Monday, January 30, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Worthington Wife

About The Worthington Wife

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (December 27, 2016)
Sharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow-up to her breakout novel, An American Duchess 
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.
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About Sharon Page

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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Review:  I adore books set in the 1920s. I harbor a secret desire to have a flapper dress, someday about 80 lbs from now.

That said I'm on the fence with this book. First its book two in a series. How do I always miss book 1? I am forever starting a series on book 2..

So now my TBR pile has grown by one book.

What I found wonderful about Cal and Julia's story is the descriptions of the time period. Its very easy to get swept into the book and you can visualize the surroundings. I get pulled into these types of stories because of my love of Downton Abbey and that sort of thing.

Lady Julia reminded me a bit of Lady Edith to be honest. She lost a love to the Great War and another to because of their class. Really, all she needed was one love interest to disappear or leave her at the altar. She's the best part of the book. She has a big heart and wants to help people, yet she has strong ties to class. She's part modern woman, part old school aristocrat. That is what made her a little frustrating at times. She wanted the independence of the modern woman, but she still clung to the big estate.

Cal is an American that has inherited Worthington and he bears a grudge on the family. If you read on, you'll know why and frankly if you are like me, you'll think that they deserve it too.

Yet somehow the two find each other and they fall in love.  Julia brings out the goodness in Cal.

You get a little bit of the Upstairs/Downstairs in this book, and for awhile it doesn't quite make sense why, until the mystery involving the disappearance of some village girls is about to be solved. I wish this part of the story could have been a little more connected with Julia and Cal. It seems like a side story that is almost an afterthought.

There was a lot going on in this book, with mystery and a bit of romance, some of which seem pretty hurried, but it was an enjoyable read. One that would make me want to go back and read An American Duchess.

Rating: 4 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

The 1920s are such a fun era for me to read about, and there seem to be quite a few books out now set during that era. More to enjoy!

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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