Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways #5) by Lisa Kleypas
Beatrix Hathaway loves nature together with animals and she rather spends 20 hours outside than in any Ballroom. The saddening part of her is that she has never seriously been courted and she is considering to letting go of searching for love.
Prudence, who is Beatrix’s friend happens to be on a safer side since Captain Christopher Phelan a handsome soldier is planning to marry her off once he returns back from the battle. From the letters that the Captain sends Prudence, it is clear that he won’t return the same and this is a great disappointment to Prudence.
To help out, Beatrix starts writing back to the Captain amending the despairing part of the man’s heart and their relationship starts developing. When the Captain returns, he is determined to marry the woman he loves, but this will only result in unbearable pain because of the pleasures that can’t be fulfilled.