My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is book #4 in the Smythe-Smith Quartet series. After having read all the books in the Bridgerton series where the Smythe-Smith cousins do play a part as a humorous side, then reading another 4 in this series where the concert of Smythe-Smith cousins have been used as a backdrop for the hero to meet the heroine, it was no wonder that I felt a little bored with the same repeated tale of the off-key rendition in the recital held by the Smythe-Smith family. Even with that, I wouldn’t mind reading a Julia Quinn book for a bit of light reading coz the humor she brings to the story is original and highly entertaining.
Iris is a sensible and intelligent girl who has immense love for her family and when she’s ardently pursued by Richard Kenworthy and proposed to in the matter of a couple of weeks, she can’t but be suspicious as to truth of his zeal. As the title suggests, Richard is hiding things from his newly wed wife and within a week, iris is forced to confront the bitter truth of the hurried and forced wedding.
I liked the angst between the married couple, one can’t help but feel for Iris as she wavers between the hot and cold approach by Richard. The ending was expected with everything tied up neatly.
A easy breezy historical romance that may not appeal to hardcore fans of the author or this genre.
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