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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 . . .

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"Quinn (The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever) embarks on a new series with Grace Eversleigh, companion to the dowager duchess of Wyndham, unwillingly helping the dowager kidnap a highwayman. The dowager believes Jack Audley, a former Army Captain, to be her grandson, the son of her long-deceased favorite son. But the current Duke of Wyndham, Thomas Cavendish, Jack's ostensible cousin, learns that he could be disposed of a title if it is proven that Jack's parents were married in Ireland before their untimely deaths. Jack attempts to overcome his tortured past with a quick smile and easy wit, and sparks between Jack and Grace result in a number of sizzling scenes that are made more powerful by the intensity of emotions involved. In her strongest effort to date, Quinn delivers complex, multifaceted characters who come vividly to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Highwayman Jack Audley has never wanted to be responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of others. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. If his birth proves to be legitimate, Jack will find himself with the one title he has never wanted: Duke of Wyndham. Original.

About the Author

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Julie Anderson, August 16, 2008 (view all comments by Julie Anderson)
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Jun08

Goody, goody, goody. Julie Quinn is an author who hooked me from the first book of hers that I read. It was “Minx” and I picked it up at a used bookstore, read it that night, and went back the next day to get the rest of her books available. I should state here that I go to used bookstores to find new authors. Once I do, I spend my hard-earned dollars to pay for their hard work. I figure that’s only fair plus I want their publishers to know which authors to keep! ‘Nuff about that. Quinn’s ‘Bridgerton’ series was one I enjoyed, although I did think that some of the books weren’t up to her usual standard. So when I saw “The Lost Duke of Wyndham”, I pretty much (shamelessly) begged Quentin to let me review it. And being a pest paid off! Quinn’s latest is everything I enjoy in a Regency romance.

Grace isn’t a beauty. She’s not ugly, she’s just not the accepted norm of her day for beauty. She IS smart, resourceful, responsible, and unfortunately alone in the world. After her parents’ death, she was rescued from an unsavory relationship with their distant heir by the Duchess of Wyndham. Grace has been the unpleasant Duchess’ companion for the last five years. And while she gives thanks for the roof over her head and food in her mouth, she tries to bury her dreams of love, marriage, and children. Then, late one evening on their way home from an ‘assembly’, their carriage is stopped by highwaymen…and everything about Grace’s world changes.

Jack’s a lover, a former soldier, and now a highwayman. An orphan taken in by relatives, he’s charmed his way through life. Then he and his men stop the carriage of the Duchess of Wyndham…and his world will never be the same. Apparently his dead father was the oldest living son of the Duchess. This will make Jack the Duke. This will thrill the Duchess. This will unseat and unsettle Thomas, the current Duke. This will provide Jack with untold wealth and power. On the other hand, this will please the Duchess (she can be quite pompous and nasty). This will burden Jack with innumerable duties. But most importantly, according to tradition, this will preclude Jack from marrying the woman who is coming to mean everything to him…Grace.

Is this a new plot? No, of course not. What makes this book a must-read is the skillful way Quinn threads both humor and hubris into her characters’ interactions. The arrogant self-entitlement of the peerage is ruthlessly portrayed by the Duchess. It’s such a contrast to Jack’s constant one-liners, double entendres, and quips that several times I burst out laughing (and my husband always gives me ‘that’ look every time) and had to catch my breath before I could continue reading. The foibles and restrictions of the regency era aren’t written, they are instead lived through Quinn’s characters. The growing relationship between Jack and Grace, Thomas’ reactions to being unseated, the Duchess’ continual efforts to direct everyone and everything; these are the meat of the book. Is there sex? Heck yeah. Good stuff too. Julia Quinn can burn your fingers with her sensuous writing. And best of all, there’s a happy ending. It’s not exactly an easy ending for everyone, but it’s definitely happy (for most of the characters anyway).

I must give a big thanks to Quentin for succumbing to my pleading (and don’t think I won’t do it again!) and letting me read “The Lost Duke of Wyndham”. I’m now waiting impatiently for Thomas’ story, “Mr. Cavendish, I Presume” coming in October 2008 (yes Quentin, I’ll be pleading for this one too so you may as well give in now) where we’ll see what happens to a man who appears to have lost everything. If you’re a Julia Quinn fan, you will LOVE this book. If you were a fan, but lost faith after some of her more recent works, I know you’ll be more than satisfied with her return to her usual stellar work. And if you’ve never read one of Quinn’s regencies, then I can’t think of a better one to start with.

Til next time
JJ
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060876104
Author:
Quinn, Julia
Publisher:
Avon
Author:
by Julia Quinn
Author:
Quinn, Ju
Author:
Lia
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20080527
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
10.875 x 8.5 in 28.96 oz

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Product details 384 pages Avon Books - English 9780060876104 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Quinn (The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever) embarks on a new series with Grace Eversleigh, companion to the dowager duchess of Wyndham, unwillingly helping the dowager kidnap a highwayman. The dowager believes Jack Audley, a former Army Captain, to be her grandson, the son of her long-deceased favorite son. But the current Duke of Wyndham, Thomas Cavendish, Jack's ostensible cousin, learns that he could be disposed of a title if it is proven that Jack's parents were married in Ireland before their untimely deaths. Jack attempts to overcome his tortured past with a quick smile and easy wit, and sparks between Jack and Grace result in a number of sizzling scenes that are made more powerful by the intensity of emotions involved. In her strongest effort to date, Quinn delivers complex, multifaceted characters who come vividly to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Highwayman Jack Audley has never wanted to be responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of others. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. If his birth proves to be legitimate, Jack will find himself with the one title he has never wanted: Duke of Wyndham. Original.
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