Sunday, September 19, 2010

Review - Love in the Afternoon

Title: Love in the Afternoon
Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publishing Date: July 2010
Genre: Historical
Rating: B
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: I received a used copy from

Love in the Afternoon is the fifth and final book in Lisa Kleypas's Hathaway series. Beatrix, the youngest Hathaway sibling, finally gets her story. It all began innocently enough when Beatrix's friend Prudence reads her a letter from Captain Christopher Phelan. Beatrix never could resist a wounded soul and insists on writing Christopher after Pru callously disregards his letter. Over the course of the next few months Bea becomes Christopher's shining light amid the dark war. After the war ends he plans to come home and clam Pru as his own. Only he doesn't realize it's not Prudence he's in love with, it’s Beatrix.

Love in the Afternoon while not my favorite in the Hathaway series is still a pleasant read. Beatrix who has always marched to the beat of her own drum prefers the company of animals to that of most people. She is known for her ability to tame almost any wild creature, which is exactly what she does with Christopher once he leaves the war and has to integrate back into society. His gruff and rude behavior is no match for Beatrix's stubborn patience.

For some reason I am having a difficult time pin pointing why exactly I didn't like Love in the Afternoon as much as I did the other books in this series. It could be little things, like the fact that Bea and Christopher are apart in the beginning of the book. They exchange a series of letters which establishes their relationship. Then I think that coupled with the fact that it takes Christopher a while to realize that it was Beatrix who wrote the letters and not Pru. Pru is a selfish twit of a girl and Beatrix is obviously a much, much better person and the fact Christopher doesn't see it right away is a big mark against him. Overall it is a cute story. I mean it’s Lisa Kleypas. It’s still an enjoyable read, just not my favorite.

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nath said...

True, it took a while, but at least, he did figure it out himself :D That's one aspect that I enjoyed in this book... that no one told him :P

Lori said...

I liked it a lot, but I didn't love it.

Leslie said...

Loved the review. Sadly, I've still got this on the tbr pile. Waiting until I'm in the mood for a historical. :)

Kwana said...

Thanks for the review. I will add it to my tbr pile.

Marg said...

Liked but not loved about summed it up for me too.

I liked that Christopher was a returned soldier and showing how hard it is, so I am not quite sure what didn't work for me.

Dr J said...

I really liked this series and I guess I just accepted that this final book would sort of finish out the family story as well as Beatrix's story. Kleypas is such a good writer and while series are never easy--keeping the energy and interest level fresh throughout can't possibly be easy--I think she managed it pretty well here. Good review.