Retro Review: Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn

Posted March 22, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 20 Comments

Retro Review: Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia QuinnReviewer: Rowena
Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
Series: Two Dukes of Wyndham #2
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: September 30th 2008
Pages: 370
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Series Rating: five-stars

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!

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

This review was originally posted on September 26, 2008.

This is the second book in the Two Dukes of Wyndham series. The first story follows the long lost son of John Cavendish, Jack Audley. John died before he could become the Duke, leaving his younger brother the Duke. Years later, John’s son, Jack tries to rob the Dowager Duchess of Wyndham who recognizes him as her grandson. John was the Dowager Duchess’ favorite son so she did everything she could to make sure that Jack became the true duke of Wyndham. The first book follows Jack and the Dowager Duchess’ ladiesmaid Grace while this book follows the other Duke, the acting Duke of Wyndham, Thomas Cavendish.

Thomas was made the Duke when he was very young and so being the Duke of Wyndham was all he knew, it was all that he was. So then this new guys comes in and might be the true Duke of Wyndham which means that everything he knows and everything he is will be stripped from him and in this book, we find out how he deals with it. The first book shows us Jack’s point of view. We see the story unfold and we’re in one duke’s head. This story tells us the same exact story, only in the other’s duke’s head.

When I was reading the first book, I often wondered what Thomas was thinking, why he did certain things he did. Reading the first book with all of these questions about Thomas made for some frustration moments but all of my questions were answered in this book and even though it was the exact same story, I really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t a big fan of Thomas in the first book. I liked him well enough but for me, it was all about Jack. The same could be said for Amelia. I wasn’t a big fan of hers, for me it was all about Grace but I can say with all certainty that I’m a fan of both of theirs now.

I really enjoyed both of their characters. In the first book, we don’t get to see much of what they’re thinking, what they’re feeling so it was really easy for me to overlook them but in this book, I got to know them, I grew to like them and I’m so glad to have the whole story in front of me. My nosy self is very happy right now. =)

I really enjoyed Thomas’ character. He was such a stand up guy, a very honorable man and I found myself growing to like him more and more. To have everything he was and everything he lived for stripped away from him by a long lost family member that he never knew existed had to have hit him like a freight train but he handled himself in such a way that blew my mind. He could have gone along with Jack but because of the kind of man he was, he didn’t. He almost lost the woman that he had come to love by giving up the title but he did what was needed to be done and then he made sure that Jack would honor his word, so that Amelia didn’t have to worry about her future.

So sweet.

The only thing I didn’t quite understand was why he waited so long to marry Amelia but whatever, he fell in love with her and that’s all that matters to me.

Amelia’s character kinda got on my nerves in the first book but I couldn’t fault her for being the way she was, she was engaged to be married and her fiance’ knew nothing about her. He didn’t care to get to know her and he completely ignored her. He kept saying that he would marry her but year after year after year she stayed unmarried. Having gotten to know her a lot more in this book, it made me like her so much more than I thought I would. I loved the way that she was with her sisters and I loved the way that she was with Grace and then how she stood by Thomas, I really liked that. She was a great heroine and the perfect match for Thomas.

This book was like getting the other pieces of the puzzle and putting them in place. Everything made sense and everything was made whole. It was a great story with great characters and I liked how even though I hecka loved Jack and Grace and loved seeing them again, I loved how JQ didn’t make them so great in this book that they took away from Thomas and Amelia. It was the perfect mixture of everything I loved about both couples and I really enjoyed it.

I still hated the grandmother, she was still a horrid grandmother and that didn’t change in this book, I didn’t care for Amelia’s father but they didn’t matter in the big scheme of things. What mattered was that Thomas was a great hero and Amelia turned out to be a fantastic heroines. I loved the scene at the end when Grace and Amelia, pissed as all hell start swapping curses, that was too funny. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great sequel.

Fans of JQ should definitely read this, it’s a good one.


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20 responses to “Retro Review: Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn

  1. Ash

    I LOVED this book! There was only one problem with it – we never found out if they sent the grandmother to the Outer Hebrids! LOL!

  2. Me too, loved, loved, loved it. The repeated dialogue & scenes from TLDOW was a bit stale, but everything else was spot-on. I ended up liking Thomas & Amelia after all (didn’t really care about them in the first book).

    Great review. Julia Quinn will be in town next month, and I cannot wait to see her again 🙂

  3. Dev

    I’m so excited to read this book. I grew to really like Thomas and Amelia by the end of TLDOW and by the end, I could not wait for their story.

    Great review, Wena!

  4. “To have everything he was and everything he lived for stripped away from him by a long lost family member.”

    I love that plot angle – I totally need to read this.

  5. Ana

    Thank God!!!!!!!!! Phew. After reading the C-graded reviews of TGTBTU and The Smart Bitches, I was beginning to think I was alone in my world of admiration for Mr Cavendish ….. I so loved this book, glad you did too, Rowena.

  6. Seneca

    Ohhh, great review.
    I Just finished the first book, and even though I liked all the characters, Amelia would have been on the bottom of the list if I had to pick who I liked the best, in order.
    Very glad to hear that she is better in this book.

  7. I just finished The Lost Duke of Wyndham and it was the first time I read JQ. I have to say the book throughly sucked me in. I loved it. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2. 🙂

  8. Rowena

    Thanks everyone, you guys should totally read this book, SO GOOD!


    No you’re not alone in your love of this book. I hecka enjoyed it! =)

  9. Seneca


    Get your butt to a store and buy the entire Bridgerton series!

    Wait! Go to Julia’s website, she gives a link to how you can read the first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I, for FREE.

  10. Lori

    I’m so happy to see that somebody loved this one. I’ve been really sad to see the poor reviews of it. I, for one, can’t wait!

  11. I liked it and enjoyed it, but I think something was missing… and I was expecting to see more of Thomas’ life as not the duke and was kind of disappointed not to have it 🙁

  12. Kareni

    It was fun to read this retro-review as it’s been quite some time since I read the Mr. Cavendish book along with its partner book. It may be time to do some re-reading!

  13. CelineB

    This is the only Julia Quinn book I haven’t read. I remember really disliking the first one so I didn’t bother with this one. Maybe I need to revisit the first one and check this one out.

  14. Shelby Anguiano

    I love all of JQ’s books! Question: what/who is a “sit” (sp?) in (English Regency society in; i.e., Thomas’ mother) the Wyndham/Cavendish series? I cannot find a reference or definition. Thanks!

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