Review: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

Review: What Happens in London by Julia QuinnWhat Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Series: Bevelstoke #2
Published by Avon on 06/30/2009
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Humor, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon


When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, 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 ...

There are just some books that leave you grinning from cover to cover, not matter how many times you read it, and What Happens in London by Julia Quinn is one of those books ( for me anyway). It’s one of the most comforting and enjoyable books I’ve ever read.  Julia Quinn is a favorite author of mine, and I love so many of her books, but What Happens in London is a very special book, and one that I can never resist reading again and again.

Olivia and Harry, the heroine and hero in What Happens in London, are so much fun to get to know. Olivia is sort of stuck at the moment in her life. Her best friend has just married, and Olivia is lacking a bit in excitement and friendship. So when her slightly silly friends suggest that her new neighbor (Harry) killed his fiancée, and Olivia can see in into her neighbor’s office window from her bedroom, she soon starts spying on him. Harry, of course spots her right away, and wonders what on earth this young woman is doing.

When Harry and Olivia first meet, they don’t get off on the right foot. But soon they are becoming friends, and then more and I just gobbled up their romance like candy. There are so many sweet parts that just make my heart sigh with contentment. Their window talks are both swoony and sweet and funny, and don’t even get me started on the awesomeness of Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron aspects of What Happens in London. A better time I haven’t come across in a book.

What Happens in London is just so much fun. Really there isn’t a better way to describe What Happens in London that to say that it’s a blast. If you love lighthearted, character-drive, humorous romance novels, then get yourself a copy of What Happens in London. You will not be disappointed.


8 Responses to “Review: What Happens in London by Julia Quinn”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I loved this one! Harry is one of my favorite heroes and Sebastian really steals the show in his scenes. I had hoped Quinn would write a book on Harry’s younger brother as I thought he was so interesting but I don’t think that’s happened yet. And those window scenes! Such fun!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      So glad to hear that you love this book. It’s a favorite of mine, too. Harry is wonderful, and Sebastian totally steals the show! I would have liked a story for Harry’s younger brother too. And Olivia’s young brother!

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I adore this book and need to re-read it this year. The “Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron” sections had me laughing out loud on the bus. So many historical romances to re-read!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I know, since Historical Romance 101, I have so many books I want to re-read. And so many more that I just plain need to read. There’s never enough time!

      I love the Miss Butterworth sections, too. So much fun!

  3. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I really enjoyed this one too! I loved their window talks, and the proposal was just super sweet.
    Speaking of JQ, has she announced what her next series will be now that the Quartet is done? I need to look into that….

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I’ve heard that JQ might be revisiting the Bridgertons! Which is just awesome! But I’m not sure what that means, or even if that is true. But one can hope, right?

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