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Love in the Afternoon

She harbors a secret yearning. 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 Has the She harbors a secret yearning.

Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood? He is a world-weary cynic. 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 What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Beatrix HathawayCaptain Christopher Phelan. Hampshire, England To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Love in the Afternoonplease sign up.

This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Is There or will there be a book with Audrey and Mark? I’ll even take a novella!!!! Is Beatrix the youngest Hathaway? Steffy Yes she is the youngest sister. She comes just after Poppy. See all 4 questions about Love afteenoon the Afternoon…. Lists with This Book.

Feb 18, Navessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had things to do this weekend, but instead I mistakenly started this series and spent four days straight sitting on my couch. That would require me to change out of sweatpants. And then we have this book. I have to review it.

It focuses on Bea, the youngest, most te, and by far my favorite Hathaway.

Bea is an animal lover like myselfshe rescues creatures big and small and brings them to the dinner table like myself. And so when the young man she was flirting with departs for the Crimean war, she moves on. When he writes her a letter from the front lines, clearly shell shocked and in need of some normalcy, she decides not to write back, because who wants to read about someone complaining about losing their best friend? Or being penned in by enemy soldiers and barely escaping?


She gives Bea the letter to read. So begins two years of correspondence.

And hell it is. What was even more impressive is how she handled his PTSD. Several of the scenes in this book could have been taken straight from their lives. The Christopher sent home at the end of the war a decorated hero is a drastically different man than the one that afterrnoon.

Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, #5) by Lisa Kleypas

This is where everything could have gone to hell. Kleypas could have dragged out the pseudo-love triangle. This book is made up of two people that love each other, trying to make it work when one of them lobe just a shell of their former self. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest View all 68 comments. Dec 17, Shawna rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, big 5 stars! Mine Till Midnight 3. Love in the Afternoon Favorite heroes: Dodger The adorable little thw and cunning troublemaker is one of my favorite things about the series!

View all 25 comments. Jul 03, Oisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of the series; Fans of the Wallflowers series. Writing reviews for books you enjoy is soooo much harder than for books that were a disappointment. Phrases like “I lobe it” seem so inadequate. So I’m sort of dragging my feet figuring out what to say. I’m also delaying because this was the end of a wonderful series, and I feel like I’m leaving a bunch of good friends aftednoon, and that makes me a little depressed.

What sort of surprised me about this book was lovee much I loved the character of Beatrix. I’ve always liked her, but in t I’m stumped. I’ve always liked her, but in the previous books there was something about her that made me think Maybe she seemed a bit too immature, too afternoom, too much of a free spirit, too “in her own world” for me to see her ever having a chance for a HEA.

Boy was I wrong. In Love in the Afternoon Beatrix Hathaway came into her own, and she proved to be an intuitive, charismatic, engaging, compassionate force to be reckoned with! She was the kind of girl who you would want as your best friend although why she was ever friends with shallow Prudence Mercer is beyond me! Anyway, to lobe of summarize, Beatrix now 23 is the last remaining unmarried Hathaway, living at the family estate in Hampshire with oldest sister Amelia’s family.

And with her menagerie lisx unusual pets that no one else wanted hedgehog, three-legged cat, mule. Beatrix, although quite beautiful and charming, knows she’s headed for a life of spinsterhood, because although she doesn’t want for male admirers, none are eager to propose marriage. Her family background is suspect being on the fringe of societyand most people find her a bit unusual, if not downright strange.

But that’s okay with Beatrix, because she much prefers the company of animals over humans. She has a few close female friends, and one of them is a shallow, vain girl named Prudence Mercer.


Prudence is on the hunt for a husband, and the richer, handsomer, and more popular the better.

She begins corresponding with one of her suitors who’s off to war in the Crimea, and one of the most popular bachelors in Hampshire, Captain Christopher Phelan age But Prudence is bored with Christopher’s rather melancholy letters about the war, and she shows one to Beatrix.

Beatrix knows Christopher, but ever since she overheard him telling a friend that she’s better suited for the stables than the drawing room, she afterrnoon a grudge against him. She thinks he’s the most arrogant man in England.

But after reading his letter, something touches her heart. She feels jn compassion for what he is going through on the battlefront, and urges Pru to write back to him. Prudence has no interest in doing so, and insists that Beatrix does it. Bea knows it’s wrong, masquerading as the beautiful Pru, but she can’t help herself–Christopher needs someone to care about him!

So Beatrix and Christopher correspond, with Christopher telling about how the war has changed him, and damaged his soul, and Beatrix reminding him of what’s waiting for him back home. When Christopher relates a story about his loyal battlefield companion, a scruffy terrier named Albert, the reader knows that Beatrix and Albert are destined to meet.

My vision of ‘Albert’ All this gets a bit tricky, when Beatrix feels herself falling for Christopher, and Christopher declaring his feelings for who he thinks is Pru. Lovw is surprised that there is a deeper side to the superficial Pru, and he’s delighted, never suspecting that it’s really Beatrix Hathaway who he’s writing to. When Christopher makes it home klejpas the war, eager to court the woman who stole his heart and gave him a reason to live, will it be Pru waiting for him who takes a renewed interest in him when Chris becomes a war heroor Beatrix?

I have to say that Beatrix stole the show in this one. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Christopher, and by the end of the book I loved him, but he was rather uptight and a bit stuffy in the beginning. I didn’t like his attitude towards Beatrix and I wanted him to realize that it was Bea who he adternoon and not that airhead Pru! It sure took him long enough to figure out that the woman he was courting was not the same as the one who wrote such heartfelt letters. But to his credit, when he came around, he really came around!

Christopher was quite the tortured hero, suffering from some post traumatic stress and survivor’s guilt regarding a terrible choice he had to make in the heat of battle. War was a lot different in the s–more up close and personal, so my heart broke for what Christopher went through.

And Christopher absolutely detested being regarded as a war hero–he grieved for the lives that he took in battle.