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Love in the Afternoon (Hathaway Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Each member of the family is a delight to meet, and the depths of emotions and love they have for each other is shown magnificently...a spectacular story that continues the saga of the Hathaway family.” ―Romance Reviews on SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE
“Lushly sexy and thoroughly romantic…superbly crafted characters and an intriguing plot blend together brilliantly in this splendid romance.” ―Booklist on SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE
“Vintage Kleypas…An unforgettable story peopled with remarkable characters and a depth of emotion that will leave you breathless with the wonderment of knowing what falling in love is really like.” ―Romantic Times BOOKreviews on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“Kleypas's effortless style makes for another sexy exploration of 19th-century passion and peccadilloes, riveting from start to finish.” ―Publishers Weekly on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“Will steal the hearts of readers.” ―The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“Captivating...The love story brims with humor and touches of pathos as the characters struggle with lost love and relinquishing grief to embrace life anew.” ―Fresh Fiction on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“Strong characters, compelling romance, an intriguing story, and steamy passion.” ―The State (Columbia, South Carolina) on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“Aside from creating wonderfully alluring characters in Cam and Amelia, Kleypas shows sexual tension, sensitively handles prejudice, and expertly weaves in a bit of the supernatural to round out a tale that is pure delight. Cam and Amelia's romance is well-paced and is a pleasing balance of wit and passion. Their relationship is…riveting from beginning to end.” ―Romance Reviews Today on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT
“RITA Award–winner Kleypas presents another wonderfully entertaining, lusciously sensual historical romance.” ―Booklist on MINE TILL MIDNIGHT--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Night or day, it's always high time to fall in love with New York Times bestselling author
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…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…
"Will leave you breathless."―Romantic Times BOOKreviews--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It all starts innocently enough - Beatrix Hathaway's (23) friend, Prudence Mercer (a horrid girl), has received a letter from one of her suitors, Captain Christopher Phelan (29). Prudence finds the letter boring and tedious and has no intention of replying. Beatrix has no great fondness for the man: he's somewhat shallow and conceited, and she overheard once at a picnic a very rude comment he made about her. However reading his letter makes her feel an odd connection to the man who has written it and when Prudence refuses to write him back and urges Beatrix to pretend to be her and write a response, Beatrix decides that she will. After all, he's in a war zone and he's found a dog with behavioral issues ... what else is a compassionate and animal-loving person to do?!
One letter becomes two, which become three, and before she knows it, they are exchanging what almost amount to love letters.Read more ›
The plot is more serious than I thought - given it's Beatrix, the baby of the family, I thought it would be light-hearted read but was nicely done as the characters were well-developed and the fact that I finished reading the book in 2 1/2 hours attested to Ms Kleypas' ability to keep her readers entranced. As with all the other heroes in the Hathaway family, Christopher has his past demons to deal with but of course, they were conquered with the help of Beatrix (and her menagerie) by the end of the story!
First, let me say I think Kleypas is one of the few authors I find who understands people so well. She caricatures them marvellously into a romance novel - they do need to have that slight caricature-ish feel so we can fall in love with all of their unreality. And Beatrix really is marvellous - she is artless, direct and open in a way none of Kleypas' other characters have been, and she retains all of that and more in this book. Kleypas does a wonderful job of honing her more feminine qualities into womanly perfection in LitA. She also hits the target spot-on in a match like Christopher, who in his wounded brutishness echoes all of Beatrix's pets from one time or another. The proverbial sparks fly, and I found myself pulled by the witty conversations, the lovely writing in their letters to each other and Bea's eccentric behaviour.
Their first scene in bed is hilariously crafted, and so utterly Beatrix.
The problem though is the conflict - there is too little of it. The Hathaways being predictably unorthodox have no major reservations about Christopher's attraction to Beatrix, his mother is a minor background character whose opinion is suitably done away with so as not to bother us and neither Beatrix nor Christopher being titled or of nobility leaves little social opposition to their match.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely loved everything about this beautifully emotional series that I devoured and will reread one day for sure! My favorites were 2, 3, and 5, but I truly loved them all. Read morePublished 23 days ago by db
The only thing I didn't like was that Win and Merripen's son wasn't active here, but this book is flawless!
I wish there were more Hathaways 🙈
I enjoyed everything about this book . The tenderness, the love and the complete understanding of the main young couple. I hated for the book to end.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Beatrix and Christopher's story has to be one of my favorites of the series. I think a lot has to with how they first get to know each other through letters Beatrix writes to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Geo
The last edition of the Hathaway family saga has good reread value. Beatrix and Christopher make a pair of two souls slightly apart from the rest of the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Washi
Another hit for Kleypas. This is one of the best in the Hathaway series.Published 3 months ago by Linda Abernathy
Absolutely flawlessly crafted love story between two of the most engaging and likable characters to ever grace the pages of a historical romance. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. A.
I was so looking forward to (what I think is) the final Hathaway book. I got hooked with the very first one - the unusual characters, the entertaining foibles, the hints of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Beck