Book Review

‘The Cavendon Luck’ by Barbara Taylor Bradford

tcl btbSTORY: It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have lead the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II, Cavendon Hall will face its biggest challenge yet. It is a challenge that will push the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other and the villagers, and reveal their true capacity for survival and rebirth.

Told with Bradford’s deft, evocative prose and featuring a beloved cast of characters, The Cavendon Luck is a story of intrigue, romance, sorrow, and joy that readers won’t soon forget.

REVIEW: 1938 – Cavendon Hall

Cecily Swann Ingham is married to Miles who is the son of Charles Ingham, the Earl of Cavendon. Cecily and Miles have 3 young children. With the threat of war hanging over their heads, there are many worries shared by this family. The Inghams and the Swanns have joined together to make Cavendons safe. The Swanns have always served the Inghams until Cecily and Miles married which brought the two families together.

Cecily runs Cecily Swann Couture. Her assistant, Greta, has family members who are Jewish and living in Berlin. With no visas, there is no way they can leave the country. Cecily has promised Greta that she will do all she can to help get Greta’s family out of Germany.

Harry Swann has been having an affair with an older, married woman and wishing he had a wife and children of his own. When driving home one day he is preoccupied thinking how foolish his affair has been and accidentally strikes young Phoebe Bellamy with his car, he feels terrible but she is unhurt. A precocious young girl, she is impressed by his handsome looks and invites him to tea with her family. There he meets Phoebe’s sister, Paloma, and it is instant attraction.

As things heat up in Germany the family members make preparations for war. As it turns out, a family member is part of the secretive intelligence team for the English government and no one knows this. Thus, this family member becomes involved in helping to get Greta’s family out of Germany.

This story follows the members of the Ingham and Swann families whose lives are closely intertwined. We experience their successes and their heartbreaks.

I did enjoy the extensive information about the war that the author included throughout the book.

This is the third novel I have read of the Cavendon family. The other two were more appealing to me than this one. There is just too much repetitive dialogue and I feel the book could have been shortened somewhat. I don’t know if the author plans on another book in the series, but sometimes they should be brought to an end.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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