5 Hearts

Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Synopsis 

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.

Personal Thoughts

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If there was ANY historical romance book that I could read Over and Over and OVER again this one would be it. It is the last in the Hathways Series, Beatrix is the youngest sibling who we all grow to love and laugh with in the previous books. This one though is her story. How she falls in love. The animal lover with her menagery of needy animals is her passion. Compared to our male protaginist whose only skill is shoot a rifle. 

                Why I love this book! 
​1) Beatrix! The animal lover, with all her quirks. She steals things when she is nervous. Men don’t want to court her because of her family. She loves wearing pants and tries to wear them as much as possible. She doesn’t care what people think of her and she is super fun. With all that she is honest and real. THAT is why I love her as a character. She is intune to others needs, likes and dislikes. She can read people as well as she reads books. There was never a moment in the book that I got mad at her. She tames the beast in Christopher. 

2) Captain Phelan. He is a rough, tough, stand offish man. He doesn’t want to hurt Beatrix, but at the same time he doesn’t trust anyone else with her. Your typical beauty and the beast concept. Ha, no wonder I love this story so much. That just dawned on me. 
 
3) Phelan is a military man with PTSD. He suffers from night terrors and the littlest things can set-him-off. I think it is a great way to show the real way PTSD can affect a man that seems to have everything together on the outside, but is struggling internally.
 
I feel a closenss to the character of Beatrix. She is constantly trying to just be herself, even though she has to sometime filiter what she is thinking and saying. She is sassy and stubborn, but at the same time sweet and caring. I love her as a herion. It doesn’t hurt that Phelan is all rough and tough military man, either.


Should you read this Kleypas.
YES!

I listened to it, then read it AND went back and listened to it again. Besides being another Rosalyn Landor audio reader that story is the perfect high to end the Hawthway Series with.

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