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Christopher Phelan has gone off to flight in the Crimean war. Before going he had become acquainted with Prudence and decided to write a letter to her from the battlefield to escape from the horrors of war. But Prudence is an empty headed girl who is only interested in titled and wealthy lords. Her friend Beatrix Hathaway feels a connection to the sentiments expressed in the letter. Though she dislikes Christopher as he had slighted her previously, she writes back and so begins a pen pal friendship. When Christopher comes back, he is much scarred, mentally and physically, not at all the same person he had been. He seeks out Prudence thinking she is his love. He also meets Beatrix but ,inspite of an attraction, he doesn't pay her much attention. But ,before long, he realises that Prudence is not the one who wrote those letters. He sets about finding out who betrayed him by writing under a false name. When he discovers it's Beatrix, he finds she is everything he was looking for. The only woman who has the capability of healing his wounds and thawing his ice cold heart. It was a good and enjoyable read. I loved the Hathaway family. I loved how they talk to each other, so much warmth, camaraderie, teasing and a wonderful sense of humour. The family scenes are a treasure.
Really liked the book. Fast paced and interesting. Characters are well etched and the use of the perfume as an aphrodisiac is a new take on an old theme. The main character (heroine) is adorable and so are the other Wallflower..
Ah, I adored this story, particularly the letter exchange at the beginning - when free-spirited animal lover Beatrix Hathaway is writing to soldier Christopher Phelan as he fights in the Crimea… While pretending to be his flighty fiancee. Of course, what Christopher thought he wanted in a wife is exactly the opposite of what he needs, and his letters to Beatrix are the only thing that ultimately stops him from sinking into the dark pit of despair. He returns effectively suffering from PTSD, desperate to marry the woman he thinks he's been conversing with. When he discovers Beatrix is the one, he is not happy to have been tricked. The clever use of Christopher's dog - who also has battlefield trauma - is a delightful way to bring Beatrix's love of animals into the story.
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 dimension to the book.
Again, it was fun seeing the rest of the Hathaways in this book, and little Rye was adorable.
I love this final Hathaway book although Leo's book is still my favourite. Phelan's story was interesting and you can appreciate what he's been through, I just wanted bit more. I like how Beatrix's story unfolds it suits her personality perfectly. I am also glad the other characters were mentioned in the book, honestly the Hathaways are pure joy to read. I could start the entire collection again from Amelia's story, thoroughly enjoyed the 5 books. It would be sooo nice if this could be turned into a movie or tv series!!
I stumbled upon the author's name in a different book, and although it's not my usual type of read I gave it a try. I was hooked from book one, and read the whole series in 3 day. "Love In The Afternoon" was one of my favourite in the series, just as Beatrix was one of my favourite family member.
Totally engrossing, with great characters. What can I say? It is funny and heartbreaking, with a huge depth and breadth of emotion. It reveals the heart and soul of Beatrix and Christopher, and you cannot help but love & be moved by them and their story. I wish I could give it 6 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️