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Julia Quinn
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23 July 2009

Olivia Bevelstroke, the only daughter of the Earl of Rudland, is beautiful and has a sizeable dowry. Yet at the age of twenty-one she is still unmarried, causing people to whisper behind her back, 'What is she waiting for? A prince?' But Olivia isn't cold or stuck up, and neither is she a hopeless romantic. She's just waiting for something - or someone.

Sir Harry Valentine, a war veteran, is now back in London working in secret for the War Office and keeping an eye on his wayward younger brother. Rumour has it that he killed his fiancée, which intrigues Olivia. She thinks her new next-door neighbour looks the part, and even if he isn't a murderer, he's certainly up to something.

Then a real-live Russian prince comes to town, sparking intrigue. He has his eye on Olivia, but so does Harry, who's been ordered to spy on the prince - and thus by extension, Olivia. But will what he finds out about her bring her closer to his heart?

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749941898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749941895
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com

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The new Regency romance from NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Julia Quinn - think Bridget Jones meets Jane Austen!

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets, Spies and a Russian Prince - Oh My! 16 July 2009
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They say he killed his fiancé. Lady Olivia Bevelstoke doesn't know who 'they' are exactly, nor does she believe it for a moment, but she's always been curious. And Sir Harry Valentine does spend an inordinate amount of time in his study. Acting peculiarly.

Fluent in both French and Russian, Sir Harry works for the boring part of the War Office, because despite spending years in the Hussars fighting Napoleon he'd rather translate documents than become a spy. But fluent Russian speakers are hard to come by in London, so when a Russian prince arrives - under suspicion regarding his motives and loyalty - Harry is the obvious choice to keep an eye on him.

It just so happens that Olivia is Harry's neighbour - but that doesn't explain why she's spent the best part of a week spying on him. When the prince starts showing marked interest in Olivia, Harry soon gets every chance to find out. Whether he wants to or not.

JQ is back on form with this delightful tale of rumours, suspicion and the amusing consequences of jumping to conclusions. Olivia is a true JQ heroine, with wonderful quirks - like her mental list making - and Harry is an intelligent hero, who is refreshingly comfortable with himself and his emotions. There's no self-delusion for him.

As lovely as their burgeoning relationship is, however, what makes this special is the wit, the ludicrous situations and fabulous supporting characters. Only JQ could have two characters court convincingly out of the windows of two separate houses, with ten feet between them. Or write more than one brilliant drawing room scene - though Sebastian definitely steals the show in the second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely marvelous. 30 Jun 2009
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Sir Harry Valentine has been fluent in English, Russian, and French since the age of twelve. After years in the Army, Harry now rents a residence south of Rudland House. The War Office often delivers documents to Harry which needs to be translated to English quickly. Harry spends most of his time in his office doing these translations; however, he keeps getting distracted by the fact that Lady Olivia Bevelstoke keeps standing at her window staring at him. Harry has no idea whether she is just a curious debutante or is actually a spy. After a couple of meetings Harry decides Lady Olivia is neither a spy, nor kind. In fact, Harry decides he does not like her at all.

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).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what happened in london 15 May 2010
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this book what happened in london, to me was not as good as her others books but still a good story if your a fan of julia quinn, its more of a library and return book :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars falling in love again 18 Aug 2009
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This book is a revelation as it is so well written & so very light, frothy & humerously balanced. Why does it work so well is because both the main characters are thrown together & so begins this incident of errors. Harry works for the war office & part of his job is to translate documents from Russian to English & enter Olivia who has just acquired him as her neighbour & rumour has it that he had murdered his fiance.
She spies on him from her bedroom window whilst he is in his drawing room office & he pretends that he does not know that she is there.
What these 2 go through, their thoughts, their initial hatred of each other, their growing attraction & the characters (especially Sebastian that add credence to the storyline) that round off this novel is brilliantly executed.
What is so sweet about this modern day Jane Austen type novel ( there is no resemblance to the story so do not please be discouraged to buy this book) in style of writing is the feelings that slowly develope & bud into strong emotion. Julia Quinn has her own unique style but she has a lot of passion in developing the characters & the subtle story line that then leaves the reader with a spring to their step.
Loved the highs & lows to their growing feelings for each other to the climax when Olivia realises that she has not known Harry at all well & is shocked to realise that she had placed all her trust in this one person & feels that she has been misguided. This particular scene was really well written without going overboard.
Rounded off again with a nice romantic humourous touch. Loved it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous read.
Definitely a step up after the last one. The two leads are absolutely adorable with each other, it's a pretty satisfying ending, and some of the scenes are HILARIOUS. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, especially Harry
This has got to be one of my favourite JQ books and I think that Harry is probably my favourite of her heroes. Read more
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A wonderful witty and enjoyable read. I didn't want to put it down. Historical romance at its best. Ready for the next one
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Julia Quinn books are addictive, you can read them in a day and go back and read them again, well written
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I couldn't stop reading and was disappointed that I managed it in just one day. But luckily I had already ordered the follow up novel (Then Things I Love About You) which I read... Read more
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Review taken from my Blog Post #122 in May 2001, which I borrowed from the local library.

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Published 17 months ago by Toodles Book Club
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
I absolutly loved this book. This is my favourite book writen by this author and I really enjoyed reading it :D
Published on 10 Sep 2012 by Virluxor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
I just recently discovered Julia Quinn and I loooooooooooooooove the Bridgerton series. I read the book that comes before "What Happened in London" (it's called "The Secret Diaries... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by Pweepwee
My first foray into the regency world was reading 'Pride and prejudice" which I, like many other people adore. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars does not even start to equal Gergette Heyer or Jane Austen
The cover of this book includes a quote from Jill Barnett: 'Julia Quinn is truly our contemporary Jane Austen' and on the back it quotes Gloss: 'Julia Quinn's witty Regency-set... Read more
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