Review taken from my Blog Post (#63) in January 2011, after borrowing the book from the local library:
This is the 5th Book in the Hathaway series, and I found it completely enjoyable. With quite a few heart churning and breath catching moments in it. The story of the youngest Hathaway Sister, Beatrix, a free-spirited girl with a love of natural history and animals. She had a couple of Seasons in London, and whilst men seemed to like her, the unconventional lifestyle of the Hathaway Clan never managed to ensure that a suitable mate would offer for her.
Christopher Phelan once told everyone that she was more suited to the stables than the ton in fact, so how did they end up together?
Christopher planned to marry Beatrix's friend, Prudence when he returned from fighting in the Crimea, and had arranged to write to her via his Sister-in-law, Audrey. However, Prudence a shallow, conceited and self-absorbed lady really couldn't find any need to write back to him. Beatrix was horrified and begged her friend to let her reply on his behalf.
Somewhere along the way those letters turned into love letters, and Beatrix wrote breaking off contact.
Christopher eventually returned a war hero, and determined to claim the girl he had irrevocably fallen in love, but soon realises that the Prudence in the letters is far from the reality of Prudence the girl.
What began as an innocent deception turns into agony and unfulfilled love for them both.
A 4.5 ***** Star read if I could award half stars.