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House Read: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

December 19, 2015


My Current Read Is: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn 
Published by: Avon Books 2015
Read This: when in the mood for a gothic romance

Sir Richard has less than a month to find, woo, wed, and return home with a wife. As he is a single man in possession of a large house, some wealth, and a great deal of desperation, he is very much in want of a wife.
Iris Smythe-Smith is not desperate to do anything except avoid another one of her family’s musicales. The only way out is to get married, but even the threat of another year behind the cello is not enough to make her overlook the unusual way Sir Richard has taken to perusing her .

The story plays out as one expects from a romance novel; he wins, they suffer misunderstandings, his secret is revealed, it all works out in the end. (It’s a romance novel, you knew that was how it was going to work.)
I can’t say this is one of my favorite of Quinn’s novels. I rated it a 3/5 on Goodreads. The twist was pretty obvious from the early chapters. It’s not quite one of those books where everything could be solved if the two characters just talked to each other, but it’s not far from that either.
I liked Iris pretty well, but Richard never quite won me over and their respective family members are pretty much just furniture as far as I’m concerned.
But, it kept me entertained in the line for Star Wars, so I will give it that! I will say, if you’re looking for a new romance novel, this one is serviceable, but the Smythe-Smith books aren’t holding up as well as Quinn’s Bridgerton series did.

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