Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

Review: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

IN A GLANCE: Simply stunning, I absolutely love this book and its descriptions.

Title: Wentworth Hall 
Author:  Abby Grahame
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover (sent to me for my honest review by the publisher)
Pages: 276 pages
ISBN #: 1442451963
Buy This: Amazon

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.


Just like the synopsis says, even the prettiest people have the ugliest of secretes and this book tells them all!  I loved this stunning book for so many reasons and they are all the reason's this book, to me, is one of my favorites for this year.  Right up there with Incarnate and Everneath.

With all that being said, let's talk about why it's being added to my favorite list.  One reason would have to be its characters, oh and they are some crazy characters in this book.  Most of them all in one family! I have to say I didn't see the ending coming in this book, I saw it all falling apart, but I couldn't figure out who had caused it all.  The ending blew me away and I loved it. 

The second reason I love this book so much would have to be its descriptions and wording.  I love the language in this book and the descriptions painted the perfect picture in my head, even the falling apart pieces fit into place perfectly the way the author described them.  I love how Abby Grahame, brought to life this family that everyone around thinks is perfect, mainly because of their name, but in reality the family is crumbling from the inside out, just like their home itself. 

I couldn't get enough of this book and was actually sad when it was over.  Abby Grahame is a tremendous author and I can't wait to read more from her. 


Plot: 20/20
Creativity: 20/20
Writing: 20/20
Characters: 19/20
Ending: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

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