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The Lost Duke of Wyndham

(Two Dukes of Wyndham #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  17,544 ratings  ·  768 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
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Avon (first published May 2008)
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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 Saturdaya 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
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Augusta is no Lady Danbury, thats for sure. Lady Danbury is an absolute queen, but this old woman is mean and can be quite unlikable.

However, I love what Julia Quinn did with her character. I might not like her because of her crankiness and mistreatment of Grace, but I can understand why she is the way she is after hearing about all the losses she has suffered. There is one scene in particular between her and Grace where I almost want to tear up because it is confirmed that shes not entirely
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to jenjn79 by: author I like
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
May 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I wish I could give some books more than 5 stars. High up on that list we be quite a few books by Kate Morton, Jane Austen, Susanna Kearsley, and Julia Quinn. These are my all-time favorite authors and they never seem to disappoint me. This book is no exception. It was exactly what I needed while I've not been feeling well. It made me smile, laugh, and just generally made me happy. I can't tell you how many times I've said that JQ writes some of the best characters! Jack Audley is one of them. I ...more
The first book in Julia Quinn's Two Dukes of Wyndham. I really enjoyed this one. One of my faves by Julia Quinn. It was neat having the internet available to search and view the paintings mentioned. Made me feel more into the conversation that they had. I absolutely LOVED the scene where Amelia and Grace were "cursing" while the Duchess slept. Anyway, I thought it was delightful and witty.
Jacob Proffitt
I really enjoyed this at the time I was listening to it. There's good banter and fun characters and lots of juicy drama (of the normal kind). But I let this review go for just two days and already I'm having trouble remembering why I actually liked it so much. It's not that it was forgettable, though it is that, so much as that the things that stick out in memory were the most unlikely and objectionable parts. Since these are almost all bound up in Jack, I have to wonder what I found to like in ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, forgive me beautiful people in the photo, but I am so not a fan of this cover art - it absolutely does not do this book justice! I think we all judge a book by its cover every now and again, and if I had in this situation, I never would have read this lovely love story.

This is my first foray into this genre and I was really impressed with this book. I loved the character of Jack, I'm pretty sure he is the most charming man who ever lived, the kind of guy every girl would swoon
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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.
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
I have owned this book since 2011. The depths of my kindle account is scary at times.

I very much enjoyed this one. It had humor, a lovable rogue, a wonderful heroine, some really funny situations. But it also had some heart wrenching moments that had me going from smiling to having tears in my eyes. And oh so romantic. *sigh.
Chitra *CJ*
"The Lost Duke of Wyndham" is the story of Grace and Jack.

When Jack Audley, an ex soldier and now- highwayman decides to rob the dowager Duchess of Wyndham and her companion Grace for some baubles, he does not realize the old lady would claim him as his grandson, or subsequently kidnap him for the same!
He has known his past as the son of John Cavendish, but having being raised by his mother's sister, he has always considered them his family. That is until a meddling old lady decides to take over
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 thats only fair plus I want their publishers to know
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna D.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr
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 dont 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 (JQs beloved Colin ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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I hate not to finish a book, but I just could not make myself care about the characters. The book is well written, but the premise that an old lady would recognize a masked highwayman, at night, as a grandson she didn't even know existed and then kidnap him was too much for me. Also, the instalove between the couple did nothing to better endear the book to me.
Very interesting light read. I liked the plot a lot. I fell in love with the different personalities in the book. They were better belt than the previous one How to marry a Marquise ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So yesterday, when I started this, I was in a romance slump. I hadn't read anything wonderful in weeks and the options waiting for me on my Kindle were either not good or I wasn't feeling them. Anyway, I don't know why I'm giving this slightly suspenseful introduction when everyone can see that I gave this two stars.

Let's start with the characters. Jack was fine, I guess, although the (view spoiler). Grace was,
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
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I put off reading it because of some negative comments from reviewers I really trust (who even though they may not have liked the book, still gave thoughtful opinions). I've almost read all of Julia Quinn's books (one of my favorite HR authors), but because of some of the reviews, I was not expecting much from this one. Which is probably why I put off this series for so long. I don't like disappointment.

And I was so pleasantly surprised. It was charming, delightful, a
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jack... is quite honestly my favorite rake with a heart of gold.
He's charming, kind, sweet, honest, and has quite a smolder that will make any gal weak in the knees so of course I love him; not to mention that he's a tall, dark, and handsome man with a great sense of humor so I can't blame Grace, the heroine, for falling for him too.

Julia Quinn has always been a favorite go to author and her characters and dialogue is what brings me back time and time again to her even though I have other books
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Another Julia Quinn that satisfied me on some levels, but on the whole left me with an overall sense of want. I loved Jack, and Grace wasn't so bad, but the emotional upheaval and torment throughout the story was belied by the sudden and simplistic sappy ending. There was tons of build up and tension that was merely brushed aside in a few pages, and wham, there's our Happily Ever After.
Taylor (BiblioTay)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
I really enjoyed this story. I went in expecting it to be like any other historical romance but there were some tidbits that I expected to happen one way only to be slightly shocked they played out another.

While Thomas was not a favorite character but slightly likeable in this story I do find myself looking forward to reading more about him and Amelia in the next book.
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