the end. The end dragged a little as the two learned to live with another, with plenty of heat, but that was all. Otherwise the story flowed well and was written superbly. I definitely recommend it!
  • Ttyr
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting and engaging and the pacing was just right.

I really liked Annabelle and Simon both. They were very well matched and it was wonderful to see each of their characters and their relationship develop and blossom. I hope they make an appearance in the rest of the books in the series.

The wallflowers were all delightful and brought in such an element of fun. I look forward to reading Evie's, Lillian's and Daisy's stories.

The villain was truly reprehensible and my heart broke for Annabelle's mother. I hope we find out in a later book that she is able to find some peace and happiness.

If you want to read a book that keeps you engaged through the entire story, has characters that are so well-written that you really care about what happens to them and that can also make you laugh, cry and swoon, this book fits the bill.
  • Kieel
I've seldom read anything to equal, in any genre, the rich narratives, detail, and sparkling dialogue that Kleypas routinely produces, and this is no exception! Just amazing. And the characters! We breathe with these people. We understand them. We're there.

Beautiful Annabelle, one of the Wallflowers, is of the gentry and lives with her widowed mother in desperately impoverished circumstances. Gorgeous, piratical-looking Simon Hunt, a butcher's son, is a self-made millionaire industrialist and close friend of forward-thinking Lord Westcliff. And Simon has had his eye on Annabelle...for YEARS.

Annabelle, a product of her time and class, won't give Simon the time of day. Our guy, Simon, though is nothing if not persistent!

Then comes the house party...hehe. (I love house parties! So did they;)

There were secondary characters and back stories in this overall panorama that were all roundly set forth for us in satisfying detail. But THE story...that of Annabelle and Simon...is brilliant! It's funny, it's poignant, it's profoundly moving.

Beautiful, beautiful story that pulls on all your emotions. I love this book.
  • Mejora
I am officially in love with Lisa and her wallflower series an I am just beginning. They're like candy - so sweet, devouring, and down right good. I just loved the wallflowers - Annabelle, Lillian, Daisy, and Evie. They are so witty that every time they came together on the pages - their conversations made me have giggling fits. I sure wouldn't mind having them for friends - never a dull moment with those four. Simon, Simon, Simon, what a character you are. I liked you from the beginning. And Lord Hodgeham - what a deplorable and disgusting man. Some of my favorite moments were when Simon was claiming Annabelle as his territory, how attentive he was to her during her snake bite ordeal, their game of chess and how he told her checkmark after he finally compromised and captured her, when she was playing cards and Simon told her in her ear that she had five minutes to end her game or he'd ravish her right there, and how patient he was with her on their wedding night. This was such a great entertaining read that I can't wait to continue with the other wallflower stories.