Spencer Wentworth, a young scion of a New York banking family, and his sister, Emma, were born into one of the old and privileged families of the Long Island Gold Coast, where they enjoy the lavish lifestyle money can buy. Three years into Spencer’s European Grand Tour, he gets a telegram to come home, which changes the direction of his carefree life. Is he up to the challenge of what lies ahead?
While on vacation at Wentworth Hall, Spencer meets Emma’s friend, Lorna, a lovely girl from a middle-class background. Despite their differences in life station, they fall in love.
With the stock market about to crash and the Great Depression looming on the horizon, the Wentworth family faces difficulty trying to maintain their lavish lifestyle. The family could lose everything, including their ancestral home, Wentworth Hall.
Spencer is determined to save Wentworth Hall at any cost, including losing the woman he loves. Not many options are available to him. Will he choose wisely? As Spencer struggles with his decision to save Wentworth Hall, Emma struggles with her conscience to preserve the reputation of Wentworth Hall due to her indiscretion. Will brother and sister be able to avoid scandal and humiliation? Will Wentworth Hall survive amidst the economic downturn? Is Spencer and Lorna’s love for each other strong enough to weather the storm?
Saving Wentworth Hall is a tale of responsibility, love, and betrayal during the Gilded Age. If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll love this.
“[Morgan] delivers an engrossing love story while also depicting surprising burdens borne by New York’s wealthiest families during the late 1920s . . . An engaging tale of a young man’s coming-of-age.” - Kirkus Reviews
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1927 - London Spencer Wentworth returns to his Grosvenor Square home late one evening to find a telegram from the family lawyer requesting him to come home urgently. Spencer is a young man from a very wealthy family. Both of his parents came from money and reside at the family’s main estate, Wentworth Hall, located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. Spencer has a younger sister, Emma. First educated by governesses, prep schools, and then Spencer went to Harvard. After graduation, he set off for a World Tour. Now, he has been living a life of leisure in London. Having been away from home for three years, he decides it is time to return to New York. When Spencer learns that his grandfather has passed away and has named him heir to the Wentworth fortune that began with the Wentworth Bank, he decides to start at the bottom rung of the bank and work his way up learning all aspects of banking. Then he meets Lorna, a friend of his sister, Emma, and he is smitten. But then the economy becomes unstable with the stock market crash and the Depression on its way. Spencer becomes very busy doing all he can to firm up the bank and hope to keep it strong. But he faces many trials ahead, both professional and personal. Will he be able to retain the legacy his grandfather left him? The descriptions written by the author are very well done and her writing style is somewhat similar to that of Danielle Steel whose work I enjoy. Since this book was originally published a few years ago under a different title, I was rather disappointed to find it needs some editing. But all in all, it is a very good story and I enjoyed it immensely. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.