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What Happens in London

by Julia Quinn


Lady Olivia Bevelstoke has a fascinating new neighbor—he is rumoured to have murdered his fiancée! So amazed is she by this tidbit of gossip (which, of course, she does not believe) that she has been watching him for five days. Naturally, he notices and wonders what she is up to, and as Sir Harry Valentine works for the Home Office, he imagines that perhaps she is a spy. When told to keep an eye on a visiting Russian prince, who seems to be seeking out Olivia’s company in particular, his suspicions seem to be not without a good reason...

If you like plenty of humor with your romance, then this feather-light tale ought to please. Think of a traditional Regency novel crossed with chicklit and you have Julia Quinn in a nutshell, and it is obvious why her books are so popular. Olivia amuses herself, making little lists and gossiping with her friends, while she holds out for a man she can love, while Harry’s purpose is more serious. There is a longer story in here too, dealing with the tragedy of Harry’s drunken father, and a brother who is determined to follow the same destructive path. It will be interesting to discover what happens in the next book. This one is the sequel to The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Amazon US || UK), and for true appreciation of the whole story, you need to read this one first, unlike this reviewer.

The Book

Piatkus (Little, Brown)
30 July 2009
0749941895 / 9780749941895
Historical Romance / 1821 / London
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NOTE: US edition is different

The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2009
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