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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

A Rational Romance by Melinda Hammond

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This book I had to get from a neighbouring county’s library service again as my own county did not have it. Shame because I enjoyed reading this book.

The story is a regency and starts off in the midst of a gambling table. Then, soon after the plot takes a swift turn and the heroine (Rose) finds herself in the power of Elliot (the hero). However, Elliot is an honourable man and soon takes Rose under his wing.

This book was very readable, and what I particularly like about Melinda’s writing is that though her writing is not the most flowery or descriptive, she quickly pulls you in and her dialogue is excellent. Before you know it, you are half way through the book!

This is not my favourite Melinda Hammond book (that is still Dance for a Diamond) but this is still a very good read. I thought the heroine was a little too weepy (and perhaps dare I say, “needy”) in this. But she proved herself later on. The story took quite a few surprising twists, so as to keep me guessing.

There are a few very touching scenes, and lines between the hero and heroine- won’t spoil it for you by telling you, you’ll have to find out yourself! But I this book is a great way to while away a few hours. I admire touching scenes much more than cliched romance. Well done.

Rating 8/10

2 comments March 16, 2008

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