Audiobook Review: Secrets of a Summer Night [The Wallflowers, Book 1]
I have listened to the Wallflowers series a few times now. I generally start with book 1 (Secrets of a Summer Night), sneak in book 0.5 (Again the Magic) somewhere, and run all the way through to the end of the Hathaways series (sort of a spin off from the Wallflowers series). I love how the author, Lisa Kleypas, intertwines all of her characters throughout different series. Book 1 is about Annabelle and Simon Hunt. She's a beauty with money troubles in the upper class. He's a handsome lower class man with lots of money from...wait for it...actual work. It's a nice story of their encounters, along with the other wallflowers and handsome male characters in the book. There is some decent drama and some things that make you want to roll your eyes because of the old-fashioned small mindedness, but then you remember you're reading a historical romantic book so it's old-fashioned thinking by default.
I like the book. Out of the series, it is not my favorite but it's up there. I like the naming convention of the books in this series as well. Summer is the time frame of this one I suppose (gee how did I figure that out?). I love the mix of the Americans and the British. It makes for some laughable moments with the differences in demeanor, manners, upbringing, finances, and so on. There is a nice love story and decent intimate scenes that are descriptive but not grotesque. They just help to illustrate the passion the characters have for each other. I recommend this book and series for historical romance fans.