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Deception, passion, and love collide in this bewitching novel in New York Times best-selling author Lisa Kleypas’ wildly popular Hathaway series

Beatrix Hathaway would much rather spend time with her collection of rescued animals than flirting in a stuffy ballroom. If her unconventional behavior earns the mockery of handsome rakes like Captain Christopher Phelan, so be it. She’d rather stay true to herself, even if it means never finding love. 

Christopher’s courtship of Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious but flighty Prudence Mercer, is interrupted when his regiment is sent to fight in the Crimea. After a particularly devastating battle, he writes a letter to Prudence, unaware that the spoiled beauty has decided she doesn’t want to wait for him. Since Prudence won’t reply to the world-weary soldier, Beatrix offers to write a letter for her - and she signs it as Pru. A lively, witty correspondence begins, and gradually turns into something deeper as they share the secrets of their hearts. 

To Beatrix’s despair, she’s fallen for a man who thinks she’s someone else, and she’ll never be able to reveal her deception. Christopher, now a decorated hero, comes back to claim the woman he loves. Soon, however, he realizes Prudence is very different from her letters...and he’s bewildered by his inexplicable attraction to the eccentric Beatrix Hathaway....

©2020 Lisa Kleypas (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing

i really love this story. Christopher really loved her and his devotion was out of this world.

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Pretty romance!

Beatrix Hathaway is my favorite Hathaway. Her story is welcomed. The novel is well written, and well balanced. I found the book plot interesting and entertaining. The hero story’s was very real and relevant; he suffer from PTSS. How they both dealt with this life crushing illness is moving. Beatrix treats her husband with the same patience and love that she shares for all living creatures. Her humanity is touching and endearing. I truly enjoyed it! And, i love all of the animals in the story: Medusa, Dodger, Lucky, Hector, and of course, Albert! So much fun!

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Moving Love Story with the perfect amount of Angst

I've never read a book series and found that I loved each book more than the last. How wonderful to find that is the case with this one. By far, I loved this book the most of all the Hathaway books, and the most of all the Kleypas books I've read so far.

The way the love story unfolded hit all the right notes and the backstory for Christopher was just so touching. Beatrix was hard not to love.. Also...a sweet doggo in the mix? And the epilogue. Just hit all the right notes.

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So much better than I expected

I loved this series but was hesitant to get this book. Bea was not my favorite character of the group. BUT, I am SO glad I got it. Such a great story and great interplay of the entire Hathaway tribe. This is definitely one to read/listen to multiple times. Only problem with the book...it’s the last of the series. Now I have to find one as good.

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Fantastic!!!!!!(

Wonderful. I laughed, cried, rejoiced. It amazes me how nice it makes me feel
Can't imagine what the next series will be. Thank you Lisa for sharing your gift with us.

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If you love the Bridgerton you will adore the Hathaway’s

They are a loving family like the Bridgertons However their more quirky and adorable. I really enjoyed this series what also makes these a little better is they include previous characters from the earlier books , my only complaint is there is not enough,

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I loved this book. It had all the feels. I was skeptic because there were so few reviews, but it was a gem.

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Loved this one, too.

Beatrice is smart, funny, sensitive and loving,, and Roselyn Landor does an excellent job bringing Beatrice, Christopher and all the characters to life. You'll love this book.

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This was a beautifully written romance. The characters were unconventional and layered. The narration was effortless and heartfelt.

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Sweet. Cute and funny

This was cute funny and sweet with of course those dark moments. IT is worth the credit.