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What Happens in London Audiobook

What Happens in London

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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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    corie 06-07-14
    corie 06-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Just Awful!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene East Canton, OH, United States 06-27-12
    Jolene East Canton, OH, United States 06-27-12
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    "Didn't finish it"

    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.

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    Cynthia Chesterfield, MO, United States 05-18-12
    Cynthia Chesterfield, MO, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Couldn't listen due to narration"

    The way the reader said "Sebas-TI-an" drove me nuts! I couldn't listen to the book. Made it though, maybe 2 chapters...

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    Alexandra Berndsen 05-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Historical romance, feels too modern"

    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.

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    Meghan United States 05-01-12
    Meghan United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2015

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    "A good, "beach" book"
    What did you like best about What Happens in London? What did you like least?

    It was entertaining and a mindless listen. Enjoyable, but didn't stretch in any way - predictable, but filled the time of my commute pleasantly.


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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.

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    Marcia Jupiter, FL, United States 03-25-12
    Marcia Jupiter, FL, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "disappointed"
    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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