Review: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

53018519From the back of the book:

She harbors a secret yearning.

As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors that 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?

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…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…

What a perfect ending to the Hathaway series. Beatrix has always been more of a comedic secondary character than the main star. In LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON she came into her own. I loved her correspondence with Christopher and how their relationship evolved during those letters. Christopher broken my heart. Every time he told Beatrix that he wasn’t good for her it I wanted to hug him. He wasn’t trying to be a martyr, he truly believes that the things he has done in his past make him less than she deserves. The evolution of their relationship both before and after he knew it was her who wrote the letters, is lighthearted and emotional at the same time. There were many times while reading this book that I found myself smiling and laughing. There was also a few times I found myself on the verge of tears. I felt very satisfied with the ending to this series.

the book girl gives LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON a 5/5!

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