The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

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Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second--or third--look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe-Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

Publisher: Avon, 2015
ISBN: 9780062072948
0062072943
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK R

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Sarah1984
May 04, 2016

18/11 - There were a couple of hilarious scenes in this, especially the one at the second Smythe-Smith performance. The wait for the revelation of Richard's secret was quite frustrating, although once we met Fleur I guessed the first part, but not what Richard's solution was. His solution goes against what is considered right these days, but in the 1800s it would have been one of the few solutions that would allow an unwed mother to keep her reputation, if not her child. It would certainly have been a better outcome for the child than going to an orphanage or nunnery, at least the child would get to grow up with parents rather than nuns who saw them as the product of sin and therefore sinful themselves and needing to have that sin beaten out of them, frequently. The way he trapped Iris into marriage was much more troubling for me. The way Iris' mother looked at her after she was told what had happened had me tearing up at the injustice of Iris being blamed for something she had no control over. I don't quite see how Iris could put that to the side and continue to fall in love with Richard. I think I would be angry with him for much longer than that, no matter what his motives were. I would also give him the silent treatment for considerably more than three days, possibly followed by the "I'm leaving you" treatment. Really, the humour of the first half of the book saved this from being a three, or even a two. I have another book from the series and I look forward to continuing it.

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sheila0821
May 29, 2015

Skip this one, really boring compared to the Bridgerton series.

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marthabwaters
Feb 28, 2015

As always, Julia Quinn's books are a perfect example of Regency romances at their best. This is the final volume in her Smythe-Smith quartet, which doesn't live up to the greatness of her eight-book Bridgerton series but which is still really fun. Quinn takes a different tack than normal in her books in that one of the characters has a secret that the readers get to discover at the end of the book, along with the heroine. (I guessed it, but since this isn't a mystery novel, it didn't really take away from my enjoyment.) Witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud humor are trademarks of Quinn's books, and this one continues in that tradition. This wasn't my absolute favorite in the series -- that honor would go to book 3, The Sum of all Kisses -- but it's a fun read and would work as a GREAT introduction to the romance genre for someone looking to see what all the fuss is about. Julia Quinn is just great.

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stephaniedchase
Nov 25, 2014

This book is likely both much better and much worse for not having read the description, which is a big, fat, spoiler. Just what Sir Richard Kenworthy's secrets are, the reader doesn't discover until later in the book, which provides a delicious sense of anticipation and helps the reader be very much in the shoes of the heroine, Iris, who knows something is fishy. However, when the secrets are revealed, it is almost unbelievable that Iris would forgive Richard. Quinn turns it around, and the story will make her fans happy, as her stories always do.

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