Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

From blockbuster bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a stunning saga of love and loyalty set in early twentieth-century England. Cavendon Hall is home to the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. But after the Great War, the fate of these two families will never be the same...

It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the Earl has planned a family weekend. Everyone is intrigued by the invitation, and everyone has their own reasons for accepting it. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. And as old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns' loyalty to the Inghams gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it is up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade-and a new way of life.

Barbara Taylor Bradford is one of my long-time favorite authors. She writes wonderful character driven family saga novels, bringing out the best and worst of the people in her stories. Cavendon Women is the sequel to Cavendon Hall; a tale of two families - the Swanns and the Inghams. This novel focuses on the aftermath of World War II and how adversely the aristocratic families were affected. 

There is plenty of intrigue and secrets, but they become stronger near the end. Because the book is character-driven rather than plot-driven, the plot unfolds at a slower pace. This is typical for all such novels. I found the characters extremely well developed, in fact, to describe them as larger than life would not be an understatement. Coupled with a great deal of historical detail and descriptions, I am very impressed with the story telling and the fascinating servants and aristocracy. The book has an engrossing climax and satisfying ending. 

I highly recommend this book for all readers who love the early 20th century and who adore family sagas and character driven stories! 

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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