An absolutely fantastic historical romance! Julia Quinn was already one of my top three historical romance authors, but I think this is her best book yet- or at least my favorite. :) I won't go over the plot again, I will say that the book takes place between a grand English home, on the road and in Ireland. Jack, our hero, is wonderful. I've been suffering rake-with-women-issues fatigue, and Jack's charm paired with his respect of our heroine, Grace, was refreshing. He has been through a tragedy but it does not make him dark or hateful. I loved the way the romance developed- the protagonists are so fun to read about that it was a pleasure "watching" them fall in love. I wanted to smack the dowager (Grace's employer) through the whole book, Quinn was VERY deft at writing her as a frustrating old rich witch. :) There are two other characters who were set up in this book that will appear in the sequel (advertised in the back of the book) which is due in October. I already can't wait to read it- fans of Quinn who were disappointed by "The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever" and "On the Way To the Wedding" should be happy to hear that Quinn is back on the top of her game. I highly recommend this book- it even has "truthiness" in it! (Also reviewed under my name at Amazon)
Well, that was fun! Completely forgettable, but fun! Jack and Grace are rather flat (albeit fun!) characters for Julia Quinn, but I am truly intrigued by Thomas and Amelia's upcoming story. Those two captured my interest right away (despite being not-so-fun). I can't help but view The Lost Duke as an aperitif for the next tale.
This may be my new favorite book. I'm holding off my final decision until the second installment comes out in September.
The hero is absolutely hillarious as well as breathtakingly divine. Set in the 1800s in England, this story makes you want the characters for your friends. Excellent read and highly recommended to everyone no matter what genre you typically read.
This book is solid. Jack is a great hero, but Grace is a little flat, in my opinion. I agree with the other reviewer who found Thomas and Amelia more intriguing. Also, I don't find this plot device very original. Didn't Cathy Maxwell have a similar situation in a couple books awhile back? But for Quinn fans, this book is delightful.
For the most part, I thought this was a pretty good book. I did raise an eyebrow when the characters fell in love with each other a couple of chapters into the book, without any real reasons other than beauty and a few conversations.
Could Jack Audley, highwayman and ex-soldier, be the true Duke of Wyndham? That's the question this story asks. Unfortunately, getting halfway through this book I found I didn't really much care. It isn't that the book poorly written, it was just boring. Jack was just "too" everything. Too funny, too charming, too carefree...it was too much. Ironically, Grace was "less" everything. Spineless, lifeless....less than entertaining. There was no chemistry between the two leads and I found myself wishing I could read Thomas and Amelia's story. Their snippets were vastly more entertaining.
a good book to be sure, with Julia Quinn's humor and warm hero and a feisty heroine...but it is also not her best...but..they can't all hold that title or it wouldn't mean anything... It is worth reading.. A wonderful Sunday afternoon's pastime.
When Highwayman Jack Audley finds out he is the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, he is not happy. If his birth proves to be legitimate, he'll find himself the next Duke of Wyndham, a title he doesn't want. What he does want is Grace Eversleigh, the companion to his grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Wyndham. Grace may want him too, but she knows that if he is the Duke, he is the one man she can never have.
Great story. The characters are fresh and the dialogue is sharp. The Dowager Duchess is such a witch, you just want to slap her. Jack and Grace make a interesting couple. This book sets up the next book in the series, which I can't wait to read. My rating is 4.5 Stars.
This book is an exact copy of the book by Julia Quinn titled, "Mr. Cavendish, I Presume" I thought the "lost Duke" book would be a sequel to the "Mr. Cavendish" book. Book the books have identical chapters. There are a few chapters that are different where she is adding the specific details to the Duke's life or to Mr. Cavendish's life. Otherwise, I felt this was a rip off book because these extra chapters could have been included to create one book. When I ordered The Lost Duke I thought the book would take up where Mr. Cavendish left off and describe how the new Duke was handling his new titled position and how his hiwayman ways could have caught up to him. Therefore, when I realized I was reading copied chapters from Mr. Cavendish I was highly disappointed. It took only 2 hours to read the whole book skipping duplicate chapters. If you had to choose which one to read, Mr. Cavendish is the better and somewhat of a fun read. But don't buy Lost Duke go to the library and sit a few hours and skim the book for the new chapters to read. And it was a rather boring book since you knew the ending of the book before you read it!!!! The endings were the same endings...in both books.
My first Julia Quinn. A little disappointed. Good but not great. I should say better than a lot of others but no Lisa Kleypas. Enjoyable but forgettable. I liked the story premise and the the characters. But felt like a lot off rather superficial fluff. I didn't buy the whole notion that if he is really a duke that the heroine "can't" be with him due to her station.
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 wanted: Duke of Wyndham.
Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion of the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break fromt he 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...