The Hathaways #5 Elskov om Eftermiddagen
Title: Love in the Afternoon
Series: The Hathaways #5
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Published in English: 2010
Dansk titel: Elskov om Eftermiddagen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Forlag: Pretty Ink
Finished Reading: Marts 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
My heart is pounding, tears are running down my chin and I’m freaking happy! Beatrix is my favorite character of the all! I don’t think there’s anything bad to say about her at all, she got the biggest heart of any person dead or alive, fiction or real. The vivacious, eccentric, loving Hathaway family has stolen my heart, and it’s bittersweet that we’ve come to the end of the road. Like the Wallflower series, it’ll be difficult to find other works as compelling and addictive as Lisa Kleypas’ delightful series. It would be inadequate to say I love this book, because that would be an understatement. I’m not sure exactly how to describe how much I enjoy this series without repeating myself too much.
I was utterly surprised by how much I liked Beatrix. I always liked her and thought she was an interesting character, but getting up close and personal with her in this fifth installment, I saw her for whom she truly is; intuitive, charismatic, engaging, and intelligent, compassionate force to be reckoned with. She’s the sort of person I would wish to become.
I like how Lisa Kleypas keep surprising me. I never expected to gain so much knowledge of a person through their letters as I did. It was remarkable; we really captured a glimpse of how the War could have looked like. It was different yet the overall theme was the same.
When I reacted 88 percent of the book I thought to myself that the book would be downhill from now on, but as it turns out, it got even better! Christopher and Beatrix truly are an amazing couple I wish them all the happiness in the world!
I finished this series with a lot of sadness, knowing that I may never read about them again. Each book in the series are, excuse my language, fucking amazing! They are each filled with plenty of humor, romance and sigh worthy moments. The entire series get five big stars from me and the highest form of recommendation! If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Lisa Kleypas’ work, you’ve missed some important stuff!
Lisa Kleypas, would you please think about writing a Christmas novella like you did to finish of the Wallflower series? Please?