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Summary

BTB at her superb best. A sweeping saga set around the aristocratic Ingham family of Cavendon Hall and the Swanns who serve them, set on the eve of World War I.

Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. One stately home: Cavendon Hall, a grand imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. A society beauty: Lady Daphne Ingham is the most beautiful of the Earl's daugthers. Being presented at Court and then a glittering marriage is her destiny. But in the summer of 1913, a devastating event changes her future forever, and puts the House of Ingham at risk.

Life as the families of Cavendon Hall know it - Royal Ascot, supper dances, grouse season feasts - is about to alter beyond recognition as the storm clouds of war gather.

©2013 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Queen of the genre." ( Sunday Times)
"Romantic and thrilling." ( Independent on Sunday)

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Not far in but narrator not suited to this book.

If you could sum up Cavendon Hall in three words, what would they be?

Yorkshire, comforting, familiar.

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Bentinck’s performances?

Not if there is a Yorkshire accent involved

Any additional comments?

Why on earth was this narrator selected to read a book which involves Yorkshire accents? The voice she uses for the young gypsy girl Genevra makes her sound more like a 60 year old man. I am Yorkshire born and bred and her supposed local accents are dire. Am trying my best to enjoy this audio book but rather wish I had bought the book itself and I am seriously considering returning the audio book, solely due to the narration.

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Lost in another time....

I loved this book. The characters were perfectly balanced...most memorable for me was The Great War. chapters...anticipating who was going to return and who may not. i thought the narrator was spectacular. I must read the sequel asap....Just hooked on period dramas with a bit of history thrown in....So enjoyable. cannot go far wrong with BTB....

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  • carole
  • SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom
  • 07-03-14

dire!

What would have made Cavendon Hall better?

This is one of the most boring stories ever. The plot is utter tosh and to compare it with Downton Abbey is a nonsense.






Has Cavendon Hall put you off other books in this genre?

Yes.

Which character – as performed by Anna Bentinck – was your favourite?

All were well executed.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cavendon Hall?

All of them.

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Loved this book, a real nice surprise, a family story set before & after W1 and after. longer than expected but stick with it.