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Beth's Story, 1914 (Secrets of the Manor #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  137 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Find out what secrets lurk within the walls of Chatswood Manor in this in this first book of a historical fiction mystery series that explores a family’s secrets throughout generations.

The Chatswood family tree has many branches—and even more secrets. It’s the summer of 1914 in England, and Beth Etheridge, great-granddaughter of the original Elizabeth Chatswood, can’t wait
Paperback, 148 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Simon Spotlight
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Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Beth is so excited as her twelfth birthday approaches that nothing can deter her, not even losing her lady's maid hours before her relatives arrive. She just views it as a chance to promote her favorite maid, Shannon, to a higher standing in the house. The French side of the family, the Trufant's, are arriving for a grand family tradition that will happen at Beth's birthday celebration. Since B
Sydney Matejik
Sep 20, 2016 Sydney Matejik rated it really liked it
Title: Secrets of the Manor: Beth’s Story, 1914
Author: Adele Whitby
Illustrator: Jamie Zollars
Genre: Historical fiction
Theme(s): Fiction, Secrecy, Heirlooms, England, Family
Opening line/sentence: “’Bridget, where are you?’ I exclaimed.”
Brief Book Summary: Lady Beth of Chastwood Manor is excited to receive her birthday present from her great-grandmother. Then, a scandal breaks leaving the story to become a mystery leaving Beth to be detective. As it unfolds with her grandmother and cousins involv
Dawn Teresa
Aug 30, 2014 Dawn Teresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction
Originally published on my blog, ReadLove .

It’s June 1914, and fast approaching is Beth’s twelfth birthday when, according to family custom, a treasured heirloom will pass to her called the “Elizabeth necklace”. Her cousin Kate also sits in great expectation for her own banner day later in the summer when the “Katherine necklace”, the other half of the joint legacy jewels, will be bestowed upon her. The two necklaces together form a heart. And though Kate and Beth have never met, the two bosom
Apr 01, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
Beth can't wait for her 12th birthday. On that day she will finally get the famed "Elizabeth" necklace that has been passed down to every Elizabeth in her family for generations. She is also excited because her French cousins, the Troufants, are coming for her party. Her excitement changes when they arrive however. Her cousin Gabby is a snot with very little time for Beth. Beth has also had to deal with her lady's maid leaving unexpectedly. She promoted Shannon, one of the housemaids, even ...more
Becky Keir Grace
I came across this series and thought Downtown Abbey for young girls! Beth is turning twelve in the year 1914, and as tradition in her family she will be given the family heirloom; the Elizabeth necklace. Her great-grandmother, Elizabeth and her twin, Katherine, were given necklaces on their twelfth birthday. Every Elizabeth in the family receives the necklace on her twelfth birthday. (Liz, Eliza and now Beth) Beth is excited to be given this piece of jewelry and eager to spend her birthday with ...more
Ms. Yingling
In 1914, Beth is looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday because she will be considered a young lady and recieve an heirloom locket, the twin of which her cousin and penpal Kate in America will get. Another cousin, Gabrielle, and her family are visiting from France for the occasion, but Gabrielle and her snooty maid are causing all sorts of difficulties, especially when Gabrielle's own heirloom necklace is missing. The blame is pinned to Beth's new lady's maid, Shannon, whom Beth pulled ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Library Journal on April 1st, 2014

Gr 4–7: This historical mystery series takes place in England in the pivotal year of 1914. The story centers around Lady Beth, who lives in the stately Chatswood Manor, on the eve of her 12th birthday. It is a family tradition that each Elizabeth upon turning 12 inherits the gorgeous sapphire jewelry known as the Elizabeth necklace. Not only will Beth receive this precious family heirloom, but a grand birthday ball is also being thrown in her honor
Jun 30, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014reviews
Secrets of the Manor is a new historical fiction series by Adele Whitby. The first book in the series is Beth's Story, 1914. The book introduces readers to Beth and her family. Readers learn that Beth is from a well-to-do family. When the novel opens, Beth is several days away from her twelfth birthday. Her twelfth birthday is apparently the most exciting, thrilling, wonderful thing ever. For that is the day she'll receive the Elizabeth necklace, an heirloom necklace worn by every Elizabeth in ...more
Krisma Adiwibawa
Jul 10, 2016 Krisma Adiwibawa rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Beth lahir di keluarga bangsawan Inggris pada awal abad 20. Menurut tradisi keluarga, di ulang tahunnya yang kedua belas ia akan dihadiahkan kalung pusaka yang memang diberikan turun-temurun pada setiap generasi. Dalam rangka ulang tahun ini pula, kerabat Beth dari Perancis berkunjung ke Chatswood Manor. Antusiasme Beth pada ulang tahunnya berubah menjadi petaka ketika benda pusaka milik kerabat dari Perancisnya hilang di Chatswood Manor.

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The first book in the Secrets of the Manor series, Readers are introduced to quick-witted, adventurous, imaginative eleven-year-old Beth. It is the eve of her twelfth birthday, when she will inherit the famous Elizabeth Necklace - a family heirloom passed down to every Elizabeth in her family on their twelfth birthday. Several of Beth's relatives are coming to witness the occasion, including Beth's snooty cousin Gabrielle.

Beth's party soon becomes the scene of mystery and intrigue, when her new
Jul 09, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This book was pretty enjoyable and I look forward to more in the series. I loved the slight mystery, that Lady Cecily knows more than anyone gives her credit for, a possible twin's secret, bratty cousins, secret tunnels, and the time period (my favorite historical fiction genre.)

But...I had to give the book 3 stars for all the darn exclamation points!!!!!! Seriously, not every other sentence needs to be exclaimed. Yes, the character is a twelve-year-old girl, but I felt like the first 3 chapter
Julia Glp
Dec 01, 2015 Julia Glp rated it really liked it
The book entitled "Secret of the Manor:Beth's Story, 1914" is full of mystery. In this book, many secrets are being revealed. The main character is Beth. Beth is a girl who lives in Chatswood Manor. Her mom and dad own Chatswood Manor. There are footman, housemaids, and servants in the Manor. If you like secrets and mystery(to be solved) then this book is for you. The book's perplexities give you a lot to think on who did it or what are they thinking. These comments will pop in your head ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Grade Level: 3/4
Lexile Level: 720
Pages: 148
Stars: 2

Summary: Soon to be twelve-year-old Elizabeth is intrigued by the past, her great-grandmother, and a special necklace that has been in her family for four generations and that she will receive on her birthday. In the few days leading up to her birthday Beth learns that people are not always what they seem and the reality of “the class system” as it was in the early part of the twentieth century.

Recommendations or Comments: Upstairs Downstairs fo
Aug 04, 2014 Ellie rated it liked it
Rounded up from a 2.5. Really obvious plot, and I kept feeling like I had missed the first book in this series, even though this actually is the first book. The author also did that thing with the main character where she doesn't have any flaws and the places where you think she might have a flaw, she has an immediate way out of it and that flaw is really the greatest strength she's ever known.

I think kids will like the predictability of this book, but I don't think they're going to be flocking
Nov 03, 2014 Lani rated it it was amazing
Written in a style similar to the American Girl series, Secrets of the Manor is told from the point of view of soon to be 12 year old Beth. She is a smart, brave, kind, goodhearted girl growing up in England in the early 1900s. In her family there's a tradition that on the first daughter's 12th birthday she will received the beautiful sapphire Elizabeth necklace. As Beth nears this special day she must solve a mystery to save a servant who has been wrongly accused from being fired. As she ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Tracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-fiction, j
The first in a series that will follow several girls in the Chatswood Family. In this story we meet Beth who is about to turn twelve and inherit the lovely necklace given to the first Elizabeth in each generation of the family. When visitors claim their necklace was stolen and all fingers point to her new lady's maid, Shannon, Beth is determined to prove her innocence even if that means risking disapproval and disobedience.
A very nice story for a young audience reminiscent of Downton Abbey.
Sub-par Downton Abbey fanfic for kids. I felt like the author did very little historical research for this novel; the details were very vague, and seemed like they all could have been cribbed from Downton Abbey episodes. There was a mystery element, which I usually like, but the answer was so obvious I wanted to smack the main character for not figuring it out sooner. Too busy hanging out in her world of privilege, I guess.

Not recommended, although the cover art is really pretty!
High Plains Library District
Aug 05, 2014 High Plains Library District rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jan, children
Secrets of the Manor is going to be such a fun series! I read the 1st two books, Beth's Story, 1914 and Kate's Story, 1914, and thoroughly enjoyed them. These historical fiction books are sure to be a hit with those readers who liked the American Girl books as well as the Dear Diary series. The characters are likeable and quite spunky! More books will be arriving in late August. The reading level for these books starts right around upper 3rd grade.

The solutions, both to the smaller mysteries specific to this book and to the larger family mysteries that span the series, are too obvious from the outset. I'm tempted to not even bother reading the other books in the series, because I feel certain that I already know the various "secrets" and "scandals" alluded to in this book.
Aug 20, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
What secrets hide within the walls of Chatswood Manor? Set in 1914 in England this first in a new historical mystery series begins with Beth's story, just one of the an extended family whose branches extend across the ocean to America. Filled with historical facts, fashion details and customs of the times, this series is sure to appeal to fans of the American Girl series.
Feb 24, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this to my six year old. She just loved it, and she can't wait to start the second one. I'm loving the little bits of history she learns, as well as the mystery. It's great to see her mind working to try and figure it out!
Carrie Hill
Jun 24, 2015 Carrie Hill rated it really liked it
Not a challenging read (for my 5th grader) but the character relationships and the mystery held her interest and were compelling enough that she wanted to read the entire series.
Sep 29, 2014 Harla rated it really liked it
This one is a juvenile Downton Abbey. Definitely with girl appeal and intriguing enough at the end to want you to read the next one. Would recommend!
Gayatri Arifin
Jan 20, 2016 Gayatri Arifin rated it it was amazing
The story line is very simply put, yet its detail is so vivid that it raise a lot of curiosity even for a reader my age.
Gymnast Writergirl
I love this book and series!
I think that it's awesome that the author was able to make a
great mix of mystery, historical fiction and adventure.
Loved it!
Nov 22, 2015 Yapha rated it liked it
The first in a new series featuring different girls in each generation and the family heirloom necklaces that are being passed down.
Aug 03, 2014 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. i started reading to my kids but Z didn't like it. perhaps L is too young yet, so i finished it myself and liked it :) i'll read book 2 if my library gets it..
Ms. Campbell
Jan 24, 2016 Ms. Campbell rated it really liked it
Cute story set in times when the rich lived upstairs and their servants downstairs. It reads like an episode on Dowton Abby.
Beth rated it liked it
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