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The Lost Duke of Wyndham

Avon Historical Romance S.

By Julia Quinn

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published In: United States, 01 May 2008
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...


"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."--Booklist 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. --Booklist"

EAN: 9780060876104
ISBN: 0060876107
Publisher: Avon Books
Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.6 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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sarah on
To be honest, I am finding this review hard to write because I am still in a state of shock. What about, you ask. My shock is at just how bad this book was. I am a great Julia Quinn fan and absolutely love some of her earlier books like the beginning of the Bridgerton series. She has always been in my list of top 10 authors - top 5, even. Her last couple of books have shown signs that she is losing her touch. And this book has just about sealed her fate.

As far as I am concerned there are three major problems. The first is that she has written this story from two perspectives in two books. Consequently, when you are reading this book, half the story is missing, and that is very dissatisfying for the reader. The second problem is that she has written it in modern language which gives the dialogue a modern feel. She also uses very short sentences which is really annoying - its like all the characters are on speed. I keep waiting for someone to flip open a cell phone and start texting, or for someone to say 'doh'. It just doesn't fit the regency period.

The third problem is that there is absolutely no character development. Jack is far too silly and we only get to his inner torment right at the end of the book. There is no depth of character to Grace. She is so bland, she barely exists. Now, I am not like some people, I do like the 'love at first sight' plot devise because I do believe it exists, but it is handled in such a way that we have no real idea why Jack and Grace feel like they do, and its all so improbable anyway.

I sound like I am going on and on, but I only finished the book because I had bought it and wanted to write a review. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered.

I want to give this 1 star but have decided to stick with 2 stars. The reason for this is that the Duke seems interesting and for all my moaning, I will read the follow up book to this one. But this will be Quinn's last chance. If she continues with this quality of writing, I will no longer buy her books (new or second hand).
Karina on
Well.....what to say.....hmmm.....
This book was 'disappointing'. I love Julia Quinn's work and was eagerly anticipating this new release......but I struggled with it from the first page till the last!!! I MADE myself read each page, hoping that it was pick-up...get better...reflect the kind of work that she is famous for. But it was not to be and I'm woefully disappointed, but not discouraged. I have read alot of her novels and this is the first that I've been disappointed. So what didn't I like about it??? The novel itself was draggy, slow-moving, uneventful and had a unrealistic quality too it. The main hero was uninteresting, too compliant and his so-called 'charm' was just annoying and I got sick of reading paragraph after paragraph of it. I think the biggest let-down was the dialogue between the two main had no substance or depth, it was airy-fairy and boring - I mean, reading about them analysing artwork is hardly interesting!!!

Anyway, this novel just lacked BIG-TIME! Better luck with the next one Ms Quinn.....
Beryl on
I love Julia Quinn's books, they fun and romantic, I lend them to my friends and they love them too!
Eunice on
Quinn is always enjoyable as a light read. Storylines are uncomplicated and often raise a smile or two. Worth the cost.
Anita on
Loved it. Easy to read characters are dreamy could not put it down!!!
sue on
Jack Audley was a soldier and now he is a highwayman. While robbing a coach one night an elderly woman tells him to come and see her the next day. She feels he is her grandson. Son of her dead son and Jack should be the Duke of Wyndham. Jack goes to see his grandmother the next day and meets again his grandmother's companion, Grace Eversleigh.
They set off for Ireland to see his Jack's parents were married and he is the true Duke of Wyndham. Along the way romance grows between Jack and Grace.
The asides muttered by different people whenever the dowager Duchess of Wyndham is holding forth are actually quite amusing. My only problem is that I feel that the credibility of this story is a bit strained. Everyone just conveniently forgets that Jack used to be a highwayman. The current Duke of Wynham, Jack's cousin, Thomas, doesn't seem particularly concerned that if Jack is the real Duke, then Thomas is no longer the Duke of Wyndham.
mary on
Julia Quinn has written some great historical romances in the past and I enjoyed this one as much. After reading this book, I now await its sequel. If you like the genre you'll enjoy this one.

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