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Secrets of a Summer Night (Avon Historical Romance)by Lisa Kleypas
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In London in 1843, a marriageandndash;minded girl can overcome almost any obstacle andndash; except for the lack of a dowry. Annabelle Peyton andndash; beautiful, witty, charming Annabelle andndash; lacks a dowry, and so she is staring down a third season as a wallflower. In the chairs next to her at every local ball are three women whose company she has grown quite used to, each with their unmarriageable flaws, each without hope of being asked to dance.
But their fates are about to change. Because, banded together, these wallflowers are a force to be reckoned with. They are able to take on matchmaking mamas with the flick of a fan, capable of setting up private moments with even the most elusive bachelors, and faster than a speeding ladies' maid when it comes to dressing for dinner. In fact, they are such a team that they decide to take on the Annabelle's biggest challenge of all: Simon Hunt, a mere mister with more money than a prince and less interest in marriage than, well, a prince. As unlikely a match as they may seem, there is a spark between them that can be seen by absolutely everybody.
"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. Agent, Mel Berger." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This first title of a delectable new series introduces the delightful, husband-hunting "Wallflowers"--four young ladies who enter London society with the common goal of marriage. Here, Annabelle Peyton is determined to resist the titleless yet equally resolute seducer, Simon Hunt. Original.
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.
About the Author
Lisa Kleypas is the author of sixteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at the age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on many bestseller lists, including the New York Timesand Publishers Weekly.Lisa lives in Texas with her husband, Gregory, and their two children, Griffin and Lindsay.
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