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Love in the Afternoon

(The Hathaways #5)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  38,484 ratings  ·  2,222 reviews
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
Re-read Nov'19:

I've thoroughly enjoyed rereading this series. Still big 5 stars! I really hope Lisa Kleypas revisits these characters some day. I'd love to read books about their kids!

Favorite book order this time around:
1. Seduce Me at Sunrise
2. Mine Till Midnight
3. Married By Morning
4. Love in the Afternoon
5. Tempt Me at Twilight

Original rating/review July'2010:

5+ stars – Historical Romance

The vivacious, eccentric, loving Hathaways have utterly, irrevocably stolen my heart, and it’s with bitte
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Give me a dozen more Hathaways and it still won't be enough!
Love in the Afternoon was just as good as the other books in this series.
Of all the Hathaways, Beatrice has always been quirkier and bit of a wild child. And that reflected in her love story too. Her relationship with Christopher had its rough patches, but for the most part, these two were compatible and for a Hathaway, that's saying something. Her devotion to animals, her family and Christopher *in the same order* (Although there could
Jul 03, 2010 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
Jan 15, 2010 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
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
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...

Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Love forgives all things.”

Dearest Christopher,
I can’t write to you again.
I’m not who you think I am.
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.
Come back, please come home and find me.

Finally, I finished this series! Love in the Afternoon is the fifth and the final installment of The Hathaway series. It was an unforgettable love story of Beatrix Hathaway, the youngest of five siblings, and Captain Christopher
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Princess under cover
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely LOVE this book! This is my fav in the entire Hathaways series, which I believe is Lisa Kleypas best work in her entire opus. The story between Win and Merripen might be my second fav, and Leo and Catherine my third fav. But I do love all of them. So unique and memorable.

What I loved about this one:

The Heroine is my fav historical heroine. Innocent, good, so fresh and real you want her for a best friend.

The Hero is wonderful. Unlike some contrived stories, he knows who's real and wh
Ms. Smartarse
I've never seen the appeal of Victorian love letters, not that I have read too many. Mostly my idea of such a letter involved sheltered little ladies, penning beautifully calligraphed epistles, letting loose the odd sigh or two. But then, those ladies of course weren't Beatrix Hathaway.

Never having quite managed to feel at home in high society, Beatrix has given up on trying her luck at yet another season. Given how much happier the Hampshire countryside made her, the family has also quietly rel
“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
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 famil
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lisa Kleypas fans, historical romance fans
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
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 n
Sam (AMNReader)
Reread 6/21/20
Original review:
Ahem...I had...expectations. Many of my most trusted friends have this as a favorite.
And I....

am no different. The epic struggle to get here by reading a series that was more family drama than romance and wavered between ok and, sweet, and maybe kind of irritating ended in an incredibly powerful romance.

Kleypas beautifully developed Beatrix over the course of the series, as a wise and odd completely endearing human person. She did a wonderful job capturing a famil
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I seriously forgot how charming this book was, and Beatrice and Christopher were Fab main characters.

There is a nice layer of gentle humour laced throughout, and the moments of intensity that existed were nicely done.

Christopher was very believable as a hero, and I loved how the author depicted his struggles with coming to terms with his actions during the war and his PTSD. The fact that he was not magically cured by the love of a Beatrice, as can be the trope in some books, was a nice dimensio
Medusa is excellent! Now I need a hedgie to wander around my halls and take on picnics. Tho my cats will NOT approve. This book was worth the wait and worth the build up from the previous four books. Hector the flower mule, Penelope and of course Albert were all the greatest. I am a total pushover for animals.

However LK really surprised me with the whole letter situation resolution. In any other book that would be good for at least five chapters of huge misunderstandings. I really, really liked
AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔
I was mulling over my rating but this book decides it.


Yet, it's still WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than most historical romances, in fact, it's one of the best.

GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYYSS you need to read Kleypas books. If you don't you aren't part of the cool crowd. The cool crowd reads AMyzing books disregarding hype or lack thereof. Oh yeah!
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

Gosh I just fell in love with this wonderful story!!! Beatrix is the Hathaway sister I wanted to read about the most, and her story was so wonderful! Exceeded my expectations. And I love a wounded hero.

If you haven't been reading Lisa Kleypas, I honestly don't know what you're doing with your life.

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Irene Sim
This story was the best!!! It has love letters and I knew that I would love Beatrix and Christopher to pieces...
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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'
Rating: 4 1/2 stars-

Wow. Can't believe I read the whole thing.

Pride and Prejudice meets Cyrano de Bergerac meets Dr. Doolittle etc etc

You get the picture. The big picture is that I loved this story. Wow.

Captain Christopher Phelan is divine, damaged and dangerous. Beatrix Hathaway is unconventional, compassionate and refreshing. The way this couple is brought together through letters and Fate appealed to the romance lover in me. I enjoyed how Christoper unraveled the threads and clues, stumbling
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
Nov 06, 2009 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. :)
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-lit, m-f, 4-stars
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Beanbag Love
Jun 30, 2010 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
h o l l i s
This review can also be found at Romantic Historical Reviews.

Well this is it, readers. With the completion of Love in the Afternoon, we've reached the end of our (my) journey with the Hathaways. This is goodbye to one of the most wonderful, hilarious, and precious fictional families I've ever had the pleasure to read about. And it – thankfully – ends on quite the high note.

As you probably know from my string of Retro Reviews over the last few weeks, the Hathaways are a group of unconventional si
Jacqueline's Reads
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.75 Stars

I’m continuing my Lisa Kleypas binge! Love in the Afternoon is the 5th book in The Hathaways series. I’m reading the books out of order and you can too. I am still able to understand the books.

This is Bea and Phelan’s story.

This book was very angsty, at least the first half of the book was.

Bea’s friend is writing letters to Phelan, but somehow Bea ends up writing to Phelan under her friend’s name. Oh my, you can see there will be a lot of drama. I was powering through the first half of
Lisa Kay

★★★★ ½ 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 wit
Joanna Loves Reading
Audio reread June 2019: Still a favorite. And still probably not leaving a proper review. Oh well, there’s always next time.

I love this book so much. I plan to write an actual review or just share some favorite quotes.
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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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The Hathaways (5 books)
  • Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)
  • Seduce Me at Sunrise (The Hathaways, #2)
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