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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1 . A great read
Posted November 04, 2010 by Heather Furney , New York City, NYI read all the books in the Hathaway series. I wanted to read this one because I like Beatrix and I wanted to know how her "happily ever after" would be. I really wasn't just doing my duty and reading it because it's a series or because I want to know what happened to the other characters....
And I wasn't very surprised that Kleypas did a marvelous job writing it. She wrote it like it was her first book and she needed it to be perfect to get it published. Because it is perfect. It's not exactly cheesy in any way. There are some moments that are cliché to historical romance, like they're married but she doesn't think he trusts her blablabla he hurts her feelings blabla. It's more realistic. A great read.
Of course we do see some other characters and get a sense of how their life is going. The only thing cheesy I hate about this series is the way the Hathaways behave together. Totally unrealistic. What kind of family supports each other for being weird, and think it's fine? And really, why can't Beatrix have cats instead of a hedgehog? Do I have to believe that? So weird. And why does her family laugh when she loses a goat in the house?
So all in all, it's a good purchase, I really liked it. There are some feelings that get probed insteat of just going over the surface and saying "she is embarassed". Kleypas goes deep.
2 . Great Read
Posted July 01, 2010 by Kim , Star, IDI really love the Hathaways, and this was just another good edition.
St. Martin's Press
June 28, 2010
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