When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.
He's not a spy, but he's had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she's nothing more than an annoyingly nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself . . .
©2009 Julie Cotler Pottinger; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
The narrator used a very affected accented. Not just cultured British (which I usually enjoy), but pompous. Every person sounded pompous and snobbish. The thing about Julia Quinn's books I love is that even though the characters are from a different era, a different culture, and different socio-economic class than I am, I can relate to them. The narrator took that away.
Read the book! All of JQ's books are great, so give them a chance.
Although I very occasionally do read them, I have to admit that period romance novels are not something I read often. However, I really never remember one that seemed so annoyingly silly. The plot was well beyond unbelievable, just weak and silly, I don't believe that historical details were even close to accurate. While I have no complaint if intimate details are hinted at rather described graphically,. those scenes in this book read as though they were written by someone in Junior HIgh. Sorry Audible but I think on this one I am going to be asking for a refund.
I purchased this book because I had listened to Rosalyn Landor narrate and loved her. I found her narration to still be fine, but the story didn't capture my interest. The characters were confusing and I never cared about any of them. I gave it until about 2/3 of the way through when I just didn't care any more, then quit listening.
The way the reader said "Sebas-TI-an" drove me nuts! I couldn't listen to the book. Made it though, maybe 2 chapters...
Somehow this book reads more like a high school novel, and every now and again a period detail would suddenly jolt me and remind me that it was supposed to be historical fiction. I think its mostly that the language does not convey that period feel, and Olivia does not act or think like I would expect in a period novel.
It was an enjoyable read though. Just a bit confusing.
Say something about yourself!
It was entertaining and a mindless listen. Enjoyable, but didn't stretch in any way - predictable, but filled the time of my commute pleasantly.
I had hoped that the story would include more intrigue and suspense. I listened to this with my wife, and could tell from the summary that there would be romance, but it was more of a romance and less of a story about mistaken identities, intrigue, suspense, etc.
did not detract but not a favorite
the escape from captivity . . . too long and drawn out to be believable
when I read the reviews I thought it would be light and fun and it was neither
This story is not a story. There's nothing there. It's kind of a Victorian bodice ripper that makes fun of a ghothic bodice ripper, set in the very boring life of an insipid Victorian bimbo. I'm sorry I stuck it out until the end. The reader does what she can but her style dragged this ordeal even more.
I don't understand the high reviews at all.
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