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Book 5 of 5 in the Hathaways Series

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Editorial Reviews


“Has plenty to keep readers turning the pages: Wit, suspense, secrets to learn and, of course, lots of love and passion…” ―The Monitor on SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE

“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

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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

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Product Details

  • Series: Hathaway Series (Book 5)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441847456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441847454
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,258,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. P. VINE VOICE on June 29, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lisa Kleypas' latest novel is absolutely delightful; she has woven a wonderful and rich tale of love, and has done so with a great deal of skill and depth. I've been a great fan of the Hathaway clan and their stories, but for some reason was never very interested in Beatrix's. The sneak preview at the end of Married by Morning completely changed my opinion and I was ecstatic to only have to wait a month ... as well as a little nervous - my anticipation for MARRIED BY MORNING had been (like every other sane romance reader out there) almost unbearable and had ended in something of a disappointment. That was *not* the case with LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON!

[England, 1854-1855]
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.
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I was all excited for the last book on the Hathaways to be published and Ms Kleypas did not disappoint! It is a fitting ending to a great series. It's ashamed that Ms Kleypas plans to concentrate on contemporary romance from now on (I'm inclined to start an FB Group to get her to write more historical romance in the future!)...

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!
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I think Beatrix was always my favourite Hathaway - even more than Leo who had the serious hangover appeal of that-boy-from-your-childhood-who-picked-on-you-because-he-liked-you. And I was hoping she would get enough justice in this book, which she did... only just.

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.
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Love in the Afternoon (Hathaways, Book 5) is now tied with Seduce Me At Sunrise as my favorite book in Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway series. The story of Beatrix Hathaway, the most eccentric of the eccentric Hathaways, and Christopher Phelan, a man who is wounded both inside and out by the ravages of war, was pure romance. Like Merripen, Christopher struck me as a man who could not survive without the love of his "soul mate." Beatrix and Christopher fit together perfectly because of Beatrix's empathy for wounded creatures and Christopher's need to be loved and accepted for the imperfect man he had become rather than the man he was before the war. Lisa Kleypas should be congratulated for staying so true to Beatrix's character through out the 5 books of the Hathaway series. I loved watching her grow up and find the love of her life. And those love letters . . . oh, my. Totally swoon-worthy. If you're a fan of the previous Hathaway books, or someone just discovering the magic of Lisa Kleypas for the first time, buy this book! You will not be sorry.
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