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Lisa Kleypas est une écrivaine de romans d'amour américaine née en 1964. Elle commence à écrire ses propres romans pendant les vacances d'été entre ses études de sciences politiques et publie son premier roman à l'âge de 21 ans. En octobre 1998, la maison de Lisa Kleypas au Texas est inondée après des pluies torrentielles. Elle et sa famille ont tout perdu. Après l'inondation, elle achète un roman d'amour pour oublier le stress. C'est le déclic pour Lisa Kleypas, elle décide dès lors de se spécialiser dans le genre. Ses livres se placent régulièrement en tête des classements de livres à succès, se vendent à des millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde et sont traduits dans quatorze langues différentes. Lisa Kleypas réside toujours au Texas avec son mari et ses deux enfants.
PattepoilueTOP 1000 COMMENTATEURSVOIX VINE le 6 août 2010
(this was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
Warning: This review is completely biased, I adore Lisa Kleypas' work and this series in particular, don't expect any reasonable arguments from me. No pigs were killed during this review. All *squee* emanated from this slightly deranged reviewer (AKA me).
*Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* <=====Me getting the book last Saturday (you were warned)
Love In the Afternoon is the 5th and last *sob* book in the Hathaway series. My heart is breaking knowing that this was the last book. I adore (<==see? I adding new words to my vocabulary) this series. You were warned, I'm a huge Lisa Kleypas fan, and to think that I read my fist book by her only 6 months ago'now I am truly and completely addicted! *squee* Every Historical romance I read is now compared to my new Lisa-Kleypas-standards. Every time I finish reading one of her books I have a hard time reading anything else afterward. (not fair for the poor book that has to follow lol). And I keep rambling about how great her books are to everyone (sorry Susi, she's my Megan Hart lol).
Let's go back to the gem that is Love In the Afternoon. I loved Beatrix ever since we met her in the first book. She's peculiar and can't help rescuing every wounded animal she finds. Beatrix is funny, adventurous, a bit wild (she wears trousers!!!) and does not care about social etiquette . She is surrounded by rescued pets, such as the hedgehog Medusa, Lucky the 3 legged cat or Dodger the ferret etc' But Beatrix is also very witty and intelligent! She can tell what 'animal' people are by observing them, FYI she sees herself as a ferret.Lire la suite ›
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Absolutely delightful and (to my surprise) my favorite Hathaway book30 juin 2010
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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 nervous - my anticipation for MARRIED BY MORNING had been (like every other sane romance reader out there) almost unbearable and had ended in something of a disappointment. That was *not* the case with LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON!
SUMMARY: [England, 1854-1855] It all starts innocently enough - Beatrix Hathaway's (23) friend, Prudence Mercer (a horrid girl), has received a letter from one of her suitors, Captain Christopher Phelan (29). Prudence finds the letter boring and tedious and has no intention of replying. Beatrix has no great fondness for the man: he's somewhat shallow and conceited, and she overheard once at a picnic a very rude comment he made about her. However reading his letter makes her feel an odd connection to the man who has written it and when Prudence refuses to write him back and urges Beatrix to pretend to be her and write a response, Beatrix decides that she will. After all, he's in a war zone and he's found a dog with behavioral issues ... what else is a compassionate and animal-loving person to do?!
One letter becomes two, which become three, and before she knows it, they are exchanging what almost amount to love letters. What started out as a desire to help has turned into something completely unexpected, and Beatrix feels guilt over the kept-up pretension that Prudence is the one writing the letters and is conflicted with love for this man whom before she only felt dislike for. When Christopher returns a war hero, hailed by all society and having newly inherited substantial property, Prudence becomes interested in him once again and though their friendship ends with difficult parting words, both she and Beatrix agree that neither will reveal the truth to Christopher and the masquerade will continue.
Christopher comes home a broken man, having survived two years of intense war and now forced to deal with the reality of his older brother's death. He has changed from the foolish, vain, and shallow society-darling he used to be. The one thing that has kept him going through all the difficulties has been the thought of "Prudence," the woman he's been exchanging letters with. She is in London when he finally feels ready to reengage with the world, but before he is able to leave and see her he has several encounters with his neighbor Beatrix Hathaway - who is annoying, frustrating, contrary, odd ... as well as intriguing, compelling, attractive, and undeniably appealing.
He remains committed to meeting the woman of his dreams though - the woman who wrote him such beautiful letters and whom he is determined to marry. He therefore travels to London to meet this paragon and is confused when, after spending some time with Prudence, he finds it increasingly difficult to believe that she is the woman behind his treasured letters. If not she, however, then who? Was it all a game, some prank that was being played on him? And if it is the woman whom he has begun to suspect ... Well, she *could* be everything that he had hoped for and dreamed of, but does he deserve her? After everything he's been through and done in this horrible war, will he ever truly be happy?
MAIN CHARACTERS, Beatrix (23) and Christopher (29): This book tackles the very serious issue of the difficult war experiences soldiers have and what we now refer to as PTSD. Christopher and Beatrix both feel like outsiders; they watch others at a distance and feel their difference when compared to the rest of society. Christopher has changed so much and bears so much guilt, sadness, and despair, that he is no longer sure where - or if - he fits in. Beatrix has always been unusual - even for a Hathaway! - and is more interested in animals than people. She also used to have a problem with kleptomania, though this was dealt with mostly in the series' first book.
Christopher and Beatrix each remain their own person, but they are essential to one another and exactly what the other needs - and neither of them resists admitting this, which was **SUCH** a welcome change in this historical romance reader's opinion! To not have to wait till the last page for both people to say "I love you"? Now that's just MasterCard priceless. A lot of times with romances, we're hankering at the end for more of the happily-ever after and have to content ourselves with the epilogue, if the author is kind enough to include one. Here, even though they still have the very large obstacle of Christopher's PTSD and his fear of hurting/sullying Beatrix because of it, they readily admit their feelings for one another. Once they're "together," all the exchanges between them read so smoothly that it feels like they've been together forever, understand each other extremely well, and best of all - you've had a front row seat to the whole thing!
The intensity of emotion between Beatrix and Christopher *leaps* off the pages and is somewhat similar to Merripen and Win, though not with such intense physicality. Don't get me wrong - although there is not as much going on as early in the book as Kleypas usually writes, the chemistry and tension between Beatrix and Christopher is fabulous throughout. Their connection also has a deep emotional and almost spiritual quality, which is often hard to find in romance books and I'm sure even harder to write, so hats off to you, Lisa! The way that Christopher talks about Beatrix - both the letter-writer and the woman - will have you swooning and grinning like a madwoman. Her passion and feelings for him are equally intense and ... well they're just so perfect for one another!
OTHER: This truly is a fabulous book - the two main characters are intriguing and complex and their relationship comes alive within these pages. Also, there were thankfully no errant murderers on the loose, no gun-crazed kidnappers, no evil almost-mothers-in-law who try to pawn off the unwanted heroine on a possible rapist who ends up being a hero in another book (I love St. Vincent as much as the next Kleypas fan, so before you revolt, that was not a slight towards him!). There's a little surprise twist at the end, but in this case it was not at all superfluous and helps deal with one of the big issues that has been dominating the entire book.
That the masquerade doesn't continue on until the end, but is instead revealed far before that, was simply perfect in my mind. Christopher and Beatrix have already fallen in love with another through words on a page, but for a real relationship to work they also have to deal with the actual human being and everything out in the open. Kleypas realizes this, and as a result, doesn't make the letter-writing charade the central figure, but instead truly makes it a love story about Christopher and Beatrix finding one another, both literally and figuratively.
THE HATHAWAY FAMILY SERIES: Book 1 - Mine Till Midnight, Amelia Hathaway and Cam Rohan (4 stars) Book 2 - Seduce Me At Sunrise, Winnifred (Win) Hathaway and Kev Merripen (4.5 stars) Book 3 - TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT, Poppy Hathaway and Harry Rutledge (3.5 stars) Book 4 - MARRIED BY MORNING, Leo Hathaway, Lord Ramsay and Catherine (Cat) Marks (3.5 stars) Book 5 - LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON, Beatrix Hathaway and Christopher Phalen (5 stars)
RECOMMENDATIONS: (1) England's Perfect Hero (Lessons in Love, Book 3) by Suzanne Enoch - hero suffers from PTSD (5 stars) (2) The Rake (Davenport Family, Book 2) by Mary Jo Putney - hero has to overcome alcoholism; heroine is a misfit (5 stars) (3) The Matchmaker (Maker Series, Book 1) by Rexanne Becnel - hero suffers from PTSD and alcoholism (5 stars) (4) Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany, Book 3) by Gaelen Foley - hero suffers from PTSD (5 stars) (5) Till Next We Meet by Karen Ranney - hero and heroine first fall in love through their letters; hero is not writing as himself (5 stars) (6) Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory (4.5 stars) (7) And of course the rest of the Hathaway series if you haven't read it already (the Hathaway family characters are heavily featured in this book)
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This book is magic!!29 juin 2010
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I wish I could describe in words how good this book was! As a huge fan of the Hathaway series (maybe because my last name is also Hathaway? lol!), I can say that by far, this was the best. This is, in my opinion, the best book Lisa Kleypas has ever written. Beware that this is a very intense story, and acknowledges war a lot. My cousin, who is also a soldier, had symptoms similar to those that Christopher had (PTSD, inability to stay in crowded places, etc.). So this story rang especially true to me.
I loved Christopher and how tortured he was from the war, and how conflicted he was because he wanted Beatrix so much, but was afraid to hurt her. He's definitely by far the best hero (at least in my opinion) ever written. He's damaged, but still loves the heroine more than anything. I got tingles when he first said "Beatrix, I love you." I cried, something I rarely do in romance novels. Beatrix is the perfect heroine for him because she's so caring and just an amazing person overall. She's my favorite Hathaway sister, and possibly my favorite heroine EVER. She's so open to the idea of marriage, which is a refreshing change in a Kleypas heroine. Lisa Kleypas is the only romance author whose books (historicals, not her contemporaries) have ever been an auto-buy for me (well, except for Judith Mcnaught, but she hasn't written a new romance in so long). I love intense stories with bits of humor in them, which is the reason that I don't enjoy Julia Quinn books like other romance readers do.
If this book doesn't take your breath away, I don't know what will.
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A great ending to a great family story!29 juin 2010
W. Khatina Nawawi
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I was all excited for the last book on the Hathaways to be published and Ms Kleypas did not disappoint! It is a fitting ending to a great series. It's ashamed that Ms Kleypas plans to concentrate on contemporary romance from now on (I'm inclined to start an FB Group to get her to write more historical romance in the future!)...
The plot is more serious than I thought - given it's Beatrix, the baby of the family, I thought it would be light-hearted read but was nicely done as the characters were well-developed and the fact that I finished reading the book in 2 1/2 hours attested to Ms Kleypas' ability to keep her readers entranced. As with all the other heroes in the Hathaway family, Christopher has his past demons to deal with but of course, they were conquered with the help of Beatrix (and her menagerie) by the end of the story!
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There, but not quite there1 juillet 2010
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I think Beatrix was always my favourite Hathaway - even more than Leo who had the serious hangover appeal of that-boy-from-your-childhood-who-picked-on-you-because-he-liked-you. And I was hoping she would get enough justice in this book, which she did... only just.
First, let me say I think Kleypas is one of the few authors I find who understands people so well. She caricatures them marvellously into a romance novel - they do need to have that slight caricature-ish feel so we can fall in love with all of their unreality. And Beatrix really is marvellous - she is artless, direct and open in a way none of Kleypas' other characters have been, and she retains all of that and more in this book. Kleypas does a wonderful job of honing her more feminine qualities into womanly perfection in LitA. She also hits the target spot-on in a match like Christopher, who in his wounded brutishness echoes all of Beatrix's pets from one time or another. The proverbial sparks fly, and I found myself pulled by the witty conversations, the lovely writing in their letters to each other and Bea's eccentric behaviour.
Their first scene in bed is hilariously crafted, and so utterly Beatrix.
The problem though is the conflict - there is too little of it. The Hathaways being predictably unorthodox have no major reservations about Christopher's attraction to Beatrix, his mother is a minor background character whose opinion is suitably done away with so as not to bother us and neither Beatrix nor Christopher being titled or of nobility leaves little social opposition to their match.
Added to this is the fact that we are made aware the couple is already in love pretty much as the tale begins, and all that is really left to unfold is the moment of revelation - which is beautifully, touchingly done. But that is only halfway through the book.
So what happens next? Kleypas tries unsuccessfully (it seemed a faltering attempt at best) to set up another conflict mid-way, and we suddenly switch from being followers of Beatrix to followers of Christopher - and it's not an easy ride. Christopher has none of Leo's charm, Derek's irredeemable past, Sebastian's roguish vulnerability or the rascally-ness of several other leading men, any of which would have had us wanting to smother him with love. But the story becomes entirely his towards the end, and our interests wane considerably even as more characters make appearances. And with a totally unnecessary twist at the end -- which tries hopelessly to give some semblance of closure to Christopher's issues -- we are left surprisingly deflated.
I still think there is great writing here - the love letters are just sigh-worthy enough to make you want to write one yourself, and the Hathaways are as suitably appealing as ever to make you want them as your family. But the essence of a good twist - a really good shocker in the middle that makes you go "Oh nooooo", is just not there.
Frankly, even the little excerpt of her next contemporary (Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor) that teases us at the end of the novel does not have much of Kleypas' original tighter, more engrossing writing, which makes me wonder if she is being pushed to churn out more books per year, and therefore drop in quality. It is a shame, and I really miss some of her older books as the last 3 Hathaway books have none of the appeal of the Wallflowers or Vallerand series.
I will still keep my hopes alive for the Friday Harbor series - I hope she still pulls a fast one and surprises us!
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The perfect end to a wonderful series30 juin 2010
Lisa A. Austin
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Love in the Afternoon (Hathaways, Book 5) is now tied with Seduce Me At Sunrise as my favorite book in Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway series. The story of Beatrix Hathaway, the most eccentric of the eccentric Hathaways, and Christopher Phelan, a man who is wounded both inside and out by the ravages of war, was pure romance. Like Merripen, Christopher struck me as a man who could not survive without the love of his "soul mate." Beatrix and Christopher fit together perfectly because of Beatrix's empathy for wounded creatures and Christopher's need to be loved and accepted for the imperfect man he had become rather than the man he was before the war. Lisa Kleypas should be congratulated for staying so true to Beatrix's character through out the 5 books of the Hathaway series. I loved watching her grow up and find the love of her life. And those love letters . . . oh, my. Totally swoon-worthy. If you're a fan of the previous Hathaway books, or someone just discovering the magic of Lisa Kleypas for the first time, buy this book! You will not be sorry.