Series: Wallflowers #1
Published by HarperCollins e-books on October 13, 2009
Great First Book in the Wallflowers Series
SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT is the story of Annabelle Peyton and Simon Hunt. Annabelle is of the genteel class but her family has fallen on hard times since the death of her father and she desperately seeks marriage to a peer to rescue her family. Simon Hunt is of the new generation…a butcher’s son who has made a fortune but exists only on the fringes of society.
This book is interesting because it deals with the intersection between the aristocratic classes and the new industrialists that are changing the entire world including the social world. Kleypas’ writing is brilliant and witty. The characters and the situation make me smile. The only negative is that Annabelle is not the most likeable of heroines at the beginning of the book.
Annabelle and Simon remind me quite a bit of Scarlett and Rhett. There is something about Annabelle’s desperation and the monies ways of Rhett that echo in this book for me.
I love this series and this is my second favorite of the series. I’d rate it a 4.5 stars. The rounders game between the ladies is classic! I highly recommend this book and the entire series.