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Wentworth Hall

2.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,331 ratings  ·  297 reviews
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 Britai
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok

I wanted to like this. I really did. I love Downton Abbey and I was hoping that this might be guilty pleasure reading.

But halfway through, this really was me:

The characters are simply remixed versions of what you already see in Downton Abbey. Maggie is the Mary character. Michael is the Branson character. Lila is Sybil and Edith blended into one. The parents are the same. And while there's a new story layered over it, it has no depth and uses some of the elements the show already had. Just worse
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
This came very close to ending up on the abandoned shelf, and the only reason I pushed through was because I'd spent the money and it was the only thing on my phone to read in court this morning. This book was not written so much as it was manufactured. My problems with it were many.

1) Editing - Had I submitted this to an agent, it would have been rejected on sheer number of typos and tense changes alone. Not to mention the continuity errors, some of which occurred in the first five pages. The n
Dec 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Victorian Period, The Luxe
Recommended to Elle! by: Goodreads -_-
Don't judge a book by it's beautifully photographed cover....And definitely don't judge a book by the man on the cover... I know that now. -_-

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Just look at the guy, isn't he gorgeous?!!!! Enough drooling. To my review! I despised this book , it was so boring! But to be fair, I'll post a summary and try not to be bias if I can stay up that long to write one because this was like Ambien. But the cover...That delicious cover....*steam rises from the mans face*

First Sentence: Maggie Darl
Sarah Mac
Boring. Dull. Snoozer. Yawn. Bland. Flatline. Blah. Drab. Soporific. Lackluster. Zzzzz.

All of the above applies to Wentworth Hall -- in fact, I'm having trouble summoning enough interest to write this review. That speaks volumes, yes? I nearly set it aside as a DNF, but then I looked at the clock & realized I'd only spent 1 hour reading & was 2/3rds finished, so I may as well continue scanning to see if anything happened. It didn't. Well, I suppose something did, since two people ended up on an
May 05, 2012 marked it as dnf
This is how I expected to react to Wentworth Hall.

This is how I feel:

I was sad to put this back on the shelf as I don't like giving up on books, but I was reading it during a busy time and just decided that I didn't want to force myself to finish a book that I wasn't loving.
The Lit Bitch
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
All secrets have a way of coming out in the end.

Every family has their own secrets that they would rather not become public knowledge...but when your family is rich….the gossip columns love nothing better than a juicy family secret.

At Wentworth Hall, while family fortune might be in short supply...juicy secrets are not.

This was a quick fun read! The alluring plot, period, setting, and characters work well together in this novel...and the newspaper satire added humor and pace to the novel. The au
Wentworth Hall is set in 1912 England at the estate of the Darlington family. The estate has been in the family for almost three hundred years. The Darlingtons were once very wealthy, but most of the money is gone now, and the world is changing. Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has recently returned from a year away, and to everyone who knew her, she seems quite changed. Maggie's younger sister, sixteen-year-old Lila, misses her old relationship with her sister and wishes her parents would se ...more
Christina (Reading Extensively)

Wentworth Hall is very similar in tone to The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. It is light historical fiction that features family drama, gossip, and romance. Wentworth Hall also taps into the popularity of the Downton Abbey craze with its early 20th Century setting and focus on the upstairs/downstairs relationship between the aristocracy and their servants. The story is told through the point of view of multiple characters including Maggie Darlington, her sister Lila, the maid Nora, new nanny The
Amelia, free market Puritan
I originally wasn't planning on reading this book because I assumed it would be like a turn-of-the-century version of "Gossip Girl." Or, you know, another one of those attempt-to-rewrite-history-by-modernizing-every-character books that authors like Anna Godberson are so fond of writing...

And you know, Wentworth Hall may be all those things, but after becoming completely OBSESSED with the awesomeness that is "Downton Abbey," I gotta at least give it a try!

So when I saw Wentworth Hall again, thi
Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
I'm surprised this book has such a low rating. I read some of the hater reviews but I did indeed enjoy it, probably because I know next to nothing of this period in time. A lot of people complained it was boring, but I actually liked the story most of the time despite underdeveloped characters, its being a rehash of the Luxe (but minus the society element and suggestive references) and not the best writing.
Nora glared at Grace for the implication. Grace loved to act like a know-it-all, whic
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

Are you suffering from a serious case of Downton Abbey fever? Then "Wentworth Hall" is just what the doctor ordered! Its no question that this time period and setting is hot right now and there really aren't that many books that fit the bill. At first, I thought that the book was going to be a nice read, and a great way to revisit the Edwardian manor home era, but then the story really took off and secrets started spilling, and I was on the edge of my seat, I couldn't turn the pages fas
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What a fun read! Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame was almost like a historical Gossip Girl. This book was just a darling to read, and I really enjoyed it. For fans of historical fiction, this is a must read. Even people who haven't given historical fiction a try before should read Wenthworth Hall, as I found it read very easily and almost read more along the lines of a contemporary with the secrets, betrayal, and gossip. And it was just so fun!

There wasn't a lot of depth to the plot, as i
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy Persuasion, Downton Abbey, or even Gossip Girl, you’re going to want to pay attention to this review. Abby Grahame’s debut novel, Wentworth Hall, is a combination of all of the above and more. Filled with themes and story lines that involve the mixing of social classes, lies, deceit, unrequited/lost loves, gossip and more, this book is jam packed from start to finish.

The Darlington family is one of the most powerful families in all of England in the beginning of the twentieth-centur
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
The Darlington family, one of Britain's most wealthy families, has many secrets. Maggie, the eldest daughter, spent some time abroad and has since come home a different girl. She used to be spunky, lively and adventurous, but now she's barely recognizable to many people at Wentworth Hall. Her younger sister, Lila, often feels overlooked and is looking to gain some attention this year. To make matters more complicated, family friends, Teddy and Jessica, move to Wentworth Hall since the are newly ...more
Samantha Trillium ☂
This was a really poorly executed book, which resulted in only two stars. That being said, I didn't hate the book entirely, but there were definitely a lot of things wrong with it.

First off, the dialogue is too modern. This novel takes place in the early 1900's and they are using slang terms we hear today? I don't think so.

Next, the story itself is really badly written. This author has no idea how to write mystery. If there was ever any point in the book that would suggest everything is not wh
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at

I have a sort of rule with myself that I will not take reviews from Goodreads to mind before and during a book because some of my absolute favourite books have received books terrible reviews that they completely do not deserve (see Atonement, Shatter Me etc.) Therefore before reading this book, I tried to keep an open mind despite the low average rating of 2.83 and pages upon pages of reviews with one star saying that they ‘could bare
Pamela Foster
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a fun read for young adults who are looking for the same type of upstairs downstairs drama that Downtown Abbey provides. The book follows the coming of age stories of sisters Maggie and Lila Darlington at Wentworth Hall in 1912. We also get a taste of the below stairs lives of the young servants who grew up together in the house and played together with the Darlingtons as children.

The Edwardian period marks the peak of a thousand years of wealth through land, and as we see at Wentworth
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wentworth Hall is a minor Downton Abbey (the current rave programme on British television), even the strap line on the front of the paperback edition of 'Wentworth Hall' states, 'And you thought there were secrets at the Abbey'. I imagine they mean Downton for there is no Abbey in the novel!

Above and below stairs there are strained relationships, unsettling rumours and petty jealousy between both servants and the people of the house. Maggie Darlington, Lila Darlington and later Wesley Darlington
May 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Why was this book so boring? And why was the plot so simplistic? Why was I am able to check my email while reading this? (view spoiler)Why did I keep reading it? And how do I get my life back? ...more
Amy (Turn the Page)
I love period drama. I love the setting, the romance, the society, the scandals, the gossip, the class system, the history, the dresses...

Wentworth Hall promised to be the perfect escape for fans of Downton Abbey. What I got was a poorly written, badly edited, quickly thrown together book that was full of plot holes, historical inaccuracies and lacking in any originality or depth.

Maggie Darlington has returned home to Wentworth Hall after a year in Paris. No longer the friendly, outgoing, passio
Amanda The Book Slayer
Dec 20, 2019 marked it as could-not-finish

‪*Downton Abby feel‬
‪*Maggie, main character, just returned back home after a trip to Paris and such. ‬
‪*So far, meh, I’m going to have to pass on this one. Just not enough to grab me. ‬

‪❌ Lost Interest (CNF)‬
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review originally posted in:

Really reflects the book! I'm pretty sure the girls on the cover represent Maggie, Therese and Lila while the guy might be Michael! Either way, I like the historical feeling of the cover!


Meet scandal, your new best friend...

What's life without any scandals? Especially when you're the Darlingtons? Well, let me introduce you to the Darlingtons. We have Maggie, the oldest daughter and Lila, the younger sister. Might I
Anastasia Lily
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
* Hardcover: 288 pages
* Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
* ISBN-10: 1442451963
* Author: Abby Grahame
* Cover art: One of the best of the year.
* Overall rating: ****1/2 stars out of 5
* Obtained: My personal book shelf.

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
Whoever thought that the semi-soap opera-like lives of a family of Edwardian period British nobles would be so darn addicting? No one could have predicted the somewhat strange public obsession with the British TV show Downton Abbey, and it didn't take long for publishers and others to pick up on that obsession and start pumping out similar works to ride the latest trend. I've seen almost half a dozen other similar-themed books on tap for the next few years -and Wentworth Hall was the first one.

May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Historical Fiction is by far one of my favorite genres, especially within YA. That love for Historical Fiction has been reinforced by Wentworth Hall. The early 1900's is such a great time period, and Abby really did a beautiful job making everything about Wentworth Hall feel like it was actually part of that time period. And the fact that it takes place in Britain makes it even better.

The story is actually pretty simple, but I didn't feel like that was a negative thing. The heart of this book, i
Dec 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is my second try at hoping to find a book similar to "Downton Abbey" (the first being Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown). And while it doesn't have the same magic as the show, it's still a solid debut.

I'm a huge historical fiction fan. I especially love anything set around 1900, so I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. There are definitely parts of it that have been done before, but I think it was fresh enough to feel different.

First, we're thrown into the classic predica
Um…you guys! Where is the rest of the book?? You know, the one with all the character development and the not ridiculous plot line? Because I can't seem to find it anywhere and what I read just didn't cut it.

Wentworth Hall is a YA historical fiction, so it was only natural that as soon as I got my hands on it I would read it immediately, no question. I have read so few YA historical, that I immediately jump at the chance when one comes out and I really thought Wentworth Hall would be the one. It
May 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ok, now that I've stopped laughing: what the hell was this supposed to be? Please tell me it was intended to be a satire, or a cheesy comedy of some sort, because if it was intended to be serious historical fiction? Oh dear lord.

The issues:

The characters: I thought I was watching a soap opera, seriously. They are way melodramatic, about as interesting as cardboard cutouts, and I was honestly more interested in their clothing than in them.

The weird "Sussex Courier" bits: What the heck were thos
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛


Ewwwwww. Just....ewwww.

For starters, no I have never seen Downtown Abbey, and no I don't have any interest in ever watching it for my own personal reasons. My dislike of this book is not because it ripped off that show like the other reviewers' dislike for it.

The title inaccuracies and various historical inaccuracies didn't bother me either, since I don't know very much about Edwardian England. Victorian England is my forte, okay? Not Edwardi
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

A story that hints at scandal in a prominent family set in 1912? Sign me up! I was certainly looking forward to reading Wentworth Hall. It combines the always intriguing element of good gossip, is presented in a style that sort of gives a nod to Gossip Girl, and is set in a the early 1900s.

Sad to say, despite the fact I did manage to finish it, I didn’t like the book all that much. I just couldn’t find anything particularly relatable about the char
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