Mr. Cavendish, I Presume
Avon, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella
melia Willoughby has been promised to Thomas, Duke of Wyndham since birth. She barely knows him but does spend time at the house with his grandmother and her sister's friend Grace. She spends more time alone with Thomas when his cousin Jack shows up and there is a question as to who is the real Duke.
homas's life is thrown into a tailspin when his cousin comes. His grandmother and Amelia's father insist on going to Ireland to find out if Jack's parents were married. If they were, then Jack would be Duke. Thomas has been groomed for the role and does not know any other life; however, if released from the dukedom, he would be free of responsibility and able to travel. The more time he spends with Amelia, the more he starts to like her, but if he is not the Duke their marriage might not be possible.
melia is horrified when Thomas proclaims that if Jack turns out to be Duke, she should marry him. She is starting to fall in love with Thomas and though the marriage was arranged, she can't believe he has no feelings for her. Thomas doesn't want to hurt Amelia and wishes he had married her before the Duke question arose, since now he might lose her.
r. Cavendish, I Presume
parallels the story of
The Lost Duke of Wyndham
. It is a very interesting approach. While many events in the two books are the same, the story is seen once from Jack and Grace's point of view and once from Thomas and Amelia's point of view. Here, readers watch Thomas and Amelia's relationship change from knowing they have to marry to falling in love with each other. Julia Quinn does a wonderful job presenting from the different characters' perspectives.
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