Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.
Spend some more time with the Hathaways.
©2010 Lisa Kleypas (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Lisa Kleypas! What more needs to be said?
I enjoy stories based on correspondence. I don't usually like stories based on misrepresentation but this was done well. I love especially liked that the growing attraction Christopher has for Beatrix is based on her own merits and not on the ton's image of the "perfect" woman. She's a Hathaway, after all.
Great story! I hate to see the series end but it goes out on a high note with this book.
This was such an entertaining and well written story. The characters were alive and interesting, and the twists held my attention. I really enjoyed this series. Enjoyed this author also who is new for me. She includes the right mixture of wit, fun, drama, passion, anger, sadness, happiness and joy. I recommend this series and this author!
...and they lived happily ever after.
This is the last in the book in the Hathaway series. Beatrix is easily the most unique and fun character in the series and I have enjoyed having her smart, animal loving, playful, and loving character grow up through the series and then find happiness. She's a wonderful adult and perfectly rendered as a nurturing young woman. Glad her sweet, wounded hero finally let her heal him. I really enjoyed the epilogue and even the way the danger at the end was resolved.
This audiobook (and the entire series) is performed by the wonderful Rosalyn Landor. She's one of my favorite narrators and doesn't let the audience down with this performance.
All business but contemporary fun!
I absolutely adored the books in this series; I wanted to like this one too, since Beatrix was such a sweet young lady and we had seen her grow up through the other books. Some of my issues were: the post-war character of Christopher had many of the expected side-effects/ characteristics, such as, lack of empathy, exaggerated reactions to noise and abrupt sounds, self loathing, etc, but not too many compensating virtues. Beatrice on the other hand, the youngest of the Hathaways, was originally introduced as a wild child, loving of animals and the outdoors, embedded with the innate rescuing instinct. Her intelligence and argumentative manner was expected, given that she was raised with the multiplying Hathaways… but her total lack of filter when conversing and her aggressive courting of Christopher was a bit much at times. Lastly, the story lacked a strong plot or surprises and fell a bit flat.
I will still read all Kleypas work, since her writing style and prose are of an unbelievable calibre.
I love the Hathaways and each year I re-listen. The incomparable Rosalyn Landor is the leading historical narrarator in my opinion, and coupled with the author's flawed and loveable misfit family - this book is my favorite of them all, of all of hers actually.
An emotionally damaged soldier, a loving, caring and unconvential girl who sees the bright side of life and who heals the souls of all she touches, animal or human - make this story such a delight.
The writing and banter is so whitty, the emotions so real, and having followed Beatrix's antics for the past few books, it was a wonderful fitting conclusion to this series.
5 stars, well done and worth listening to each year. *Lisa's Best*
I adored this book just as much as the rest of the series. It went in a completely different direction from the first four books which makes perfect sense for Beatrix's story. Rosalyn Landor added to the brilliance of the story with her fantastic narrating skills, as usual.
The Hathaways make you laugh and they make you cry and you gotta love them. The entire series is composed of effective well written stories.
This final installment about Beatrix and her soldier is no exception.
As with most of Kleypas' series, I always want to see the next one. even though I realize I've reached the end. The good thing is you can always listen to them as many times as you want.
Audio-fiction ADDICT !
The Hathaway series from Lisa was AMAZING! Sexy, Fun, and heart-aching! All the books are lovely. this was a well done end to the series . I highly recommend this series. And ofcourse Rosalyn Landor's narration made the series PERFECT! I love you Rosalyn !
I need more ears!
I love Bea's story. The way she falls in love is so original and bitter sweet. I love that Christopher comes to appreciate how unique she is, and that their HEA is so perfect. What a beautiful way to end the series.
Love, love, love Lisa Kleypas and Rosalyn Landor together.
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