The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…
Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.
It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been… even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.
Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one… the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.
When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.
Wentworth Hall was a fun and very fast read. I’m not usually a fan of historical novels but something about Wentworth Hall grabbed me and I wanted to read it as soon as possible. So as soon as it was in my hands I started reading it.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, a little more depth? A more character driven novel? Wentworth Hall isn’t really those things, but it was an entertaining book nonetheless. It was very scandalous! I really enjoyed figuring out each characters secrets. They were just shocking enough to keep you flipping pages faster and faster to see how everything was going to unfold.
There isn’t a ton of growth or depth from the characters. The story really focuses more on the secrets and gossip hidden away in Wentworth Hall. The book is also interspersed with these wonderful little satire columns from a newspaper. They added another element of entertainment to the story. I really enjoyed them.
Overall, Wentworth Hall was a unique and amusing read. Don’t go into it expecting some serious profound book. I do recommend it if you’re in the mood for something fast and fun!