Love in the Afternoon, by Lisa Kleypas

2 Feb

Format: Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published: June 29, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Back cover blurb:
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 review:
When I needed a break from the intensity of the Fever series, this was the perfect distraction. I’d seen it recommended by some Twitter friends, and when I started it I thought it sounded a bit like a Pride and Prejudice ripoff, but the quirky heroine and the added post-war trauma suffered by the hero make this book one out of the norm.
I loved their exchange of letters, which built their relationship in the beginning, even though he had no idea who was writing to him. And the smexy scenes are very… smexy. Albert the dog is fabulous too.
I guess I have to read the other four Hathaway sisters’ stories now! Good thing I’m a Kindle addict 🙂
My rating: 4/5

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