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THERE WENT THE BRIDE ...Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she hTHERE WENT THE BRIDE ...Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all ...It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancee --- all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay --- and he does intend to marry her ... eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love ... with his own fiancee!...

Title : Mr. Cavendish, I Presume
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ISBN : 9780060876111
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Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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Mr. Cavendish, I Presume Reviews

  • Brenda (b)
    2019-01-27 13:41

    Ok, this one is really hard for me to rate. I liked it a lot, but I was frustrated by it too. It's Thomas's story and I so wanted to find out what happened between him and Amelia and how he handled dealing with the resolution of Jack's situation. But most of this story was a retelling of The Lost Duke of Wyndham from Thomas's and Amelia's POVs. I found the different perspectives interesting and we were given some details that didn't appear in Jack & Grace's book. However, I'm not the most patient person in existence so I was getting very anxious to get past what I already knew was going to happen and get on with this story. I ended up putting the book down for a day. I picked it back up today and finally at page 323 (of 370) the story moved forward. I guess my final conclusion of Mr. Cavendish, I Presume is that even though I liked it, I was a bit disappointed with it.

  • Nikita
    2019-02-07 18:39

    waste of time....

  • Rane
    2019-01-26 21:45

    Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham since she was just a baby, and has been waiting and waiting for him to get around for him to marry her!Thomas Cavendish world is rocked when he finally starts to see there’s more to his fiancee then meets the eye, then his long lost cousin arrives at doorstep and who may be the true Duke of Wyndham, he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place when he falls in love with his own fiancee whom he may not be even engaged to anymore and whom he may have to give up in the end.... I really enjoyed the Lost Duke of Wyndham and was looking forward to the sequel which told another POV of the story, I was forewarned to space them out. Sadly, this fell flat no matter what warnings was thrown at me in the end. While I enjoyed the trademark humor of JQ and the overall story, I felt this story wasn’t fleshed out enough. I liked Thomas as he fought his way out of the shadow that he lived in as Duke of Wyndham. He was an interesting character but I wanted to know more about him. Both leads still seemed to be stuck in the mold of a secondary character, with many of the interactions and events still lead by Grace and Jack from the first story with nothing really surprising.Amelia was the same, she never grew a backbone and was overshadowed by events and other characters. I couldn’t find any reason why Thomas fell in love with her, she was just to blah for me with no real spark to make her even endearingThere was a few new events from both Amelia and Thomas POV, but the major events were shared and already read in the first book and again nothing new or surprising. Overall: the premise sounded good, but I think this book needed a chance to be fleshed out more to stand on it’s own. It lacked true depth to make it memorable.

  • jenjn79
    2019-01-25 18:54

    When I can, I like to read books in a series close together. They just work better for me that way. But these two Wyndham books? They really should NOT be read back-to-back. I liked this one to a certain extent, but more often than not I found it really tedious to get through. The gimmick of these two books - telling the same story from two different perspectives - just didn't work for me. So this one was a very weak 3-stars, probably more of a 2.5.Mr Cavendish, I Presume is the 2nd book in the Two Dukes of Wyndham series. What makes the series unique is that the two books aren't just connected by character or theme; they are actually simultaneously told. In the first book you get Jack and Grace's POV's about how Jack might actually be the true Duke of Wyndham, and in the 2nd book you get Thomas and Amelia's POV's. The first book tells the story of how Jack was the unknown, and probably legitimate, son of John Cavendish...and that if he was legitimate, he would be the true Duke of Wyndham. And the second book focuses on the man who believed HE was the Duke - Thomas Cavendish. As the only remaining heir to inherit, Thomas was raised to be Wyndham, and he was also betrothed at a very young age to Amelia Willoughby. Now it's all falling apart. Soon, he may be a nobody. It figured that it would happen just as he was beginning to realize that maybe he did want to marry Amelia.I don't think it would be quite wrong to say you could read just one of these books and know almost everything that happens. All you would really miss would be few romantic scenes between whichever H/H. But otherwise? You could read just one and completely understand the story. Each book pretty much tells you the same exact there. Once you read book one, there's nothing unique about book two other than a different H/H. You know exactly what's going to happen next, exactly how the plot is going to end up. It left me with absolutely no anticipation of what was to come in the book. Plus there were some scenes that were almost a complete repeat of scenes from the first book. Those were rather boring to have to reread. For me, the two books weren't unique enough. And reading them so close together just made it rather tedious to make it through the second one. I did like Thomas and Amelia and wanted to see how things would work out between them, but the repetition of everything else was rather boring.I would much rather the 2nd book not been a simultaneous story, but just a connected book. And I have to admit that I'll think twice before reading another pair of books that tell the same story from two different perspectives.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-01 19:36

    Better than the 1st book. I was hesitant to read this because of reviews and the rather low rating, but it turned out better than I thought.I adore Amelia. I love that Julia Quinn did not just TELL what kind of person she is – she also SHOWED that Amelia was a well-meaning, intelligent, and curious girl. She is certainly more intelligent and sensible than what people in her society give her credit for. Also, it says something about her that she realizes that people, even her mom, do not value her intelligence and her thoughts, but she herself knows her own worth. I love that while she struggles to assert herself sometimes, she recognizes that flaw and tries to be braver and not care what society thinks. I respect this emphasis of how she should have a choice and people SHOULD care about her opinion, and she’s not a mere object in the marriage mart. Her characterization is on point. I love her sarcasm AND humor, her good heart, and her reasonable mind. I find her perspective to be entertaining and her thoughts to be understandable. I also like the development of the romance in this book more than the 1st. I can see why people might not like the same story told but in different perspectives, but I find it quite interesting to finally get Amelia and Thomas’ sides of things. Their connection turns out to be sweeter and deeper than I thought. I love their talks – about random things, about themselves, about their thoughts on anything, such as cartography. They have thoughtful responses at times, which is nice. I appreciate that before they fell in love AND during the time that they are in love, they have established and recognized a true friendship between them. This emphasis on talking and bantering is great.I think my problem with this book is that the ending is hasty. It would have been nice to get more between Amelia and Thomas. Especially from Thomas. I finish the book not entirely convinced that he deserved her. I like him, yes. I see that he is a noble guy who does the right thing, and he is generally nice to people. I like him. I just feel like that at the beginning and middle of this book, he had a chance to show that he deserves this wonderful girl. I was waiting for that moment to happen. But with the hasty ending, I still was not 100% convinced he did deserve her. I love them as a couple, and I’m rooting for them, but Thomas needs to better convey that he loves Amelia truly, and that he chooses her. On the other hand, it’s clear that she would have chosen him and she has learned to love him through the course of this book. For Amelia, she has always given him the chance to get to know her since their arranged engagement these past 20 years. I appreciate that she admits at the beginning of this book that she does not love him, but she is willing to know more about him, IF he is willing to know more about her. However, he didn’t give her a chance at all, until she finally rebels and catches his notice in this one scene. I suppose I don’t entirely blame him for not realizing that he should get to know this girl because the pressure of arranged marriage is not an entirely exciting concept for him. However, through the course of this book, when he has already formed a friendship and relationship with her, he does not seem to entirely appreciate her. For example, he has seemed too willing to give her up, no matter that he does in a way regret losing the chance of getting married to her. He excuses his willingness as “it’s for her own good,” but I find myself seeing that he has been thinking more about himself than her. Especially when he did not care to ask about her feelings or even cared when she did conveyed those feelings because he is so stubborn to what he perceives to be “the right thing to do.”Anyway, I do adore this romance, and of course I love Amelia, and I LIKE Thomas. I would have liked an extended conclusion to be better convinced by him, but overall, this is a good book. 3 soild stars. Another thing to note is that I appreciate the friendship and support shown between Amelia and Grace. These 2 girls are technically “romance rivals,” but are friends. That doesn’t mean one won’t be jealousy. Realistically, a person would feel jealousy if a person they love seem to have something with someone else. However, the jealousy in this book never turns into anything demeaning or crazy. There may be realistically bits of jealousy, but never ever pettiness or cruelty because they really are friends. It is a healthy way of showing female relationships without the rivalry that society often depicts.Things that you might want to know (WARNING: Spoilers below)Is there a happy/satisfying ending? (view spoiler)[Yes, happy ending. Quite cute. I still would have liked something more to the ending and epilogue, but it’s still good. (hide spoiler)]Love triangle? Cheating? Angst level? Other Possible Romance Triggers? (view spoiler)[Kinda a love square but not really.Thomas and Amelia are clearly the couple for this book. Amelia was linked to be engaged to the duke – which would be Thomas OR Jack. Jack, however, was adamant on not marrying her. So technically even though Jack seemed like a “choice,” he really wasn’t because both Amelia and Jack wouldn’t have chosen each other.In addition, Thomas kisses and proposes to Grace in one scene – as show in the first book AND in this book – but in this book, we finally see his thought process on it. It’s clear he did not love Grace, and he did even lust for her. He was just desperate because he felt like he already lost Amelia, and he was so confused about his future, looking the dukedom, Amelia, and what he thought his future was going to be. So I don’t entirely blame him for this scene because he felt like lost himself and was pondering other possible future paths, one with Grace. He, fortunately, ultimately, saw that he wasn’t feeling anything of the sorts for her because they’re more platonic.It is still rude, of course, because he is still technically engaged to Amelia, who has already fallen in love with him. So it’s a debatable scene still.It’s also mentioned from the 1st book that he has a mistress and he went to visit her one night. It is shown here that after a certain encounter with Amelia, he goes to his mistress’ house, BUT he does not actually enter. He was too enamored by Amelia to go in. So he parked outside for a bit and then left.So, he technically did not contact his mistress or had sexual relations with other people during the duration of this book, after he makes his first “real connection” with Amelia. Because even though they were engaged since they were young, they never actually loved or cared or even knew each other until this book started.One thing I found unsatisfying was that they never mentioned the mistress again. So it’s not 100% that he gave up his mistress. I mean he MOST LIKELY did. But still, would have been awesome if it were addressed. Also, Amelia had guessed that he was experimenting despite his engagement to her at the beginning of the book, but she did not know he had a mistress. I felt like she should have known.Medium angst. (hide spoiler)]Tears-worthy? (view spoiler)[Got emotional at times, but not depressing. (hide spoiler)]Humor? (view spoiler)[Yes, some. (hide spoiler)]Favorite scene? (view spoiler)[When they’re talking in the carriage while Thomas is drunk. When they’re discussion cartography. When Thomas realizes that Amelia is smarter and more wonderful than he first gave her credit for. When Thomas proposes, giving HER the choice, not her family, for once. (hide spoiler)]What age level would be appropriate? (view spoiler)[Mature audience. There is a sex scene that’s kinda explicit (but not going overboard). (hide spoiler)]

  • Holly
    2019-02-17 22:01

    My favorite historical romance novelist does it again! I don't know how she does it but Julia Quinn is brilliant at romance. I can't praise her enough for the wonderful books that she's written!! I didn't love this one as much as The Lost Duke of Wyndham, because of my boyfriend-Jack Audley, but it still brought me happiness. This one takes place at the exact time as Lost Duke but through Thomas Cavendish's perspective. All I can say is that if you enjoy romance, I HIGHLY recommend any Julia Quinn book! Btw, I just have to say that the dowager is such a bitch!!!

  • Caz
    2019-02-23 17:45

    4.5 stars - which is 4 for the story and 5 for the narration :)Having read a number of lukewarm reviews of this book, I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be much better than I had been given to expect.I suspect this was primarily due to two reasons – one, that I haven’t read previous book; and two, this is an audiobook narrated by the incomparable Rosalyn Landor (who can do no wrong in my ears) - and she absolutely nailed it in terms of the emotional content of the story.Mr Cavendish, I Presume is the second book of two which tell the same story from different points of view. The companion book - The Lost Duke of Wyndham - was published first, which may account for some of the lack of enthusiasm for Mr Cavendish; perhaps some readers felt short-changed because of the number of scenes which appeared in both books.The hero of this book is Thomas Cavendish, Duke of Wyndham, a very serious young man who has been bred to manage a dukedom and does so extremely diligently. He comes across as a bit of a stuffed shirt to begin with, but it becomes gradually apparent that while he has fully accepted his responsibilities and performs all his duties (well, almost all of them) to the absolute best of his abilities – he sometimes feels rather hemmed in by them and very occasionally wonders what it would be like to have a bit more freedom. The one area where he has rather neglected his duty is in relation to his fiancée, Lady Amelia Willoughby. Thomas and Amelia were betrothed in childhood, and while Thomas fully intends to marry her at some point, he is dragging his feet for reasons that aren’t made apparent, but which I suspect may be due to the fact that it’s one of the few areas of his life over which he can exert some choice. He might not have chosen his bride, but he can choose when he will marry her! It has never really occurred to him to pay much attention to Amelia and so they hardly know each other, despite having been engaged for twenty years or so.Amelia has not found this especially problematic until recently. Having been brought up to be a dutiful daughter, and knowing she will be married to Thomas at some point, she has always gone through the motions when they have been in each other’s company – making polite conversation, dancing exactly one dance with him at balls – but of late, she has begun to find Thomas’ neglect both annoying and insulting. At the ball which opens the book she has decided that enough is enough and turns down his request for a dance – which both annoys him and sparks his curiosity.Thomas’ orderly existence is thrown suddenly into chaos with the appearance of Captain Jack Audley, who, it turns out, is his cousin. And not only that, Jack could well be the true Duke of Wyndham, as his father was the elder brother of Thomas’ father.[I admit to being a little confused as to what Jack was doing in that neck of the woods and to how Grace Eversleigh (the heroine of the previous book and companion to Thomas’ vicious harridan of a grandmother) seemed to know who Jack was before anyone else did – but I imagine that was dealt with in more detail in the first book. It doesn’t really make a lot of difference here – anyone who’s read the previous book will know what’s going on and for anyone – like me – who hasn’t, there’s enough information to work out what’s going on.]Thomas is stunned by this news. He was bred to be a duke and has spent all his adult life being one; buried in paperwork, managing the land and even, on occasion, getting his hands dirty – and while he might sometimes chafe at the weight of the responsibilities, what will he do without them? And more to the point, who will he be? Who is Thomas Cavendish, if not Duke of Wyndham?As much as this is a romance, it’s also a story about identity and the importance of knowing exactly who we are and where we stand in the great scheme of things. Thomas – naturally – struggles with the knowledge that he might not be the person he’s believed himself to be ever since he was old enough to have a sense of “self”, but over the course of the story he does come to terms with it and realises that the things that make him “him” – his sense of honour, his honesty, his intelligence and humour – can never be taken away.Amelia, too, undergoes a change during the course of the story. She’s been brought up to be a duchess and has gone through her life not making any of her own choices. This probably wasn’t an uncommon thing for a well-bred young lady at this period, but Amelia begins to resent it more and more. There’s a wonderful and painful scene in which Thomas owns the truth about Jack to Amelia’s father – in which her father becomes adamant that it doesn’t matter whom Amelia marries as long as he’s the Duke of Wyndham. Amelia is present, but might as well be invisible given the way the three men are arguing about her fate. It’s a brilliantly written scene in which Ms Landor very skilfully emphasises Amelia’s frustration, even though Amelia herself doesn’t do very much; the performance was very subtly nuanced with the difference between character speech and thought being used to good effect.I liked the way the author drew the parallels between both Thomas and Amelia’s lives. Men had so much more freedom than women at this period – and someone titled and wealthy like Thomas, could surely do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted without fear of censure. Yet in practice, he has very little freedom because of the time and effort it takes for him to properly manage his estates. All the choices he has made in his life have been for the good of Wyndham rather than for himself, so like Amelia, he has made very few choices that he can regard as his own.There’s plenty of Ms Quinn’s trademark humour in the interactions between Thomas and Amelia – he’s an attractive character with a wonderfully dry sense of humour - and it’s lovely to see him beginning to unbend. The tragedy is that having finally noticed Amelia and begun to fall in love with her, he’s almost immediately faced with the prospect of losing her. There were times when Thomas’ despair and longing for her were so palpable and so wonderfully realised in Ms Landor’s performance that I found a lump in my throat.The cast of supporting characters is not large, but all are strongly characterised, especially the Dowager Duchess, who was a thoroughly nasty piece of work. The older ladies and dowagers in Ms Quinn’s books are often sharp-tongued and prickly on the surface, yet good-hearted underneath; I kept expecting her ladyship to soften up a bit, actually – but she never did. She’s a vicious old bird who thinks only of “matters of dynastic importance”, determined to supplant one grandson with another without thought for what it will do to either of them.Jack Audley is, I imagine, supposed to come across as a charming rogue, but I mostly found him too glib and somewhat annoying, until the final chapters when he started to turn into a more sympathetic character. Grace tended towards the insipid at times, and at others came across as rather too good to be true. In most of her interactions with Thomas, however, she was neither of those things, and I’m sure she made for a very engaging heroine in the first book.Ms Landor’s performance was as polished as ever and her acting choices, especially in the more emotional scenes, were perfect. There are very few narrators who are able to bring such depth to their performances. She gave Jack an attractive – and accurate - Irish lilt which helped to distinguish him from Thomas, and her portrayal of the dowager was suitably repellent – sharp-toned, harsh and abrupt. I enjoyed both the story and the performance very much, although I don’t feel a pressing need to read or listen to the Last Duke of Wyndham as I’m quite happy with the way this story unfolded. That said, however, the audiobook version is narrated by Kate Reading, who is another of my favourite narrators, so it’s quite possible that I will want to listen to it at some point.

  • valee
    2019-02-10 15:47

    Well, first of all I am gonna say that this was definitely an improvement from book 1.DEFINITELY! I really didn't like the first one. I even wasn't gonna read this one because of that. Well I'm glad I did, I really liked this one. This an amusing and entreating read. The hero was interesting with the kind of values I think a hero of a novel should have. Maybe he lacked a bit more personality but well, he was a nice hero.The heroine was nice as well. I loved to see her change from this submissive girl she was in book 1 to the bossy and entertaining girl she ended up becoming. I would say that I did well in waiting some time between the 2 books because both of them develop in the same time frame so many things happen in them both, the same exact way. So probably if you read them together you will end up not enjoying this one this much. This was a good read, I wouldn't have appreciated it as much without book one because I wouldn't have been able to see how stacked their relationship was at the beginning; but I would have enjoyed it as well reading only this book because I wouldn't have read so many scenes in bot of them repeated. I don't know, I guess the series as a whole was a bad idea. But the writing style in this one and the plot was very good. But I wanna say that I did enjoy it. My problem was with the first book. How the romance between the couple develop was great and I really did end up caring for them. Couldn't put it down even at some parts.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2019-01-29 21:44

    I don't know what happened to Julia Quinn after her Bridgerton series ended ... but it wasn't anything good. Her first book following that series, The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, was one of the worst historical romance books I've read - the first half was very promising, but the second half wasn't just disappointing or a letdown after what preceded, it was just in-your-face straight-out bad with horrible actions on behalf of the hero and really horrible plot twists by the author (see my review of that book for more details).Mr. Cavendish, I Presume is the sequel to The Lost Duke of Wyndham and before buying or reading either of these books, I combed through many, many reviews. Readers were very disappointed by the fact that the two books take place simultaneously and not only at the same time, but in the same place with the same characters in the same situations. Both books seemed to be a resounding failure, but the second book seemed to be criticized more for the fact that people hadn't realized Quinn was going to do this and so instead of getting the whole new story they expected, they had 300+ pages of deja vu.I therefore decided that I would only read one of the books and decided to go with Mr. Cavendish, I Presume since the plot appealed to me more than the first book's ... Well let me just say this: I haven't finished the book and don't really plan on doing so anytime soon. It was just so ... not good! The idea for the story is an interesting one - though write one book for it, not two - and being a HR aficionado I can say that I don't think I've ever read one with a similar plot. Discovering that someone who was a commoner is actually a nobleman? Happens all the time. But the other way around ... not so much. However, even Julia Quinn's writing skill cannot make up for the fact that she completely botches this story, taking an interesting and original plot and completely failing to deliver an interesting and original book.Also, although Amelia, the heroine, seemed like she could have been interesting (she was somewhat immature at times - or at least, from what I read of the first quarter/third of the book), the hero, Thomas, was ... ugh, I don't even know! He's just so NOT appealing in the beginning of the book and I am almost never, ever, ever turned off by the hero - I'm always much more critical of the female lead than the male one. He's detached and pretty uninteresting and although there are some promising aspects of his personality, they don't make up for the blandness that Quinn writes him with. Thomas' complete inattention to Amelia and focus his grandmother's companion, Grace, is a huge turnoff (there's not supposed to be any attraction between them or anything going on, so why have it then?). He seems a very lonely and sad man, but instead of exploring this and really defining his character, Quinn kind of just lets Thomas languish in front of the reader, hinting at his complexity but not enough to draw us in.I did skim to the end of the book to see how the HEA turned out and I have to say that the last 2-3 chapters and epilogue were enjoyable ... but there is no way I am plodding through the rest of the book to get to that, sorry. So ending my glowing review on that note ... does anyone want to buy my copy of Mr. Cavendish, I Presume?

  • Geo Marcovici
    2019-02-08 13:35

    O carte superba! Julia Quinn nu se dezminte!

  • kris
    2019-01-30 19:48

    Amelia Willoughby has been slated to marry Thomas Cavendish, the Duke of Wyndham for years. Except there's a good chance he's not the real Duke of Wyndham OH SNAP. Will their engagement be able to survive this nonsense? Probably, duh. 1. This is a companion novel toThe Lost Duke of Wyndham...2. ...which I read in March 2013. I remember like nothing about that book. So reading this one was almost like reading a brand new romance novel...3. ...except that it wasn't because so much of the story is clearly relying upon the familiarity with the plot from the earlier novel that nothing felt developed or worthwhile. There's no reason to care about either the hero or heroine because they're both propped into the story like the cardboard cutouts. 4. And the central premise (that the current Duke of Wyndham (Thomas) has a long lost cousin from an older uncle, making the cousin the Duke instead of Thomas...everything hurts) is kind of too much for a Quinn romance? There's this huge conflict of self vs. self vs. society that needs to be handled with a certain amount of gravity and intensity to fully make such a plot work and while Quinn does give the conflict weight, it's really a brief snapshot of angst. Like, Thomas drinks for 2 days and then he's over it. He prepares the dukedom for transition and there's a few more paragraphs scattered throughout the rest of the novel about him figuring out who he is if not Wyndham. But it's a loose thread: it's not tied into much (other than his goodness in not having sex with Amelia on the lawn of a stranger's house in Ireland, which, OK?). The necessary struggle is missing—partially because it's sharing space with Thomas's growing desire for Amelia and partially because Quinn, I think, would rather do glancing and banter-y. Short and sweet and sassy. Which are not bad things! Just not paired with a premise that, by necessity, requires some grounding to come off.

  • Océano de libros
    2019-02-16 19:54

    Amelia Willoughby es la eterna prometida del Duque de Wyndham, Thomas Cavendish. Un matrimonio acordado desde que era un bebé y que el duque parece que retrasa constantemente. Su frío y distante prometido no es lo que ella se imaginaba; por otro lado Thomas va tomando conciencia de su deber y de esa mujer que desconocía y por la que empieza a sentir algo, pero quizás sea demasiado tarde cuando aparece en escena su primo y el que podría ser el verdadero Duque de Wyndham.Sin duda los libros de Julia Quinn siempre son una buena opción, unos mejores otros menos buenos pero siempre cumplen con tus expectativas y te dejan buen sabor de boca. En este caso no iba a ser menos y la autora nos deleita con una historia entretenida con unos personajes la mar de interesantes. Sin duda la palma se la lleva Thomas que es un personaje que nos sacará mucho de quicio porque es muy atípico por lo recto que es, rebasa los límites de lo permitido, no es lo que se suele encontrar en este tipo de libros. Si hay algo que adoro en las novelas de Julia Quinn son su destreza narrativa y la manera que tiene de meternos de lleno en la historia, de ambientar bien sus libros y caracterizar con entusiasmo a los personajes y darles emoción. Son de esos libros románticos que te mantienen en vilo hasta el final, quizás en este la emoción fue escasa creo que por Thomas, porque es un personaje duro de roer y que lleva su rectitud al límite. Por otra parte, a Amelia le faltó un poco de fuerza y determinación, un poco más de sentimiento por parte de los dos hubiese sido mejor pero por otra parte le da algo de singular por no ser lo que se espera. Otra de las parejas que me gustaron fue la de Grace y Jack Audley cuya historia tendré que leer (era el primero de los libros y se supone que tendría que leérmelo antes pero no me di cuenta, jaja).En suma, novela entretenida, no de las mejores de Julia Quinn pero cumple todos los requisitos para cumplir su cometido y distraernos un buen rato.

  • Alexis
    2019-02-07 16:43

    Last weekend, I went to Moe’s looking for the sequel to this book because I didn’t want to wait for the library copy. When I asked a clerk where their romance section was, he told me they didn’t have one, and when I asked why – since they carry a sizeable stock of other genre fiction - he told me, with a pretty awful sneer, that their clientele is more “academic” (read: intelligent). This is insulting for a variety of reasons, but I think the real reason why this cut so deep was because there’s a certain part of me that buys into his indictment of this particular genre and, by extension, its readers. When I do actually admit to reading the occasional romance, it’s always with a disclaimer and an embarrassed smile, and it’s only to people who know that I read a wide variety of other, more substantial novels. Even as someone who enjoys these books, I totally perpetuate the negative stereotype surrounding them. My favorable reviews of romances are really nothing more than backhanded compliments: the heroine isn’t an idiot, and the hero didn’t make me angry. Yes, the genre often succumbs to ugly tropes, but when I read one that transcends its peers, it deserves higher praise than “it didn’t make me feel dumber.” Of course, this isn’t to say that I’m going to start forgiving the glaring faults present in many romance books – just as I don’t forgive those faults when I read any other genre. But I would like to be secure enough in my intelligence to not add caveats when praising something that I enjoyed. So here it goes:I really enjoyed this book. I need my romances to have a solid plot outside the lead characters’ relationship to each other, and this totally satisfied. How does Thomas’ identity change if he is not a Duke, a status that has defined his entire existence? When you take away his most significant identifier, what’s left? Although the setup is silly, these were legitimately interesting questions. And I liked the way Thomas handled them. He was unpleasant at times, but not in a way that made me dislike his character – in a way that made him realistically human. Amelia’s situation is less extreme, but still offered the opportunity for some credible self-reflection on her part: As someone who has had two powerful males (father and fiancé) making every major decision for her, what sort of person is she when given the opportunity to act on her own?The dialogue was sparkling and amusing. There were some really lovely moments, and I’m not talking about the moments that romance novels are famous for. I’m talking about human moments – when Thomas and Amelia fondly and sadly ruminate on the friendship they could have had under different circumstances, or one of the many moments when Thomas struggles with who he really is as a person and not as a title. I read this book before the first book in the series, for which I’m very glad. Had I read them in order, I think I would have like both books less. Having read this one first, I genuinely didn’t know how it was going to end. I mean, it’s obvious who’s going to end up with who, but I had no idea whether Thomas would remain the Duke – restored, but with a new appreciation of his work/life balance (aristocracy/life balance?) – or whether he would lose the title and learn to be a new man that way. And lastly, cheers for an epilogue that doesn’t involve pregnancy or a houseful of children!

  • İnci Puyan
    2019-01-28 15:34 bir Quinn klasiği daha bitmiş bulunmakta. Aslında çok uzun bir süredir elimdeydi Quinn kitapları ama nedense bir türlü okuyamamıştım şimdi başlamanın tam zamanı dedim. Tamam, tamam itiraf ediyorum bu hafta instagramda historical romans okuma etkinliği yaptık bahaneyle başladım ve sanırım elimdeki Quinn kitaplarını bitirmeden de bırakmayacağım. Julia Quinn'in çıkan neredeyse bütün kitaplarını okuduğum düşünülürse kadının kitaplarına taptığımı biliyorsunuz demektir. Bu yüzden ne kadar sevdiğime değinmeyeceğim ama şunu söyleyebilirim ki historical romance türündeki favori yazarlarımdandır kendileri. Two Dukes of Wyndham serisinin ikinci kitabı olan Hayal Etmediğin Kadar, ilk kitapta tanıdığımız ve Wyndham Dükü olarak yetişmiş ve düklüğü sonrasında elinden gitmiş olan Thomas'ın hikayesini anlatıyor. İlk kitap Kayıp Dük'te, varlığından kimsenin haberi olunmayan ve Wyndham Dükü ünvanının asıl sahibi ortaya çıkınca Thomas'ın geri çekilip sadece Bay olmasının sonucunda hayatının nasıl değiştiğini, bütün bu süre boyunca neler hissettiğini okuduk. Bütün bunların yanında bir de Thomas'ın henüz küçüklükten ayarlanan evliliği ve düşes olmak için yetişmiş nişanlısı Amelia ile olan ilişkisini de okuyorduk. Tam da her şey yoluna girmeye başladığını düşündüğümüzde ve aslında içten içe Jack ne zaman çıkacak düklük ne zaman elden gidecek beklentisine girdiğimiz anda kitap hareketlenmeye başladı. Aslında Kayıp Dük'ten sonra Jack'in düklük muhabbeti boyunca olan kısımların sonunda neler olacağını bilmek çok fazla merak etmeye sebep olmadı ama Thomas'ın düklüğü bıraktıktan sonrasında neler yapacağının merakı ile kitabı bitirdiğimi itiraf edebilirim. İlk kitapta söylemiştim yine söylüyorum ki, yaşlı düşese inanılmaz sinir oldum. Kitabın sonunda tekrardan Whistledown'ın yorumu görmek gülümsetti. Biliyor musunuz bilmiyorum ama Bridgerton Serisi'nden sonra, Leydi Whistledown'ın kimliği öğrenildikten sonra yazıları durmuştu ama demek ki bir yerlerde Amelia ve Thomas'ın hikayeleri yaşanırken henüz kimliği gizliymiş ;)Kitaba dair çok fazla uzatmayacağım yorumumu ama şunu da söylemek istiyorum. Her ne kadar Julia Quinn kitaplarını çok sevsem de bu seri kesinlikle Bridgerton Serisi kadar mükemmel değildi. Hele ki o seriyi okuduktan sonra oradaki gibi esprili bir dilde yazılmasını beklemiştim ama bunu bulamadım. Demek ki bu tamamen Bridgerton Kardeşlerin sihriymiş. Önceki kitaplarını bildiğimiz için bu kitaba dair çok değişik beklenti içerisine giriyor insan ama ne yazık ki onlar gibi değil, bunu bilerek okuyun, okumadıysanız eğer. Ama genel olarak yazarın kitaplarını mutlaka deneyin :)

  • Sruthi
    2019-01-28 20:38

    Well, I am skipping the first book of this series for I know 85% of the story is same with same characters just different POV.

  • June
    2019-01-30 21:44

    I just finished Mr Cavendish, I Presume. It started off a little slow and I thought how am I going to get through this since it runs parallel with The Lost Duke of Wyndham, which I had just finished reading. I continued to read, and I am glad I did. I enjoyed the last half of the book. Very sweet and romantic. At times I wondered if it would have been better to have read the two stories simultaneously. Thomas Cavendish, the Duke of Wyndham, is more serious than his cousin Jack Audley, except when it comes to marrying his fiance Lady Amelia Willoughby. They have been engaged since her birth. Amelia is 21 years old. She has waited for him. She has never had a season or other suitors because she is engaged to the Duke and has been a long time. She is ready to marry. He is in no hurry to marry her until he starts to have a real conversation with her and seriously look in her eyes. But is it too late to marry Amelia when his cousin shows up?Favorite quote from the book said by Milly, Amelia's sister when Thomas comes to their home with something important to say.Thoms:"There is no need to retire to another room. I have nothing to say that cannot be said in front of everyone."Milly: "I love when people say that."Elizabeth: "Milly!"Milly: "He can't hear me."Thomas: "I can, actually."Also note worthy - Lady Whistledown's column makes a splash.

  • Mephistia
    2019-01-25 16:35

    I don't generally read romance. It tends to fall into two categories: a puritanical guilt-trip Christian mindset or gratuitous sex, usually so closely resembling rape that it's nauseating. Neither of those categories appeal to me.However, Julia Quinn fits neither of those categories. She writes with a fine humor, intelligence and delicacy. She actually develops the plot and characters so they stand on their own rather than simply acting as a vehicle for unnecessary and repetitive sex scenes. The sex scenes she does include are few -- sometimes only one in the entire book -- and in almost every book of hers I've read, they come near the end of the book, after the principal characters have developed an actual relationship based on mutual respect and attraction. Furthermore, I've yet to read a sex scene she's written that portrays the woman as initially unwilling and disturbed by the act. I imagine if she did, the man would be justly punished, not simply left to beg for forgiveness and understanding before he's absolved by the woman.I recommend Quinn to anyone who enjoys plot and character development in a story over erotica.

  • Leah
    2019-02-04 15:36

    3.5 starsI had to give this book a slightly lower rating than the first because, while I enjoyed the main characters very much, it was essentially the same exact story as The Lost Duke of Wyndham. Now, I realize that the storylines are taking place at the same time, and I acknowledge the fact that certain scenes from TLDoW needed to be repeated here from a different point of view. However, there were not enough other scenes, ones with just Thomas, or Amelia, or Thomas and Amelia to make it a much different book. There were often parts that were Jack's POV in the previous book that were clearly copied and pasted in as Thomas's POV here. Really, the beginning and ending, with a couple scenes thrown in here or there, were the only parts that I would consider new. I'm all for overlapping storylines; some of my favorite series do that, but it just didn't have the same affect here. However, I still enjoyed the book, thus the relatively high rating.

  • Kamala
    2019-01-24 17:48

    don't read this book right after the first one of this series!!!most of this book is a retelling of the first wyndham story, only from a different perspective.while i enjoyed the new point of view, i got bored with the facts i already the plot gets *** just like the first book because it is ... just like the first book ;O) amelia and thomas get ****because i liked them just a little bit more than grace and jack

  • Oriane
    2019-01-28 18:54

    Allez, 2.5, mais bof bof quoi

  • Brigitte
    2019-01-31 15:53

    I read this book when it was first released, but have waited to add my two cents so my opinion would be well considered, rather than a knee jerk reaction to Quinn's novel. Pure and simple.... I did not like the book. I understood that Mr. Cavendish was the same story as Lost Duke, told from a different point of view, but it just didn't work. We didn't really get another point of view with this story - simply a rehash of Lost Duke, with a little new info added. I know a writer of Ms. Quinn's caliber understands the concept of POV, so I can only assume her editor was not clear on just what should have happened. I have read several books that are familiar stories told from a different point of view that were wonderful (the Ender's Game series, Mr. Darcy's Diary, and Pamela Aidan's Gentleman series to name a few) so I know the concept can work, it just wasn't executed well here. Even though the timeline is the same, the reader was still treated to too much of the previous book's characters, who simply were not that engaging the first time around. The reader was hardly treated to an alternate point of view, simply a Cliff's Notes version of Lost Duke with Thomas standing around (and frankly, Lost Duke was pretty bland - the story really couldn't take being watered down even more). I realize that Julia Quinn's style is an ever developing thing, and she is not going to crank out novels that are the same format time after time - that would become stale. The style of her last couple of novels, however, has changed in a way that is rather disappointing. The characters think a great deal, rather than speak to each other. One of Quinn's trademarks was witty, sparkling dialog that made for some laugh out loud moments when reading. Now, the characters are rather paper thin, bland and they must be charming because the reader keeps being told how charming they are. They don't actually DO anything charming, the reader just keeps getting told they simply ARE. The reader is being told what the character is thinking, instead of the character acting on their situation or speaking to another character. Frankly, reading about people thinking gets pretty dull.Thomas should have leapt off the page. Instead, the reader was treated to a great deal of introspection (nothing that wasn't offered up in the last book) and the character was simply a yawnfest. He showed very few signs of life until the final pages of the novel, building to the proposal scene.... a proposal scene that was actually rather bland. Apparently the reader was supposed to find the situation romantic because Amelia says it was so. I like Julia Quinn's work (well, not these last two titles, but other than that, I am a fan), but I am not a sycophant who will proclaim anything with Quinn's name on it to be a masterpiece. Regardless of what new ideas and directions JQ decides to experiment with, there is one constant I hope she will retain, and that is writing characters with actual personalities. Her ability to do so in the past is the reason her books debut on the NY Times Best Sellers list, but the paper thin characterizations of Thomas and Amelia (not to mention Jack and Grace) are the reason the titles drop like a rock on the list once they come out. I'm still a fan and am hoping for the best with her next title, but this one was a dud.

  • Maikejulia
    2019-02-12 15:45

    At first I have to say that I read this book before the Lost Duke of Wyndham. Let me begin with the title... well, hello captain obvious! Yes, I asked myself a lot of times why JQ made it so obvious what would happen. Nonetheless when I read the book I was curious about who was going to be the real duke... well, I love JQ's books and so I gave it a try. The plot was kind of boring and the whole time it seemed to me that Thomas and Amelia were standing in the shadow of Grace and Jack - even if I didn't read this book before. Also the protagonists weren't really appealing. I liked Thomas and the way he struggled with the subject that he might be not the real duke. What I absolutely didn't like was the part with Grace... I mean, really!? Why should he kiss her?? I still don't get this scene.Amelia was like the whole book. She could have been an interesting character but she just wasn't. I liked the idea of their relation to each other, but I didn't understand the sudden attraction between the protagonists, because there was nothing else besides this mysterious attraction of why they should fall in love with each other.And at least the end.... well, obviously the obvious title wasn't enough for me to guess the ending. I thought the whole time "no, she's not going to end the book like this"... I must say I was really disappointed with the ending. 1) Obvious. Nothing more to say on this point - I am sorry; I like romance but hey a little surprise!? 2) No reality. I mean there are two people who are raised and trained to be duke and duchess and two persons who grew up in a farmhouse... After finishing this book I felt sorry for Grace and Jack, yes for some people everything in a romance is about marrying a duke. But I like to imagine how their life would be if they had a choice; and I am pretty sure that Grace and Jack would've been happier living together in a little farmhouse with lots of children. And on the other hand I couldn't stop thinking about Thomas. I mean he lost everything! His life, his identity, everything he believed. Yes, he got Amelia...but think about them after their honeymoon-time. I am sure he would be very depressed after all. He was used to a life with obligations, a full calender, to have responsibilty for his house and his people... it was his life! What would he do after all and all day long? And to Jack, I think a person who "earns" his money by being a highwayman is not quite of thr material to be a duke. Just saying. So yes I would like to re-write the ending...

  • SheLove2Read
    2019-02-12 21:59

    It took me a while to get into this book. I actually read about 50 pages and put it down because it seemed so slow going. But I picked it back up and I'm so glad I did. I haven't read her previous book - The Two Dukes of Wyndham, so I can't compare the two and I probably won't. This book is about Amelia Willoughby and Thomas Cavendish, betrothed literally in the cradle. Thomas is the heir to the Wyndham dukedom. He has spent his whole life in preparation for the title, the lands, the monies and the responsibilities that come with the title (which apparently make him one of the 20 most important men in England at the time). He has been engaged to Amelia his whole life. He likes having a fiancee - all the better to keep gold diggers away - but he's not in any hurry to marry. He will marry her - just not right now.Amelia has spent her entire life preparing to be the Duchess of Wyndham. She watches him from afar, seeing him at functions but never really knowing him. She has a bad feeling he will never get around to marrying her. She's already 21 and "on the shelf" according to polite society. No one has ever asked her what SHE wanted - just expected her to be grateful for her lot in life.Amelia and Thomas find themselves thrown together after the arrival of a man who could be the REAL Duke of Wyndham, whose father was thought lost at sea. If this is the case, then Thomas is not the Duke and Amelia is not his fiancee.....for she is engaged to "the Duke", not Thomas! I really liked how Amelia came into her own. Refusing to be cowed no longer by the dowager duchess Wyndham and also speaking her mind to Thomas, which ironically is what drew him to her at last. Thomas, for his part, is the consummate gentleman full of honor and love for his family and respect for his title. When it becomes glaringly obvious he will lose the title of Duke, he acts like a man and accepts it. He is genuinely heartbroken to lose Amelia's engagement however, because he has let himself fall in love with her at last. Or has he lost Amelia?I won't give away the ending other than to say it was a hand wringer and well worth the wait. I absolutely loved the way Thomas handled the HEA with Amelia. Swoon worthy!

  • Cherise
    2019-01-29 14:57

    This is the second book of the Two Dukes of Wyndham Series. However, this can not be described as a sequel as it takes place at the exact same time that the first book did, The Lost Duke of Wyndham.At first I was a tad confused. It took me a good chapter or two before I realized this wasn’t a prologue, suddenly Grace is single and Thomas is still a Duke. I have to admit I am not thrilled with the way she decided to write this series. A lot of what I read in this book I had already read in the previous book, albeit this time, occasionally, it was from a different perspective, it was still repetitive information. It also took away a lot of the enjoyment of reading as there were little to no surprises and I already knew how it was going to end. Having read the previous book I knew who the true Duke was, knew how it was discovered, etc. While the previous book concentrated on the romance between Grace and Jack and his discovery of his family ties. This book concentrates on the same discoveries but from the romantic views of Thomas and Amelia. Two people who have been betrothed since the cradle.I think it was an interesting idea to try to have two stories in one series, both taking place at the same time… Had the whole Duke thing not been the center of each story, it may have worked. But what was exciting and mysterious in the last story, just proved much too monotonous in this one. Entire scenes are reused from the first book leaving me in a consistent state of déjà vu while reading.Thomas and Amelia are wonderful leads and their relationship was fresh and new, thank goodness, so this book wasn’t a total loss as I enjoyed their romantic part of the tale, immensely. With all that said… I can’t help but feel a little cheated as the author chose to only write half a story. Had I not read the first book I probably would have rated this one a lot higher. Instead of making two books out of one story she should have combined them making it one book/one story with two perspectives. Would have made a more compelling tale and would have saved a tree or two in the process. ;)Cherise Everhard, October 2008

  • Lina
    2019-02-15 17:57

    Inti buku ini adalah, cinta bisa tumbuh dengan seringnya kebersamaan, bahkan cinta bisa tumbuh saat seseorang sedang dalam masa terburuknya dan pasangan tetap setia mendampingi . Tentu saja dengan penambahan konflik mengenai masalah gelar dan status. Thomas & Amelia memang sudah bertunangan sejak masih anak-anak tapi status tunangan tidak menjamin mereka saling mencintai, tapi saat mereka mulai sering bersama-sama itulah mereka saling jatuh cinta. Secara karakter Thomas dan Amelia lebih menarik menurut saya dibanding Jack & GraceSaya pribadi lebih suka yang ini daripada yang pertama, mungkin kurangnya karena terlalu banyak pengulangan isi cerita dari buku pertama. Tapi memang inti buku ini adalah untuk melihat permasalahan dari sudut pandang karakter yang berbeda, lebih tepatnya buku ini untuk melengkapi cerita buku pertama yang masih terasa banyak yang kurang dalam adegannya.Saya juga lebih suka karakter Thomas, karena karakternya yang sudah mendapat didikan seorang Duke sangat pas dalam cerita Historical Romance, angkuh, dingin dan kaku, seperti pangeran es. Bahkan lebih bagus lagi kalau dia tetap menjadi Duke (ups ngga seharusnya saya membuat review yang subyektif), tapi yah karena banyak pengulangan cerita sepertinya tidak puas karena seolah-olah karakter utama jadi berbagi cerita dengan karakter pendukung.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-26 20:55

    I definitely liked this more than the previous novel in this pairing, 'The Lost Duke of Wyndham'. I found Thomas to be a much more interesting personality than Jack, (although I suspect I rather like Grace more than Amelia.) Both books flip back and forth, reusing dialogue but offering alternate perspectives. The main problem with both books, however, is that the ending for the second book is more or less revealed once you've read the first. For example, Thomas agonizes quite a bit about potentially losing his betrothal to Amelia to Jack (being the Duke of Wyndham,) but we already know that Jack chooses Grace, and no romance novel ever leaves the reader with an unhappy ending. The conflict based tension is lost. Happily, Thomas is an interestingly angsty little soul, and I was quite distracted by him.Also, I'm not sure how I feel about the Whistledown reference at the end of this one. On one hand, it's an established and ubiquitous part of the Quinn universe and is certainly an appropriate inclusion, but on the other hand, I rather thought it took away from the story somehow, and made the ending less satisfying. Despite this, it's a fun little read that can be quickly devoured in a single sitting (or several commutes.)

  • Ron
    2019-02-17 18:39

    The story covers much the same narrative terrain as The Lost Duke of Wyndham, only this time around the focus is on two of that novel's supporting characters: Thomas Cavendish, who starts out the story as the Duke, and Amelia, with whom he has been affianced for an arranged marriage since they were children. To be honest, for most of this book I thought that, as a character, Thomas worked better in the first novel, when there was a sense of--well, mystery is perhaps not the right word--to his actions; having his motivations explained by adopting his perspective makes him somewhat more conventional and, in some ways, less interesting. Amelia, on the other hand, benefits from having her character amplified so that she becomes something more than a stock best friend.I would not necessarily recommend reading the two novels in close proximity, as there are quite a few overlapping scenes, and you may want to put some distance between the versions to let whichever one you read second feel a bit fresher.

  • Saskia
    2019-02-06 21:38

    Es war einfach richtig entspannend und nicht anstrengend, also perfekt, wenn man für Klausuren lernen muss. Die Figuren sind in Ordnung, nicht herausragend aber man kauft es ihnen ab. Die Handlung ist offensichtlich (wobei ich hin und wieder ein wenig unschlüssig war) und erinnert doch an Stolz und Vorurteil (zumindest mich). Man verpasst nichts, wenn man es nicht liest, aber es ist schöne leichte Unterhaltung von Julia Quinn. Ich habe zwar nur ein Buch von der Bridgertons gelesen, aber das hat mir dann doch weitaus besser gefallen als dieses.

  • Beatrizz1983
    2019-02-09 18:02

    La prometida del duque, me ha gustado más que su predecesor, pero sigue sin llegar a la altura de las anteriores novelas de Julia Quinn. Me ha parecido original porque se desarrolla simultaneamente con el primer libro de la serie, pero desde la perspectiva de Amelia y Thomas... El epílogo también ha sido muy divertido... y digamos que "Justo", jajajajaAún así, no pasa de ser una historia entretenida.. pero con poca sustancia.

  • Rebecca (everyday reader)
    2019-01-27 19:39

    Thomas has been bred to be the duke of Wyndham his whole life and Amelia has been engaged to him since she was six months old. Thomas has spent little time with his fiance and is now regretting it because he is finding intelligence, a sense of humor, and a potentially good life mate. Changes arise when a man comes along claiming to be Thomas's long dead uncle's, the true duke, son. Good heartwarming read!!