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.
Richard is in a bind and is in serious need of a wife. he is attending the annual Smythe-Smith concert and spots Irish playing the cello, thinking she’ll do, he will just have to convince her. As Iris is playing her cello, she wonders why that idiot of a man is staring at her? Did she have something on her dress? Something in her hair? His intent staring was unnerving her, making her angry.
A week after the concert, Richard finds Irish again, deciding it’s time to ask her to be his wife. Shocked clear down to her toes, Iris can’t mutter a solid word. She tells him she needs time, which wasn’t the answer he was seeking. Feeling desperate, he kisses Iris, hoping someone will walk in on them and they’d be forced to marry, which that is exactly what happens. Richard takes Irish to his home and she notices that their marriage isn’t normal as they don’t share a bedroom, nor has he attempted to consummate their marriage.
Soon Richard’s younger sisters arrive, not expecting to see him married. The real reason Richard needed a wife comes out and Irish isn’t happy about it. She feels duped, but as she is stuck, she decides to go along with this scheme, although she isn’t happy about it. Eventually near the end, Irish manages to resolve the problem with Richard’s younger sister had that he was covering up – his secret -, which in the end, gives his sister a happy ending and Richard and Irish can finally live truly man and wife.
I will stay I enjoyed the first three of this series, but this one was ok, kinda ‘meh’ for me. The only part that I really enjoyed was the play Harriet put on. Now that was down right, laugh out hilarious. Twigs glued to a piano, children dressed up as sheep licking the piano legs, Frances getting a horn glued to her head – it was too much, but in a good kind of too much. At least there was that scene in the book. I don’t know if I would re-read this one though as it wasn’t one of my favorites.