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Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1 Mass Market Paperback – Dec 29 2015
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Starred Review. Deftly evoking not only the romantic tension between hero and heroine but also the conflicts and challenges of the Victorian era, this superb romance from Kleypas launches her new series centered on the Wallflowers, four young ladies who are sick of being snubbed and overlooked by London's bachelors and who have banded together to find themselves husbands. Beautiful Annabelle Peyton represents Old World aristocracy; she's genteel but impoverished and desperately trying to maintain the appearance of wealth. Commoner Simon Hunt, on the other hand, is a brash, ambitious entrepreneur who has made a fortune investing in industry and railroads and is only marginally accepted by society. As Annabelle attempts to trap a moneyed aristocrat into marriage—with the help of her vivacious fellow Wallflowers, of course—Simon boldly pursues her, first with the desire to make her his mistress and then with far more noble intentions. The scenes involving Annabelle and the three other Wallflowers—two impudent American girls and a shy, stuttering English heiress—are almost as enjoyable as the ones in which Annabelle and Simon try to outmaneuver each other. The protagonists inevitably wind up at the altar, but their story doesn't end there. Kleypas delves deeper, touching on Annabelle's changing mindset (specifically, her growing admiration of Simon's working-class roots and her acceptance of everything he stands for) and Simon's insecurity over taking her away from polite society. By turns amusing, sensual and sober, but always compelling, this is a first-rate offering from a truly talented storyteller.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.
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She reckons without her growing attraction to Simon Hunt, a butcher's son who represents the growing entrepreneurial middle class. Simon has made his wealth through smart investments particularly in railways which were relatively new in 1843. Simon has been obsessed with Annabelle since he met(and kissed) her when she and her brother were attending a panorama about the fall of the Roman Empire.
There are some moments of real humour particularly in the encounters between Annabelle and Simon at the Westcliff estate country house party.
What I especially liked was the character development in the story, especially Annabelle who grows as a woman when she realizes that love can come unexpectedly and who learns that what you think you want isn't what you want at all.
The four Young ladies meet fort the first time and they becomes friends for life.