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The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a great book full of an interesting story and take on society expectations. I had not thought prior to reading this book what would happen if a legitimate air showed up and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shell Burger
I like Julia Quinn. I got to her when I want a simpler romance that focuses more on the story and less on the love scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandy Hartman
Lacks the sparkling dialogue of most of her works. It feels like she didn't put much effort into this work. Still it is Julia Quinn so you have to read it.Published 2 months ago by Joe Flynn
I thought it flowed along nicely. Kept my interest and when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to reading.Published 3 months ago by Frog
I liked the love triangle implication. I loved how both. Thomas and John refused to let the dowager duchess mistreat Grace.
John is a hero to be admired. Read more
Julia never disappoints! I can't wait to read anything she puts out.Published 6 months ago by J. Coughlin
It was good - better than I thought it would be for being a romance novel which I don't usually readPublished 7 months ago by Dora
This is the second time I have read this book, it was really good the first time I read it.Published 7 months ago by st3c