January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Wentworth Hall and The Glimpse

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks:

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

From Goodreads:

"A lush, historical novel about the secretive Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall! The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…

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
รงade 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.

I think I saw a comparison to the TV show Downton Abbey somewhere, which I am a fan of, so that's a good start. Sounds like there's plenty of drama here! I just hope it doesn't succumb to the pitfall of the Luxe series, in having a bunch of characters who are only after wealth and power and aren't very endearing. In any case, it looks like it will qualify for my "New Adult" challenge!

The Glimpse by Claire Merle

From Goodreads:


In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.

A heart-pounding thriller."

I really like the sound of this premise — dystopian + mental health aspect? Sign me up! I'm a little skeptical about the scientific basis of it, but I'll have to wait and see how it's explained. This one's coming out in the UK in June, but I don't know if/when it's being released in North America.

What books are you waiting for?


  1. Oh! It's my first time hearing about Wentworth Hall! I love the period pieces they're wearing on the cover and it looks like there will be tons of drama and secrets ready to be spilled in the book. I'll have to keep an eye on reviews (and hop it's not another disappointment like The Luxe series).

  2. Oh my gosh. I really want to read Wentworth Hall, it looks so good. Like a mixture of Pretty Little Liars and Bright Young Things. I enjoy books like that a lot.:)

  3. As soon as I saw the cover and the name of Wentworth Hall I immediately wondered if it would be similar to Downton Abbey and if it is, I will read it! Thanks for posting about it, I'd never heard of it before now :)



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