Title: What Happens in London (Bevelstoke # 2)
Author: Julia Quinn
I have been typing this review since Monday, and only got time today to finish it. So here goes nothing.
Again, I must say, Julia Quinn has amazed me. I love it! At the beginning, the relationship between Olivia and Harry are full of hateful retorts because they hated each other. Until a certain conversation about a book brought them together, in the window no less! After hearing Alexei say bad things to Olivia, he began to feel protective of her. There starts the sweetness of Harry and Olivia.
My overall feeling while reading the book was sweetness. I was giddy all the time if Olivia and Harry are sharing a conversation, or in the same room. Unlike The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, which was filled with bittersweet moments, this was the complete opposite.
Now for the characters.
Olivia Bevelstoke is the heroine of our lovely novel. She’s stunningly blonde and beautiful. Even with her beauty, she’s still struggling getting married, saying the men courting her weren’t just right. The ton has been whispering nasty things about her and her turned down suitors. She was spying on Harry from her window. She captures the eye of the Russian prince who was visiting, Prince Alexei. She hated Harry at the beginning but began to warm up to him when they had their conversation in their windows. She was kidnapped at the end of the book but was unharmed.
Harry Valentine is the hero of the novel. He joined the war and upon returning home, was tasked to translate stuff from Russian to English. He had a Russian grandmother who didn’t allow him to speak anything else. He hated his father because he was a drunk and made Harry clean up all his throw ups. He noticed Olivia spying from her window, thus capturing his attention. he is also color blind to red red and green. He was tasked to spy on Prince Alexei and protect Olivia from him if there were any threat. He finds Olivia beautiful.
Prince Alexei Gomarovsky is the Russian prince who was to visit his cousin, England’s ambassador to Russia, or was it the other way round? He was deemed suspicious by the war office and tasked Harry to spy on him. He liked Olivia in the beginning but seemed to fade after realizing Harry also has set eyes on her, and she’s interested (or that’s why I think he backed off). In the end, he wasn’t a national threat. But his cousin was, after kidnapping Olivia.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. This was a sweet surprise to be honest. I found nothing wrong with the development of Olivia and Harry’s love story. I’m all praises for Julia Quinn on this one.
xoxo, Mrs. Cruz