Summary

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.
©2015 Julie Cotler Pottinger (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kayes on 23-07-15

Not one of my favourites

I really love Julia Quinn especially her earlier books (would love some of those to be put in audio format) but this really wasn't one of my favourites.
I didn't like the "hero" much and mostly hoped that the heroine would ditch him. Sadly not one I will listen to more than once.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 15-02-15

Great Performance, bad story line

What disappointed you about The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy?

SPOILER ALERT.

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

What was most disappointing about Julia Quinn’s story?

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.

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

She is just a fab reader, everything is good.

What character would you cut from The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy?

There are too little characters not too many, if you ask me.

Any additional comments?

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Karen Beames on 31-01-15

Not the best.

Would you try another book from Julia Quinn and/or Rosalyn Landor?

Yes I would, I have enjoyed previous works by both and likely will again.

Any additional comments?

I am a devoted Julia Quinn fan but this was not up to her usual standard. I found a couple of the characters that I believe I was supposed to have sympathy for highly unlikeable, and the general premise almost distracting. In that day and age.... but I digress. My other problem was the tidy bow. It lacked any sort of lesson learned. I realize this is a romance novel and I should not judge to harshly, but what I felt most when reading this was frustration and a need to get on with it already.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Howdyholly on 15-02-15

Oh no... just no....

I seriously WANTED to like this book. I love Julia Quinn, I love the Smythe-Smith Musicals but this book -the whole premise - is so utterly BAD! Iris, the Heroine, spends more time tripping and falling in this book than anything else. UGH! The whole story is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story, only the beast is the unattractive girl. The Heroine has really nothing particularly likable about her, the Hero... YIKES, he is a total D.H. (and I don't mean Dear Husband) He marries her quickly because she is plain (ugly) and doesn't have much of a dowry so she won't make much of a fuss. Then -- He uses her (Spoiler alert! Stop reading here if you REALLY want to sit through this book) -- because he discovers his unmarried, virgin sister is pregnant, and he wants her to claim the child as theirs. Of course, the sister is not up for this plan. Poor plain Iris... She is milk toast and bland and barely stands up for herself. She thinks her husband finds her unattractive (and really...) but apparently she grows on him (like a fungus) and he discovers he is in love with the poor beast. It's really really dreadful. The Narrator does a wonderful job, as always, but UGH! Not Ms. Quinn's best work to say the least. I would recommend skipping this one.

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