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Benedict Hall

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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  498 ratings  ·  64 reviews
In this richly layered debut novel, Cate Campbell introduces the wealthy Benedict family and takes us behind the grand doors of their mansion, Benedict Hall. There, family and servants alike must face the challenges wrought by World War I--and the dawn of a new age brimming with scandal, intrigue, and social change.
Seattle in 1920 is a city in flux. Horse-drawn carriages s
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Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 2nd 2013 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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 Gigi Ann

I must say right off I bought this book for two reasons...First reason: I love the cover of this book, The Second reason: I bought it was because it indicated if you liked Downton Abbey, then you will probably like this book. It really didn't remind me much of Downton Abbey, other then the fact that it was set in the 1920s, not in England, but in Seattle, Washington.

However, Cate Campbell, the author did a good job with her debut novel. The story was full of intrigue, conspiracy, and a bit of l
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Vickie
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have already added the next in the series to my Nook. I rarely, if ever, do this upon reading a book in a new-to-me series. So that should tell you something about how much I LOVED this book!!
It's set in 1920 Seattle, has a cast of characters I loved or loathed. Strong feelings for characters on the page, but Cate Campbell made me feel them.
I loved the courageous Margot Benedict, who chose to be a doctor in a society who struggled with growing emancipation of women. I loved Frank Parrish, th
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Beth
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this as part of my Reading-My-Library Quest (to read a book from every shelf). And upon looking up the author I see she is someone I like who writes as Louise Marley when writing SF. The history of Seattle is well executed -- I could actually follow as they walked around the city, which is very unusually for me. I liked the bits about medicine and the slow romance between Dr Benedict and Frank Parrish, the one-handed war veteran.

The "magical" stone thing didn't work for me. It made sense
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Cheryl Koltay
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you for sending this book. Congratulations to Cate Campbell on her first book. 1920's Washington with men returning from war, jobs are scarce and women are fighting for more prominence and respect in the work place. A family trying to come to terms with these changes.....add intrigue, jealousy and yes, love! I found it to be very enjoyable reading and the author allowed us a glimpse of the struggles that many faced in this rapidly changing time. ...more
Kay Kenyon
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read historical fiction, but this one did hook me. It's a fascinating glimpse of the 1920s in a wealthy home in Seattle, with a great cast of characters including a young woman physician, and several soldiers returning from WW1 forever changed. A psychopath is loose, but no one believes what he is. Campbell makes this all quite believable, a bit scary, and richly historical. Loved it. ...more
Mary Jo
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
1920 Seattle. Nice easy read about a discordant family, wounded WWI vet and obstacles for a female doctor. I will continue with the others in the trilogy.
Linda Bridges
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
The Benedicts are a wealthy family in Seattle. The family consists of the parents and three grown children (Dick, Margot, and Preston) and Dick's wife, Ramona. The setting of the story is 1920; WWI has just recently ended, and Preston is having difficulties adjusting to life after the war. Margot is doing the unexpected by practicing medicine in a day and age when women doctors were few and far between and is facing difficulties from not only the male doctors but also from her own mother who do ...more
Anissa
I’m still a sucker for books that tout themselves as Downton-esque so I picked this one up & dove right in. Set in Seattle just after WWI the story takes us to Benedict Hall & the family & servants who reside there. I won’t spoil here but I will say this, I liked Margot and that she was a doctor quite determined to practise when it wasn’t considered a proper job for a woman. She was smart, sometimes awkward, most often sensible and very relatable. I also liked Frank Parrish, the Major back from ...more
Lynn
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked up an ARC at Barnes & Noble in Kansas City, where I am a part time bookseller.

Seattle, Washington is quite an interesting place to be in the 1920's. Men are returning from the War, jobs are scarce as businesses adjust to the peacetime economy. There's a family with a servants, and there are Chinese women with bound feet. It is a time of prohibition. Boeing is looking to build airplanes for commercial use. A lady doctor struggles for acceptance in a male-dominated world.

The doctor's clo
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Linda Finlayson
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cate Campbell, aka Louise Marley, tells a good tale. Her series has been compared to Downton Abbey, but I think that is unfortunate. I'm a fan of Downton, but get irritated with the 2 second clips on its large list of characters. In Benedict Hall Campbell focuses on 3 main characters: Frank the taciturn WWI amputee vet, Margot the outspoken and determined lady doctor, and Blake the caring butler who is Margot's champion. Set in Seattle in the 1920's the story is woven with interesting historical ...more
Danica Harris
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cate Campbell did an amazing job including various aspects of post WWI life. Between amputation struggles, women obtaining degrees/higher jobs in society, and life as a free slave. I couldn't help to hate the Preston Benedict and love all the other characters. This was my first WWI book, usually I read WWII books and I cant help but want more. Benedict Hall was refreshingly clean (except for a few angry curse words). ...more
Martha
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Overall, this book was clumsy. I enjoyed reading about Seattle in the 20s, and you can tell Campbell loves both the medicine and the history of the period, but the story was overburdened with contrived plot points.
Susan
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you love Seattle, strong women characters, Downton Abbey--read this when it's published. Historical fiction following World War II. ...more
Carol
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read - mystery mixed with romance.
Mary
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A delightful debut novel from Cate Campbell set in post WWI Seattle. Excellent storytelling and historical relevance. Highly recommend.
Jane Irish Nelson
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Frank Parrish arrives in Seattle in 1920 with the hope of a job waiting for him, only to have his hopes evaporate in the post-war depression. A veteran, Frank is fresh from the hospital, still in pain after losing an arm in the Great War. A change meeting with Preston Benedict, a war comrade, introduces Frank to the rest of the Benedict family, which at first improves his prospects.

Margot Benedict, Preston's sister, is quite unconventional, working as a doctor, and fighting for her opportunitie
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Mary Duda
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't mind when there are different sections from different points-of-view. What I DO mind is when there is no transition -- just one paragraph bleeding into the next. So confusing! Just put some space between the sections!

Other than that, the story was fine. A little over-the-top with Preston, but fine.
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Marilyn
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Historical fiction in the 1920's. It was interesting to read about a woman doctor and social protocol of the time. The villain seemed contrived in his wickedness while his sister seemed so accepting of his actions. ...more
Rosie
Apr 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Ann
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent read!! Will read the second & third book, also.
Renee Babcock
This book had lot of promise, but I had to quit on it after 240 pages. There was much I wanted to and did like. Setting for one. And a couple of the characters. But I had a feeling this book couldn't decide what it was. It looks like it's a straightforward historical fiction, yet there's this mystical/supernatural/fantasy element that seemed so out of place. Still, in the end, I gave up on this book because one character is so hateful and seems to drift through life so effortlessly it made him a ...more
Lenora Good
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first in a series by Cate Campbell was, for me, a real page burner. This story is set in Seattle of the 1920s and it was great fun seeing what my old town used to look like through this author's eyes. As a retired Boeing employee, it was also fun to see how she treated Bill Boeing and The Boeing Company, at the time a small company building seaplanes.

The careful and thorough research by the author is delightfully woven into a story of love, jealous hatred, and a bit of ancient history throug
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Leah
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dawn Vogel
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Originally posted at Mad Scientist Journal, 8/8/2013)

Boeing engineers, female doctors, and high society collide in the 1920s Seattle of Cate Campbell’s novel, Benedict Hall. Four very different points of view intertwine to tell the story of the Benedict family and their associates as they adapt to a changing world following the conclusion of the Great War.

Margot Benedict works as one of the few female doctors in 1920s Seattle. She is hounded by her brother, Preston, while the rest of her family
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Jess
My interest in this book was the time period (I've been interested since that spate of time I was obsessed with Downton Abbey) and learning more about what it would be like to be a woman doctor during that time. I didn't know that medical school was made deliberately more difficult to try and defeat and discourage women from becoming doctors. I actually hadn't thought about it at all. I think I might have assumed that women simply didn't go to medical school and that if they wanted to be a docto ...more
Jeanne
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this debut novel set in the post war era of 1920, we are introduced to the Benedict family of Seattle and to their lives which are changing rapidly. The main character Margot Benedict is a wonderful example of the new "woman", an independent Dr. who wants to be in control of her life and not depend on her family's wealth and status. She is an advocate for women and treats everyone as human beings regardless of race or social status. Her adversary is her youngest brother Preston, a charming so ...more
Alicia
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I won this book through Goodreads giveaway and was finally able to sit down and read it. I was excited to read this book, as I am very familiar with Seattle and thought that it would be interesting to read about Seattle in the 20s. One of the first things that I noticed was that the back cover of the book said that it took place in the Queen Anne neighborhood, but it in fact takes place in the older mansions that are in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The beginning was a little slow to get into, ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and became invested in most its characters. Love the 1920s time period, Seattle setting, lady doctor, and her love interest. Especially appealing to me is the appearance of William Boeing, his plant, and his seaplane business that later became a huge aircraft company that now makes half the commercial aircraft in use. As an aircraft technician, those bits, however few, made me like the book even more.

The heroine is too cool for words. She's a very determined doctor wh
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Tamra LeValley
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: winner-books
Frank and Preston were both in the same unit during WWI. Frank had lost his left arm during a fierce battle and was returned stateside. While out looking for a job in Seattle Wa., Frank and Preston happen to meet up once again and Frank ends up going to Preston's family home for dinner and meeting his sister, Margot, who happens to be a doctor. As a relationship kindles between Frank and Margot, Preston is finding a way to destroy them both. His hatred for them knows no bounds and he will go to ...more
Denise
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the aftermath of WWI, the world is changing at a dizzying pace. The eighteenth and nineteenth amendments loom, unemployment is high and feeling are strong towards unions, alcohol, women's rights and technology. The wealthy Benedict family of Seattle discuss these issues endlessly and everyone has an opinion.

Frank Parrish is an American who fought in Palestine with the British and lost his left arm in battle. He is living with chronic pain and has not been able to be fitted with a prosthesis
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