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The Lost Duke of Wyndham (Two Dukes of Wyndham #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  12,870 ratings  ·  521 reviews
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 ...more
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Published May 27th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Beth F.
I had a one night stand with this book. Or more fitting, I had a 24-hour stand with this book. I started it on Friday evening and finished it on Saturday afternoon. And in between reading it, I reorganized my closet and my dresser, cleaned the bathroom, opened some windows to get some fresh air circulating (it was over 40 on Saturday—a virtual heat wave!) and put together a bag of old clothes to donate. I almost never finish books that fast, especially when I'm multi-tasking.

So all in all, this
Jack Audley has been many things in his life, from a soldier and at the moment a highwayman. So when he stops a carriage with two women inside, he thinks nothing of it, well expect stealing a kiss from one of the (and younger of the two) women, but nothing out of the norm for a rouge. Until one of the women claims him to be her grandson and the rightful Duke of Wyndham!
Grace Eversleigh has worked for the dowager Duchess of Wyndham for five years, a thankless job, until one night a highwayman s
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book because though I've really enjoyed the other JQ books I've read, and she's a very popular historical romance author, I'd read a lot of mixed reviews of this series. So I ended up putting off reading this one for a while because I wasn't sure I'd like it. But I actually enjoyed the book a lot. I can't say I loved it, but it was rather good and I'm looking forward to reading the Thomas's reciprocal story.

The Lost Duke of Wyndham is about just that
Well, definitely not what I expected. I really wanted to like this book because I'm a huge fan of this author. Seriously, I never thought it would be possible to find a book of hers which wasn't amazing. So, JQ, WTF?? I don't get it, seriously, what were you thinking?

The beginning was boring as hell. It took me a week to get past through the first 5 chapters. But what was worst, is the fact that the topic was so surreal that I just wanted to burn the book up, I mean, a highwayman who magically b
This is another good one from Julia Quinn. Grace Eversleigh was orphaned at seventeen and rescued from her cousin's clutches by the dowager Duchess of Wyndham, who hired her as a companion. Grace has faithfully served the demanding, selfish dowager duchess for five years when they are accosted by a highwayman one night. Jack Audley, former solder turned highwayman, finds his life becoming complicated after he detains the coach of the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. The dowager duchess is convinced t ...more
Solid romantic drama about a ducal family whose situation is upended by a highwayman who turns out to be the true heir to the title. Not quite as screwball as Michele Jaffe or Eloisa James's romantic comedy elements, but the banter is entertaining and there's a refreshing abandonment of pretense in the way the main characters comport themselves. (And Colbert fans will note the "truthiness" scene with an extra touch of delight.) Made a cross-country flight that much more entertaining.
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Jul 19, 2009 Elizabeth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no-one until Quinn starts getting it right
Julia Quinn's books are fun but although they are obviously not meant to be serious, they would benefit from some research. Her books are currently littered with irritating inconsistencies, anachronisms and mistakes. Her characters are supposed to be English "people of quality" but speak unmistakably American English. The heroine will ask the hero whether his curricle is "out back". She will look "out the window", not "out OF the window". She will "fix" breakfast instead of make it - English peo ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
This was a boring book. I read the second book in this series first and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume was much more interesting and enjoyable.

Here we have Grace, a companion to the dowager duchess, the poor 2 dukes' grandmother. Jack, a highwayman, holds up Grace and the dowagers coach, but the dowager recognizes Jack as being a Cavendish.She then kidnaps him and forces him to stay to prove that he is the actual duke, being that his late father was the elder brother to Thomas' father.

The only thing
Miranda Davis
Geez, well, unlike other grudging, grumbly readers, I loved this. And I don't think it demonstrates that JQ has lost her mojo but rediscovered it. I will admit I really enjoyed half the Bridgerton stories tremendously, the other half not so much. (Favorites: Viscount Who Loved Me, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, if that helps place me in the spectrum of her fan base.) Here, I found Jack utterly delicious, his humor sly, his commentary wickedly accurate. Grace, the heroine, was a capable, intelligent, ...more
Brenda (b)
For me, this was a very entertaining read. Grace was the proverbial long-suffering companion who knew her place and never expected more than that. I felt so bad for both Jack and Thomas. I didn't want to see Jack forced into something he obviously didn't want and hadn't been prepared for. I also hated to see Thomas lose everything that had been his for his entire life. I'll be looking forward to his story in Mr. Cavendish, I Presume.
Julie (jjmachshev)
Reviewed for; Book release June 2008

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 w
Anna D.
I think I may need to apologize or at least give warning to JQ fans for my lackluster review of this book because I know that, at least partially, my mood affected how I liked this book. However, that said, even if I was in the middle of an HR high, I don’t think I could have rated this book much higher since I really started to like the book only at the very tail end. A lot of emotional connection, sincerity, and chemistry were missing. I love laid-back witty characters (JQ’s beloved Colin Brid ...more
I am so glad that Julia Quinn has gotten back her groove. I didn't like the Cheever book so I wasn't too excited to read this one.

I was pleasantly surprised. It was a simple, light story with Quinn's trademark humour. I really want to gush on how witty and clever the dialogue is because it showed the growing relationship between the two protagonists better than any scenes filled with action and what not. There were no silly misunderstandings and no drama involved in declaring their feelings (th
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Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Julia Quinn favori yazarlarımdandır. Fuarda çıkacağını öğrendiğimden beri heyecanlıydım, fuarda da koşturdum zaten Epsilon'a. Bu kadar sevdiğim bir yazarın, Bridgerton serisinden sonra bir hayli yavan bir kitabını bulmaları beni üzdü açıkçası.

Öykü kötü müydü, hayır. Çok fazla etkilenemedim açıkçası. Jack, aslında bir hayduttur ve arabasını soyduğu düşesin onu birine benzetmesiyle tüm dünyası değişir. Aslında bu olayın sonunda düklük unvanına sahip olacağını bil
Edan Marie Esquibel
Well, what can I say? I loved Julia Quinn's novels since I can't remember. And this one adds up to the collection :)

Actually, if the plot about a long lost heir, etc. was not a giveaway because of the.. you know, summary, preview.. whatever part we see at the back of books.. book descriptions? XD, I think I'd enjoy it more. :P

What we have here is a...

A checklist:
1 A good heroine whom I did not call stupid... check!
2. A devastatingly charming and utterly handsome hero with a sense of humor...h
Aug 12, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Fans
#1 The Two Dukes of Wyndham - Historical Romance

Very enjoyable! Grace is the companion to the elderly dowager duchess and must assist in the crochety old woman's incessant demands. On returning from a social function, their carriage is stopped by a highwayway who *gasp* robs them!

Jack, the witty thief, former soldier and rogue has the tables turned on him when he is recognized as a long-lost member of the Wyndham family -- and may even be the rightful Duke.

Very well written. The dutchess is a ch
So, people on hated this book, citing it as Quinn's worst yet. And here I am thinking it is much better than many of her other recent works. For one, the heroine was not a simpering ninny. Also, the hero was seriously flawed and not a perfect man, as many historical romance novels usually present the male character. The other thing I liked about him was the fact that his flaws were not predictable - you thought they were (the "I'm not worthy!" sentiment) and then bam! You learn there' ...more
I like Julia Quinn. She's not breaking any barriers or anything, but if I want a sweet Regency-style romance with gentlemanly men and slightly fiesty women, I know she won't disappoint.

This one only gets three stars because the whole thing felt a little thin. I've read a couple of the books in her Bridgerton series lately, and those were much richer in story. But the love story was cute, so what the heck.
Sex novel pretending to be historical romance. Occasionally the author nods to Jane Austen through social modes, "Would it be rude if...took a turn about the room?" (á la Elizabeth Bennet and Caroline Bingley) but more frequently Georgette Heyer jerks and twitches but never comes to life all through the book in phrases "...their elegant and well-sprung coach" and characters :—
(1)Charming, disreputable but gentlemanly (& nobly born) highwayman.
(2)Gorgeous, put-upon governess.

Georgette Heyer
Jul 13, 2011 Dawn rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
There was nothing wrong with the plot or the characters of this book, but my enjoyment of this was spoiled by a number of errors throughout.

Some of these were factual, for example on first seeing Belgrave Jack describes it as not medieval but pre-Tudor; medieval is pre-Tudor. In England medieval times ended in 1485 with the Battle of Bosworth which was won by Henry Tudor. There was also an instance where Jack's aunt exclaimed that Jack must be able to read because he had graduated school; in the
In a nutshell: Jack Audley, highwayman, is kidnapped by the Dowager Duchess of Wyndham and her companion, Grace Eversleigh, when the old woman recognizes him as her grandson.

Characters: Grace is the long-suffering companion to an annoyingly proud, irritable old woman. She endeavors to be kind and understanding which sometimes translates into “doormat.” I wasn't very attached to her but I didn't hate her either. She seemed a little two-dimensional as compared to some of Ms Quinn's other heroines.
Kaycee Sapinoso
I've been reading Julia Quinn's works ever since I've read Bridgerton Series. There's no secret how much I adore her. I loved how she created her character. Entirely unique but there is one thing they have in common - strong character and a sense of self-worth. I absolutely love anything by Julia Quinn in this book is no exception. I even bought a copy. :)

The Lost Duke of Wyndham , is the first book in a two book series.

This book is about Jack Audley, highwayman. A soldier. A rogue. And the mi
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
Jan 07, 2013 Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austen fans, fans of romance, fans of Lisa Kleypas, fans of historical fiction, romance fans
Oringally reviewed at

In the words of Mrs. Broadmouse, I do love a good love story. And Julia Quinn delivers romance beautifully. Looking back over my to read list, I realize that I have quite a number of her books listed there. But this wasn't one of them. However, when I came upon it in the book store, I just had to have it. Sexy highwaymen? Sign me up, I didn't need to read more of the blurb than that.

Where should I begin? I think Quinn's style deserves comm
I just mentioned in my last review of a JQ book (On the Way to the Wedding) that I hadn't found me a copy of this one yet, and it was the only JQ I'd never read, and then the other day, I find it at Goodwill. I was a little psyched to find it... ok, a lot. I read Mr. Cavendish, I Presume a few months ago, and I really, really liked the characters when I met them in that book. Especially Thomas. He was a great hero. So I was hoping I would like Jack just as much. Well, I did like Jack a lot, but ...more
Library Journal magazine
Romance Editor Bette-Lee Fox wanted to preface the review this way: "Julia Quinn’s general Regency flair is highlighted to perfection in this first of two novels that cover the same events simultaneously. Witty, stylish, entertaining writing punctuates this wonderful story, with a fascinating modern twist at the end. I won’t give it away, so be sure to read it before putting it on the shelves. You won’t be disappointed."

Soldier-turned-highwayman Jack Audley is stunned when the noblewoman whose c
Listened to the audiobook.

I enjoyed this. Jack was a fun character to read - very Robin Hood-esque. He stole the story in my opinion, because I thought Grace was just so-so. There were a few scenes that I'd rather have skipped, like the one with the Dowager where the Dowager is just being herself. The Dowager is a mean bitch; we understood that without the extra scenes. I kind of liked her, though. I kept thinking we'd learn the reason she become so heartless, but we never did.

So if I liked it,
The Lost Duke Of Wyndham is yet another testament to the sheer brilliance that is Julia Quinn. It had been two months since I had read a JQ novel and had thus forgotten how enjoyable they are. Of course, they're always on the verge of cliche and fantasy, but no one picks up romance books for a highly realistic account!

Coming back to the story, we are introduced to Grace Eversleigh, who has been serving as companion to the Dowager (a truly amusing character) for the past five years and Jack Audl
I really wanted to like this book since I've heard good things about it and I LOVED Julia Quinn's 'The Duke and I'. The opening was interesting, I liked the characters, and the dialogue was fun. However, the relationship between the hero and heroine moved too fast for it to be believable. I could understand their mutual attraction, but the the hero only meets the heroine a couple times and suddenly he's blindingly in love. Now, I love a hero who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to show it. B ...more
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