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.
February 2014 Book of the Month.
Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. The Earl and Countess have relied on their faithful retainers Alice and Walter Swann as their young family grows up. One stately home: Cavendon Hall, a grand imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales A society beauty: Lady Daphne Ingham is the most beautiful of the Earl's four daughters. Being presented at Court and making a glittering marriage is her destiny. But in the summer of 1913, a devastating event changes her future forever, and threatens the Ingham name. Yet life as the families of Cavendon Hall know it - Royal Ascot, supper dances, grouse season feasts and a full servants' hall - is about to alter beyond recognition as the storm clouds of war gather.
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'Queen of the genre'
'Romantic and thrilling'
Independent on Sunday
'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'
'Memorable and moving...a sure-fire winner'
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||30th January 2014|
|Author:||Barbara Taylor Bradford|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
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.More About Barbara Taylor Bradford