Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn


               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 fiancee --- 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 fiancee!

My thoughts: First of all, I thought that Thomas was a selfish asshole, greedy and short-minded, that only thought about himself and his own pleasure. Only when Jack – the man that was, maybe, the true duke of Wyndham – showed up that he showed me that he had the minimum of nobility and chivalry.

                While I was reading, I really hoped that Jack would start courting Amelia and he and Thomas would get in a fight to win her heart. Ok, they actually fought, but not for the reasons that I expected and wanted! As the story went by, I started to cheer for Thomas and Amelia, so that they could get together and prove that Thomas was the real duke. I’m not going to tell you, readers – if anyone is reading – if he is or isn’t the real duke, but he and Amelia get their share of happiness in the end. The level of romance was regular, in my opinion.

                Milly was one of my favorite characters. She’s one of Amelia’s younger sister and, for me, deserves a story of her own. The only thing that I didn’t like was the epilogue. I think it was, on itself, very weak and unpromising, especially if you compare it with Everything and the Moon.

                Julia Quinn is really one of my favorite authors ever. The way she writes makes me twist and turn throughout the reading, in a wave of feelings and emotions.


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