Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1 by Lisa KleypasSecrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1 by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

byLisa Kleypas

Mass Market Paperback | December 29, 2015

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The Wallflowers

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon's wicked propositions, but she can't deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle's courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

Lisa Kleypas is the author of nineteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her...
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Title:Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060091290

ISBN - 13:9780060091293

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A strong start to a favourite series! The characters are delightful, the plot charming and the chemistry zips along the page.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay This book was okay, I was not in love with the story line #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! The vibes I got from this book really reminded of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series which I ADORE, and is what started my love (and obsession) with historical romance. It's got the banter, the romance, the relationships, and the humour that I really came to enjoy with that other series, and a similar writing style that has me speeding quickly through the pages. Annabelle and Simon are a delightful pair and I'm SO excited to see that the next book is about Lillian and Westcliff because I totally called the pairing from the beginning, and their back and forth is going to be excellent.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read I have to admit that while it took me a while to get into this one, I am glad that I started this series because it became one of my favourites. At first, I found the heroine, Annabelle, a bit irritating, but by the end of the novel I grew to like her. In comparison, the hero, Simon, was charming since the very beginning, and he and the heroine made a couple. The supporting characters were really fun as well.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic start to a series!! I loove Lisa Kleypas and after finishing the Hathway series, I thought I'd go to the Wallflower series and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long to get to it. I love the character growth in Annabelle. She was at first, quite spoiled and had a very narrow way of thinking, but as the story progressed, so did her initial ideas of what it meant to be middle class. I loved Simon and how persistent he was with Annabelle and how he paid attention to the tiniest details.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The start of a wonderful series I absolutely loved this book. The wallflowers is one of the best series I've read. I loved Simon and Annabelle.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great start to a series WONDERFUL. I loved this story of Anna and Simon! They were so cute and I couldn't help but root for them. I want to do a re-read so bad....
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secrets of a summer night A 4.5 book. Loved the writing and details. Such a good book!
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secrets of a summer night Great and a little funny!
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Historical Romance Series Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews I hope I can convey the love I have for this book. Let's just get this out of the way, ok? I LOVED this story, Secrets of A Summer Night! I always imagine what the book characters look like (who doesn't?) and I love when there is extra art. I find that this Wallflower series does seems to include some beautiful art. I think that this is a perfect rendering of Simon and Annabelle. Well not that Simon casually walks around with bulging muscles and shirtless. Secrets of a Summer Night is just an awesome read. I was whisked away to London 1842 and I really enjoyed reading about the Victorian era. It is fairly new for me to read about the industrial revolution and how there was so much change in England at this time. The aristocracy was really trying to stay in charge and remain at the top of the food chain yet the rich Americans and English business men were set in changing the world. This evolution wasn't all the main plot of the story but it heavily dictated the conundrum that faced Annabelle and the other wallflowers. Speaking of the wallflowers, what an awesome group of ladies. There is Annabelle, a Lady with no dowry. Daisy and Lillian Bowman, incredibly rich Americans but not schooled in the proper English mannerisms and then the lovely but stammering red head Evie. These bright women were left to sit at the dreaded wallflower seats at all of the balls due to their circumstances. These four women create a strong friendship and scheme to get themselves each married off. Its such a shame that women of history had to be married in order for them to move forward in life. I do love reading about their various ways to obtain this goal. Since Annabelle is the oldest at twenty five, the group put her at the top of the list and devised a plan to obtain a aristocracy husband. Of course, even the best laid plans can get side tracked and that is exactly what happens. I loved reading every moment of their schemes and detours. In fact I relished in it. I smiled, giggled and turn the pages with anticipation to see where Annabelle would end up next. No story is complete without a villain and the slimy creepy Lord Hodgeham fit the bill perfectly. Preying of Annabelle and her mother's desperate financial issues, he took every advantage his greasy hands could. Secrets of A Summer Night demonstrates the lengths a mother will go to for the love of her children. Simon was a fabulous hero. I loved his arrogance and his commanding presence. Even ruthless business men have soft spots and Annabelle was his. There was such satisfaction reading how much he fell in love with Annabelle. Next book is It Happened One Autumn and I am eager to crack open the first page. Lisa Kleypas' writing is completely magical to me. She has a gift with words. Teasers: Rounders in knickers, adder bite, a gift of walking boots, "Without limit. Beyond forever." Quote from Simon
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh... Could of Been Better. This is the first book of the wallflower series. I have to say I'm somewhat disappointed. My boyfriend had given me the entire series after I complained about running out of books. But - to be honest if I didn't have the collection I doubt I would have bothered to read the rest of them - because of this one. ( Although I'm Glad I read devil in winter!) It lacks something, I haven't figured out yet. It just felt like the hero kind of got shafted and their love story took the backseat to the wallflowers friendship for most of it. All in All.. It was a poor introduction to the series.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I expected and more The book in the Wallflower quartet by Kleypas. Set in the 1840's, Secrets of a Summer Night introduces four young women in London society; Annabelle, Lillian, Evie, and Daisy. Secrets of a Summer Night focuses upon Annabelle and her quest for a suitable marriage, preferably one that maintains her position in society. In enters Simon Hunt, a self made millionaires who is the son of a butcher. Throughout the book they meet and eventually succumb to their feelings for one another. This novel was the perfect start to the series and made me fall in love with Lisa Kleypas all over again. The story seems entirely realistic in a time when social norms were quickly changing during the industrial revolution. All told this novel is an excellent read for a lazy afternoon.
Date published: 2009-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I expected more Although this book wasn't bad it wasn't that great either. I thought that Annabelle was self absorbed and snobbish, therefore I didn't care for her character so much. I also didn't care for Simon Hunt's character either. Although Simon was interesting enough, I couldn't see how he could fall for a woman like Annabelle, except for her beauty which the book so calls describes which is quite shallow on Simon's part. When the two characters had finally married the book seemed to drag on for another 115 pages or so. I can't wait to read the next Wallflower book "It Happened One Autumn". The two main characters of Lord Westcliff and Lillian are introduced in this story and those two just seem to leap off the pages of this story. So all in all I didn't think that this was a great start to the Wallflower series but you will love the friendship that has formed between the wallflowers and their scheming and manipulative ways with their hearts in the right place.
Date published: 2007-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from there's hope for everyone When is a wallflower not a wallflower? When she has friends! And what friends. What a wonderful book. Full of whit, adventure and love. The characters are all strong personalities and yet manage to meld in to an acceptable and accepting unit. I could hardly wait to read the sequel. It captures you from the beginning, and leaves you wanting for more.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another wonderful story by Lisa Kleypas. Similar to "Worth Any Price" and "Dreaming of You" with the bad guy reforming and getting the girl. Read it in one sitting and can't wait for the author to write the stories for the rest of the girls in the book.
Date published: 2004-11-11