- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Avon; The Wallflowers, Book 1 edition (December 29, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060091290
- ISBN-13: 978-0060091293
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 492 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
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Not only the main characters are wonderful but the secondary ones are very interesting too so it's great to know that each of the friends has her own book.
When I read historical romances with this particular theme of the impoverished family without a father I'm just so happy that I live in this time period and not theirs because it's scary to think the lack of options women had and the way men would take advantage of them. It's so easy to criticize the decisions that some times women had to make but it must have been awful to be in a society that did not let women be educated and that if you actually worked they would look down on you.
I highly recommend this book it's romantic, steamy, funny and much much more.
This story focuses on Annabelle and Simon Hunt. These two are very different, but since Simon is a stubborn man who knows how to get his way, and is very attracted to Annabelle, their paths cross. A lot. And it's at turns funny and so sweet. Both have some prejudices, but especially Annabelle, and both get plenty of time to overcome these issues. In the meantime, their interactions are explosive and fun, with plenty of witty banter and heat. I liked Annabelle, but I really liked Simon.
This story begins the friendship of the wallflowers and gives an entertaining and consuming romance. The friendship aspects were done well, and I liked all of the romance aspects, up until near the end. The end dragged a little as the two learned to live with another, with plenty of heat, but that was all. Otherwise the story flowed well and was written superbly. I definitely recommend it!
I really liked Annabelle and Simon both. They were very well matched and it was wonderful to see each of their characters and their relationship develop and blossom. I hope they make an appearance in the rest of the books in the series.
The wallflowers were all delightful and brought in such an element of fun. I look forward to reading Evie's, Lillian's and Daisy's stories.
The villain was truly reprehensible and my heart broke for Annabelle's mother. I hope we find out in a later book that she is able to find some peace and happiness.
If you want to read a book that keeps you engaged through the entire story, has characters that are so well-written that you really care about what happens to them and that can also make you laugh, cry and swoon, this book fits the bill.
Beautiful Annabelle, one of the Wallflowers, is of the gentry and lives with her widowed mother in desperately impoverished circumstances. Gorgeous, piratical-looking Simon Hunt, a butcher's son, is a self-made millionaire industrialist and close friend of forward-thinking Lord Westcliff. And Simon has had his eye on Annabelle...for YEARS.
Annabelle, a product of her time and class, won't give Simon the time of day. Our guy, Simon, though is nothing if not persistent!
Then comes the house party...hehe. (I love house parties! So did they;)
There were secondary characters and back stories in this overall panorama that were all roundly set forth for us in satisfying detail. But THE story...that of Annabelle and Simon...is brilliant! It's funny, it's poignant, it's profoundly moving.
Beautiful, beautiful story that pulls on all your emotions. I love this book.