Giveaway and Review: "Wentworth Hall" and YA Historical Prize Pack

To celebrate the release of "Wentworth Hall" by Abby Grahame, I have my review of the book, an excerpt, and an awesome contest for 3 YA historical books!

"Wentworth Hall"
by Abby Grahame

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 1, 2012

Source: sent by publisher/publicist

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from
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 fa├žade 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.

My Review:

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 fast enough.

The author did a great job of really describing the setting, as well as the clothing. I love historical costuming, so I really liked reading about the clothing the girls wore. And it never came across as frivolous, I think it really added to the atmosphere and setting.

I really liked Lila's character, the younger Darlington sister, she was much more relatable than the other characters. I did enjoy Nora, the maid, as well, she was such a gossip, but never in a mean-spirited way. At first, I couldn't believe how unlikable Maggie was, especially since it seemed like she was the most central character. But once the secrets came out, I really understood why she acted the way she did and also felt so bad for her.

I really enjoyed the satires of the family that someone from Wentworth Hall sent to a tabloid newspaper. The style was so funny, and seemed very typical of the time. Yes, it wasn't that nice, but at first it really was fluffy enough to be a great guilty pleasure. I also appreciated that they were full chapters of the satire instead of just snippets. This aspect really reminded me of the Gossip Girl books, but with a historical flavor.

Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:  With this enjoyable read, we won't have to wait until next season to revisit an Edwardian manor house's secrets and mysteries.


As part of the blog tour, I have a link to a 51 page excerpt of Wentworth Hall!


I am so jealous of the winner of this contest! The winner will receive a Simon and Schuster YA Historical Prize Pack of THREE books!

"Wentworth Hall" by Abby Grahame
 "This Dark Endeavor" by Ken Oppel
"Changeling" by Philippa Gregory


The publisher and publicist have generously provided a Simon & Schuster Historical Fiction Prize Pack to one lucky reader of my blog! The prize pack includes finished copies of "Wentworth Hall" by Abby Grahame, "This Dark Endeavor" by Ken Oppel, and "Changeling" by Philippa Gregory.

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  1. I'm ridiculously excited about Wentworth Hall, and I'm sooo glad that you seem to have enjoyed it!

  2. I've never actually heard of this before but it sounds great!! Since you enjoyed it too, I"m definitely adding it to my tbr list. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!


  3. oh my gosh how have i not heard of this yet? sounds amazing!


  4. I follow your blog publicly. Please include me in the giveaway.

  5. I would love to have these books.
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  6. Thanks so much for the chance!!! I've been looking forward to Wentworth Hall!!! :-)


  7. This book sounds great! I'm a follower. ebriggs23 at

  8. I should not have read this, it made me miss Downton Abbey ;)

  9. Sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I have been so excited for this book since you featured it as a "Waiting for Wednesday." And I didn't know Phillip Gregory had written a YA. I follow you via Google. Thanks for hosting such a cool contest.


  11. Great review, Carrie! I think this book sounds fantastic, especially as a fan of Downton!

  12. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I love historical fiction books. :)

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  13. Awesome giveaway. Thanks!


  14. This book sounds awesome, though I admit I haven't gotten around watching DA - I've only seen the first episode - so... yeah, I need to get to that.

    This book sounds great!

    And I love the giveaway



  15. I really want to read all three of those books. I haven't been hearing anything about Wentworth Hall and I was upset about it because I love YA historical books. I'm so glad you really enjoyed the book and that it was more than you were expecting!

    Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

  16. Wow! I'm seriously glad you liked this book! It sounds fabulous and I love the cover.


  17. I really enjoy reading YA historical books. There is little to no sex. :) Thanks for the giveaway!
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  18. These sound great - I love historical fiction!

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  19. I've never heard of it would like to read it. thanks nancysoffice at gmail dot com

  20. Great post...and that's saying something because historical fiction is not generally my genre. May have to check two of these out, the third (THIS DARK ENDEAVOR) was already on my radar. ^_^ Thanks for sharing...happy reading! (Oh, and thanks for the chance to win too!)

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  21. Haven't heard of this title before, so I'm really excited for another Downton Abbey- ish read!
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  22. I love historical fiction! gfc follower

  23. Awesome! Yay! I'm so happy this book is good. Yes, I'm suffering from Downtown Abbey withdrawal. Great review! Nice giveaway (not an entry)

  24. I'm kind of historical challenged lol I don't like too many (& haven't seen Downton Abbey) but I have enjoyed quite a few that you have recommended to me.
    I'll have to look into this one a little more.

  25. I've been looking forward to reading Wentworth Hall and I'm glad you think that it is worth picking up! I really like the fact that the author takes the time to describe the setting. That is a major plus for me when it comes to historical fiction! Thanks for the review. :D


  26. This sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. This sounds fabulous! I love it when authors describe historical clothing--half the fun of the time is the fashion!

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  28. GFC Emily @ Falling for YA

    Thanks for the giveaway and for the wonderful review. I am so excited for this one!!

  29. Great review! This book sounds so great! I love historical YA and some of it is like a historical Gossip Girl - count me in :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. great giveaway
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  31. I'm super curious about Wentworth Hall, I'm down for a historical Gossip Girl! Thanks for the chance!


  32. I love historical fiction and these all sound fabulous! I've been meaning to check out Downton Abbey but haven't got around to it yet. So many people are addicted to it!
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  33. thank you for such a fantastic giveaway!!! please enter me!!!!

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I really want to read Changeling!

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  35. What a great review of Wentworth Hall! Sounds like a great Historical Romance!

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  36. What a fantastic giveaway, thank you! I'd love to read all three of these :)


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  37. I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  39. Wow--this giveaway is amazing!!! Thanks for doing this!! My email is: and I am a follower! :)

  40. First of all, thank you for hosting a giveaway for this book. I've heard and read SO much about this book, and I'm SO excited to read it. Not only that, your blog is hosting a PRIZE PACK Giveaway - which is BEYOND awesome. So thank you.

    That being said, I loved your review - and it makes me want to read Wentworth Hall that much more! :D

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  41. These books look great!!!

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  42. Thank you for the excerpt link! public GFC follower- kylie c. kcarlson1152[at]

  43. Thank you for the great giveaway.
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  46. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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  47. All of those books look amazing! Would love to get my hands on them. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  48. This sounds like such an interesting book! Thanks for the giveaway

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  49. This is one of the most glowing reviews I have seen of this book. It look so good, and just the right thing to read while waiting for the next season of Downton Abbey.

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  50. Ooo! I have been craving some great Historical YA and your review of Wentworth Hall made it worse LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!


  51. This book sounds really great I would love to win it!
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  52. Thanks for the fab giveaway! I have been looking forward to reading all three of these books!



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