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Mr Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn

 

Oh dear. There comes a time when I want to weep, and now is that time. I love Julia Quinn as an author, and I was really happy when this book came out. I eagerly downloaded it (it was an ebook). However, I want my money back. This book is a total waste of time and money.

This is the second in a series – the first being “The Lost Duke of Wyndham.” However, it appears that rather than having 2 different books with the same characters appearing in both books and with different stories – this has the same scenes as the first book but told with different point of views. There are some new scenes, (scenes that were alluded to in the first one) but not enough to warrant an entirely new book.

Once I had realised this, I skim read through and lost all sympathy and interest in the characters. I really didn’t care.

Surfice to say, I am disgusted that a) Julia Quinn agreed to release this book and b) that her publishers seem to have total disregard for her readers by trying to fobb off the same story with the same scenes in two separate books. It’s such a shame because the first book in the series was brilliant.

I want my money back. I think it may take me some time to forgive Julia Quinn for this. All I can hope is that it was her publishers idea and that she was forced to do it….

Rating: 0/10

(I don’t normally rate books I didn’t finish, but this is an exception)

Add a comment October 12, 2008

The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

Hurrah! Julia Quinn has a new book out!

Oh No! It’s only out in the USA and I live in the UK….

Ahh But I wouldn’t let a trifling thing like the Atlantic Ocean get in the way of me reading the latest book from one of my favourite authors!

I bought it as an ebook of course (I used ebooks.com). It was approximately £4.50 and I would have paid double that (don’t tell Julia’s publisher!)

Anyway, here is the synopsis:

Will the real Duke of Wyndham please stand up?

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 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…

I loved it, loved it, loved it! I could rave all day how much I loved this book. It was classic Julia Quinn, and after being slightly disppointed with her last book (The Secret Diary of Miss Miranda Cheevers) I was glad to see that Julia is back to her usual form. I won’t tell you what actually happens in the book, but Julia has created a wonderful story and she slowly reveals things about the main characters that makes it entralling and a real page turner. Jack the main character has a “problem” that is revealed later on in the book and though I have read another book where the hero has this same “problem”, she did a great job.

I suspect she created her Dowager Duchess (the old dragon) based on Lady Catherine De Burgh. But I won’t speculate!

So overall, I couldn’t put it down (read it in 24 hours). The ending was a surprise – it felt like it was leading up to a different twist, but I wasn’t disappointed.

A lovely heroine and hero, great love story, great secondary characters and another book out in September that’s kinda tied to this one….can’t wait!

Rating 10/10

2 comments May 31, 2008

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