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What Happens in London | [Julia Quinn]

What Happens in London

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Rumors and Gossip . . . The lifeblood of London

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

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    Sean NORTH OGDEN, UT, United States 03-29-12
    Sean NORTH OGDEN, UT, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Definitely a romance novel"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Jupiter, FL, United States 03-25-12
    Marcia Jupiter, FL, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Quinn again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    did not detract but not a favorite


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Happens in London?

    the escape from captivity . . . too long and drawn out to be believable


    Any additional comments?

    when I read the reviews I thought it would be light and fun and it was neither

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    Erica Aitken Santa Cruz, CA 03-23-12
    Erica Aitken Santa Cruz, CA 03-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring, insipid, a waste of time"

    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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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