Cavendon Hall

by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Part of the Cavendon Chronicles Series

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LoveReading View on Cavendon Hall

A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of two sons and four daughters of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and the Swann family who serves them. It opens in the summer of 1913. Much occurs before war breaks out and the horrors of that dreadful period wreak havoc on our cast of characters. This is Barbara Taylor Bradford in her element, terrific stuff full of drama, passion, romance and danger.

Cavendon Hall Synopsis

A sweeping saga set around the aristocratic Ingham family of Cavendon Hall and the Swanns who serve them, set on the eve of World War 1. Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. One stately home: Cavendon Hall, a grand imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. And a society beauty: Lady Daphne Ingham is the most beautiful of the Earl's daughters, a glittering marriage her destiny. But in the summer of 1913, a devastating event changes her future forever, and puts the House of Ingham at risk. Life as the families of Cavendon Hall know it - Royal Ascot, supper dances, grouse season feasts - is about to alter beyond recognition as the storm clouds of war gather.

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Cavendon Hall Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Molly Mayson-Simpson - 'An absorbing tale told at a rollicking pace, I am now waiting with bated breath for the sequel, ‘The Cavendon Women’. '
  • Christine Harris - 'An enjoyable escapist read, set in a stately home in the Yorkshire Dales just before WW1. A good read for anyone who likes historical fiction of this time period.'
  • Maz Tucker - 'Another good book by Barbara Taylor Bradford about strong female characters. Great family story following their lives.'
  • Christine Waddington - 'On the face of it this book has all the right ingredients - big house, aristocratic family, turmoil and intrigues upstairs and downstairs - but somehow it just fails to deliver.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'A light-hearted, lively and easy read.'
  • Pam Woodburn - 'I found the plot rather fragmented and felt that fewer characters, more strongly drawn, would have improved the strength of the story.'
  • Jane Pepler - 'A book set in times similar to the TV series’ of ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’.'
  • Jane Nicol - 'A slightly disappointing tale of two families, the Inghams who have owned the Hall for generations, and The Swanns who have vowed to always serve them.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I quickly became invested in these characters, some more likeable then others and I was sad having to finish the book...a must read for all fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs.'
  • Sharon Lowe - 'delivers for all tastes, mystery, the loyalty between the servants and the family they serve and the Great War all brought together...truly a good tale of sheer indulgence and escapism for all.'
  • Ann Peet - 'It's a good escapist read and should appeal to Downton Abbey fans. I would probably be praising it a lot more if my expectations hadn't been so high.'
  • Judith Waring - 'it took me quite a bit of time before I could really develop any emotional attachment to the characters and I didn't really start to enjoy it until about half way through.'
  • Alison Jones - 'I enjoy family sagas and was excited to receive this one set at the end of the Edwardian era and WW1. But oh I was disappointed.'

Cavendon Hall Press Reviews

'Barbara Taylor Bradford returns to her roots with this classic saga of loyalty, secrets, passion and intrigue...if you've been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton, this is for you'
Daily Mail

'A stately home, a dangerous secret and two families whose fates have been intertwined for generations...a gripping period piece set on the brink of the Great War. Exquisite escapism of the highest order'
The Lady

 'Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns
Guardian

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007503209
Publication date: 06/11/2014
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007503162
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007503209
Publication date: 6th November 2014
Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by many others, most recently Letter from a Stranger. Her books have sold more than eighty-five million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.

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