Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (5): Wentworth Hall

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries! 
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame 
Release Date: May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers 
Format: Hardcover
 Goodreads Summary:
A lush, historical novel about the secretive Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall!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 Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed faÇade rapidly comes undone.

Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one…the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.
Reasons I want to own and read this book:
1. Historical YA -> Gossip Girl style
2. Look at the cover! It looks so stylish and you can already tell that this book is packed with: suspense, intrigue, drama and secrecy from the book cover alone.
3. I love to read about past epochs because they make you realize that each era brings its own challenges and that no matter how technologically advanced we get, many of the problems we face today are not new and are universal in nature (such as: gossip, mystery, unrequited love, jealousy, pride etc.)


  1. This book looks GREAT!!!! I love well written historical YA!!! especially since I am really into Downton Abbey lately!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This looks half Gossip Girl and half Downton Abbey... SOLD, great pick!

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  3. Great pick! I haven't heard of this yet but I am definitely adding it to my list now. I love historical young adult and this sounds so good!

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  4. This sounds so... scandalous. It should be fun! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention -- I hadn't heard of it before :)


  5. oooh I love scandalous mysteries like these! This sounds pretty neat! Great pick!

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  6. I haven't heard of it before, but it sounds awesome! Thanks a lot for sharing. *adding to to-read list* ;)

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  7. This is the first I hear of this title, it sounds very good. :)

  8. Oh my gosh, Jennifer!! Where do you find all of these amazing books?? I never would've found it out on my own and it sounds SO GOOD. Your first point about Historical YA & Gossip Girl made me smile, and the other ones -- like always -- are spot on! Sometimes I think we're a little bit like twins! ;)

    Amazing pick for your WOW this week, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    1. Aww thanks, Mimi! You are a doll :)

      So glad you liked that first point. I totally geek out for historical YA & Gossip Girl, haha! <3

      *High five* for being reading twins and our shared awesomeness =)

  9. GREAT pick :D totally can't wait for this one– love The Luxe, Bright Young Things, The Great Gatsby– all things from this particular "era" fascinate me! And of course, I love the scandalous affairs, secrets and all that :) Can't wait!!

    1. Thanks :) I am right there with you! I love this era, too! So much scandal and secrecy going on, really fun to read about!


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