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I have to agree with other reviewers on this one. I too found it repetitive and the repeating of the text meant we didn't really get to see the characters of Thomas and Amelia develop. As a consequence they remained two dimensional. It lacked the writer's usual wit as well. I said in my review of "The lost Duke of Wyndham" that I didn't like Thomas and to be honest I still didn't really like him at the end of this book. Perhaps because I didn't feel that I knew him any more than I did at the end of that last book. I liked Amelia a bit more, but just didn't find her that interesting, either. Maybe as somone else suggested these two books just have been one book, telling us the story of all four characters together. One final thought is that I didn't find the love story between these two very convincing or enjoyable. In all other JQ books I have read, there has always been a spark between the hero and heroine from the start, even if they weren't in love. These two barely acknowledged each other for years. Then suddenly Amelia fell in love with Thomas for no apparent reason and he went from ignoring her to suddenly wanting her desperately. Why? Just because he thought he wouldn't be able to marry her anymore if he wasn't the Duke? I didn't find it very romantic. If this is your first JQ book, please don't be put off though, there are definitely better ones out there.
It's probably one of my least favorite books by Julia Quinn. Everything felt rushed, hardly any truly romantic scenes and the love scene- wasn't much of one. The story happens simultaneously to the Lost Duke of Wyndam, sadly another lacking book. To make a long story short, Mr. Cavendish tries to figure out his identity as his long lost cousin comes into his life unexpectedly threatening his title and everything he's known all while he is becoming acquainted with his fiancé, betrothed to one another since infancy. Blah blah- you can kind of figure out what happens and so the book was just alright. It saddens me to leave this review as I am an avid fan of JQ, but this was not her best.
Basically I enjoyed this, however as Thomas Cavendish’s father married his extremely wealthy mother for her money, this would have been his inheritance! And when he was in the position of finding out that he was not the duke, he saying that he may be penniless- it’s like the author has forgotten what she said earlier on in the book. So I enjoyed it and I wish someone would edit the books better. I also don’t think they are very historically accurate.
Lady Amelia Willoughby is a lucky girl. Betrothed to the Duke of Wyndham as a mere babe, her future looks very bright indeed. Apparently. But Amelia is now twenty-one and still unmarried. Worse, the duke barely even notices her. Which is fine, because while she might know everything about him, she doesn't really know Thomas. Some days she doesn't even like him. It's all very vexing.
Imagine her surprise when the duke kisses her, and the pair of them become friends. Amelia can't help it - this is a man she could actually fall in love with - and she's already engaged to him. Lucky after all.
But is she? Strange things are happening at Belgrave Castle, not least the arrival of the too charming Mr Audley, and Thomas is clearly not himself. And then it comes out that he might be the duke, either.
Which means she's no longer betrothed to him. She no longer has to marry him. And Amelia realises there is nothing she'd like more in the world. Now all she has to do is convince him of the same, be he Illustrious Duke of Wyndham, or plain Mr Cavendish.
I feel sorry for this book. I think it's often been reviewed unfairly - I certainly think it's better than
The Lost Duke of Wyndham
. Amelia and Thomas are a far more rounded pair than Grace and Jack, and there's less of a sense of incompleteness in this story. Amelia is a smart, well-bred girl with a whole personality suppressed beneath the weight of expectations, and Thomas is everything he was brought up to be. Yet with each other they can relax and almost be themselves - even as their families appear to go mad.
True, Thomas is not the most impressive hero to begin with, but his pain as everything he's ever been slowly slips away from him is palpable. And he emerges stronger on the other side. At the start he's not worthy of Amelia and the advantages life has given him, but by the end he certainly is.
Yes, it would have been lovely to have seen how Thomas entered society when everything was over, and how Amelia would have helped him. However, JQ intended to write one story broken into two romances. If you've read 'The Lost Duke of Wyndham' then there are no surprises here, but this is still the better of the pair.
Not a typical JQ book - there is humour, but mostly at the beginning. It's more emotionally intense, but that suits this pair, particularly Thomas. An interesting experiment, but if you've never read JQ before DO NOT start here. Try
Brighter Than the Sun
What Happens in London
or the brilliant Bridgerton series (starts with
The Duke and I
), then come back. She's too delightful an author to miss.
This was not a surprise, given the reviews. This book nearly duplicates the first Duke of Wyndham novel, but from the perspectives of Amelia and Thomas. It is interesting to know what happens to them, but...
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.
A fair attempt to make light of devasting events to the four main characters of these two books. This book, in particular, was more sad than anything else. Being romances, both books ended with HEA, but the occassional bits of humor, does not make for a light hearted read. Had this been my first Quinn series, I am unsure whether I would have continued reading her books.
I really enjoyed the first of these books and was eagerly looking forward to reading this one. It was quite a disappointment to realize that eighty percent of this second book was almost a carbon copy of the first. We did learn a bit more about what Thomas Cavendish and and Amelia Crowland thought about each other in the first book. However, the dialogue and plot were almost identical and it was not until almost the end that the plot became primarily about Mr. Cavendish and Amelia.
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.
This book except for the last couple of chapters, told the same tale as the Lost Duke of Wyndham from Thomas’s perspective. If it was only a bit of that it would’ve been OK but basically the whole book was the same as the first book, just from the different perspective. It was kind of a drag to read it
Julia Quinn is one of my all-time favorite romance authors, but I believe she may have missed the mark on this one.
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.