Love in the Afternoon

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Macmillan, Jun 29, 2010 - 352 pages
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Love in the Afternoon continues the Hallaways series by Victorian romance author Lisa Kleypas.

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...

 

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User Review  - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing

Captain Christopher Phelan and Beatrix Hathaway's story is so hot and beautiful; the longing and pain for each other is obvious in every page, and of course there is the whole family to make you laugh ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing

Good setup, good lead characters. First 1/2 - 2/3 of the book was good, except for the overly ditsy romantic rival, but near the middle the plot lost momentum. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
19
Chapter Three
32
Chapter Four
46
Chapter Five
52
Chapter Six
57
Chapter Seven
65
Chapter Sixteen
177
Chapter Seventeen
196
Chapter Eighteen
207
Chapter Nineteen
220
Chapter Twenty
233
Chapter TwentyOne
246
Chapter TwentyTwo
258
Chapter TwentyThree
274

Chapter Eight
82
Chapter Nine
102
Chapter Ten
106
Chapter Eleven
114
Chapter Twelve
122
Chapter Thirteen
130
Chapter Fourteen
144
Chapter Fifteen
158
Chapter TwentyFour
278
Chapter TwentyFive
296
Chapter TwentySix
304
Chapter TwentySeven
315
Epilogue
325
Christmas Eve At friday Harbor
333
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Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including the Hathaways series, A Wallflower Christmas, and Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.

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