Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: April 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
From the #1 New York Times
bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in
Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the
aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the
sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six
children. Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet
to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the
countess's wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters. For
centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the
backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor. Lady Daphne, the most
beautiful of the Earl's daughters, is about to be presented at court
when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name.
With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in
ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and
betrayals will be set into motion. In this time of uncertainty, one
thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again.
is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of
secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the
very last page.
1913- Cavendon was one of the greatest stately homes in England. The
Swanns of Little Skell Village had been working at Cavendon Hall for
over 160 years, ever since the days of the first earl in the 18th
century. The Inghams, an aristocratic family, and the Swanns, the loyal
servants, were closely intertwined and bound together by respect. The
Swanns knew everything about Charles Ingham – the sixth Earl of Mowbray,
and his family.
Early on in the story line a horrifying tragedy
occurs to a family member of the Ingham family, creating much drama.
This terrifying act could have destroyed the family, but the Swanns take
control and do everything in their power to protect the Inghams. And
the story unfolds ---
This book brings you into the world of
British style drama with similarities to Downton Abbey. I loved the
diverse characters - finding them to be appealing, and there were many,
but I was able to connect to them as the relationships are explained
As many of the reviews have indicated, the story line is a
bit implausible, dialogue repetitive, and the major problems are too
easily resolved. None of the above deterred me from reading this novel,
and I plan on reading the next in the series, The Cavendon Women. I
really enjoyed this book! Barbara Taylor Bradford has been a favorite of
mine since the Woman of Substance series. She has a natural talent for
writing about strong, sensitive, and vulnerable women. My rating - 4
About the Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty.
She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a
voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the
Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist
on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in
1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.
Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages,
with sales figures in excess of 88 million. Ten of her novels have been
adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir
Anthony Hopkins, Liam Nelson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has
been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of
2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen
Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.
She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated.