Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

Julia Quinn

Smythe-Smith Quartet #4

Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 27-Jan-2015
Date Finished: 12-Jul-2017
Format: paperback
Pages: 378
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9780062072948
Source: BookOutlet

Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


“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.”



This is the nth book I’ve read by Julia Quinn, and I just can’t get enough. I adore that all of her Regency books take place in the same setting with some characters from previous novels being mentioned periodically.

As for this novel, I will admit that it had a mostly unique storyline. The whole compromise situation was not, but the rest was new to me.  As for the secret mentioned in the title, I was clueless up until Sir Richard’s sisters’ arrival.

This was yet another addictive book by Julia Quinn, it is to be expected. The only issue I held with this story was the abrupt resolution, it did not really fit the pace of the rest of the story.

I would recommend this  novel to historical romance fans.

About the Author

“#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.

In 2010, Ms Quinn won her third RITA Award in four years and was the thirteenth author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages, and she has been profiled in USA Today and TIME Magazine. Her twenty-sixth novel, The Girl With the Make Believe Husband, will be released in 2017.”



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