Somewhere I'll Find You

Somewhere I'll Find You

by Lisa Kleypas

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Overview

A classic tale of sensuous secrets and unanticipated passion,from the extraordinary New York Times bestselling author

The toast of the town ...

All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet—and anything she desires is hers for the asking. But the glamorous leading lady guards a shocking secret: a mystery husband whom she does not know, dares not mention ... and cannot love.

For years Damon Savage has been searching for the stranger his parents wed him to without his consent, hoping to legally free himself from matrimony's invisible chains. And he is astonished to discover his "bride" is none other than the exquisite lady he'd hoped to make his mistress! But though his wife by law, Julia will never truly be Damon's—until he conquers her fears, his formidable rivals ... and her proud, passionate, and independent heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380781430
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/1996
Series: Capitol Theatre Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 136,416
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(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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Chapter One

London,1825

She was late. Julia quickened her pace, trying to keep her skirts from dragging along the muddy ground, and at the same time shield her face from the persistent drizzle of cold autumn rain. If she didn't reach the Capital Theatre soon, her hair and clothes would be soaked. "My audition," she muttered despairingly, shouldering past the people on the broken, slippery sidewalk. A once-jaunty yellow feather drooped down from the brim of her small hat, and she pushed it back impatiently.

Today was one of the most important days of her life. If all went well, she might become part of the most successful acting company in England. However, if she failed to impress Logan Scott with her talents, she would have to return to the grimy little Daly Theatre in the Strand. The manager there, Mr. Bickerston, regarded the actresses as if they were prostitutes, turning a profit for himself by arranging for them to meet wealthy men. He was furious with Julia for refusing to associate with a lecherous old baron who had been willing to pay an exorbitant fee for the privilege of bedding her. "You'll obey my rules," Bickerston had spat at her, "or you're no longer in the company. The next time I find a man for you, you'll accept him or be damned!"

To make matters worse, Bickerston had a gambling problem, and he often couldn't pay the actors the full amount of their salaries. If Julia didn't make money soon, she wouldn't be able to afford the terrace room she had rented. And she couldn't resort to what the other actresses did, selling their sexual favors to supplement their income. For her that would never bea choice, even if she starved.

Julia sighed, her skin crawling at the thought of returning to the Strand. She had to find a better place to work. Tightening her grip on the damp sheaf of paper in her arms, she lowered her head and walked faster. All of a sudden she rammed into a hard object that nearly sent her sprawling backward. The stack of papers cascaded from her arms. Only a man's quick grab at her shoulders kept her from falling onto the muddy pavement.

"Are you all right, miss?" the man inquired, steadying her.

Julia bent to scoop up her sodden papers. To her dismay, the hem of her skirts dragged through a dirty puddle. "You should watch where you're going," she exclaimed.

"I might say the same to you, miss." The man's voice was as dry and rich as a glass of red wine. He helped her to retrieve the fallen papers, pausing to glance at them.

took them from him before he had the chance to read anything. "I'm on my way to an audition," she said crisply. "I'm very late." She began to walk past him, but he stopped her with a light touch on her shoulder.

"Which theater do you want?"

She looked up at him, blinking as a rain-laced breeze swept over her face. He was tall and wellbuilt, his wide shoulders covered with a heavy black coat. Through the veil of rain dripping from the brim of his dark hat, she could see blunt, attractive features and a pair of intense blue eyes. "I'm trying to find the Capital," she said.

"You've reached it." He indicated a nearby doorway. "That leads to the greenroom, where auditions are usually held."

"How do you know that?" she asked suspiciously.

A smile pulled at the corner of his wide, mobile mouth. "I'm a member of the company."

"Oh." She was taken aback, and a touch envious. Lucky, lucky man, to be a part of such a prestigious group.

His smile remained as he contemplated her. "If you wish, I'll show you the way."

Julia nodded and cautiously preceded him through the doorway into a quiet, dim hallway. Relieved to be out of the rain, she brushed at her damp skirts and tried to straighten them. Politely her companion waited until she removed her dripping hat and cloak, and he took them from her. "We'll leave these in a spare dressing room to dry," he said, opening a door and hanging the articles on the large brass hooks affixed to the wall. He removed his own hat and coat, and ran his fingers through his disheveled hair, trying to bring order to the short, wavy mass.

Julia smoothed her own dark hair, wishing she had a mirror to help restore her appearance.

"You look well enough," the man said, as if reading her thoughts.

For the first time, Julia smiled at him tentatively. "I was hoping for something better than that."

He shrugged. "Your looks won't matter as much as your acting skill."

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Somewhere I'll Find You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
CamNY More than 1 year ago
Have many Kleypas books abd I'm happy to add this one to my collection.
grame More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Lisa Kleypas' books, but this one held a little mystery and excitement for me. I think Lisa's fans will have a good time reading this book.
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but not as good as her other books. I'm having a hard time putting a finger on exactly what I didn't like about this books so I don't think its that I disliked anything about it. It's just that there were other books by Ms. Kleypas that I have enjoyed so much more. I just wasn't as drawn into this story as I have been by some of her other books.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Ugh. Had to force myself to finish this one, and I'm not even sure why I did, except that then it'd be over with. Absolutely nothing that the characters did or said made any sense to me in the end. I've really enjoyed many of Kleypas's later books, but this one just did nothing for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book - I love the story line from beginning to end. I wasn't surprised as I love all of Lisa Kleypas's books. This is one of those books that you hated to see it end. I read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down. Loved it.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not one of Kleypas's best books, although it is still completely readable. While the main characters are good enough - although maybe not entirely interesting - I found myself interested more by Logan Scott - who to me was a far more interesting character than Damon. Kleypas does a lot more "telling" than "showing" - which I see as a fault - and I think she has Julia give in to Damon too quickly. It seems that one moment she's convinced she can't marry him, and then switches her opinion in an instant. I would have liked to see that better developed. Still, all in all, not a bad read.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I unfortunately read this one after Because You're Mine, the second in the series, but I enjoyed it all the same. I LOVE these books involving London¿s theatre scene in the nineteenth century. It seems the general consensus is Lisa Kleypas¿ later books are better ¿ I won¿t argue either way ¿ but for me, anything involving the theatre is going to capture my interest. This book has an original idea in that the heroine struggles with the fact she¿ll have to give up her career for marriage ¿ not exactly standard historical romance fare! Julia Hargate and Damon Savage were forced into marriage as young children, and some years later Julia is disowned by her family when she runs away to London and becomes a famous actress ¿ under a new name. Damon has been searching for his wife for years, with the intention of dissolving the marriage. When he is introduced to her as a potential patron for the theatre, they fall in love. It looks as though Julia will be forced to choose between her career and her marriage. Some reviewers have expressed dislike at Julia¿s indecision, but that is what makes the story so good. I¿m glad this heroine had something in her life beyond balls and fancy outfits, and I suppose it was the break from tradition that upset some. I adore books set in a theatre environment, and Lisa Kleypas really paints a realistic picture of the theatre world and the passion that comes with it. This is one of the most fascinating facets of London, and I only wish there were more books to the series. The story also takes us to beautiful Bath, which was another aspect of the story I really enjoyed. The relationship is wonderful ¿ not only is the `big reveal¿ brought out early enough for the characters to deal with their issues, but both Damon and Julia face the fact they are in love with each other quite early on. It is straight-laced Damon¿s struggle with social conventions, and Julia¿s passion for life that causes the conflict between them. As with the other Capital Theatre book, I love that we get to meet such a cross-section of London society in this book. This is a city functioning on all levels, not just a group of pretty little virgins lining themselves up at a ball. It really brings the story to life. The Capital Theatre books have been really great reads for me. The combination of the theatre, the characters, the conflicts and the romance is wonderful. I¿d definitely recommend them.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Somewhere I'll Find You by Lisa Kleypas (Audio Edition) Narrated by Rosalyn Landor Series: Capitol Theatre #1 3 Stars - This book was ok. It was not very intriguing and I found I got bored of the hero just trailing after her because he wanted sex (or so it seemed to me.) He kept using the line “we both enjoyed it”…She on the other hand, just kept pushing him away and while sometimes that plot works, here I found it didn't. The writing was decent, not the best Kleypas I have read - normally I love her books! I will say though, when the characters were actually on good terms and discovering their relationship together, it was good reading. I wish there had been more of that. This book took me a very long time to make my way through. The narrator did a wonderful job, which definitely helped me finish it. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
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Excellent
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Awesome read damon and julia have great chemistry
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oud set hr down and she woke up and snarled "you dirty little traitor what do you want?" Cloud looked at her "just my cubs ill keep u here untill theyre born then kill u and raise them as my own"
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Happywitch More than 1 year ago
But, then I would recommend any Lisa Kleypas book! Love her writing... the characters just come alive for you. And, this did not disappoint...
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