- 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: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 57.591 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Januar 2015
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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than two dozen novels for Avon Books, she is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and is one of only sixteen authors ever to be inducted in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Please visit her on the web at www.juliaquinn.com.
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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.
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.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Iris Smythe-Smith is no fool. She knows Richard is hiding something, but for once she has met a man who not only sees her, he seems to actually like and understand her. Still, after a lifetime of being overlooked she doesn’t quite trust his motives. Then Richard forces them into a compromising position, and Iris has no choice but to marry him. Though she doesn’t understand his actions, Iris truly believes she has a chance at happiness with her new husband. Then Richard’s true reason for needing a wife comes to light, threatening to break their fragile bond forever…
Julia Quinn knows how to pen stories that are fun, charming, and impossible to put down. The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy isn’t quite Ms. Quinn’s usual fare, but thanks to the author’s talent, the pages of the story do fly by.
Iris Smythe-Smith is a gem. She’s a smart, quiet woman with a quick wit who generally blends into the background. You want to see her shine and get the attention such a compelling heroine should get. Simply put, Iris is easy to love. She’s no saint, but that only makes her an even better heroine and it’s impossible not to root for her to get the love she deserves. When Richard first courts her, even though you know it’s because he’s using her, the two of them are so delightful together it’s easy to be swept away by their banter.
However, some of the shine soon wears off of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, and that’s due to the hero. All the internal flagellation in the world doesn’t make up for the fact that he locks in on Iris from the start in order to use her. The ends may justify the means in his mind, but it won’t in anyone else’s. His secret – the reason for him marrying Iris – seems pretty obvious from the start, and if this plotline hadn’t dragged on for so long, I might have liked Richard a lot more. Ms. Quinn does a good job of showing that he isn’t a bad man, but that doesn’t make him a great hero. And Iris really deserved a great hero. I’m afraid I can’t say more about Richard without spoiling the story, so suffice it to say it would have been nice had there been a bit more to him that I could have latched on to so that his negative qualities (lying and manipulation) weren’t so stark.
It’s a testament to Ms. Quinn’s skill as a writer that even though I had issues with Richard I was entertained by The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy. Ms. Quinn makes even the most serious of her books feel light on their feet and I devoured this story in one day. Even though this is the final book in the Smythe-Smith quartet, I do hope that Ms. Quinn returns to the supporting characters one day, because after the all-too-brief appearances of the comical Winston Bevelstoke and the unicorn-obsessed Frances Pleinsworth, I am desperately hoping these two get books of their own.
This book was reviewed by Shayna for Joyfully Reviewed (JR), and was provided by the publisher/author at no cost to JR for the purpose of being reviewed.
I liked Iris and Richard. And other than being baffled as to why Richard didn't consummate their marriage and wondering what his urgent need to marry was - I really liked their banter and was enjoying the book. Then the big secret is revealed and OMG! I did not see that coming.
I can honestly say that I have NEVER read this plot line before (and never want to again). I think this story could have been told a different way and been a lot more enjoyable - but then it wouldn't have been nearly as angst-y and I guess that is what Ms Quinn was going for.
I won't say I didn't like it - but there were parts that I didn't like and Iris is a much better person than I - because I would have beat feet back to my parents faster than you can say annulment!
Overall - not a bad read, just not as good as I expected.