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Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008
"An American Duchess" by Caroline Fyffe
A woman’s heart dares to defy the rules of Victorian society in USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe’s novel of romance, royalty, and a little revenge. | Learn more
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About the Author
With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
- Item Weight : 6.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0060876115
- Mass Market Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060876111
- Product Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.96 x 6.75 inches
- Publisher : Avon (September 30, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the most disappointing of Julia Quinn’s books, because it offers nearly nothing new—no new character development other than Thomas’ innkeeper friend, and hardly any advancement of the story. It could have been an epilogue like her excellent continuations of some other books, and I would not have had to pay for basically the same book twice. I am a fan, but I’m embarrassed for her.
It would have been so much more interesting if Ms. Quinn had written more of a summary of the first novel about Jack and Grace and then written more about Mr. Cavendish and Amelia.
Ms. Quinn's novels are usually fun to read, so I will certainly continue to buy her work even if this was less than satisfactory.
Huh. I think it is worth closer to $1.99. Someone got greedy. I am going to blame the publisher since I don’t want to blame Julia Quinn.
You don’t need to read this one if you have read the first one. I was very disappointed and skipped through all the redundant sections and chapters, which I had JUST read in the first book.
Thomas Cavendish believes and was brought up to believe that he is the Duke of Wyndham. It defines his life and his character. Enter his heretofore unknown cousin - Jack Audley, who happens to be a highwayman - who is suddenly identified by their mutual grandmother to be the son of Thomas' fathers older brother and apparently the REAL Duke of Wyndham.
Thomas has been engaged to Amelia Willoughby since she was in the cradle - literally. She has been brought up to believe she will be the next Duchess of Wyndham. With the appearance of Jack Audley and his claim to the title, two worlds are turned upside down.
Do give this book a read - it is a pleasant surprise.
I also like the unexpected twist at the end. It shows that if you the right thing, fate will reward you in the end.
As I started Mr. Cavendish, it felt astonishingly familiar...as if I'd read it before. Déjà vu or just a rehashed plot line? I think it's most likely the latter.
Amelia Willoughby was first introduced to us in The Lost Duke of Wyndham as the younger sister and fiancée of the soon-to-be ex-duke, Thomas Cavendish. We don't learn much about her other than she's never been great friends with Grace Eversleigh. Rather, her sister Elizabeth is Grace's friend and confidante. Thomas is, of course, the ever-noble and honorable duke who must hand over his title--his very essence--to his long lost cousin, Jack Audley.
I can't pinpoint the exact believability factor with this particular Quinn novel other than to say it felt like I was rereading the first book...as if she'd merely written the scenes over again from another character's perspective. I also didn't like how it appeared that Amelia suddenly woke up one morning and decided she was in love with Thomas. She'd known him for years as his betrothed, but according to her, she hadn't really known him or his true personality beneath his polished veneer. And all of a sudden, she realizes she's in love with him in a few days' time? There's something a little too fanciful about that.
As for Thomas, I really appreciated his apparent struggle with his identity and readjusting himself to a different kind of lifestyle. He had to rediscover himself before he could commit himself wholly to Amelia by the end of the novel. I felt that it was a realistic twist and one that anyone might experience in his shoes.
Quinn's writing is always, always strong with clever dialogue. This work was no different, but it lacked the plot and depth that also characterizes Quinn's writing. Overall, a bit disappointing but still a worthy read for true Julia Quinn fans.
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If you read one of the Wyndham books- read this one, it's much more satisfying than the Lost Duke