Lady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among 1920s England’s bright young things. But rather than choosing the thrill of wanton adventure like so many of her contemporaries, Julia shocks society with her bold business aspirations. Determined to usher the cursed Worthington estate into a prosperous, modern new era, and thus preserve her beloved late fiancé’s legacy, the willful Julia tackles her wildest, most unexpected adventure in Cal Carstairs, the reluctant new Earl of Worthington.
The unconventional American artist threatens everything Julia seeks to protect while stirring desires she thought had died in the war. For reasons of his own, Cal has designed the ultimate revenge. Rather than see the estate prosper, he intends to destroy it. But their impulsive marriage—one that secures Julia’s plans as well as Cal’s secrets—proves that passion is ambition’s greatest rival. Unless Cal ends his quest to satisfy his darkest vendetta, he stands to ruin his Worthington wife and all her glittering dreams.
The Worthington Wife is a historical novel set in the 1920's. It tells the story of Julia Hazelton. Her fiance died tragically during World War I, and she wants to honor his legacy by saving and modernizing his family's estate. When Julia meets Cal Carstairs, an American artist who has inherited the estate, sparks fly. She is taken aback to learn he wants to destroy the estate because of some old family resentment. The novel explores their relationship, the estate, and the families (both upstairs and downstairs) that live there.
I was a big Downton Abbey fan and even blogged about the show regularly here. This novel is a fun treat for Downton Abbey fans. The book captures the 1920's well.
I really liked Julia as a protagonist. She is intelligent and kind, and wants to make a difference in people's lives. She wants to be more than just a lady of the manor. I also liked Cal, who enters a new world and finds many surprises. I loved the way their relationship develops in the book.
Although this is primarily a historical romance, there is also a mystery involving some missing girls from the village, and it was compelling. It made me read a little quicker to find out what happened next.
The Worthington Wife was a fun, light historical romance with an element of mystery. I enjoyed it!
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sharon Page is author of more than 20 books. Sharon has won two RT Bookreviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill.
The mother of two children and wife of a terrifically supportive husband, Sharon has a degree in Industrial Design and worked in structural engineering before fulfilling her dream of becoming an author.
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