I just stumbled across this upcoming YA historical fiction title and it caught my attention-- Wentworth Hall, by Abby Grahame, coming from Simon & Schuster on May 1.
Excerpt from the publisher's summary:
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 facade 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.
So, basically, this book sounds like it's trying REALLY hard to be Downton Abbey for teens. I'm raising an eyebrow, but you know... I just might fall for it! At the very least, I'll order it for my library and flip through a few pages to see if the writing style appeals to me. Who knows? Maybe I'll want to add it to my list of Downton Abbey readalikes.
I'm really curious, though: did the manuscript get picked up by the publisher because it happens to fit into the current Downton Abbey craze? Was the author specifically asked to write something that would appeal to Downton Abbey fans? Or maybe it's a complete coincidence.
What do you think? The publishing industry fascinates me.