Author: Sharon Page
Date of publication: December 2016
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.
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 each other and the way Julia helped change Cal was sweet.
However, there were a few things that kept me from loving the story. I thought it was too long. There were parts that could have been left out of the book. It definitely dragged in places. I didn't like getting the maid/cook's point of view. It really wasn't necessary to the story and just made the book feel disjointed. I also didn't really get the feel that this was the 20s. But, then that could just be because I am not familiar with England in the 20s and how society worked then. (I've never seen Downton Abbey) The scene in Paris with the two famous authors really pulled me out of the story. It was a little unbelievable like the author threw in that scene to remind me it was the 20s in Paris.
This is the second book in a series. I thought it did fairly well as a stand alone. I didn't feel I needed to know Zoe and Nigel's back story to read this book. I think fans of this era will enjoy the book.
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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Sharon Page’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Monday, January 23rd: The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, January 24th: Deborah Blanchard
Wednesday, January 25th: Let Them Read Books
Thursday, January 26th: Buried Under Romance – excerpt
Friday, January 27th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, January 3oth: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, January 31st: Books that Hook
Wednesday, February 1st: Laura’s Reviews
Thursday, February 2nd: Luxury Reading
Friday, February 3rd: A Holland Reads
Monday, February 6th: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, February 8th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, February 9th: What I’m Reading
Friday, February 10th: Cindy Burnett
Monday, February 13th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Wednesday, February 15th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Wednesday, February 15th: Books a la Mode -excerpt
Thursday, February 16th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Friday, February 17th: View from the Birdhouse