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.
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Great Performance, bad story line
What disappointed me most, was the the whole story was based on one secret not secrets as the title suggests and that was a dreadfully stupid secret and the resolution completely unbelievable
Even though the story is not up to what one could wish for, I was upset the most by the fact, that Julia Quinn does not seem to know that Jane Austen did not publish her books under her name but as By a lady or By the Author of Pride and Prejudice. She really should know this or her editor should point it out to her.
She is just a fab reader, everything is good.
There are too little characters not too many, if you ask me.
Even though I usually like stories more, if the characters do not jump into unhistoric pre marital action quite as frequently before marriage like Julia Quinn usually makes them do and my favourite Julia Quinn is also a bit darker and a after marriage story (To Sir Phillip With Love), this did not help to redeem this particullar story.
Not one of my favourites