The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #4)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet Series #4)

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by Julia Quinn
     
 

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Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. 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

Overview

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. 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 true. And 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.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
“RITA Award-winning Quinn wraps up her Smythe-Smith quartet in splendid fashion as she once again successfully marries sparkling wit with seductive passion to create another swoon-worthy love story.”
Library Journal
02/15/2015
There's nothing like a hero with a secret to intrigue readers—and there's nothing that annoys a heroine more, especially when she has no idea what it is or how it will affect her until it's too late. But Iris Smythe-Smith is more than up to the challenge, and when she is compromised, quickly wed, and whisked off to Yorkshire by Sir Richard Kenworthy, she soon sorts things out with the help of a most observant young lady. A deceptively fragile-looking heroine and a desperate hero caught on the horns of a true dilemma find love despite their rocky beginnings and a serious deception. VERDICT Witty, sexy, and often quite funny, Quinn's final visit with the Smythe-Smith clan (or is it?) is another fan-pleasing romp that has the added bonus of redeeming a weak and totally unsympathetic hero; a heartwarming story that won't disappoint. Quinn (The Sum of All Kisses) lives in the Pacific Northwest.
RT Book Reviews on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES
“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.”
Booklist on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES
“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.”
Booklist (starred review) on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
“RITA Award-winning Quinn wraps up her Smythe-Smith quartet in splendid fashion as she once again successfully marries sparkling wit with seductive passion to create another swoon-worthy love story.”
RT Book Reviews on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
“There’s humor, sensuality and poignancy blended in perfect amounts into a plot that twists the marriage-of-convenience theme in ways that are sure to intrigue readers.”
Heroes and Heartbreakers on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
“Secrets abound in Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, and all of them are well worth discovering.”
NPR on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY
“This is the last volume in the delightful Smythe-Smith Quartet, a series that highlights Julia Quinn’s inimitable mix of charm, wit and breathtaking romance.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062072948
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Series:
Smythe-Smith Quartet Series , #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
119,867
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Julia Quinn is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels for Avon Books, and one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as comic as most of Quinn' s novels, this one is more romantic. A lovely addition to her body of work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has a not very likable hero, and an odd plot basis. I generally like this author, but did not even want to finish this book.
MaggyBerlin More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I love Julia Quinn's humor! Definitely one of those books I will save to read again!
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Anonymous 7 months ago
I couldn't jelp but feel awful for the heroine, but it was very good. Was happy for the happy ending. Lol
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing special to remember. The author did give an unexpected turn. I found myself skipping through detailed explanations to dialogue which I enjoyed.
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Not her best
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I like this book. I have always liked Julia Quinn.
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Ariana1 More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed in this book. It started out great. I was enjoying it. I laughed out loud at the scene where they put on the play. I thought it was going to be another great book. Then it changed. I had already figured out what the secrete (and his solution) was before it was revealed. But the way Sir Richard act was so awful. I hated his character. There was nothing he could have done to redeem himself. I don't even want to think about this book anymore. It got three stars for the first half of the book and because it was at least well written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Richard but he marries her under false pretenses to help his sister. I love anything to do with the Smythe-Smith family and the quirky quartet!!!
M-square More than 1 year ago
The true measure of a book is how well it does in pulling its audience away from the real world into the imagined. How entertained are you while reading the book: did the plot enthrall you, the characters inspire or endear you, the dialogue engage you? If the author managed to accomplish at least some of these tasks, then he or she has done a good job. The fact that Julia Quinn manages to do them all on a regular basis inspires me and keeps me buying her books.   The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy was exceptional! I loved Iris as a heroine; she had such a strong personality. There were places in the story where I found myself laughing out loud, or snickering if laughter was not acceptable. I also read several passages to others to share the wealth. I would and often do recommend this series too others!
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A-Greene More than 1 year ago
Julia Quinn is a staple on my historical, regency era self. Her books tend to be lighthearted, whimsical, and solidly written. When I came across The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy I was intrigued. Honestly, I have read much of Ms. Quinn’s recent works – sadly, my “fun” reading time has been cut back even more than before. (Tear & Sniffle) The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy started off strong. Sir Richard is in desperate need of a wife. Knowing he will find plenty of eligible ladies in London, he leaves his country estate for the big city. It is at a concert where he meets our very likeable heroine, Iris Smythe–Smith. Personally, I didn’t care of her name, but she is a refreshing character. Most regency ladies are either push overs or are stalwart with few falling in the middle. Iris is suspicious of Richard’s motives for wanting to get to know her. She views herself as “plain” and has never had a man pursue her with such interest. There are a few twists to the storyline that spice thing up a bit. Though I didn’t like how manipulative the hero was at times, I did feel as if the characters had real chemistry. However, the book became a bit…irritating towards the end, which is what kept me from giving it 4 stars. Sir Richard’s sister were spoiled, rude, and selfish. So much so, they nearly ruined the story for me. As I said, I really liked Iris. She carried the book and for her I give it 3 stars. Richard was decent as heroes go. He was charming and determined to help his family no matter the consequences. Although, I don’t think his sisters were deserving of his sacrifices. Even though this particular book missed the mark for me, I will continue to watch for new releases from Julia Quinn. This book has by no means frightened me away from her work.
ZebraNookReader More than 1 year ago
Another dose of the Smythe-Smith quartet and none too soon. This read was engaging, intelligent, and satisfying. I loved that we were kept in suspense regarding 'the secret' and that our no nonsense leading lady acquiesced out of love, but also found a solution via pure insight. Delightful, delicious, and leaves me drooling for more!!!!!