Hall of Secrets (Benedict Hall)
In Cate Campbell's sumptuously particular, page-turning sequence set in Twenties Seattle, the once-secure way of life of the rich Benedict family--and their loved ones staff--must deal with the unconventional, roaring Jazz Age. . .
For generations, the Benedicts were one in all Seattle's such a lot exceptional households, dwelling within the ultimate Queen Anne mansion often called Benedict corridor amid a bunch of dependable servants. however the sunrise of the Twenties and the aftermath of the good struggle have introduced dramatic social clash. by no means has this been extra obvious than while daughter Margot's completely glossy younger cousin, Allison, involves remain.
But Margot can be surprising lots of Seattle's genteel voters, and her engineer beau, by means of advocating contraception in her clinical perform. For amid a tangle of blackmail, manipulation, and previous enmities, the Benedicts stand to lose greater than money--they may well forfeit the very place and recognition that's their purely tether to a swiftly altering global.
Praise For Benedict Hall
"Entertaining, with a well-drawn backdrop." --RT publication Reviews
"Recommended for lovers of Downton Abbey, this tale is stuffed with drama and is lots stress-free, particularly end result of the period of time. . .great characters with hot chemistry the reader may want to see together." --Parkersburg information & Sentinel
wide awake. in this morning, whilst she had to be on the sanatorium early to clean for the working theater, she quietly allow herself into the kitchen during the again porch door. there has been nobody approximately, yet Hattie, bless her, had left the percolator prepared. Margot plugged it in, and taken down one of many vast china mugs that have been purely allowed within the kitchen. She stumbled on cream and butter within the icebox, and took bread from the field at the counter. Hattie could scold if she didn’t devour greater than espresso and.
Mother’s the single person who may perhaps retain these issues directly, and without delay, she doesn’t particularly . . .” Her voice trailed off. It was once painful to suppose her mother’s accusatory glances on her, or worse, to grasp her mom was once doing her most sensible to not see her in any respect. occasionally it appeared as though Edith had discovered the way to glance during her, as though Margot had turn into obvious seeing that Preston’s dying. It was once a tricky scenario, one she had solved, partially, via entering into Blake’s residence above the storage.
Housemaids. Allison wasn’t listening and neglected so much of it, till Ruby pointed out that Cousin Margot’s new hospital used to be prepared. What Ruby, after all, used to be what had occurred to the outdated one. “It burned up, omit Allison,” she acknowledged. “That’s while your cousin Preston died. He obtained burned up, too.” “What?” “Your cousin Preston. He died within the fire.” “I knew that, but—what are they announcing approximately it?” “Leona said—” She reduced her voice and appeared round dramatically as though an individual will be spying.
Stockings and fixed them, she remembered that the final time she had worn this sheath have been a dinner date with Frank. A surprising rush of eager for him made her press one hand to her middle. She blew out a breath and dropped her hand. there has been no time to indulge her weak spot. She needed to assemble herself to stand the gantlet of dinner, her mother’s wan face, her father’s struggles to act as though not anything have been amiss. Her older brother’s genial bewilderment didn’t support. Her sister-in-law, at.
you will have? If it’s whatever from the kin, why not only ask?” yet he didn’t resolution. He drove her sooner than him to the steps. They have been metal, faintly shining within the darkness, and slippery. Preston’s breath whistled in his lungs as they climbed. The exertion in short warmed Allison. “Where are we going?” she panted. “Climb,” he gasped. “One hundred six steps, and we’re going the entire way.” “Why?” “Because I say so.” She didn’t ask back. She kept her breath for the ascent, and watched him.