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What Happens in London Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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About the Author
Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Harry is summoned to the offices at Horse Guards in Whitehall he knows the reason cannot be good. A Russian prince is visiting at the same time that three known sympathizers of Napoleon are in town. It is rumored the prince's late father had favored Napoleon, but no proof was ever found. It is also rumored that his fortunes have diminished and the prince seeks a bride. He has been paying much attention to Lady Olivia. Thus Harry has been ordered to keep an eye on the prince and to make sure Olivia did not unwittingly commit treason. As Harry spends time with Olivia he finds that she is not as cold and remote as he had assumed. Olivia is full of humor and mischief. Perhaps Harry's mission will not be as boring as he had once believed.
***** FIVE STARS! This story overflows with humor to help offset the serious spy content. Harry gives Olivia "a lurid gothic novel" that had been recommended by his sister. Over half of this story is sprinkled with hilarious gems from the gothic novel (which Olivia demanded Harry read and suffer through too).Read more ›
Anyway, this was a light, easy read (of course) and I've already forgotten most of it. I put it on my paperback swap list as soon as I was done reading it. Not a keeper.
Olivia and Harry are both interesting characters and are actually good people. Neither of them has a particularly haunted past or an undeserved bad reputation or a deep, dark secret or any of the other traits that have become cliches in Regency romances. Harry has some bad memories, true, and he has a secret, but JQ doesn't define him based on these things--they're details, not his whole story. For the most part, the characters don't do stupid things for no good reason. It's a very believable book: the main characters act like real people, and they fall in love slowly, gradually, and realistically. There is something that keeps them from being together immediately, but if there wasn't, it would be a very short book. The humor that was forced or missing in her last books is back in this one, and I laughed out loud several times (mostly in relation to the Miss Butterworth book).
The proposal scene was unexpected and fabulous. The perfect ending to a sweet, happy story.Read more ›
I absolutely, unreservedly loved this book. There are more technically flawless, smoothly paced books I've read over the past year, but very, very few which elicited this degree of personal attachment and that "awww, see, THIS is why reading is my favorite thing to do on this planet" adoration.
I always struggle to discuss writing style since it's so wholly subjective and difficult to define: an author's style either works for you or doesn't, and JQ's just happens to work for me so very, very perfectly that I can merrily excuse imperfections in her plotting and pacing. It's eminently witty, sharp and brimming over with clever insights and unexpected jolts of poignancy. And suffice it to say that within the first 20 pages I found her characters far more vividly defined and root-worthy than many authors manage after 420 pages.
Harry emerged immediately as one of my very favorite Quinn heroes---which means he's one of my very favorite heroes, period. Because in addition to the writing style gushed about above, the thing I've always appreciated most about Quinn's books is that she (usually!) creates heroes who are genuinely kind, decent, and well-meaning men. Imperfect, of course, but in amusing, colorful and relatable ways.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I checked out the audio version of this book from my local library.
It is a cute story of Lady Olivia and her new neighbor, Harry who has peaked her curiosity. Read more
Love Julia Quinn and love the characters Harry and Olivia. Great ending to a happy story which I like. What Happens in London (Bevelstoke Book 2)Published 3 months ago by mbouge1
It is nice to continue the story about the Bevelstoke family as one learns more about the family and their interactions.Published 4 months ago by Josrepke
So adorable. Really well-written, in typical Julia Quinn style! It was a wonderful read with interesting characters and charming dialogue. Great book!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I reread this book recently and unlike some of this author's other books, this one withstood a second look. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandy Milan