By Barbara Taylor Bradford
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312354626, 480pp.)
Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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At the age of thirty-three, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It’s 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction . . . but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward’s relationships with other women arise.
Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before.
Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we’re forced to make for power and love.
“Rife with dastardly struggles, smoldering, illicit passion, and cowardly insidious betrayals…Fans of Bradford’s trademark brand of panoramic, multigenerational historical dramas will have plenty to sink their teeth into as the feuding Deravenels continue their rivalry.”—Booklist
“The queen of the bestseller list still rules with The Heir.”—Miami Herald
“Bestseller Bradford’s dynastic epic spanning the 20th century should tide over her fans…”
“Bradford’s characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better.”—USA Today
“A juicy family saga….”—BookPage
“Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again.”—Fantastic Fiction
“This expertly crafted epic novel further explores the triumphs and tragedies of the Deravenel family. It will enthrall readers with its vivid characters and fast-paced, larger-than-life plot.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 ½ stars)