Wentworth Hall takes place in the second decade of the 20th century before WWI and after the Titanic. The Darlington family plays the role of the Lord and Lady of the Sussex village they live near, but life is starting to fall apart little by little from the inside out. I loved the way we were able to see the Darlington family through their own eyes as well as the eyes of the servants. As you can imagine, there are some that are loyal and some that resent the strict class system. I won’t say that the secrets are difficult to figure out because they aren’t, but I still enjoyed seeing the story play out. Maggie’s secret is intertwined with secrets held by some of the staff, as well, and I loved the way everything unfolded to a very satisfying ending.
Wentworth Hall is the perfect summer book. It’s full of romance, scandal, cute boys and smart girls. I heard this book described as the YA Downton Abbey and I have to say that I think that’s a very accurate description. If you like Downton Abbey, you will most certainly like this book, as well. If you’ve never been a fan of historicals, I think this is a good introduction. The story is good, it keeps the pages turning and the subject matter is timeless. If you’re looking for a quick and very fun book for your summer reading list, this would be an excellent addition!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.