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- Publication Date : March 17, 2009
- File Size : 603 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 383 pages
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
- ASIN : B0010SEODK
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,068 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Second book I've read recently dealing with a peer who has dyslexia similar escape mechanisms same turning point. The other being Colorado Dawn by Kaki Warner
I always enjoy Julia Quinn's adventures this one did not disappoint gentile friendships, unpleasant character, tangled mess, uncertain future for many. Waiting for Grace to crack under pressure or who was going to do the next crack pot thing. Ladies trying to vent their frustration with limited vocab was particularly amusing.
The entire book is essentially an extended conversation among several characters as to whether the hero is a lost duke or not. That's it. The hero and heroine fall in love at first sight, and while that can work well in romance, their "relationship" is never believable. The heroine is nondescript, undermotivated, and inexplicably resistant to marrying a handsome man head over heels for her, with whom she is in love, who is about to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the region. The hero is immature and uninteresting. Quinn tries to tack on a backstory to give him depth, but I wasn't convinced.
Several have mentioned the modern feel of this book, and I have to admit that when the hero utters the word "truthiness" I had a vivid picture of Ms. Quinn typing this scene while catching the Stephen Colbert show -- not the image you want to fill your head while reading a Regency romance!
As many have written, the secondary characters were kept to the fringes so the author can essentially split one book into two -- very unfair to the reader.
Since Thomas and Amelia were more interesting than Jack and Grace, let's hope the Quinn ship will be righted come fall!
I enjoyed the book, but could very easily set it aside to get on with my life. Not my typical experience with one of Ms. Quinn's books. The characters were strong - maybe too strong in the case of the Dowager Duchess. I think it would have been far better to tilt her a bit more in the direction of Lady Dansbury rather than Cruella DeVille. The main female character, Grace, was smart, nice, kind etc., but a tish bit bland. The main male character, Jack, was impishly charming, but felt a bit "one note". I know he had dark spots in his past, he just did not come across as particularly complex on the page. (Unlike some of her best male leads - Colin, Michael or Benedict.)
The plot was interesting (despicable dowager Duchess discovers a dubious, but more desirable, Duke) but the pace of the book was herky jerky - moved in fits and starts which did not suit either the storyline or the characters.
So all in all, interesting but flawed book which I am sure will be improved upon in Book 2 - "Mr. Canvendish, I Presume."
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Then things get complicated.
A kidnap, plenty of insults and numerous arguments disrupt everything, but that's not half as distracting as Jack Audley - who may, or may not, be the lost duke. The charming rogue has no desire to go along with the duchess' plans, but he stays for the pleasure of Grace's company. Because, really, if a man's world is about to be overturned, he surely deserves some comfort.
Yet as the duchess' plans progress, Jack realises it's more than comfort he wants from Grace. But if Jack truly is the duke, can she ever be anything more?
With this duology (this and Mr Cavendish, I Presume ) Julia Quinn attempts a new idea, which sadly doesn't quite pay-off. Oh, this book retains her wonderful dialogue and sparkling wit, but it doesn't meet her usual standards. There's too much happening off-scene (unsurprising, as it makes up the other book), which detracts from the action here.
As a character Grace doesn't suffer too much, but then her role and history is clearly defined - companion to the duchess, friend to Thomas, love interest for Jack - and she emerges as a typical JQ heroine.
Not so for Jack. I'm not sure why, exactly but I never warmed to him. Perhaps, as Amelia puts it, he's `a little too charming'. He certainly has an interesting history, but for me all the vital facts emerge too near the end, when they reach Ireland. By which point I'm just not that interested anymore.
The question of who the Duke is dominates - naturally - and it often overwhelms the development of Jack's character, adding to the feel of a tale half told.
This tale isn't bad, and when paired with `Mr Cavendish, I Presume' it reads much better. It just isn't up to JQ's usual standard.
P.S. I read this book after finishing "How To Marry A Marquis" and I can't help comparing the horrible Dowager to the wonderful Lady Danbury and wondering what would happen if these two formidable ladies met. LOL!