Jack Audley could never have foreseen the events that were about to unfold, just for robbing the dowager duchess of Wyndham's coach. The unsuspecting highwayman was confounded by the strange old woman and enchanted by her lovely companion.
Grace Eversleigh has been the companion to the crotchety dowager for five years, and is quite unsure what to think when the dowager begins acting so out of character, so certain she is that the disarmingly handsome highwayman must be the offspring of her favorite son. Quite insistent, the dowager sets a plan in action to kidnap Jack, and prove to him that he's the true heir of the dukedom.
While the dowager is trying to discover proof of Jack's legitimacy, Jack and Grace find themselves fighting their attraction. For Grace knows that if indeed he is the lost duke, then there is no future for them together, though not counting on Jack's own stubbornness to never see them parted.
I can't remember the last time I read anything quite so delightful as THE LOST DUKE OF WYNDHAM. Julia Quinn has such a wonderful talent for creating sensually sweet romances that you can't help but fall in love with the characters.
Jack is definitely a charmer; I absolutely love his easy smile and great sense of humor. Grace is also extremely likable, she's smart, sensible, sweet and not too stubborn, and I really enjoy her sense of humor, which she definitely needs to put up with the dowager.
While Jack and Grace have many wonderful moments together, that made me fall in love with them as a couple, and to see them as a perfect fit, two of my favorite scenes do not involve them together, but with each of them sharing some humor of their situations with the two other people most affected by the truth, Thomas, the current duke and Amelia, his fiancée.
I laughed out loud when Grace and Amelia were together in the carriage with the sleeping dowager, trying to out do each other with naughty phrases to describe their situation, and when dowager reaction to hearing them upon her waking. I also chuckled at Jack and Thomas, as they were discussing whether or not the dowager really need to continue to live with the real duke, or could they possibly send her to, perhaps the Outer Hebrides. And arguing over who had the privilege of scouting such a place.
This was a great read, and I'm eagerly awaiting Thomas and Amelia's story, MR. CAVENDISH, I PRESUME, which will be available in October.
A soldier. And he has always been a rogue. What he is not, and never wanted to be, is a peer of the realm, responsible for an ancient heritage and the livelihood of hundreds. But when he is recognized as the long-lost son of the House of Wyndham, his carefree life is over. And if his birth proves to be legitimate, then he will find himself with the one title he never wanted: Duke of Wyndham.
Grace Eversleigh has spent the last five years toiling as the companion to the dowager Duchess of Wyndham. It is a thankless job, with very little break from the routine . . . until Jack Audley lands in her life, all rakish smiles and debonair charm. He is not a man who takes no for an answer, and when she is in his arms, she's not a woman who wants to say no. But if he is the true duke, then he is the one man she can never have . . .