Someone to Watch over Me (Bow Street Runners Series #1)

Someone to Watch over Me (Bow Street Runners Series #1)

by Lisa Kleypas

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Someone to Watch Over Me is a classic tale from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas. In this Regency romance, Kleypas, the author of Seduce Me at Sunrise, tells the story of a scandalous beauty with no memory of who she is and the man determined to unravel the secrets of her past.

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ISBN-13: 9780380802302
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Series: Bow Street Runners Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 78,951
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Someone To Watch Over Me

Chapter One

Late July, 1932

Lily Brewster and her brother, Robert, sat in the dining room of the mansion known as Grace and Favor Cottage. Robert was at the head of the long table reading the New York Times and mumbling to himself as he sipped his morning coffee and grimaced. "Lily, is Mrs. Prinney watering this stuff down? It hasn't got any taste."

"I think she is. She said something chirpy about chicory tasting just like coffee." Lily nearly had to shout to be heard at the other end. Lily was, as usual, doing the household books and had receipts, scrap paper, pencil, and pen spread around her while she munched on her toast with her left hand.

Between them, halfway along, was their boarder, Phoebe Twinkle, the dainty young redheaded village milliner and seamstress. "Where is Mrs. Prinney?" she said, touching a napkin to her lips.

"Gardening. As usual," Lily said.

She closed her ledger and capped her late mother's fountain pen, tidied up her piles of paperwork, picked up her plate and silverware, and went to sit between the others so she didn't have to scream to be heard.

"Should this be worrying us, Robert? Or is she just taking up a new hobby?"

Robert, who was seldom without a grin and a smart crack, was uncharacteristically solemn. "Haven't you been to the greengrocer's lately? There's almost nothing there except what that local woman grows."

"But not even Roxanne Anderson can possibly grow enough for the whole town," Phoebe put in.

"The farmer can't buy enough seeds or hire help," Robert went on. "The middleman can't afford to ship produce around the country, and that hurts therailroads. Dominoes falling. Or a downward spiral, if you want to look at it that way."

Lily had been working hard at trying (but failing) to ignore the country's deteriorating financial situation. She ran her hands through her hair and admitted, "I hate this. It just gets worse and worse. Thank goodness the Democrats have nominated Governor Roosevelt for President. At least he can't make more of a mess of the economy than Hoover."

"Unless it completely collapses before he takes office—if he wins," Robert added. "The election is months away, and the new President doesn't take office until next March. Anything could happen by then."

"You think Hoover could be reelected?" Lily asked in alarm.

Robert looked at his sister and realized he'd frightened her more than he should have. Not that he wasn't terrified. While President Hoover made weekly announcements of how the economy was improving, it was obvious that everyday life for almost everyone was getting much, much worse. "No, Governor Roosevelt will be elected. He's the only governor who's actually done demonstrably good things for his own state. He's beaten the state legislature into funding a few public works projects. Now I've got to change clothes for my own project."

"And what's that?" Lily asked.

"With Mr. Prinney's permission I hired a couple of young men from the village, the Harbinger boys, to help me tear down the old icehouse. There's some good sturdy wood in it that someone could put to use."

"The icehouse? How will we cool things?" Lily asked.

"Not the one behind the pantry," Robert said, rolling his eyes. "The one in the woods."

Lily looked at him as if he were mad.

"You don't believe me?" Robert said. "Come take a look."

"No can do," Lily said. "Phoebe and I are on our way to a special meeting of the VLL."

"The VLL?"

"Robert, how could you forget?" Lily said. "The Voorburg Ladies League. It's the first meeting I've been invited to. It's quite an honor and might mean the village is accepting us as real people."

Robert made an exaggerated motion of slapping his head. "Stupid of me," he said sarcastically. "How can you bear to be around that White woman who runs it?"

Phoebe and Lily exchanged a look; Phoebe answered. "She's not really so bad when you get to know her."

Robert waved this away. "I've met her. To my sorrow. She's a runaway locomotive."

"But I hear she means well, Robert," Lily objected. "Her manner is bossy, but people say her ideas are usually good. She just got back from a visit to Philadelphia and told Phoebe she's had a brainstorm about how we can help others in Voorburg. An emergency meeting. Phoebe, are you ready to go?"

The two young women gathered their handbags and the canvas bag with their good shoes and set out to take the shortcut through the woods and down the hill to town. Though there wasn't much traffic on the road, it wound around so much that it was at least four times the length of the old Indian path from the hills overlooking the river.

They would change from their sturdy shoes to their nice ones once they were close to the village of Voorburgon-Hudson. Phoebe had alerted Lily that Mrs. White was obsessed with appearances, and while they wouldn't admit it to Robert, neither of them wanted to be accused of bad taste in footwear. Especially not by Mrs. White, who was always immaculately dressed, thoroughly corseted—and well shod.

Phoebe Twinkle, who had been in Voorburg longer than Lily and seldom had access to an automobile, was much more surefooted on the steep path than Lily, but she held back with good grace and set her pace to her companion's.

"I don't really know very much about Mrs. White except that she scares me to death," Lily said to Phoebe. "Has she lived here long?"

"All her life, as far as I know," Phoebe said, pulling aside a branch of a decrepit maple that really should be trimmed. "My former landlady talks about knowing her since..."

Someone To Watch Over Me. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Someone to Watch over Me (Bow Street Runners Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
redreader16 More than 1 year ago
I loved this romance. It is perhaps my favorite Kleypas novel, the chemistry is perfect between the two characters. Their physical differences (he is quite tall and she is petite) is humorous and sexy. They share a powerful attraction that is hot and I loved reading every minute of this book. I re read it often, Kleypas created a flawless romance with this one. A great read for women who enjoy masculine, assertive and strong men.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of others books from Lisa Kleypas, but I was a little disapoint with this. I think the romance was a little slow and the suspense and the policial plot over came the romance.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
I initially purchased this novel two months ago, before my mind was tightly wrapped within the whirlwind of the Wallflower & Hathaway Series. Every time I completed a book within those series, I would constantly glance and push aside this novel. And, still purhcase other Lisa Kleypas novels in the process. What an enormous mistake on my part. This novel has suited my needs completely. Having to deal with my own sibling frustrations within the past few months. This novel has opened my eyes regarding the behavior and characteristics of my sister and I possess. How devastatingly different we are, just as the main characters within this book. However the revelation of the fact, she and I can find true happiness with whatever we decide to do with our future; regardless, if one doesn't agree with the other. Thanks to Lisa Kleypas I have found immense comfort with this novel. As usual I'm infatuated with every single novel written by Lisa Kleypas, I've read thus far. I'm extremely eager to continue with this series, and read the other novels by LK. Mrs. Kleypas is a distinguished, remarkable, talented, superlative novelist of all time, and one of my most favorite authors. UNDOUBTEDLY ALWAYS DESERVING A 5 & WELL BEYOND STAR RATING!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many good friends recommended this book to me, and I finally gave in. I admit that I was a -little- disappointed but it was by no means awful. Grant Morgan and Victoria/Vivien Duvall are endearing characters but there were times in the book where it seemed to drag on forever. Like someone mentioned, the story line isn't all that original. However, I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another Kleypas novel since she seems to be a talented writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Someone To Watch over Me¿ was a good book. I wouldn¿t rate it great and I wouldn¿t rate it bad. The reason I couldn¿t give it more stars¿.I didn¿t really buy throughout most of the story that ¿Viven¿ was who she said she was. It seemed apparent to anyone paying attention that clearly the person everyone THOUGHT was Viven couldn¿t possibly be. Even though she lost her memory after almost being killed and pulled from the river half dead¿she had none of the characteristics that everyone said she had before (was a high priced, well known prostitute, ½ the men in town had slept with her at one time, all the women hated her, she was cold blooded, devious, out for her own good and she was a seriously twisted sex style maniac). Suddenly¿Viven looses her memory after the water trauma and acts sweet, tender, kind, naïve, appalled by sex and virgin like. Why it was like she was another person! Because¿she was!!! I couldn¿t buy that all these Bow Street Runners were such great security and detectives in town ¿ often working for the crown - yet¿they couldn¿t do a little research on the real Viven and look at her history, family, where she grew up etc. and find out there was TWO children ¿ twins ¿ and thus, that is why the girls were so vastly different from one another. The characters of Grant and Victoria ¿ they seemed a lot like many other characters that Lisa Kleypas has written about in previous books. Our hero has a hard luck history ¿ often from the streets ¿ clawed his way out of a bad past to find a career to prosper, make money, get some power but, he is always alone and on the fringes of high society. In turn, our heroine Victoria is a sweet natured, thoughtful and kind girl on the verge of womanhood who finds herself in a dangerous situation and she puts herself in the hands of the hero for safe keeping. Thus¿their attraction and love build. Nice but, nothing new. Nothing fresh. I just feel like ¿I¿ve been there before¿ when I finished this newest book. I felt that Victoria forgave Grant a bit early for his revenge plot and deception to her. She was rightly mad at first and wanted some space but, it didn¿t take long for her to forgive him and take him back for his bad ways. In turn, everyone seemed to go easy on Viven in the end for all the trouble and difficulty she caused with her actions and behavior. These two things could have been played out a bit more for my taste. LK is a really good author for the most part. Pick her up if you haven't yet. She almost never disappoints. Some books are more memorable than others but, all will entertain.
loverofbooks79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good read my first book from Kleypas will read more of her books. Got hooked on this book a really interesting story in this one.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book. Lisa Kleypas is a good writer, and her books are fast and entertaining. Grant Morgan is a good character - enigmatic, harsh, seemingly cold, but with a loving interior, his plan to get his revenge for a past slight is complicated by the fact that he begins to fall for the woman he wishes to punish. Or so he thinks. Throughout this book, I found myself wishing that she really had been Vivien - I think it would have been a lot more interesting and a lot more emotionally engaging if she had been. It would have demanded a great deal more of both characters, while this book takes the easy way out. Despite that, I enjoyed this book a great deal.
LynnSigman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read in Maui - typical historical romance - which is fine for the beach. Yes, I'm justifying it!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Bowstreet Runner, Grant Morgan, is called in to the scene of a drowned woman he is startled to discover that the corpse in question is not only alive, but is also the beautiful courtesan, Vivien Duvall. Despite his distaste for the gossip Ms. Duvall had spread about him after his rejection of his of her charms Grant takes the beauty into home, determined at exact his own revenge against her while seeking the person who tried to murder her. Grant soon finds his vengeful plans in jeopardy as when Vivian awakes she not only has no recollection of who she is, she appears to be a changed person. This Vivian is both innocent and frightened, stirring feelings of protectiveness that Grant cannot deny. Will he be able to figure out the murder mystery before he loses his heart to the woman he is supposed to hate?This was certainly another lovely historical romance from Ms. Kleypas. I liked both Grant and Vivian although I suspected the twists and turns of the story pretty much from the start. I like how she always seems to add in elements of believable danger and excitement into her stories to keep the reader glued to the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love each and every book and series Lisa does. Bow Street Runners series is no different! Thank you for all the great reads and years of dedication to your fans Lisa!
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Well expressed sentiments. Fluid storu sequence. Very believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never put boook down until I finished it!
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Wonderful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read of hers and fell in love with it! LOVE the characters && their chemistry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable story. I knew what would happen and who the bad guy was before I read it in the story line... takes the mystery out of the story. I did enjoy the book.
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I have read this twice now. I still thinks it's a decent story. If you like to read strictly about an aristocratic relationship, this probably isn't for you. Two commoners, albeit one well placed in society, but not of the people of the ton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! and by the rest of her books they all connect some how to each other
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I really loved the suspense. I liked the fact that the story unwound slowly. It gave time for the character development to unfold smoothly.
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