Love in the Afternoon

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Love in the Afternoon is Beatrix’s story, the youngest of the Hathaway girls, and the last book in the series. Though drawn to this book because it was the final story and not due to the trailer I still felt it appropriate to add this book and trailer to my Book Trailer Wednesday picks.

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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 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…

My Thoughts:
I believe that to get the true feel of this series a person should read all the books from start to finish. It gives you a chance to really get to know each character more fully as they grow into the women and men who become the heroes and heroines of their own stories. While Book Four wasn’t my favorite partially because of the time taken away for back story, I loved Book Five.

Love in the Afternoon, the embodiment of just about every emotion you could feel in a romance. I laughed, worried and cried right along with Beatrix. Many times throughout the story I felt a strong desire to smack her. That it took her so long to realize the truth, she loved the hero, puzzled me.

I enjoyed the letter aspect of the story very much. The heroes inability to puzzle out his the true identity of his pen pal frustrated me, but only because I disliked Pru. His mistaken belief in the need for someone so shallow left me wondering if he deserved the exuberance and lust for life that Bea brought him.

I loved the entire Hathaway series and would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys animal humor, a dark brooding man, mixed with a bit of history and a love that changes everything. The final book in the series, Love in the Afternoon is my favorite. I think it was the wounded soul of the war hero more than the animal antics that drew me to this book though. I give it a solid 5 hearts.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)