‘The Cavendon Hall’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Sch btbTORY: Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children.

Walter Swann, the premier male of the Swann family, is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, a clever seamstress who is in charge of the countess’s wardrobe, also makes clothes for the four daughters. For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side, beneath the backdrop of the imposing Yorkshire manor.

Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of the Earl’s daughters, is about to be presented at court when a devastating event changes her life and threatens the Ingham name. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested in ways they never thought possible. Loyalties will be challenged and betrayals will be set into motion.

In this time of uncertainty, one thing is sure: these two families will never be the same again.

REVIEW: I was and am a huge Downton Abby fan and thought this sounded like something I’d love to read. That said, I found the story well written but I was still disappointed in it. For that I blame the characters that lacked warmth and substance.

Or I might blame the never ending, and at times, inane dialogue between the two dimensional characters.

But then again, it might be the pace of the story that affected my liking of it. The pace was all over the road. It starts of well, but then slows, then fast and then slow for a long time. At times, I almost gave up finishing it, but plowed through it.

In all honesty, I can’t recommend it, but if you’re a fan of this author, you might want to give it a try. If you’ve never read her, please don’t start with this one.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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