The Worthington Wife

The Worthington Wife Sharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow up to her breakout novel An American DuchessLady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among s England s bright young thi

  • Title: The Worthington Wife
  • Author: Sharon Page
  • ISBN: 9780373788545
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow up to her breakout novel, An American DuchessLady 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 tSharon Page sparkles in this poignant and irresistibly entertaining follow up to her breakout novel, An American DuchessLady 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 fianc 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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    1. 1 Star - Nope. Nooooo. Nope.I don't think I'm being overly dramatic when I write that this books has to be in the top 3 worst books I've ever read. I'll admit that romance isn't my go-to genre, or even a genre I'd normally consider. However, I got this book free after purchasing some other books at a local bookshop. After finishing it, I know why it was wrapped up in pretty paper and ready to be given away. I did my best to go into it with an open mind, but my suspicions were true and this was j [...]

    2. 3 starsThe Worthington Wife is a cute, light-hearted read. The last male heir to the English Worthington Park has passed away, and after an exhaustive search an American heir, Cal Carstairs, is located. As the book opens in 1925, Cal is reluctantly arriving to assume the mantle of the Earl of Worthington. Lady Julia Hazelton lives nearby at Brideswell Abbey and has numerous ties to Worthington Park. She feels it is her duty to save Worthington Park from Cal’s plans to seek revenge against the [...]

    3. Due to the cover on this book and the description, I thought that I was going to get a historical fiction book focused on the 1920s with romance. Great! I needed one of those "turn everything off and enjoy" books! I did get a relaxing, enjoyable read, but the cover and description were a little deceptive in the amount of "roaring 20s" and "Bright Young Things" you will read about! You will read about them very little. Instead of a historical fiction with romance, it's a romance that happens to b [...]

    4. I must admit that I usually do not read about Lords and Ladies, Earls and Dukes, however this book is magnificent. It is set in the 1920's England and I just love this era. It is filled with family drama, love, loss and with a murder mystery intricately woven into the story. It is about feeling worthy of love and accepting oneself. Julia is a strong female character that knows her own mind. She loves to help those less fortunate than herself. Cal is an American that becomes the Earl of Worthingt [...]

    5. I received a copy of this book through the First Reads program.In this sequel to An American Duchess, Lady Julia finds herself at odds with the new Earl of Worthington, and his desire for revenge on his father's family, who disowned his father before he was born.Having read An American Duchess, I'm very pleased with the improvement in Sharon Page's storytelling. There was conflict, there was mystery, and romance. It felt much more balanced than the last book, and the characters were more enjoya [...]

    6. The Worthington Wife by Sharon PageThis book could sure use an editor. It was way to long for the story it tells. This one came very close to a Do Not Finish for me. I would not recommend this book. Julia is in the 1920's era where her family want her to marry or she will be considered an old spinster at age 27. Her sister in law Zoe goes into business with Julia, since her brother will not let her use her dowry. The portions about the Great War were authentic feeling and the only saving grace f [...]

    7. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalleyI want to preface by saying I LOVED the first book in this series. It was full of drama, heart break, romance, adventure - it was, quite honestly, the perfect historical romance. I have been waiting with baited breath for the second in the series to come out. When I saw it available on Net Galley I did a little dance and hit "request'Oh, ouch, boy, woah, what a disappointment. I am brutally honest because I spent cherished time reading it from beginning to [...]

    8. 3.5 Stars. Lady Julia Hazelton is feeling somewhat adrift. Having lost her first love to the Great War and her second love to the chasm between their social standings, she needs a sense of purpose. Her family is pressuring her to marry, but she's seen what a marriage without love can do to people, and she's vowed to marry for love or not at all. So she throws herself into a startup charity to help destitute war widows and their children. She also spends much of her time tending to the tenants on [...]

    9. The Worthington Wife was a lot of things; it is part romance novel, part mystery, and part straight historical, and it did most of that successfully.The novel evokes the time following WWI and how the life on the great estates in England were struggling against the modernization of the coming world. We see a little bit of the Roaring Twenties with regards to unsavory characters and some of the jazz/dance clubs, but it doesn’t take front stage here. The novel explores some of the effects of the [...]

    10. Set in England during the 1920s, The Worthington Wife is a story of loss, love, and murder! Lady Julia Hazelton has know and lost love twice in her life and has given up on ever finding it again. She puts her heart and soul into keeping her ex-fiance's family estate afloat and moving it into the modern age. The arrival of brash American Cal Carstairs, a man determined to see the estate fail, keeps Julia on her toes and her heart guarded.The Worthington Wife reads like a traditional Harlequin in [...]

    11. I was definitely drawn in by The Worthington Wife's gorgeous cover, but I'm torn with this book. Some parts I absolutely loved and some parts almost felt like it was someone else's writings entirely. 2 stars for the parts I enjoyed & 1 for what I didn't. I would like to give this author another try.

    12. Posted on What I'm ReadingI loved The Worthington Wife. At first I was a little hesitant, because I liked An American Duchess, but wasn't in love with the story. I did struggle with the story. However, with The Worthington Wife I was enthrall with the story. After An American Duchess Julia decided she needed to find herself. She thought she was in love with the doctor, but he decided she wasn't worth the fight. Basically, she finding her way and decided that she's not going to marry and make it [...]

    13. 3 1/2 stars.Apparently this was a follow-up novel to “An America Duchess” but I wasn’t aware when I started reading the Worthington Wife.This is a somewhat romantic novel set in the 1920s, not a historical book about the roaring 20s which is what I thought when I got it. At the heart of the story is Lady Julia Hazelton who is determined to help the less fortunate by starting her own charity and will not be forced to marry unless it’s for love. She’s also hell bent on saving the cursed [...]

    14. This book seemed a bit confused as to what it really wanted to be, ostensibly it was a romance, but it seemed to also want to be a more serious work of historical fiction and a mystery. All of the plot lines fell a little short. The romance was alright, believable at first but then seemed to pick up every cliche I the book, from jetting off too Paris to sexy canoe trips in Canada.There was also a massive cast of secondary character that popped in and out with little or no development, introduced [...]

    15. 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 2So 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 o [...]

    16. I enjoyed Sharon Page's first book, An American Duchess, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this one as a companion book following different characters and a new love story in addition to those we already met in the first book. This book was a lot of fun, although I could have done without one of the subplots--I felt like it was too much amidst all the other elements of the story. I still really enjoyed it though!

    17. *I received a free copy from the publisher for a blog tour, which did not influence my opinions.This review first appeared on our old site, booksthathook, but I have edited and (hopefully) improved it.The StoryIn THE WORTHINGTON WIFE, Julia (the daughter of a Duke) feels the pressure to marry and run a household rather than the charitable work that she loves. She wants to be a modern woman; she's tired of men trying to control her. Also, she is saddened by poverty and suffering of others. She is [...]

    18. Set in England during the 1920s, The Worthington Wife is a story of loss, love, and murder! Lady Julia Hazelton has know and lost love twice in her life and has given up on ever finding it again. She puts her heart and soul into keeping her ex-fiance's family estate afloat and moving it into the modern age. The arrival of brash American Cal Carstairs, a man determined to see the estate fail, keeps Julia on her toes and her heart guarded.The Worthington Wife reads like a traditional Harlequin in [...]

    19. Missing Downton Abbey? I know I am and The Worthington Wife was the perfect book to read to get over my Downton Abbey blues.Set in the 1920’s, The Worthington Wife tells the tale of Lady Julia Hazelton. She is a beautiful women from an esteemed family, but her fiancé, the future Earl of Worthington, died in the trenches in WWI. She has dedicated her life to doing good works for the people of her brother’s estate and also those on the Worthington estate. She especially cares for those who lo [...]

    20. Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:Sharon Page’s previous book set in 1920’s England has been on the fringes of my radar for quite some time, although I’ve never actually got round to picking up a copy. Somehow, I missed that this is a sequel to that one, although it does stand alone reasonably well as a story in its own right. After reading a number of books in which an American woman provides the resources to save the estate of an aristocratic British family, I was [...]

    21. What I liked about his book was that it contained a bit of a mystery and it had some nice romance. What held me back from four stars was the fact that the plot was a bit too similar in its development to the first book in the series, The American Duchess. Boy meets girl, Girl falls in love, Boy resists, Boy and girl make deal and marry, Boy has secrets, Great sex, Boy avoids revealing secrets, Boy/girl runs off to America, Boy/girl follows, Reconciliation, Healing baby.

    22. The Worthington Wifepast expectations for me. I was expecting a fluffy historical romance but it was more than that with mystery and suspense. Julia Hazelton, the heroine, is energetic, kind hearted but also a risk taker. As the new Earl of Worthington, Cal Carstairs defiant character also fit naturally into the story but he did brood a bit too much about his past mistakes. Julia and Cal struggle to see eye to eye. Julia wants Cal to take on his new role as Earl and make some much needed changes [...]

    23. 2.5 Stars - Rounded Going in, from the description I expected a solid sense of the post WWI feel: a grab the gusto from life sort of attitude combined with social change that is manifesting itself in the attitude and self-reliance of the women in the story, and the struggle of the men to find some sort of normal that they remembered from before the war. And Page does manage to provide a heroine in Julia, born to a title and those expectations, she’s decided that marriage and the other expectat [...]

    24. Estate of Brideswell Abbey - 1925Lady Julia Hazelton, age 26, is arguing with her brother, Nigel, the Duke of Langford. Julia is concerned about the widows and their children left by the war who are being turned out of their homes and she wants to help them. Nigel is married to Zoe, an American heiress, who invested her fortune to make Brideswell Abbey prosperous again. Now, all of Julia’s family wants to see her married. But after the loss of her fiancé, Julia is not keen on marriage. She pr [...]

    25. I haven't really read a lot of books set in the 1920s, so I was intrigued by The Worthington Wife. After reading it, I ended up with mixed feelings about the book. I did like it well enough to read to the end. I was intrigued by the mystery and wanted to find out who killed all of those girls. I also did like Julia's character. Her willingness to stand up for what she believed in was one of the best parts of her. The romance between Cal and Julia added another depth to the story. Their fall for [...]

    26. I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving a NetGalley edition of this eBook.In the Worthington Wife, Sharon Page recreates the fantastic world of England in the Roaring Twenties. The entire Worthington Estate, including the manor, the family, the tenants and the land are so richly detailed that the reader is propelled into another time. But what makes this novel truly magical is Page's gift for weaving all those elements together to paint a portrait of an intricately ordered a [...]

    27. A wonderful romance set in the vibrancy and pageantry of the roaring 20s. He's an American turned English earl who has a vendetta. She’s a duke’s daughter and eventual countess who must finally decide what matters most in life. Cal’s father was cast out by his aristocratic family because they didn’t like his choice of bride. The end result was a childhood of poverty for Cal. Now that he’s the earl, he intends to make the family who threw his away pay for their sins. Lady Julia Hazleton [...]

    28. Fans of Downton Abbey will enjoy this book. Lady Julia longs to do something with her life. She wants to help the widows who were left with little options but selling themselves after the war. Her family, of course, is horrified at this prospect. When the new Earl of Worthington arrives from America determined to tear the estate apart, Lady Julia is determined to keep it together.Cal, the American heir, is still bitter after his father was disowned and the family left destitute. He is not thrill [...]

    29. I was intrigued by the idea behind this book and the cover of this book. I love books set in this time period because they are definitely unique.Now having said that the book itself was only okay. I enjoyed the plot and the characters quite a bit. However, the pace was slow and it felt like it took forever for the book to actually start. It flowed well as well. I feel like there was a lot of superfluous information and repetition in the book. Despite all of that I did enjoy the book.What a fun a [...]

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