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Hall of Secrets

(Benedict Hall #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In Cate Campbell's sumptuously detailed, page-turning series set in 1920s Seattle, the once-secure lifestyle of the wealthy Benedict family--and their household staff--must contend with the radical, roaring Jazz Age. . .

For generations, the Benedicts have been one of Seattle's most distinguished families, residing in the splendid Queen Anne mansion known as Benedict Hall a
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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I really enjoyed this second book in a series that is set in Seattle in the 1920's, following the lives of two young women. Allison, a teenager who is nearing adulthood, is struggling with gaining some measure of independence from her controlling parents, who send her to Seattle to stay with cousins, aunt, and uncle there. Margo Benedict is a physician who is just beginning to establish her practice in Seattle, and hoping to continue a relationship with a young man who was severely wounded in th ...more
Harper Sutherland
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not at all challenging or thought-provoking, but very enjoyable.
The 20s: America between the wars, bobbed hair and shorter skirts, the glory of flight, and women in the work force. This time period has always held the glamor of a free society and easy living ... but it wasn't as free or as easy as is often supposed. "Hall of Secrets" portrays part of the tumultuous transitional period between the sovereignty of the old order and an age more and more recognizable to us.

The Seattle Benedicts are the kind of ritzy, wealthy clan which dominated society until the
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Hall of Secrets" takes place in 1920s Seattle and follows two cousins: Allison and Margot. Allison is young and is just trying to find her place in the world. She has a terrible mother who seems bent on making Allison feel bad about herself. Margot is a little older but much more self-assured. She's a doctor and wants to start one of the first women's health centers under the tutelage of Margaret Sanger. There are tons of family secrets in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and putting ...more
Tony Parsons
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Set in the 1920’s in San Francisco the wealthy Benedict’s must adapt/change with the upcoming Jazz/prohibition era.

Generations of the Benedict family (Aunt Edith Benedict, Uncle Dickinson Benedict, Cousin Dick Benedict,) & their servants (Cook Hattie, twin maids, Leona, Loena, Blake,) have lived in Benedict Hall in Seattle forever. Margot Benedict is their daughter. The son Dick Benedict (cousin) helps run the family business. His wife is Ramona Benedict (cousin). Margot received her educat
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I read the first in the Benedict Hall series, but it didn't take long to get caught up again in the lives of the family Benedict. I know I shouldn't compare one book or series to another, but this one reminds me strongly of the Maisie Dobbs series [which I adore]. Mostly due to the strong female lead characters and the transitions they are going through in a time where women didn't have many rights or recognized as strong and capable. Breaking trails in fields that women ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Campbell’s book about the wealthy Benedicts, is part thriller, part family drama and part social commentary. Set in Seattle in the 1920s, many of the places she mentions are still there like the water tower in Volunteer Park, which plays a part in her unfolding drama.

To say the Benedict family is dysfunctional is an understatement. Young debutante Allison has just returned from her Grand Tour with her bulimic mother who badgers her daughter into not eating. Neither of Allison’s parents have her
Susan (susayq ~)
Despite a somewhat slow (to me) beginning, this ended up being wonderful! By 60%, I couldn't put it down!

This is not a romance in the traditional sense. Yes, Margot, who is our "main" character, is in love with Frank and they're in a relationship, but the focus of the book is not on them. It's on the whole Benedict family. Margot and Frank's relationship is just part of what goes in Seattle with the Benedicts.

Margot is a doctor in the 1920s. I must applaud the author, Cate Campbell, for her re
Linda Bridges
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is the second installment (could there be more???) in the Benedict family series. It has been a year since the tragedy that struck the Benedict family of Seattle in the first book. The butler, Blake, has recovered from his injuries and is back home. Dr. Margot Benedict is ready to open her new clinic and still in love with Major Frank Parrish. However, their relationship is on hold as they struggle over Margot's insistence in providing birth control information to her female patients. Youn ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series of Benedict Hall novels, the first being "Benedict Hall". The books follow the lives of the Benedicts of Seattle, Washington, in the early years of the twentieth century. Tumultuous times reflected in this family. Father and son are engaged in a business enterprise. Daughter, Margot, certainly the focus, is a physician. Practically unheard of! A woman physician? Mercy!

In "Hall of Secrets", Allison Benedict, age 18 or so, of the San Francisco Benedicts, comes
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Benedict Hall series. A year has passed and the social and political changes of the Jazz era continue. Our main character Dr Margot Benedict is preparing to open her new clinic following the fire caused by arson. Her "maybe" fiancé Frank Parrish has a challenging job with the Boeing Company and, due to Margot's intervention, he is no longer in chronic pain due to the amputation of his arm. He can now wear the newest in prosthetics, a field which is in its early sta ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This historical fiction novel takes place in the twenties in Seattle. It is an exciting time following The Great War--flappers, prohibition, jazz. The Benedict Hall mansion is the setting for the story. Allison is sent there after a scandal aboard the Berengaria. Her mother and father are both very cold-hearted, making her live with her aunt and uncle or go to a sanitorium for being a "histeric." Allison is not looking forward to her stay as she sees it as a punishment, and she hates the thought ...more
Theobald Mary
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Books set in the 1920s are a special interest of mine, so I couldn't resist Cate Campbell's new book, Hall of Secrets. I received an ARC at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, and read it as soon as I returned home. The story is set in Seattle, the home of the wealthy Benedict family. They have an unusual daughter, Margot, who is a new graduate of medical school and, of course, struggles to practice medicine in a society that disdains woman physicians. There is a mystery of sorts here, b ...more
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of "Hall of Secrets" as a Goodreads, First Read. I was excited to begin reading the book as it was recommended for fans of Downtown Abbey. I very quickly fell in love with the characters and all of Benedict Hall. The story and character development has a wonderful natural flow to it and the book is very hard to put down once you get started. The topics and issues that the characters face are very accurate to the 1920s but not lost on a modern audience. As a fan of historical fi ...more
Overall, the book kept my interest and showed that every family, no matter how wealthy they look on the outside, has secrets and may be rotting on the inside. Money doesn't always guarantee happiness. The only criticism I have of the book is that it never fully explored the psychology behind Preston's behavior (and to avoid spoilers, I'll leave it at that). Very well-researched and immersive. You will cheer for the heroine of the novel (although she does, at times, seem to good to be true) and m ...more
Amy Thorleifson
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A follow-up to her "Benedict Hall" novel, Hall of Secrets continues the story of Margot Benedict, who is a doctor in 1920's Seattle. The setting drew me to this series, and the locale is featured. Also appearing again is Major Frank Parrish, former patient, suitor, and employee of Bill Boeing.
A visiting cousin of Margo's supplies more drama with her family conflicts and anorexic tendencies.

Period details about social class, the role of women, attitudes about race and sex set the plot in time an
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Benedict Hall series. Again, I admired Dr Margot and also her young cousin, Allison, who sought to emulate Dr Margot's independence against the strong wishes of her parents.

I was very interested to learn more about Margaret Sanger and was dismayed to learn that she was a racist and advocate of eugenics.

I continued to feel that Preston's extremely evil character was somewhat unbelievable.

Since I am enjoying the story, I will read the third book in the series when it
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from a ARC giveaway from Kensington Books. This book was a very enjoyable read except I felt I should have read the first book in the series "Benedict Hall" to understand some of the plot lines. I kept hoping that some of these would be recapped or explained at some point but not all was revealed. The last 15 pages of the book seem to have been rushed and I'm not sure if there will be a Book #3 to continue this saga. I hope so. I will have to try to track down a copy of Bene ...more
Janine Southard
Wonderful representation of 1900s Seattle. Everything in the world is changing, especially for the upperclass family at Benedict Hall. Female doctors, airplanes, racial tensions, the end of the debutante era, and so on. This novel is a great period piece. (Even if there is a surprising lack of cigarette smoking going on.)

Plotwise, I'll admit that I fooled myself. I think I expected a mystery novel, and this was more of a quiet peek into the lives of "normal" people in a tumultuous time. So, ah,
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads in their book giveaway. I started reading right after finishing the first book in this series "Benedict Hall". I mistakenly wrote my review for this book under comments. I enjoyed it, maybe 3 1/2 stars plus. It's an easy read and entertaining. I'll definitely continue with the third book -the Benedict Bastard!
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Allison is searching for a way out of her parents' strict household. It's the 1920's and women begin to expect more than just marriage. Sent to a relative's house, she becomes close with her cousin Margot, a doctor torn between career and love. A family mystery creates tension in this novel with a strong sense of time period, place and great characters.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

Having read Benedict Hall, and just finished Hall of Secrets, I'm looking forward to now reading The Benedict Bastard.
This has been a delightful read for me and Ms. Campbellwrote it in such a way that I felt as a silent observer right there in the story. Thank you!
Now, off to read read the next one...
Eugenia Kelley
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HALL of Secrets

Another Cate Campbell success! A few more like the last two and I will be an 'ardent fan'! I really do enjoy this author. Thanks Ms on Campbell for another good read!

Linda O
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Particularly the references to present day medical conditions and references to Boeing. The characters were very believable and writing style was good. This was a first read book.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Follow up story from Benedict Hall. An interesting read but I did not feel quite as involved. Spoiler alert - thank goodness that cad Preston finally gets his comupance. Having said this, I enjoyed Ms. Campbells style and will read other books by this author.
Anne Marie
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who likes history and fiction
Loved the book...
It brought me back in time so that I felt that I was present during that time period. The characters felt like people that I knew.

I am looking forward to other books in this series, and I now have to read the first book, Benedict Hall.

A great and fun read!
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well this is good book it brought out some secrets that young girls had with wanting to be thin and using silver spoons to purge . Mothers urging their girls to stay thin just like today .likd this book waiting for number three
Katherine Coble
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book!!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 21, 2015 12:43PM  
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  • The Memory of Lost Senses
  • Cavendon Hall (Cavendon Hall, #1)
  • Tyringham Park
  • Ashton Park (The Danforths of Lancashire #1)
  • The Wild Dark Flowers (Rutherford Park #2)
  • Spring Awakening (Summerset Abbey, #3)
  • Angel of Light
  • Villa Mirabella
  • The Woman Who Loved Jesse James
  • Charity Envieth Not (George Knightley, Esquire #1)
  • Flora's Wish (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, #1)
  • The Rome Prophecy (Tom Shaman, #2)
  • The Johnstown Girls
  • Black Lake
  • A Violet Season
  • Colorado Promise (The Front Range Series, #2)
  • A Future Arrived (Passing Bells, #3)

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Benedict Hall (3 books)
  • Benedict Hall
  • The Benedict Bastard