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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work..., 1 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Mr Cavendish, I Presume: Number 2 in series (Two Dukes of Wyndham) (Paperback)
It wasn't my favourite read.

"Mr. Cavendish, I presume" is definitely not Julia Quinn's best work. Her attention seems divided between this and the sister book "The Lost Duke of Wyndham". Neither book seems to be as thorough or as concise as her previous works and left me feeling rather unimpressed, in fact, it seemed to lack a great deal of focus. Unfortunately the characters weren't engaging and the plot line was choppy and unfinished. I understand that she was attempting to have both books run parallel with one another in terms of their timeline but this was to their disadvantage as neither of these works (this story in particular) drew me in as I would have liked them to.

Unlike her previous works I didn't find myself daydreaming of replacing the heroism, nor did I find myself relating them in any particular way. Due to her determination to try and merge both tales together most characters felt rather 2-dimensional in my eyes which was a disappointment.

If I'm entirely honest she would have been better to write one book then provide a sequel focusing on the second brother wholely rather than flicking back and forth between the two tales. They may be interlinked but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of material to write something more substantial after the conclusion of "The Lost Duke of Wyndham".

That being said, the story might be predictable and may be choppy in parts but it still ticks the boxes for a summer read. While not a spectacular piece of work, nor one of her best, it will still bring a few smiles and the book will provide you with entertainment for a few hours of the day. I wouldn't recommend it as a MUST read but I wouldn't slate it too much either, if you have free time and money then it's not a bad idea to give it a quick sweep!
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