Book Review

‘The Cavendon Women’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford

tcw btbSTORY: The aristocratic Inghams have been served by the Swann family for centuries. The Cavendon Women follows these two families’ journeys from a weekend in the summer of 1926 through to the devastation of the financial crash of 1929.

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.

Told with Barbara Taylor Bradford’s trademark attention to detail and passionate prose, The Cavendon Women will grip readers as they follow the beloved characters through times of triumph and turmoil.

REVIEW: Cavendon Hall, England – 1926

Cavendon Hall is now 175 years old and consists of over 180 rooms.  Charles Ingham, the Sixth Earl of Mowbray, is now head of the family.  A widower, he has one son and heir, Miles, and four grown daughters, Daphne, Dulcie, DeLacy, and Diedre.

For years and years, the Ingham family has been served by the Swann family and both families have always been true and faithful friends.  To this end, Charles Ingham has fallen in love with Charlotte Swann and plans to marry her.  His son, Miles, is estranged from his wife who left him and who never could conceive.  He is in love with Cecily Swann but cannot persuade his wife to give him a divorce.  The daughters all share beautiful blond hair and clear blue eyes.  Each of them has established their own lives and are happy.  The novel takes us through the daughters finding the man of their dreams.  Along the way, the family meets with pain and sorrow, yet manages to stick together and keep up their close family and their huge home.

The book spans the time from 1926 to the disastrous financial crash of 1929.  We get to know the members of the Ingham and Swann families and how their lives all intertwine.  The Cavendon women prove themselves to be very strong and able to keep their family together as they enter the new decade.

This book is a follow-on to the author’s first novel, “Cavendon Hall.”  I enjoyed that novel very much and truly looked forward to reading this new one.

Barbara Taylor Bradford is an author that does not disappoint.  I am sure that readers will enjoy reading about this time period and the vast changes that occurred then.

Connie for b2b


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