From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic saga of intrigue and mystique set in Edwardian England. 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. Cavendon Hall is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her very best, and its sweeping story of secrets, love, honor, and betrayal will have readers riveted up to the very last page.
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BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England and started her writing career as a journalist. She has written twenty-eight international bestsellers. This is her twenty-ninth novel. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the Order of the British Empire for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.From Booklist:
The lives of the Ingham and Swann families have been intimately entwined for more than 160 years—the former as the royal owners of their estate home, Cavendon Hall; the latter as those who keep their masters’ secrets. On the eve of WWI, there is a particularly dastardly secret to be protected: Lady Daphne, the most beautiful of Lord Ingham’s four daughters, is raped by her closest friend’s brother. Worse luck, the attack results in a pregnancy, thereby further dashing Daphne’s chances of being married to an as-yet-unnamed duke. Salvation comes in the form of long-lost cousin Hugo, recently widowed and returning after a successful career in America to reclaim his Yorkshire roots. Luckily for all, Daphne and Hugo fall deeply in love, and their union further helps the Inghams and Swanns weather the tragedies to come when England goes to war. The popular and prolific Bradford knocks another fast-paced family saga out of the park with charming characters and manor-house mayhem. --Carol Haggas
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007503180