Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham Series #2)

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Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .

It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a ...

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Overview

Amelia Willoughby has been engaged to the Duke of Wyndham for as long as she can remember. Literally. A mere six months old when the contracts were signed, she has spent the rest of her life waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . . for Thomas Cavendish, the oh-so-lofty duke, to finally get around to marrying her. But as she watches him from afar, she has a sneaking suspicion that he never thinks about her at all . . .

It's true. He doesn't. Thomas rather likes having a fiancée—all the better to keep the husband-hunters at bay—and he does intend to marry her . . . eventually. But just when he begins to realize that his bride might be something more than convenient, Thomas's world is rocked by the arrival of his long-lost cousin, who may or may not be the true Duke of Wyndham. And if Thomas is not the duke, then he's not engaged to Amelia. Which is the cruelest joke of all, because this arrogant and illustrious duke has made the mistake of falling in love . . . with his own fiancée!

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Engaged in the cradle, Thomas Cavendish, Duke of Wyndham, and Amelia Willoughby, daughter of the Earl of Crowland, have never gotten to know each other romantically-until an impulsive kiss begins a rocky courtship. However, the arrival of a stranger with claims on the dukedom throws their world into turmoil, with their engagement suddenly in doubt. Funny, light, and witty, this story cleverly tells the other side of the coin tossed in Quinn's The Lost Duke of Wyndham(LJ6/15/08) and provides an immensely satisfying conclusion to the duo.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060876111
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Two Dukes of Wyndham Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 217,252
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of twenty-three previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

Chapter One

It was a crime that Amelia Willoughby was not married.

At least that was what her mother said. Amelia...or more correctly, Lady Amelia...was the second daughter of the Earl of Crowland, so no one could fault her bloodlines. Her appearance was more than passable, if one's taste ran toward wholesome English roses, which, fortunately for Amelia, most of the ton's did.

Her hair was a respectable shade of medium blond, her eyes a grayish sort of greenish color, and her skin clear and even, so long as she remembered to stay out of the sun. (Freckles were not Lady Amelia's friend.)

She was also, as her mother liked to catalogue, of adequate intelligence, able to play the pianoforte and paint watercolors, and (and here was where her mother punctuated the speech with an enthusiastic flourish) in possession of all of her teeth.

Even better, the aforementioned teeth were perfectly straight, which could not be said of Jacinda Lennox, who had made the match of 1818, neatly landing the Marquis of Beresford. (But not, as frequently reported by Jacinda Lennox's mother, before turning down two viscounts and an earl.)

But all of those attributes paled next to what was certainly the most pertinent and overreaching aspect of Amelia Willoughby's life, and that was her longstanding engagement to the Duke of Wyndham.

Had Amelia not been betrothed in the cradle to Thomas Cavendish (who was at the time the Heir Apparent to the dukedom and barely out of leading strings himself), she certainly would not have reached the unappealing age of one-and-twenty as an unmarried maiden.

She had spent one season back in Lincolnshire, because no one thought she'd need to bother with London, then she'd spent the next in the capital, because her elder sister's also-betrothed-in-the-cradle fiancé had the misfortune of contracting a fever at the age of twelve, leaving his family heirless and Elizabeth Willoughby unattached.

And as for the next season...Elizabeth was almost, practically, we're-sure-it-is-forthcoming-at-any moment engaged by then, and Amelia was, as ever, still engaged to the duke, but they went to London anyway, because by then it would have been embarrassing to remain in the country.

Amelia rather liked town. She enjoyed conversation, and she very much enjoyed dancing, and, if one spoke with her mother for more than five minutes, one would have learned that had Amelia been free to marry, there would have been a half-dozen offers, at least.

Which meant that Jacinda Lennox would still have been Jacinda Lennox and not the Marchioness of Beresford. And more importantly, Lady Crowland and all of her daughters would still outrank the annoying little chit.

But then, as Amelia's father was often heard to say...life wasn't always fair. In fact, it rarely was. Just look at him, for the love of heaven. Five daughters. Five! And now the earldom, which had descended neatly from father to son since there were princes in the tower, would revert to the Crown, with nary a long-lost cousin in sight to lay claim upon it.

And, he frequently reminded his wife, it was thanks to his early maneuverings that one of his five daughters was already settled, and they need only fret about the other four, so would she please stop yammering on about the poor Duke of Wyndham and his slow progress to the altar.

Lord Crowland treasured peace and quiet above all else, which was something he really ought to have considered before taking the former Anthea Grantham as his bride.

It wasn't that anyone thought that the duke would renege on his promise to Amelia and her family. On the contrary, it was well-known that the Duke of Wyndham was a man of his word, and if he said he would marry Amelia Willoughby, then as God was anyone's witness, he would.

It was just that he intended to do so when it was convenient to him. Which wasn't necessarily when it would be convenient to her. Or more to the point, her mother.

And so here she was, back in Lincolnshire.

And she was still Lady Amelia Willoughby.

"And I don't mind it at all," she declared, when Grace Eversleigh brought up the matter at the Lincolnshire Dance and Assembly. Aside from being the closest friend of Amelia's sister Elizabeth, Grace Eversleigh was the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham, and thus in far closer contact with Amelia's affianced husband than Amelia ever had occasion to be.

"Oh, no," Grace quickly assured her. "I did not mean to imply that you did."

"All she said," Elizabeth put in, giving Amelia a queer look, "was that his grace plans to remain at Belgrave for six months at least. And then you said..."

"I know what I said," Amelia bit off, feeling her skin flush. Which wasn't precisely true. She could not have repeated her speech word for word, but she had a sneaking suspicion that if she tried, it would come out something like:

Well, that's certainly lovely, but I shouldn't read anything into it, and in any case Elizabeth's wedding is next month so I certainly could not dream of finalizing anything anytime soon, and regardless of what anyone says, I am in no great rush to marry him. Something something something. I barely know the man. Something something more, still Amelia Willoughby. And I don't mind it at all.

Which was not the sort of speech one generally wished to relive in one's head.

There was an awkward, empty moment, and then Grace cleared her throat and said, "He said he would be here this evening."

"He did?" Amelia asked, her eyes flying to Grace's.

Grace nodded. "I saw him at supper. Or rather, I saw him as he walked through the room as we were taking supper. He chose not to dine with us. I think he and his grandmother are quarreling," she added as an aside. "They frequently do."

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume

Chapter One

It was a crime that Amelia Willoughby was not married.

At least that was what her mother said. Amelia—or more correctly, Lady Amelia—was the second daughter of the Earl of Crowland, so no one could fault her bloodlines. Her appearance was more than passable, if one's taste ran toward wholesome English roses, which, fortunately for Amelia, most of the ton's did.

Her hair was a respectable shade of medium blond, her eyes a grayish sort of greenish color, and her skin clear and even, so long as she remembered to stay out of the sun. (Freckles were not Lady Amelia's friend.)

She was also, as her mother liked to catalogue, of adequate intelligence, able to play the pianoforte and paint watercolors, and (and here was where her mother punctuated the speech with an enthusiastic flourish) in possession of all of her teeth.

Even better, the aforementioned teeth were perfectly straight, which could not be said of Jacinda Lennox, who had made the match of 1818, neatly landing the Marquis of Beresford. (But not, as frequently reported by Jacinda Lennox's mother, before turning down two viscounts and an earl.)

But all of those attributes paled next to what was certainly the most pertinent and overreaching aspect of Amelia Willoughby's life, and that was her longstanding engagement to the Duke of Wyndham.

Had Amelia not been betrothed in the cradle to Thomas Cavendish (who was at the time the Heir Apparent to the dukedom and barely out of leading strings himself), she certainly would not have reached the unappealing age of one-and-twenty as an unmarriedmaiden.

She had spent one season back in Lincolnshire, because no one thought she'd need to bother with London, then she'd spent the next in the capital, because her elder sister's also-betrothed-in-the-cradle fiancé had the misfortune of contracting a fever at the age of twelve, leaving his family heirless and Elizabeth Willoughby unattached.

And as for the next season—Elizabeth was almost, practically, we're-sure-it-is-forthcoming-at-any moment engaged by then, and Amelia was, as ever, still engaged to the duke, but they went to London anyway, because by then it would have been embarrassing to remain in the country.

Amelia rather liked town. She enjoyed conversation, and she very much enjoyed dancing, and, if one spoke with her mother for more than five minutes, one would have learned that had Amelia been free to marry, there would have been a half-dozen offers, at least.

Which meant that Jacinda Lennox would still have been Jacinda Lennox and not the Marchioness of Beresford. And more importantly, Lady Crowland and all of her daughters would still outrank the annoying little chit.

But then, as Amelia's father was often heard to say—life wasn't always fair. In fact, it rarely was. Just look at him, for the love of heaven. Five daughters. Five! And now the earldom, which had descended neatly from father to son since there were princes in the tower, would revert to the Crown, with nary a long-lost cousin in sight to lay claim upon it.

And, he frequently reminded his wife, it was thanks to his early maneuverings that one of his five daughters was already settled, and they need only fret about the other four, so would she please stop yammering on about the poor Duke of Wyndham and his slow progress to the altar.

Lord Crowland treasured peace and quiet above all else, which was something he really ought to have considered before taking the former Anthea Grantham as his bride.

It wasn't that anyone thought that the duke would renege on his promise to Amelia and her family. On the contrary, it was well-known that the Duke of Wyndham was a man of his word, and if he said he would marry Amelia Willoughby, then as God was anyone's witness, he would.

It was just that he intended to do so when it was convenient to him. Which wasn't necessarily when it would be convenient to her. Or more to the point, her mother.

And so here she was, back in Lincolnshire.

And she was still Lady Amelia Willoughby.

"And I don't mind it at all," she declared, when Grace Eversleigh brought up the matter at the Lincolnshire Dance and Assembly. Aside from being the closest friend of Amelia's sister Elizabeth, Grace Eversleigh was the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham, and thus in far closer contact with Amelia's affianced husband than Amelia ever had occasion to be.

"Oh, no," Grace quickly assured her. "I did not mean to imply that you did."

"All she said," Elizabeth put in, giving Amelia a queer look, "was that his grace plans to remain at Belgrave for six months at least. And then you said—"

"I know what I said," Amelia bit off, feeling her skin flush. Which wasn't precisely true. She could not have repeated her speech word for word, but she had a sneaking suspicion that if she tried, it would come out something like:

Well, that's certainly lovely, but I shouldn't read anything into it, and in any case Elizabeth's wedding is next month so I certainly could not dream of finalizing anything anytime soon, and regardless of what anyone says, I am in no great rush to marry him. Something something something. I barely know the man. Something something more, still Amelia Willoughby. And I don't mind it at all.

Which was not the sort of speech one generally wished to relive in one's head.

There was an awkward, empty moment, and then Grace cleared her throat and said, "He said he would be here this evening."

"He did?" Amelia asked, her eyes flying to Grace's.

Grace nodded. "I saw him at supper. Or rather, I saw him as he walked through the room as we were taking supper. He chose not to dine with us. I think he and his grandmother are quarreling," she added as an aside. "They frequently do."

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume. Copyright © by Julia Quinn. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted November 30, 2008

    A total waste of my hard-earned money!

    I am a great fan of Julia Quinn and the first book, The Lost Duke of Wyndham was very entertaining. I expected the sequel to be about Thomas and was so excited when I bought it. I started reading and I actually went and found the first book in my stash as I thought I was mistaken and had already bought this one. Over three hundred pages later and rereading the exact same plot as the first book, I finally get something new at the very end of the last 40 pages. This book should never have been published and I feel really ripped off for spending $7.99 to reread the plot of the first book. Don't buy it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Repeat book and story

    I am a huge Julua Quinn fan love all of her books. This is the same exact story with the same exact characters as " The Lost Duke of Wyndym" and this book "Mr. Cavendish, I Presume". The only difference she tells the thoughts of the two different couple in each story. It has the same conversations and everything that happens in one happens innthe other until the last 2 chapters that are actually about the couple that the book is suppose to be about. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON BUYING BOTH BOOKS JUST GET THE CHEAPER ONE OR BORROW IT FROM YOUR NEAREST LIBRARY

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Very disapointing...

    I love Julia Quinn books, own every one she has ever written...But I have to say this is the worst Quinn novel I have ever read...I have never given any of her books less then 4 stars, but this one I could barely give 2. If, like me you are a Quinn fan and you feel you have to read this book, get it from the library so you won't feel like you wasted your money...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Waste of Money

    This book is the same book as The lost Duke of Wyndham (the previous novel to this one). It is the same dialogie and is just the persepctive of the overthrown duke for the lost heir and his promised fiance. It is their relationship and it is the same scences and dialogue with perspective changes. Horrible , horrible read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Not her best

    I agree with majority of other reviews. I didn't bother reading The Lost Duke because of the bad reviews. I did buy this one and I kind of regret it. There wasn't enough insight into the characters and I didn't feel any real passion between them. And without reading its predecessor, I could still tell the books were greatly overlapping each other. Other authors have done this and I'm sure publishers are the root evil. Even the romance scene wasn't that romantic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Wasted money!

    Why would I purchase the same story twice?! If you've read 'The Lost Duke of Wyndham', then don't waste your precious time. This story is from Thomas's and Amelia's point of view, but so what? I had to reread the Wyndham's quest for proof of dukedom all over again, from beginning to end. It was very lacking, as was reading 'The Lost Duke of Wyndham'. I've been looking for a repeat performance as that of 'The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever', but to no avail.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Don't waste your money... just skim the last 50 pages at the bookstore.

    I know they were meant to be companion books, but I was shocked at how much duplication there was between this book and its predecessor, The Lost Duke of Wyndham. I reread the first book before buying this one, thinking it would refresh my memory as to the story so far. Little did I know that the 'story so far' was going to be the same story told again, word for word in many places! The vast majority of the dialog was identical to that of the first book. True, it was seen from a different point-of-view, but since both perspectives were generally in the same room, it was hardly revealing. I can only suppose that there was originally just one book, but someone got greedy and thought they could make some bucks by selling the side story separately. Other than a couple of kissing scenes, the only new story was in the last 50 pages. It would have rounded out the first book nicely, or it could have been a free online bonus, but to sell it as a separate book is a scam. Very disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Great

    Love the book. Better than the Lost Duke of Wyndham. Thomas and Amelia have great chemistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    This book is a rip off. The last chapter should of been added to

    This book is a rip off. The last chapter should of been added to the "The Lost Duke of Wyndham". 90% if this book is an exact copy from the previous book....You should be ashamed for forceing your readers to buy this book. For all future Julia Quinn readers you should correct this.
    Pat

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Listen to all of the reviews! It's stunning this was published

    Listen to all of the reviews! It's stunning this was published as a separate novel. It would have been better if the first book had been given a few more pages and integrated the story of Thomas and Amelia into it. This was a complete waste. Even though it's told from Thomas and Amelia's point of view, you can skip to Chapter 20 if you want to get to the new part. The rest is a complete rehash of The Lost Duke of Wyndham, a lot of it word for word. Disappointing. I would have assumed this book began where the last left off. I agree with the other reviewers that this book is not worth spending money on - read this book or the first in the series. You do not need to read and buy both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Good for beginners

    Ive been reading romance novels for a good amount of time now. About six years. And once you read that many all of them start to become the same. And others are no longer descritive enough or writtn a preferred wa. In this case i felt like it was rushed. And he founf out he loved her way too randomly. The romance didnt really develop that strongly. And i question his affection a bit. The plot story is very interesting but the stry itself is lacking. But if you are new to historical romanc it may be good for you. Becse i probably would have enjiyed it back then. But it was only oka. I skipped a lot an was still able to predict the outome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Great read

    Worth the purchase

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Great book

    Really good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    I think we all just got ripped off.

    Copy and paste of first book! 230 pages, 200 of them were read in the first of the series-and the romance was not even skin deep, the only feelings I have developed from this book are irritation at the author.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    One book for the price of two!

    This book is supposed to be the second in the series, but actually is the same as the first. You have to get past page 322 to get to a different story. It is like she took the first book, copied it in WORD and then added points of view from another pair in the book. I like Julia Quinn novels, and will keep reading her novels. But I suggest you don't get this one!

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Do not recommend

    I was so disappointed. It was like reading the first book ( Two Dukes of Wyndham) but just at the point of view of Amelia and Mr Cavendish. Would not recommend. :-(

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Enjoyable, but Hero needed to get a clue!

    The neat thing about Mr. Cavendish, I Presume is that it tells the same story as The Lost Duke of Wyndham but from a different perspective. The first book, TLDOF told the story from Jack Audley's and Grace Eversleigh's points of view. Now MCIP is told from Thomas Cavendish's and Amelia Willoughby's points of view. Thomas may or may not be the Duke of Wyndham since Jack Audley is his cousin of whom no one knew existed. Thomas will travel with an entourage of people to discover if indeed Jack's parent's marriage is legitimate and if so then Thomas will no longer be the Duke. To make matters even more complicated Thomas has been engaged to Lady Amelia Willoughby since they were young children. Thomas has put off his responsibility in marrying her and now that he finds she may not be his intended he discovers that he is more bothered by that fact than actually losing his title.

    What I liked. Julia Quinn does a very good job of showing instead of telling the story. There are a lot of really great scenes between Amelia and Thomas where they are open and frank with each other. I liked that Amelia has a backbone where Thomas is concerned and decides she is tired of waiting around for him. Her impulsive nature is good for Thomas because he is too serious and stuffy most of the time. I thought it was interesting that Ms. Quinn decided to write the same story but using different perspectives. It was neat to see the same scene being played out but getting a different view of it.

    What I didn't like. I had some issues with Thomas. I hated that he kept Amelia waiting and took her for granted. His indifference was hurting Amelia and because he was so self absorbed it took him a while to see that. It also took Thomas a painfully long time to realize that if he wants Amelia then he needs to go after her and win her affection. Basically, Thomas was such a Nob! The good thing is that at least Thomas grows throughout the story.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Sweet story of a nobel man and his betrothed

    I read this book assuming it was a continuation of the Lost Duke of Wyndham. It's not. It the story of the Duke that lost his position to the cousin. Its pretty much the same story except its told through Thomas eyes. Its not bad but not what I expected. If you like Jane Austin you'll like this book.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Not worth the time to read it.

    If you have read the first book in this series, don't bother with this one. I love Julia Quinn's books, but this isn't worth the time. It feels like she took the first book, copied/pasted it between a new cover and added a few additional scenes from Mr. Cavendish's point of view. Not enough though, to make me feel like I'm reading a different book. Not a winner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

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    Not her best

    I felt that she just threw this book together. I got bored easily with it and couldn't wait to get to the end. It was the same as its sequel, not much different. It did pick up a little toward the end. I am a julia quinn fan, I love her books, but could have done without this one.

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