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Love In The Afternoon (Hathaway Book 5)

Love In The Afternoon (Hathaway Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Kleypas
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The next novel in the Hathaway series by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling historical romance author Lisa Kleypas.

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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 free-spirited beauty has never been swept away or seriously courted and is resigned to never finding love.

Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix's friend, the vivacious Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But life on the battlefield has darkened his soul - and it's becoming clear that he won't return the same as when he left. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CRT058
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable end to an excellent series 25 July 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Beatrix Hathaway has always felt more comfortable outside with the animals than in a ballroom crowded with people. Despite that, she still yearns for the kind of love and passion that will sweep her off her feet yet no man has ever taken her breath away or even seriously courted her.

Captain Christopher Phelan is a dashing, handsome soldier who has plans to marry Beatrix's pretty, flirtatious friend, Prudence, when he returns from fighting in the Crimea. But life on the battlefield has darkened his soul and he fears he is no longer the man he once was. The only light in his life are the regular, witty letters he receives from Pru. So much so that he's beginning to fall in love with his correspondent. So when he returns from the war, determined to claim the woman he loves, he's confused as to why he feels nothing for Pru and so much for Beatrix. But who really is his letter writing love and what will he do when he finds out he's been duped?

This is the last in the Hathaway series of books following Mine Till Midnight, Seduce Me at Sunrise, Tempt Me at Twilight and Married by Morning (Hathaway Series). As with the other Hathaway books, you could easily read this book as a stand alone but you're more likely to understand the characters and the history of the family if you've read the other books before reading this one.

The first half of this book was an absolute delight.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending! 20 July 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read Winn and Marripan story which was somewhat lacking emotional depath and Leo and Cathrine story in 'married by morning' I was beginning to despair the Lisa Kleypas lost her touch. I was not impressed and I didn't like Leo story but she proved me wrong and bounced back with vengeance. I bought this book in New York JFK airport bookshop coming back from my holiday and by the end of my flight I was finished two third of the story. I didn't even take a nap and it was a night flight. There squeezed in middle between an oversized man and sleeping lady that I found LK magic.

This is the story of Beatrix the youngest of the Heathway family and the animal lover. Reader of the series will recognise her from her consistent appearances the story and from her famous pet ferret and hedgehog. Beatrix start a correspondent with a Captain Christopher Phelan after the girl he wrote original to refused to corresponded with him for the fact he write about war and not fashionable. In simple terms she start writing letters to him under her friend's name but everything in the letter is Beatrix. Of course they both fall in love with each but after a while Beatrix start to feel guilty for the deception and send him a letter telling him that she is not who he think she is and asking him to come and find her. After the war Christopher come back from war a changed man and determined to find the women he fall in love with and marry her. As you can imagine everything unravel from.

I loved this story as Beatrix direct and honest emotion is the excellent foil for Christopher serious character. Christopher has to deal with the aftermath of the Crimean war, loss of his friends, his brother death and his love live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We all love a bit of love 28 Mar 2013
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A light, fluffy read
I got this from the library and I'm glad I did because I wouldn't want to waste money on it. It's a nice enough, light, fluffy read but the Americanisms really, really got on my... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Heather M. Marsham
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Mum
Bought as part of the series for my Mum. She enjoyed them all. She would recommend them. I have completed it with A Wallflower Christmas.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Antoinette Bertie
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
another book in an excellent series thoroughly enjoyed them all and cant wait to read each one thankyou for the quick delivery
Published 14 months ago by wilma Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Please see my reviews of the other Hathaway books.
Ms Kleypas rarely disappoints and certainly hasn't in this story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by MDG
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatrix and her knowledge of the animal kingdom :)
THis serie is probably not that historically acurate, that said I really love the Hathaways series and this the final installment doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lynsey
5.0 out of 5 stars love in the afternoon
loved this book. the final Hathaway storey. I love how she fell in love just by letter. so romantic & funny.
Published 21 months ago by Kitch
4.0 out of 5 stars very sweet
this is a sweet story as regards romance novel no electric tension just sweet and accepting it started off very nicely later it stalled a bit with him brooding and her being... Read more
Published 23 months ago by allana
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
My summary of the book - Beatrix agrees to write to Captain Phelan for her friend Prudence who doesn't care but after writing for months Beatrix falls for him and has to stop... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Mrs. Leanne A. Lingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great finale to the series
I loved this book out of the Hathaway series, I think thisis the best. Christopher Phelan, ike many of his contemporaries bought a commission in the army and went off to the Crimea... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Mrs Flight
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
The whole "Hathaways" series has been a delight. The stories are wonderfully romantic and very interesting, but also contain some really funny moments (I have laughed out loud on... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by MISS DEBORAH J CAMPBELL
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