The Ravenscar Dynasty
By Barbara Taylor Bradford
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312354602, 496pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
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Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the illustrious Harte family in her blockbuster A Woman of Substance. Now she has created an unforgettable new dynasty: the Deravenels.
On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward of the death of his father, brother, uncle, and cousin in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward and his cousin Neville Watkins are suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and retake control of their family's business empire.
As he grows into a handsome, charismatic man, Edward is torn between duty and desire. There are women in his life for whom he'll risk everything--and one woman who might destroy him. But madness and secrecy lie at the heart of the family, and Edward's enemies are far more ruthless than he knows. He will need his strength more than ever when the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked by betrayal from within. Who will become the ultimate ruler of the Deravenels?
Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga that brings to life the glittering Edwardian Era. The Ravenscar Dynasty is based on the familial factions of England's Wars of the Roses, brought to life by the magical, memorable storytelling power that is 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 twenty-one others, most recently Just Rewards. Her books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. A member of the Writers Hall of Fame, she lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.
"Bradford will delight readers with this simply captivating series debut novel. It's filled with romance, suspense and intrigue, and the richly detailed characters come vibrantly alive as expert pacing captures your attention from the very first page."--RT Book Reviews "A plot rich with period detail."--Publishers Weekly "Bradford ...draws on her early life in Yorkshire to be able to write about this
lovely part of England so convincingly. If this installment is any indication, we can look forward to more page-turning developments in the two books to follow in this trilogy."--Bookreporter.com