Love in the Afternoon
Book 5, The Hathaways
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Love in the Afternoon continues the Hallaways series by Victorian romance author Lisa Kleypas.
As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood?
Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it's becoming clear that Christopher won't come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru's disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru's letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he's determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix's innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can't be denied…
Beatrix and Christopher
The last grown Hathaway to fall in love, Beatrix finds a sweet but tortured hero to do so with, Captain Christopher Phelan. I liked this book as a whole, liked the dialogue and romance, but the ending dragged which was disappointing. Still, it was fun to read about Beatrix and her animals--and the man who would be able to love her and them.
I have to agree, starts strong, but the author seemed to tire of the characters, and it was a little flatter than the rest of the series. some plot opportunities seemed missed. Still readable, but not the best.
This novel captured me from the beginning. I am notorious for buying books and never reading them. This one was fabulous, cover to cover; it is the first book I have finished reading in five years.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Jun 29, 2010
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 352 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 5, The Hathaways