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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Avon (27. Januar 2015)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062072943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062072948
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,4 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.7 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 520 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Quinn brings her signature style and wit to yet another late-Regency romance, with some character favorites fans have met before… Charmingly romantic, with compelling edges of dark conflict and sexual tension.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[A] wild romp... There’s witty banter, a colorful cast of characters and enough secrets and scandals to keep the gossip-mongers happy. A great, entertaining read.” (RT Book Reviews on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[A]n unstoppable romp that sparkles with enough hilarious situations, over-the-top characters, and laugh-out-loud dialog to keep the chuckles coming long after the book is closed. A lovely tale that is just plain fun!” (Library Journal on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“[Q]uintessential Quinn: witty, whimsical, and wonderfully romantic.” (Booklist on THE SUM OF ALL KISSES)

“RITA Award-winning Quinn wraps up her Smythe-Smith quartet in splendid fashion as she once again successfully marries sparkling wit with seductive passion to create another swoon-worthy love story.” (Booklist (starred review) on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY)

“Witty, sexy, and often quite funny…a heartwarming story that won’t disappoint.” (Library Journal on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY)

“There’s humor, sensuality and poignancy blended in perfect amounts into a plot that twists the marriage-of-convenience theme in ways that are sure to intrigue readers.” (RT Book Reviews on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY)

“Secrets abound in Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, and all of them are well worth discovering.” (Heroes and Heartbreakers on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY)

“This is the last volume in the delightful Smythe-Smith Quartet, a series that highlights Julia Quinn’s inimitable mix of charm, wit and breathtaking romance.” (NPR on THE SECRETS OF SIR RICHARD KENWORTHY)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since.

The New York Times bestselling author of twenty-four novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only fifteen authors ever to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.


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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von maMadame am 28. Januar 2015
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Sir Richard Kenworthy muß dringend heiraten, die eher unscheinbare Iris Smythe-Smith kommt seinen Zwecken dazu gerade recht. Auch wenn er sie nach dem kennen lernen sofort sehr mag, muß er sie schnellstens zu Heirat zwingen, den Eile ist geboten. Er kompromittiert sie, das ist am einfachsten und seine Rechnung geht auf.
Das passiert in den ersten 5 Kapiteln und dann ließt man sich 20 Kapitel lang durch die wirklich qualvollen Beginn einer Ehe, die man bei Julia Quinn so nicht erwartet hat.

Der Anfang ist in der üblichen und humorvollen Quinn-Art geschrieben, ganz so wie man es erwartet hat und der Grund warum man das Buch eben schon Monate vorbestellt hatte, humorvoll und toll!
Aber, dieses Buch ist wirklich anders als ihre anderen Bücher aus der Reihe, leider in diesem Fall, da der Leser, wie Iris 20 Kapitel lang im Dunkeln gelassen wird, was Richard Kenworthy im Schilde führt. Somit baute sich bei mir der gleiche Frust auf, wie bei Iris. Was mir nicht gefiel, bei einem Quinn Buch über die Smythe-Smith Charaktere. Zumal Iris sich als ein toller Charakter entpuppte, der eigentlich einen besseren und humorvolleren Umgang verdient hätte.

Der Beginn einer Zweckehe, in welcher Iris schon fast seelisch von Richard gequält wird und warum er sich so verhält, ist unglaublich! Er will die Ehe einfach nicht vollziehen und man erfährt erst warum in den letzten Kapiteln. Es wird einfach unglaublich ernst und Humor ist nicht mehr vorhanden, wie auch.
In endlose Gedankengänge werden die Schuldgefühle von Richard und die Traurigkeit von Iris beschrieben. Es ist in diesen 20 Kapiteln nicht schlecht umgesetzt, warum sie sich z.B.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Detra Fitch am 9. Februar 2015
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Sir Richard Kenworthy needs to wed within the month. Though he only just managed to save Maycliffe Parks’ lands from his late father’s mismanagement and he is the sole guardian of his two sisters, it is not a quick influx of funds that he requires. When he spies a lovely lady playing the cello in a (dreadful) musicale, he thinks he has struck gold.

Iris Smyth-Smith is witty and intelligent. She tends to blend into the background, which suits her just fine since that means she may do what she enjoys most, watch people. This has made Iris a very observant person. So when Sir Richard demands an introduction, she is suspicious. As he courts her with a cheerful briskness, Iris cannot help but wonder just what he is hiding from her.

In less than two weeks Sir Richard proposes to Iris. Just as she is giving her answer, the proposal turns into a compromising position – and she believes that was exactly what Sir Richard wanted to happen. But why?

**** FOUR STARS! The first half of this story is the introduction, whirlwind courtship, and wedding of Iris and Sir Richard in London. The second half takes place far away at Sir Richard’s estate, Maycliffe Park. I feel unable to tell much about that portion for rear of giving away spoilers. I can say that Iris and Sir Richard learn about each other and the reader will meet the estate’s stall and Sir Richard’s two sisters. The two sisters are not exactly inviting because they know why their brother married Iris so fast. However, Iris has five siblings and thirty-four first cousins, so she is more than able to handle them.

I have always enjoyed a story in which neither the hero, nor the heroine, are idiots. This is one of several things about Julia Quinn’s writing that I love. The author consistently creates likable and believable characters and dumps them into intriguing situations. Brava! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Kindle-Kunde am 3. Februar 2015
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Eine neue Episode in der Familiengeschichte, um die Familie, die ihre Töchter und die Londoner Gesellschaft zu furchtbaren Soireen zwingt. Auch diesmal kommt eine _ Iris unter die Haube, aber bis zum Happy End dauert es. Eine Reihe von Geheimnissen und Vertrauensbrüchen müssen überwunden werden. Gute Unterhaltung, was manchmal wichtiger ist als tiefschürfende Werke. Platz für beides.
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Some secrets should not be told. 27. Januar 2015
Von fictiongal - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have long been a fan of Julia Quinn. The first 60% of this novel was great. Funny (the scenes from the play were hilarious), packed with cameos by characters from previous novels, a hero full of mystery. This part was 5 star worthy wit and prose. The party ended when the couple left the wedding breakfast. In my opinion, the secret made Richard seem a conniving idiot when revealed. The last third was 2 star worthy at best. Fans of Quinn may understand when I say that I felt "pecked to death by pigeons." Even though the ending gave the couple a plausible HEA, the intelligent Iris Quinn wrote about should have been angry for much longer. Instead, it felt more like she acquiesced like a Sarah Gorely heroine.
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I want to say that I LOVE all Julia Quinn books 6. Februar 2015
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First, I want to say that I LOVE all Julia Quinn books. I was so excited to see she had a new book come out that I bought it right away. I was SO DISAPPOINTED!!! Richard basically tricked Iris into marriage, and while she knew something wasn't quite right, she married him anyway because he purposely compromised her. If I was Iris, when I found out the real reason why he "courted me" I would have never forgiven him. Thier whole future will forever be tainted by the fact that he knew she was desparate, and only sought her out and married her to solve a problem he had. His profession of love at the end....well, sorry, I don't think I would have ever trusted anything he said.

*****SPOILER*****
For him to demand that she pretend to carry his sister's baby and then treat it like their first born.... and not consumate the marraige for 8 months?? I was just left with the feeling of WHAT??!!!

I never write reviews for books. This is actually the first I've written and I read A LOT of romance novels. Obviously, I don't have th talent to write like Julia Quinn and I'm not trying to be critical of the way she writes. She is most definitely a very talented writer. I just didn't appreciate the plot and wanted to warn others who are looking for a light hearted Julia Quinn romp that this is not that type of book.
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A solid, enjoyable read with few surprises 28. Januar 2015
Von A. M. Bookdragon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First, I have to admit I correctly guessed Sir Richards Secret from an excerpt I read prior to the book's release. Therefor, when I read the book my mind treated my suspicions as fact, so my reading was colored by this. (I did not read ahead) That said, unlike many reviewers here I can understand Sir Richards deception when one thinks of the mores of the time. Nor did I find the second half of the book to be weighty, I thought the entire book was written with a deft hand.

Was the book all sunshine and laughter? No, but what would a novel be without a conflict. This was not a "dark novel". However, like To Sir Philip with Love or Dancing at Midnight (a personal favorite) it was not without heavier moments. One thing Julia is quite good at is balancing a little angst with humor to break the tension. Iris was smart, funny and downright scary when she was mad. Richard just wanted those he loved happy and safe. He was a clueless male and desperate to solve a problem with seemingly no viable solution. Sure the solution he chose was ill thought out, but he knew it was not a good solution. He just could not think of any other workable way around the problem. He was NEVER malicious or mean, and eaten up with guilt and remorse for what he was doing. I will say he was not a favorite hero, only because I love dark, moody heroes. Richard was so obviously affable, sweet and without darkness (when not tortured by secrets). His attraction to Iris was actually separate from his initial goals. Quite frankly, I found his frustration amusing and a well deserved punishment for his earlier deception. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy was a solid, enjoyable read, though I must say the reader feels like knocking a character or two in the head at times, but that was part of the enjoyment!
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More Melodrama Than One Expects from Julia Quinn 9. Februar 2015
Von Mrs. J. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A new release, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is the fourth book in Julia Quinn’s Smythe-Smith Regency romance series. I feel like all of my reviews of her recent novels are repetitive, to wit:

1. Julia Quinn is an excellent gateway author for people who want to try Regency romance.
2. The writing is light and fun. Deft is the word I always come back to.
3. Since her Bridgerton series, her quality has fallen off a bit.
4. The Bridgerton series is really strong though. It has one or two classics.
5. There is an overlap and interplay between Quinn’s books and I enjoy the guest stars and recognizing that events are being replayed from another perspective.
6. Not-quite-what-she-once-was-Quinn, is still better than most, and, again, witty and fun.
7. Quinn is a skilled story-teller and very good at describing the feelings of falling in love.
8. When the plot moves into more heavy sledding, things tend to fall apart a bit.
9. All of the above apply to The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy.

Sooner rather than later, Richard Kenworthy is in need of a wife. For reasons of his own, he has a two-week timeline to find and marry pretty much any halfway suitable candidate he can find. A dowry would have been nice, but he has other considerations. The reader does not know what these are and such is the sense of portent, I was genuinely curious as to what on earth could have Richard so desperate to marry and then keep him from a full relationship his new wife.

Iris is the cellist in the current iteration of the Smythe-Smith quartet. Introduced in the Bridgerton series, these “musicale” evenings are the stuff of legend in their social circle. Each unmarried and of-age young woman in the family must participate in the humiliation. Iris, like most of her fellow embarrass-ees, is painfully aware that their musicianship is sadly lacking, despite the fact that she actually plays her instrument well, if unenthusiastically. She’s a clever, observant woman and unsure of Richard’s motivations, but her own incipient feelings for him lead her to accept his rushed proposal and intentional, if almost chaste, ruination to guarantee the nuptials.

Away Richard and Iris go to start their lives together in deepest, darkest Yorkshire. Tremendously drawn to one another, their marital relationship goes through fits and starts with Quinn’s usual aplomb until the reason for Richard’s haste to wed arrives in the form of his sister, Fleur. It was at this point that what had been a bit, “Oh, get on with it” took a turn for the overwrought. Not to spoil anything, the family is in crisis and Iris is Richard’s solution, although he is the only one who thinks he has the right remedy for their problems. Iris solves the puzzle and saves the day so she and Richard, who, wisely begs for forgiveness, can really begin their lives together.

I quite liked the book that preceded this one, The Sum of All Kisses.
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The secret? One of my favorite authors wrote an unreadable book. 8. Februar 2015
Von KarenS - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read all of Ms. Quinn's books and consider her 'How to Marry a Marquis' one of my favorites of any genre. So, I confidently pre-ordered this book. What a mistake. I could not force myself to read even up to the 50% count on my Kindle. The dialogue is boring. The plot is plodding. The characters are flat. The narration is repetitive and listless---Sir Richard has a secret. He has a secret. He has a secret. Our heroine is pale. Did I say she was pale? Oh, how pale she is. I put the book down and attempted to read another chapter after a week-long hiatus only to give up again. Strongly recommend that you do not buy this book. Postscript: I didn't get far enough to find out what the secret is, but now that I've read the other reviews it sounds like the book just gets worse as it progressives. Hard to imagine.
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