Wentworth Hall

Wentworth Hall

by Abby Grahame
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Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

A must-read for Downton Abbey fans—a lush, historical novel about the secretive Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall.

Can’t get enough of Downton Abbey? Visit Wentworth Hall. It’s one of England’s oldest estates, and the Darlingtons are among the elite class of British society. But under the wealth are secrets that must stay hidden.

It’s 1912, and eighteen-year-old Maggie and her mother have just returned from a year abroad where Lady Darlington has had a baby boy, James. But he is not the only addition to the house. They have also brought back Therese, their new French tutor, as well as welcomed the orphaned teenage twins, Teddy and Jessica, who have just lost their father aboard the Titanic. This adds to an already crowded house of Darlingtons and staff, all of whom have a penchant for gossiping about their employers.

As time passes, it becomes clear that Teddy and Jessica would rather be anywhere else and that Maggie is a different person from the one who left Wentworth. Her family’s financial future rests with her finding the best husband—and her parents are sure that is Teddy.

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, the family is determined to find the culprit and keep their affairs under wraps. But at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long….

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442451988
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Abby Grahame lives in upstate New York. Her interest in historical fiction and British period dramas inspired Wentworth Hall, her first novel.

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Wentworth Hall 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ScornfulScarlet More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed it. It seemed a bit short, and at times a bit rushed, but it was very much what I enjoy to read. Although I may be a bit biased because I seem to hold everything to the standards of "The Luxe" series, but this book was not bad. Predictable at times, but a nice read if you are looking for something enjoyable without the long string of confusing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could give it no stars i would. Just because you give people english sounding names and tell us in the beginning, what year and location this is all taking place, doesnt make this good. This is the poor and uneducated mans Downton Abbey. The story within the story was difficult to read and impossible to believe. I cant believe the cost of this book was so high...$10 freaking dollars! I want my money back! To the author- dont quit your day job, and i seriously hope you have one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this novel to be very enjoyable. It was a simple read and sometimes that is what one needs, especially when you are busy with studies. Not too much drama.. I adore wonderful love stories and this one was very hopeful! I agree with the others that it may have been longer but I truly believe the author controls such matters and if Ms. Grahame wished it to be this length, then so be it. It did not take away from the story line at all. And the characters were intriguing, none of them were over-the-top, very realistic! 5 stars because I found no problems with it and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
None of the "secrets" came as a surpise to me. That being said, it's ok if you want a quick read, though I'd suggest getting it from the library. It isn't worth actually paying for.
KatyBooks More than 1 year ago
I did like the story that was told but how it was told was subpar. It wasn't well written at all and the language used could have been chosen better. I have to admit that at some points while reading the book I wondered how it ever got published.
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DisneyCharacter More than 1 year ago
Wentworth Hall is about a family who have secrets. The father, Lord Darlington, invites his deceased friend's children, because they are to inherit a large sum of money. Maggie, the oldest daughter, is supposed to marry the son, Teddy. There's also a baby and a new French nanny. Okay, the story was boring. It was predictable, it was like a historical fiction soap opera. The characters were worse. Their personalities were forced onto us. There's the overly gossipy maid, Nora; the dumb groom, Michael; the two twins, Jessica and Teddy; the forgettable daughter, Lila; the French nanny, Therese; and the snotty older daughter, Maggie. These sound like interesting characters, but trust me, they're all forgettable. The secrets were obvious and the writing was confusing. Everything was rushed, and sometimes I felt like I'd skipped ahead a few pages. It was dull and boring, but if you liked it, good on you. For me though, it was something I really would've rather skipped. I felt like this could be good, but it falls short.
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Allison_oo More than 1 year ago
It was dumb and poorly written. It has a lot of potential, but it sounded like a 7 year old wrote it which completely ruined the story.
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
The premise is interesting but the storytelling is rather watered-down. This book could have easily been twice as long if the writer had provided more build-up and created intrigue. The "shocking secrets" come about roughly and obviously...there is no credit given to the reader's intelligence which makes this a good read for pre-teens who want to feel like they're reading above their level, but not so much for teens or adults. Not very entertaining at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story over all was ok, but failry typical. This book was way short, not even two hundred pages, so that was a littlbe bit of a let down. Over all, entertaining.
music10127 More than 1 year ago
it looks like a good book. i'm not sure i will buy it though