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The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Quinn
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jack Audley has been a highwayman.

A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.

Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine . . . until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she's not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have . . .

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Quinn (The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever) embarks on a new series with Grace Eversleigh, companion to the dowager duchess of Wyndham, unwillingly helping the dowager kidnap a highwayman. The dowager believes Jack Audley, a former Army Captain, to be her grandson, the son of her long-deceased favorite son. But the current Duke of Wyndham, Thomas Cavendish, Jack's ostensible cousin, learns that he could be disposed of a title if it is proven that Jack's parents were married in Ireland before their untimely deaths. Jack attempts to overcome his tortured past with a quick smile and easy wit, and sparks between Jack and Grace result in a number of sizzling scenes that are made more powerful by the intensity of emotions involved. In her strongest effort to date, Quinn delivers complex, multifaceted characters who come vividly to life. (May)
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“All of the signature elements that delight Quinn’s legions of dedicated readers—her wit, wonderfully entertaining characters, and sensual love story—are neatly in place in the first of a pair of delicious historical romances.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060876107
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0010SEODK
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too charming May 29, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Highwayman Jack Audley chooses the wrong carriage to rob one faithful night. The occupant is the dowager duchess of Wyndham and quickly she comes to the conclusion that Jack is her grandson. Jack looks (even masked), acts and sounds so much like her beloved dead son that Jack simply must be his son. And once she has him in her clutches the dowager will do everything in her power to prove that Jack is the legitimate Duke of Wyndham. Grace, a long suffering companion of five years, is shocked by the turn of events. And even more so when she realizes that the more time she spends with the charming rogue the more she's falling in love with him. Even if he seems a bit smitten with her -Dukes, if he proves to be, do not marry lowly companions.

A mixed review. Although I liked The Lost Duke of Wyndham in general, I found it to be an average book. Jack is a very lovable hero but perhaps too charming for me. I really enjoyed his quick wit and his delightful verbal sparing -up to a point. It got to be a bit too much by the middle of the book. Just went over the top IMHO. It seemed (to me anyway) that Jack was rarely serious perhaps when he should have been. I can take a joke as well as anyone, and I did find his antics very amusing most of the time -but still....I don't know perhaps I was looking for some strong emotions from a character who is light-hearted/carefree to the core.

And Grace seemed to be a bit underdeveloped as a character. I still don't really know who she is. I felt like I was missing a puzzle piece in her makeup while reading the book. A totally unremarkable heroine. Not unlikeable, mind you, but just....there.

So while the book is entertaining while reading it, I didn't find anything particularly exciting about it.
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231 of 265 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How Did This Get Published?!?!? June 5, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Oh, yeah, because Quinn's name is on it. I forgot. Because it's really that bad. It's so bad you begin to wonder if a writer like Quinn wrote it, or she had it ghost-written by a 15 year old. So, here's my frank and honest review, even though I know I'm going to get a score "unhelpful" checks from all Quinn fans. (Honestly, I am a Quinn fan, as well. That's why I'm so frustrated and angry right now.)

I'm going to say this upfront: I cannot abide "love at first smell/touch/sight" books. So, in my case, there was definitely a bias against the primary romance. But I could have even overlooked that if Quinn had displayed her talent for creating complex characters and situations that are real conflicts.

However, Quinn fails to do this. For a woman who has written over a dozen books, this read like it was her first attempt at a novel. The main characters were barely sketched, she makes the rookie mistake of "telling" rather than "showing", and I found the entire main conflict of the novel (the very premise) to be rather absurd and made each of the primary characters guilty of the "To Stupid to Live syndrome".

~ Spoilers In Review ~

First of all, the very fact that Grace falls in lust with a highway man & thinks there's absolutely nothing wrong with it really made me question her judgment. It was marvelous for her that the guy ended up being a Duke... but, good God, what was she thinking to start out with? And speaking of him being a highwayman. Apparently, that wasn't a big deal... but, yet, he had a problem with giving up that lifestyle to become a Duke.

Secondly, I guess Jack was charming?
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Next time, Ms. Quinn, please show, don't tell. June 6, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Other reviewers have done an excellent job picking over the details of the plot, whether things were or were not surprising. I will attempt to write this without any spoilers for those of you trying to decide whether to purchase this book, and let me start by saying that if you are a Julia Quinn fan in general, you may very well find yourself disappointed.

Why? Because in so many of her other books Ms. Quinn does a wonderful job creating a character that we happen to know if charming because he simply IS that way. In this book, if you were to look only at sentences that are either uttered by our protagonist, Jack, or which describe his actions, I'm afraid you'll find very few examples of anything that truly IS charming. Oh, to be sure, some of Ms. Quinn's previous characters (such as my ABSOLUTE favorite, Colin Bridgerton, in book 4 of the Bridgerton series), are repeatedly described as being charming, but they also ACT the part. You can see why everyone says that about them. In addition, Jack lacks the depth of character that suggests he can be self-deprecating--a key ingredient, I think, to a good hero of a romance novel.

Then there is the issue of his "brooding". Or lack there-of. I think in general Ms. Quinn tends to create male characters who spend too much time brooding over some miserable point in their past (or expected future--like Anthony Bridgerton). But that's acceptable, because it really shapes the characters and their actions. In this case, it's like a separate and unrelated story line that never impacts Jack's interest in Grace or any potential relationship between them.

Grace is, well, nothing really. She may very well be the most personality-less (sorry) character of Ms. Quinn's novels to date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Just an ok quick read.
Published 1 month ago by Hemingway888
5.0 out of 5 stars SoCal gal
It's a fun read. Witty and clever. Don't know what else you need to read this book. Really really don't
Published 2 months ago by Esther Wu
4.0 out of 5 stars Another enoyable book my Julia Quinn
Although this is one of her older books, it has only been this last year that I discovered her work. Since then, I have read most of her books and enjoyed every one of them. Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Lea Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars yay
you cant go wrong with Julia Quinn. all of her books are worth the read. check it out. shes good
Published 8 months ago by sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a funny romance novel
I loved every minute of reading The lost Duke of Wyndham because the characters had a sense of humr-something totally lacking in romance novels. Loved it!!!
Published 8 months ago by Richard P. Deems
1.0 out of 5 stars It's really 1.5 Stars... but then again... it really only got...
I used to be a HUGE fan of Julia Quinn...

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We start with a highwayman robbing a dowager duchess and her poor, gently bred companion. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rydia
5.0 out of 5 stars The lost Duke of Wyndham
Great read. Excellent characters --Julia Quinn adds such a real personality and humor to her characters that you wish they were part of your own family. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Karen L. Gutierrez
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but not the best
I don't know I miss the old Julia this book just did not pull me in and Jack annoyed me at some points in the books it was an ok read but think I would pick something else to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Deonna spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Duke of Wyndham
My second Julia Quinn book and, while not quite as enjoyable as Just Like Heaven, this is still well-written, romantic, and a very interesting story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre for Julia Quinn
Jack is a pleasing rogue. Grace is sweetly good-natured. The romance is fluffy and light. Mildly steamy- but worth reading. Read more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and several years back she did so in grand style, competing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

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