What Happens in London


Title: What Happens in London (Bevelstoke # 2)

Author: Julia Quinn

Rating: ★★★★★


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 ❤



The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever


Title: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Bevelstoke # 1)

Author: Julia Quinn

Rating: ★★★★★


I have reread this book a lot of times because it doesn’t get old. I love it every time I read it. The first 3/4 of the book was all bittersweet because of Miranda’s unrequited love. The last quarter of the book is filled with cheesy stuff for the hopeless romantic. Let me start with the main characters first.

Miranda Cheever is the heroine of the novel. She has brown hair, brown eyes, and full lips. She is witty and intelligent. She has unrequited love for Turner ever since she was ten years old.

Nigel Bevelstoke, Viscount Turner is the hero of the novel. He has blond hair and blue eyes. He used to be a cheerful fellow, but after being cuckolded into marrying Leticia, he changed dramatically to a hateful man.

Olivia Bevelstoke is Miranda’s best friend and little sister to Turner. She was matchamking Miranda to his twin brother, Winston. She was the first to find out about Miranda’s pregnancy.

Winston Bevelstoke is Olivia’s twin brother. He was infatuated with Miranda, but it didn’t continue because Miranda and Turner got married in Scotland.

I enjoyed the whole book and I would give it 5 stars, easy. The conversation between Turner and Miranda are all humorous. There was an essence of bittersweetness because of all the pain Miranda had to go through just because she loved Turner so much. Although, the last part was a tad too cheesy. If you don’t appreciate those kind of things, you could just skip ahead. It starts when Miranda is in her supposed deathbed after giving birth to Caroline, their first daughter. I’m a hopeless romantic so that wasn’t quite an issue for me.

My only issue with the book was how long Turner realized he loved Miranda. I mean, was it that hard to realize you love someone? I understand the inner conflict because of what Leticia had done to him, but I must say, it isn’t hard to say ‘I love you’ to someone when one is really in love. Maybe he didn’t realize it at first, but the attention and care he gave Miranda was enough evidence of his feelings.

All in all, I would recommend the book. It’s worth the read.

xoxo, Mrs. Cruz ❤




Historical Romance Novels

I’m back to reading romance novels. I have over 300 in my phone. I plan to add more actually. I also plan to read all of them. I am not ashamed to be reading them, if you’re wondering.

Since I’m reading them, I will also start blogging about them. So watch out. I have just finished the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn, and now I’m starting with her Bevelstoke series. The first book in that series would be The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. I have already read this one, I’m just rereading it because it’s good.

You can check out my Goodreads page, add me, and see my reading list. Although I do post reviews there, they’re only one liners, just so I could avoid spoiling anybody.

Wait for my reviews! Adieu.

xoxo, Mrs. Cruz ❤