THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
by Julia Quinn
The Smith-Smythe Quartet
ISBN: 9780062072955 ISBN 10: 0062072951
On Sale: 01/27/2015
Paperback and E-Book: 384 Pages
Large Print: 464 Pages
Audio: Narrated By Rosalyn Landor | Duration: 9 hours 58 minutes
Finished copy provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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. http://juliaquinn.com/books/main.php
It isn’t that Baron Kenworthy’s held his secret ever so long, It’s that it is held way too long in the book. I just wanted him to get on with it. Now! Or, ten pages ago. Maybe I am too impatient. Maybe.
If the secret were something truly, truly dark then maybe hanging on to it for three-quarters of the book would be really important. But, it’s obvious Richard hasn’t thought his solution through because Iris is able to poke a ton of holes in it, learn the real truth and come up with a solution in a couple of days.
The plot of the book is dependent on the way the difficulties presented by the secret are sorted out and little time is spent on that. Too much time is spent on “Oh, I can’t tell her she’ll hate me!” And, “Oh, I am such an ass for doing this.” Not that that isn’t all true but once you’ve said all of this ten times or so, get on with it!
Other than that, both main characters are quite amusing and intelligent. Iris is smart and snarky and I enjoyed her. Her lack of fear in telling Richard what she thinks, and in pointing out all the flaws, is heartening.
Jane Austen’s romances are mentioned quite a bit as causative of romantic notions. One of Iris’ sisters thinks Lizzie Benet was stupid in not accepting Mr. Darcy’s first proposal because it would be unlikely she’d receive any better offer than his.
Although the slightest bit similar to a Downton Abbey plot the story is quite inventive and unusual. For this alone the story is worth reading. There’s not too much in the way of sex, not really, just two or three scenes. They are regular romance fare. My mom could probably read it without blushing. So, other than the suspense being drawn out too far, IMHO, this is a winner and I recommend it to you.
Thanks to HarperCollins-Avon, I received a Mass Market Paperback to share with one winner!
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