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

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

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by Julia Quinn
     
 

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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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060876111
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Series:
Two Dukes of Wyndham Series, #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
385,235
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 4.22(h) x 1.03(d)

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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.

Meet the Author

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Mr. Cavendish, I Presume (Two Dukes of Wyndham Series #2) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
vickielvl More than 1 year ago
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!
khrysco More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
MEC More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Despite the negative reviews I decided to purchase it on good faith. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!!! Romance, witty humor, and suspense made this book impossible to put down.
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Love the book. Better than the Lost Duke of Wyndham. Thomas and Amelia have great chemistry.
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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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Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the purchase
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Really good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.