We have all the splendor of Downton Abbey and the long sweeping estates of the old families of England in the 1920s, we also have a decades old murder mystery amidst all the glamor and confusions of finding a new Earl for Worthington Estates. Oh and the Roaring Twenties are truly the “rage”. We find it all in THE WORTHINGTON WIFE.
Lady Julia Hazelton is attempting to make a difference in the lives of War Widows who have been abandoned to their own fates and some have taken up prostitution in order to survive and care for their children. She is wanting to use some of her trust money to make loans and find employment for these widows, but her Brother, The Duke of Langford, says “no” although he agrees with her assessment that the country has deserted these families.
Lady Julia was the intended bride of the new Earl of Worthington, but her Anthony was killed in the War. She has been trained to be a great lady in an estate and her mother and grandmother are pushing her to marry one of the men of money available to her from other estates. Lady Julia wishes to marry for love or to not marry at all. She is quite beautiful and quite outspoken, though her vision of the world is quite limited.
Along comes a discovered heir to the Worthington Estate, he is a painter in Paris, an American, a bootlegger, and of course he is handsome and muscular and was a pilot in the War. He hates what his English relatives did to his family in New York City and that they refused to send funds and his father and mother were killed struggling to raise their boys and were killed because of their poverty. He has a score to settle.
There is the matter of the disappearance of several young women in the area, who have never been found. There is the matter of the sporty red roadster, which was seen in the area a number of times.
The story is well written and the bodice ripping, lusty sex does not happen until after marriage and there is no lack of descriptive drooling and lust from afar and very restrained. The story about the abuse of war widows, disappearances, and financial woes of the estates are very sharp and point out the changes in the country making arranged marriages important and passé. The Americans to the rescue is kind of a boring theme but vital to keeping interest going. The Roaring Twenties are just getting started and truly messing with the rules!
It is a long book, one of those great escape reads that are signs of excellent story telling and a worthy romance Thank you TCL Book Tours for sharing THE WORTHINGTON WIFE with this reader.
“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”(TLC)