Book Review

‘The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy’ by Julia Quinn

tsosrk jkSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: London, Spring 1825

Sir Richard Kenworthy has just found that he needs to find a wife as quickly as possible. So, when he attends the annual Smythe-Smith Musicale known for its miserable performers, he is hopeful to find a possible candidate.  The young ladies playing are all also looking for husbands.  During the – ahem – performance, he spots Miss Iris Smythe-Smith playing the cello.  While Iris isn’t a bad musician, her fellow performers are terrible which only increases her embarrassment at having to participate.  While watching her perform, Richard becomes quite taken with Iris and is determined to pursue her.

Shortly after their introduction and his calling upon her, he kisses her which compromises her and he immediately proposes and marries her.  Now, he has a wife. They then journey to his home, Maycliffe.  While she is truly an innocent miss, Iris is perplexed at why her husband will kiss her but does not visit her bedroom.  This continues for sometime even after they arrive and settle into their home.

When Iris meets Richard’s sisters, Fleur and Marie-Claire, the reason for a hasty marriage soon becomes apparent.  The truth and Iris’s handling of her proposed role puts a heavy burden on her shoulders.  Will she be able to cope with what is being asked of her?

I cannot go into more detail here without spoiling the story for others.  The plot is somewhat different from Ms. Quinn’s usual stories and our hero, Richard, is an real idiot.  However, there is the normal humor associated with Ms. Quinn’s novels that her readers always enjoy.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


1 thought on “‘The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy’ by Julia Quinn”

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this one, Connie. I don’t think Julia Quinn will ever surpass the Bridgerton series but I have enjoyed the Smythe-Smith Quartet series so far.

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