The Sum of All Kisses, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window.

Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her. Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family.

But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter.

She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide.

But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn's enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780749956349



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Much better than the previous instalment in the series as I did actually care about Sarah and Hugh and there were some incredibly funny moments. Passed the time very nicely.

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The Sum of All Kisses
4.5 Stars

After the disappointment of A Night Like This, the possibility that Hugh and Sarah’s book would fall flat had me worried but The Sum of All Kisses is Julia Quinn at her best.

Love/hate relationships are a particular favorite of mine, and Sarah and Hugh’s initial antagonism ranks up there with Anthony and Kate in The Viscount Who Loved Me. They complement each other so well and their banter is witty and charming. Moreover, the slow build up of their romance is particularly enjoyable as they learn to love and accept each other - flaws and all.

Physically and emotionally scarred, Hugh is the epitome of the tortured hero who feels himself unworthy and undeserving of love until he meets his match in Sarah, a spirited and engaging heroine although selfish at times. The two bring out the worst and the best in each other as Hugh learns to accept that it is not shameful to accept the help given by a loved one and Sarah learns give of herself selflessly.

The conflict is minor and revolves around Hugh’s diabolical father and his nefarious machinations, which are a little on the farcical side but make sense within the context of the storyline. It is very entertaining to see Sarah get the upper hand with him although he does deserve a more significant comeuppance.

The Smythe-Smith family dynamics are another highlight and I look forward to reading the next book in the series although I’m not sure who the heroine will be - perhaps Iris.

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