Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

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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….
 

About Abby Grahame

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Abby Grahame lives in upstate New York. Her interest in historical fiction and British period dramas inspired Wentworth Hall. This is her first novel.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Maggie is the eldest daughter of the (formerly) wealthy Darlington family of Wentworth Hall, a sprawling and once glorious manor in the English countryside—yet she's in love with a lowly stable groom.

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The Bookbag

Right down to the tagline And you thought there were secrets at the abbey this feels like it's been released to cash in on the success of TV series Downton Abbey rather than on its own merits.

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Historical Novel Society

With rumors of falling finances and scandal lurking in the background, the only solution is to get free-spirited eldest daughter Maggie safely married off to a rich man.

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The Overflowing Library

If you loved Downton Abbey or The Luxe series you will love it too!

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