Young Adult Education

Darlington Family Drama: ‘Wentworth Hall' by Abby Grahame (Plus a Giveaway!)

Abby Grahame’s Wentworth Hall is described as being “spot on perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.” I’m going to be really honest with you guys and admit that I’ve never seen an episode of Downton Abbey. I know, I know, this is a tragedy of epic proportions. Listen, I’m still trying to finish Friday Night Lights, okay? Priorities! Anyway, from what I’ve gleaned by looking at cast pictures and glancing through Kate Spencer’s recaps, Downton Abbey features pretty dresses, Maggie Smith wearing big, beautiful hats, and scandal.

If it’s scandal you’re after, Downton Abbey fans, then Wentworth Hall is right up your British-period-drama-loving alley. Wentworth Hall follows the exploits of the Darlingtons, a family of decreasing fortune. While they might not have quite as much money as they used to, at least they have their good name. Although, as we find when we read on, even that’s in question.

Eldest daughter Maggie is distant and moody after returning from Paris, where she stayed for a long while with her mother and the family’s newest addition, baby James. Meanwhile, younger daughter Lila is tired of always fading into the background when Maggie’s around. The house’s young servants have their own problems as well; Michael is in love with Maggie, while Nora is trying to save up money to leave servant life behind. There’s also Therese, the new French nanny for James. Tension is already at the boiling point before rich orphans Teddy and Jessica Fitzhugh show up to stay with the Darlingtons.

Then the family discovers a satirical newspaper column poking fun at them. The Worthless Saga, which follows a family who lives in Faded Glory Manor and sounds a lot like the Darlingtons, is revealing all of their not-so-carefully concealed secrets. It’s kind of like Gossip Girl, but in a 1912 mansion instead of a private girls’ school, and with Ladies and Lords instead of Serena and Blair. The family scrambles to figure out who’s writing the column, all while trying to keep their secrets hidden.

Now on to what you’re all here for: the sweet giveaway deets. This is a really great one! 1 winner will receive their very own copy of Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame AND a $50 Sephora gift card. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post! I’ll pick 1 comment randomly and announce the winner in next week’s Young Adult Education column on Saturday, May 5th. Super important: please remember to check next week’s column to see if you’re a winner! I’ll need to get your contact info so we can send you your prize!

Here are the official details from the publisher:

About the book:

And you thought there were secrets in the Abbey . . .

The Darlington family of Wentworth Hall, an elite British family, fills their time by caring for their extensive estate, and looking over their shoulders as they struggle to keep up an elaborate charade to hide their scandalous secrets of illicit romances, and bitter betrayals.

Wentworth Hall is a lush historical novel by debut author Abby Grahame, which is spot-on perfect for fans of Downton Abbey!

Pretty people, ugly secrets – keep up appearances with this Wentworth Hall prize pack!

One winner receives:

A $50 Sephora gift card and copy of Wentworth Hall!

Prizing courtesy of Simon & Schuster
Giveaway open to US residents only
ARV = $66.99

If you want to read more, check out a Wentworth Hall excerpt! Good luck, and remember to check next week’s Young Adult Education column on Saturday, May 12th to see if you’re a winner! As always, let me know if there are any books you’d like to see covered in Young Adult Education, or feel free to e-mail me at!

  • Samantha Schierloh

    Looks interesting!

  • Kerry Winfrey

    FYI, everybody: the contest ends at midnight EST on Tuesday, May 8th. AND I meant to say that the winner will be announced on Saturday, May 12th, not the 5th. So get your comments in by Tuesday and check back next Saturday to see if you won!

  • Mary Frances Shutes

    Wow, sounds like a good one!

  • Rina Stuparyk

    Looks right up my alley of books I’d like to read ^_^

  • Lily Bogue

    SOUNDS AWESOME! do want to read :)

  • Lauren Taylor

    I still need to start watching Downton Abbey. NOw this book is added to the list of things I need too!

  • Tucky Dangamuwa

    Awesome! Love Downton Abbey and YA fiction is a guilty pleasure of mine! Perfect combination :)

  • Molly Hartge

    I am always looking for new books to read. This one looks like a good one to check out!

  • Madeline Allen

    Addicted to Downton Abbey and I have a special spot in my heart for YA fiction, even though I’m definitely no longer within the target age group. 😉 Sounds like a great book!

  • Halley Beth

    I’m not ashamed to say that Downton Abbey is my life, and I am looking forward to reading this book!

  • Melissa Gaugert

    I really need to read this!

  • Sami Martin

    Love, love love “Downton Abbey” and am excited for this new book! Plus, Sephora?! How could you go wrong?!

  • Rebecca Cruces

    sounds really good! i love period dramas and scandal!

  • Chloe Kangas

    Oh-em-geee you had me at the comparison to Gossip Girl. Of course, I mainly watch Downton Abbey and Gossip Girl for the visuals of pretty people in pretty clothes moving about pretty spaces, but I think I could manage to use my imagination for a literary version of that. And scandal is delicious.

  • Jill Miller

    Sounds like a good read :)

  • Amy Miles

    I LOVE Downton Abbey! This book looks really interesting!

  • Alexis Ulrich

    I want to read this! Ever since I finished Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series, I’ve been sorely missing the drama of the magnificently rich. <3

  • Courtney Colburn

    sounds like an amazing book! I’m adding it to my amazon wish list now :)

  • Jennifer E. Rouse

    Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  • Sarah Frederick

    Sounds like the perfect summer book and good way to tide me over until Downton is back!

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