Wednesday 3 February 2021

Audio: Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor

Series: Hathaways, Book 5

Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins

Release date: 01-05-21

Publisher: HarperAudio

Historical romance

To review

I liked this one. There is nothing like secret penpals!

Beatrix has this stupid friend, Prudence. At first she was ok, but then I realised she only wants attention, a title, or money. She is writing to a handsome soldier, and then Beatrix takes over cos Prue is over it. And Beatrix falls in love through his letters, they show the real him, and not the rake he was before. And Christopher falls in love with Beatrix, thinking it is the real her, and not the vain woman who said yes to writing to him.

And we all know this will end in disaster. He comes back for his Prue, and she is more than happy t welcome a warhero. Oh is that your quirky friend Beatrix? Who cares for her. Real life Beatrix and Christoper is like oil and water when they meet again. I just wanted to hit Christopher over the head and scream, there is your true love you stupid oaf!

But there is more, he is suffering from severe ptsd. And all Beatrix wants is to help.

Oh these two, they so belong to each other. It was heartbreaking.

One thing though, ok we all know they marry, duh, but the book continued after that, and it had already felt like it ended so that was a bit strange...

My favorite in the series

I like Roselyn Landor, she has a great narrating voice for historical romance. It feels very right, and she does well with male and female voices. They are distinct and rings true.

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. 


  1. Yes I need more historical romance in my life. Thanks Blodeuedd glad you liked the book and the characters that's always a win win

    1. Yes we all need more historical romance in our lives

  2. Lisa Kleypas does some amazing writing, and this sounds like a keeper! Hugs, RO

  3. Oh boy. though, i've read this premise before, for some reason, i don't think i would be able to resist. i love lisa's books, but mostly her contemporary work.

    1. It seems familiar, and I could not kee away

  4. I loved this series. It was so good.

  5. I love mistaken identity trope! One of my faves! 🤩

  6. It's been so long since I read this one that I had forgotten about the letters.

  7. Great it was your fave and yeah it seems strange for the ending

  8. Secret pen pals, that is a great angle.

  9. I do love the correspondence romances and they can get tricky when someone is pretending to be someone else. Sounds like a lot of good elements in it around the romance.

    1. He should have known, but how could he, but then when he came back, he should have known, men!



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