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Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways #5)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by St. Martin's
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I had things to do this weekend, but instead I mistakenly started this series and spent four days straight sitting on my couch. Laundry? Fuck it. Pets? My fiancé can feed them. Grocery shopping? That would require me to change out of sweatpants. Cleanliness? Who cares? I’ll shower when I’m good and ready, damn it.

Up until this point I haven’t even been able to properly review these books. Well, I probably could have BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO BECAUSE THERE WERE MORE HATH
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Mistaken Identity Stars

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“From the Times. It’s reported on every day. Don’t you read the papers?” “Not the political section. My parents say it’s ill-bred for a young lady to take an interest in such things.” “My family discusses politics every night at dinner, and my sisters and I all take part.” Beatrix paused deliberately before adding with an impish grin, “We even have opinions.” Prudence’s eyes widened. “My goodness. Well, I shouldn’t be surprised. Everyone knows your family is
Kat Stark
May 07, 2016 Kat Stark rated it it was amazing

First Book: Mine Till Midnight
Second Book: Seduce me at Sunrise
Third Book: Tempt me at Twilight
Fourth Book: Married by Morning

So this is the last book of the series guys. And my reaction is:

No more reading about these fantastic characters that I grew to love and adore. It's been an amazing trip and Kleypas is a new favorite author that I will continue to enjoy.

In this installment, we have the last of the Hathaway siblings to marry. Her name is Beatrix. She connects with animals better than p
5+ stars – Historical Romance

The vivacious, eccentric, loving Hathaways have utterly, irrevocably stolen my heart, and it’s with bittersweet affection that I wish them all a fond farewell as they live out their HEAs. *wipes eyes, blows nose into hanky*

What I loved most:

--Beatrix...She’s one of the funniest, most spirited, nonconforming, okay...peculiar, and lovable heroines, ever!

--The poignant letter correspondence between emotionally lost, haunted Christopher and compassionate, steadfast Beat
NiCoLeTa E.
Sep 12, 2015 NiCoLeTa E. rated it it was amazing
What a lovely conclusion was that???
I'm really sad that this series came to an end, but i'm really happy because they ended with a magnificent story!!!

For the last time, i will tell you that i love the Hathaways and i enjoyed every single moment of their stories...
And finally i can inform you that even though i love all of them for different reasons, my favorite couple is this one...

Beatrix and Christopher...
Their beginning was odd but lovely...
Everything started with a letter...

Beatrix's fr
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I took a multiple year break between this and the rest of the series. It was intentional. This was the last book before Ms. Kleypas started her hiatus from historical romance. I didn't want to not have one if I needed an LK fix. Even after all those years, I fell back into the world of the Hathaways, like a worn in pair of shoes. They feel like real people to me, just as quirky as real relatives. Beatrix earns a special place in my heart as heroine. She is such a wonderful, sweet person, but has ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the series; Fans of the Wallflowers series
I'm stumped. Writing reviews for books you enjoy is soooo much harder than for books that were a disappointment. Phrases like "I loved it" seem so inadequate. So I'm sort of dragging my feet figuring out what to say. I'm also delaying because this was the end of a wonderful series, and I feel like I'm leaving a bunch of good friends behind, and that makes me a little depressed.

What sort of surprised me about this book was how much I loved the character of Beatrix. I've always liked her, but in t
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Jul 05, 2010 UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Kleypas, humorous historical romance, tortured war heroes, intellectual heroines.

Ok, this book has many of the things I love most in the books I read, regardless of the genre. To help keep from rambling on and on, I’m going to lay it out for you like this:

What I loved:

1. A fantastic start! It was pure writing genius on Lisa Kleypas’ part to let us read the correspondences between Christopher Phelan and Beatrix Hathaway because in just a few short pages we were able to see their relationship grow from one of dislike to one of deep love. Granted, Christopher didn’t know he was
“I didn't mean to send love letters, but that is what they became. On their way to you, my words turned into heartbeats on the page.”


What a wonderful book! Magical, charming, endearing, funny, heartwarming and absolutely amazing. Beatrix is the best heroine ever. And Christopher is perfect for her.

The book starts with their correspondance and I thought it would be dull - and I couldn't have been more wrong! Christopher is a charming rake before leaving for war. War changes people, and it change
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I started Love in the Afternoon a few hours ago and couldn’t stop until I turned the last page. As you can probably tell, I’m suffering from the Kleypas Craze again, because I can never get enough of her writing. There is this ease with her writing that I can’t really explain. It’s effortless, but still engaging and highly entertaining.

The first part of Love in the Afternoon is written in an epistolary fashion and I can’t rave enough about how much I loved that. I haven’t read many books recentl
Jul 04, 2010 Rane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper, victorian-era
Like many readers, I’ve grown very attached to the Hathaways, each book brought me closer and closer to this crazy and loving family, that LK made me part of the family through each word and action from the first book to the last. Am sad to see the Hathaways series ending, but am happy each member found their own Happy Ever After and I was happy to be along for the ride.

Through the Hathaways series we get to see Beatrix truly grow into her own, from a shy girl whose loves animals but is deali
What a sweet story! Beatrix Hathaway finally gets her own happily ever after. Of all the Hathaways, Bea has always been the most peculiar, in a good way! In tune with nature and all its creatures, she was a compassionate, loyal, patient and loving woman. I loved seeing her fall for someone and desire a future similar to her siblings. Captain Christopher Phelan was a man changed by war. His despair and anguish over all he'd seen and done was palpable. I felt his pain, it was so severe at times an ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Why in the world would you want to read this book?

You have to meet The Hathaways : that's the last book of the series but if you don't already know them I can't stressed how much you're missing : here's an unconventional, hilarious, fun, heartwarming family whose each member has his story to tell. Actually, it reminds me of my slightly crazy family and it made me smile so big. No, mum, I'm not saying we are crazy. Sort of.

Beatrix was my favorite from the beginning of the series and she didn't
Beanbag Love
Jul 01, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
I had to think about this one for a day before I could rate it. It's not a full five, but close enough.

What was the problem? Well, it's got a lot of amazing stuff. Beatrix, of course, is wonderful. So wise, but also naive and silly. Christopher is seriously tortured. So far, so good.

Add to that the deception Beatrix and her 'friend' Prudence (yuk) pulled on him and you've got a recipe for volatility. Perfect.

I loved how they ended up together. I loved that there were no more lies once Christoph

2.5 stars

If I could only be like a majority of the other romance readers around, this could have been a 4 or 5 star. Unfortunately, I am very disappointed in the book.

Nevertheless, I would like to point out what I loved about Love in Afternoon:

--Beatrix. I am a crazy animal lover so Beatrix and her animals were so much fun for me. I want a Medusa! (hedgehog). Beatrix was intelligent, kind, patient, down to earth, fun, witty, faithful and loving. Great character.

--Albert. This dog was the best an
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Mar 10, 2016 [Aengell] rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What's not to love? Love letters exchanged between Beatrix and Christopher, a good amount of tension and chemistry after they meet for real, Leo with a few of his most witty sayings, a satisfying end to a wonderful series, one of the best, rounded up HR-series out there.

But what I love most of all in this one is the fact that the "I love you"s are laid out quite early for a HR, and the love that blossomed between Bea and Christopher in the letters doesn't stop for them, it's still ther
Lisa Kay

I just love Beatrix! Why wouldn't I, when she is such an animal lover? I listen to a ton of audiobooks when I "re-read" books, and I recently listened to this one this year. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did such a wonderful Beatrix, I enjoyed it even more the second time. The voice inflections were spot-on, making the book that much more funny. I just sent in my Top Ten Audiobooks 2011 to a blog where I sometimes guest review, and this audiobook was my #4.

Oh! And, and it goes without sayin
Jul 09, 2010 Dina rated it really liked it
This was great ending to the delicious Hathaways series, but I didn't like the ending. No, don't get me wrong, I was more than pleased with Christopher and Beatrix's HEA. What I didn't like was the somewhat "manipulative" way Ms. Kleypas left some secondary characters' fate hanging, as if she was staging the set for a new series. Other than that, I have no complains. :)
Juliana Philippa
Absolutely delightful and (to my surprise) my favorite Hathaway book

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
This book was everything I was waiting for and more.I loved it. Maybe not my fav from this author but definitely the best in the series. I kept reading and reading until I was done with it.This book was a bit darker than her usual books, but it still had many light and funny moments.

So many things were different in this book from all her historical novels. I loved the fact that Christian was back from war and recovering. I have a thing for wounded heroes and to see how Bea was able to help him
Apr 20, 2016 Bubu rated it it was amazing
As real life decided to give my bum a little kick a few days ago, I desperately needed something good. Something good and safe, something that I knew would give me the nice and warm feeling I so like when reading a Historical. So I decided to reread this one.

Love in the Afternoon is by no means perfect. There are certain passages, scenes I could simply drop and be fine with. But Love in the Afternoon has something that I always look for in Romances: A perfect couple. I fell in love with Beatri
Sep 15, 2010 Nisha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone - this is a great conclusion to a wonderful series
For a female character and the last sister of the series, I had not expected much from Beatrix Hathaway. In fact with he lukewarm start of the series, it was unimaginable that anything good would have come out of it. That is, until I read the preview for this book. I was won over pretty quickly, especially considering the outstandingly unconventional heroine who has a affinity with nature and that she had been described previously more akin to a child.

It took Beatrix only 2 meetings to figure o
Jess the Romanceaholic
*contented sigh*

It's not often that the last book in a series is equal to or better than the earlier installments, but that's certainly the case with the fifth book in the Hathaway series.

I admit, I was never too interested in Beatrix as a character. Her kleptomania and odd affinity towards animals really didn't appeal to me all throughout the earlier novels in the series. However, the idea of accidentally falling in love through letters penned under another's name, now THAT caught my attention.
Jul 24, 2010 Ally72 rated it it was amazing
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I have loved Beatrix forever and her book did not disappoint, the Hathaway’s are superb and this series is one of the very best. From Amelia all the way down to little B this series made me laugh cry and respected Miss Kleypas as a phenomenal writer. Though this book is far from steamy as the others and a little more serious in terms of our main hero, this book was all Beatrix all the time, and that my friends is a very good thing.

What the hell else is there
Reading a Lisa Kleypas novel is such a treat, and this book was no exception. While I'm a fan of all her novels, I felt that this book had an extra layer of depth, maturity, and complexity to it.

Beatrix is the youngest of the Hathaway sisters, more at home in the woods and animals than a drawing room. Before this book, I wasn't especially a Beatrix fan. I don't care for animals and I found her a bit immature. To my surprise she has elevated herself to one of my favorite Kleypas heroines, second
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Finally! A story where I like both the hero and the heroine! A story where the truth comes out and it's actually a joyous and romantic occasion as opposed to being subjected to more illogical anger! I relate to Beatrix quite well, and Christopher is a character I would definitely fall for. My only complaint was that each character suffered from what I'm not going to refer to as Kleypasitis. This is an author who can't seem to craft more interesting obstacles. It's always miscommunications, misun ...more
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I really liked this book, the last in the series, although I wasn't as enamoured of Christopher as I was as some of the other guys in the series, it was still a great read.

However, I found that the first half of this book was much better then the second, I loved the idea of them corresponding by letter and falling in love through words. But once he discovered who the actual author of the letters were the book seemed to lose momentum and became a bit unfocused.

I have enjoyed the Hathaway series t
For me, this series went out with a whimper instead of a bang. After reading Leo and Catherine's book I had high expectations of this one. Unfortunately, I never connected to the story and found my attention wandering frequently.

One of Beatrix's friends, Prudence, has received a letter from one of her suitors, Christopher, who is away at war. When Prudence decides she's not going to write back, because that would only encourage him to include more boring details about what he's going through, Be
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.
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Other Books in the Series

The Hathaways (5 books)
  • Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)
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“Bending his head over hers, Leo murmured, "When I give you away at the altar, Bea, I want you to remember something. I'm not really giving you away. I'm merely allowing him the chance to love you as much as the rest of us do.” 130 likes
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