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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Review - What Happens In London by Julia Quinn

Title: What Happens in London

Author: Julia Quinn

Publisher: Avon Books

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

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 a 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...

Nothing excites me more than a book that starts off with the unexpected, and Julia Quinn would never fail to disappoint her readers in providing that touch of “unexpected.” I am still wondering if I stopped laughing once while reading What Happens in London, and looking back the answer is probably not. Olivia Bevelstoke is one the most outspoken heroines Ms. Quinn has created in quite some time, and having read a number of this author’s books I believe I can say she has been responsible for more than a few unusual heroines. I never knew wha t to expect from Olivia from one minute to the next, and maybe that was the ultimate charm of the character for both this reader and Sir Harry Valentine.

Sir Harry, on the other hand, was also not what I would have expected as a counterpart to the irrepressible Olivia. Perhaps, one would look for a calming influence to off-set her slightly madcap personality, but not in a Julia Quinn book. We are back to Ms. Quinn’s fascination and delight in the unexpected as she keeps her readers guessing, adding subplots, unusual characters and strange plot twists, creating a fantastic book. If you are looking for a few hours of sheer enjoyment, this is the book for you I guarantee you will not regret it!

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