The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet #4)
Author: Julia Quinn
Release Date: 27 January 2015
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. 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.
And so we come to the finale in the Smythe-Smith quartet. It's kind of sad, I remember how excited I was when Julia Quin announced this series and it's been a brilliant series as I expected. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy proved to be an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable conclusion.
Iris may tend to fade into the background, but this lady is no wilting wallflower. I loved that she's sensible and level-headed- nothing worse than a heroine prone to melodramatics. She's intelligent and witty, and just really likable.
Richard is in need of a wife and doesn't have time to spare, although it is rather a mystery to the reader throughout about the need for expediency. Richard was sweet and very loyal to his family, although I think the big secret kind of prevented us from really getting to know his character properly.
I didn't manage to predict the nature of the mystery and was completely in the dark until all was revealed, which is a refreshing change- these things are usually a bit too transparent.
Overall, this is a lovely read and no less engaging and charming than I expect from a Julia Quinn novel. Alas, now for the long wait for the next book. It's probably a perfect time to dig out my Bridgerton series....
*I received a review copy for my honest opinion. Thank you!
About the Author
JULIA QUINN started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen 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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