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.
Rating: A for narration; B- for content
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is the final book in Ms Quinn’s Smythe-Smith Quartet, and while I think it’s the strongest of the four, it has keenly divided opinions amongst readers and listeners due to the actions of its eponymous hero, which, it has to be said, are very far from heroic.
Sir Richard Kenworthy, a baronet from Yorkshire, comes to London in search of a wife. A bride with a big fat dowry would be nice, but what he’s really looking for is someone who will marry him quickly. Having asked around, it seems to him that attending the annual Smythe-Smith musicale would be a good idea, as a family with five daughters is bound to have at least one that needs marrying off.
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