BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD
Genre: Historical (Edwardian London)
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist.
- RRP: $27.99
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
- Date Published: 1 Apr 2014
- Pages: 400
- Kindle Edition (448 pages)
- Nook Edition (400 pages)
- iBooks Edition (464 pages)
Prepare yourself an elegant afternoon tea and be swept back in time to genteel Edwardian Yorkshire with New York Times bestselling-author Barbara Taylor Bradford in her 29th novel CAVENDON HALL (St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover; April 1, 2014; $27.99).
Barbara Bradford Taylor transports readers to the grandiose and elegant estate of CAVENDON HALL to meet the two families that reside there: the aristocratic Inghams and the loyal servants who have served them for multiple generations, the Swanns.
Like his ancestors before him, Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, is lord of the manor. He lives in splendid comfort with his wife Felicity and their six children: Guy, the heir, who is studying at Cambridge; their younger son Miles, attending Eton; and their four daughters Diedre, Daphne, DeLacy and Dulcie, affectionately known as the Four Dees by staff members.
Attending the Earl and his family is Walter Swann, his valet, and his seamtress wife Alice, who is in charge of the countess’s and the Four Dees wardrobe. The two families lives are—like their ancestors—intertwined and live side-by-side in the imposing Yorkshire manor. But lives will drastically altered with the approaching Great War. The two families will face challenges that will test them in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will come into question in a time where the world— especially in Great Britain—will witness huge political and social upheavals.
Spanning 16 years, from the cusp of World War I to the end of the roaring twenties, CAVENDON HALL is Barbara Taylor Bradford’s most ambitious novel to date.
CAVENDON HALL is the heartfelt tale about loyalties and traditions of a bygone era.
CAVENDON HALL by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an intriguing Edwardian London Historical set.
From the front cover: “Cavendon Hall is the home of two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. ” Charles Ingham, the Sixth Earl of Mowbray, his wife, Felicity, and their six children. Walter Swann, valet to the Earl, and the premier male of the Swann family. His wife, Alice, a seamstress,and in charge of the countess’ wardrobe and their children”
This is the story of Lady Daphne, the Earls’ daughter who is about to be presented to court, when World War I looms into their future. Each family will suffer devastating changes, loyalty will be questiond, betrayal and secrets are in their future. Along with traditions in an era gone by, as political and social changes are on the horizon.
A fascinating and riveting tale of love, grief, mystery, intrigue, lost and love. A must read for anyone who enjoys mystery, intrigue, and love. I can’t wait to see the sequel to CAVENDON HALL come to light. Well written with vivid descriptions, and engaging, intriguing characters. A very realist and compelling tale of family trauma, romance set against a Edwardian London during time of great sacrifice and turmoil. Loved it! Well done indeed! Received for an honest review.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More