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Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford Narrator: Ric Jerrom Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ravenscar Trilogy Release Date: December 2006 ISBN: 9781427200426
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Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the illustrious Harte family in her blockbuster A Woman of Substance. Now she has created an unforgettable new dynasty: the Deravenels.

On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward of the death of his father, brother, uncle, and cousin in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward and his cousin Neville Watkins are suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and retake control of their family's business empire.

As he grows into a handsome, charismatic man, Edward is torn between duty and desire. There are women in his life for whom he'll risk everything—and one woman who might destroy him. But madness and secrecy lie at the heart of the family, and Edward's enemies are far more ruthless than he knows. He will need his strength more than ever when the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked by betrayal from within. Who will become the ultimate ruler of the Deravenels?

Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga that brings to life the glittering Edwardian Era. The Ravenscar Dynasty is based on the familial factions of England's Wars of the Roses, brought to life by the magical, memorable storytelling power that is Barbara Taylor Bradford.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bradford will delight readers with this simply captivating series debut novel. It's filled with romance, suspense and intrigue, and the richly detailed characters come vibrantly alive as expert pacing captures your attention from the very first page. RT Book Reviews

  • A plot rich with period detail. Publishers Weekly
  • Bradford ...draws on her early life in Yorkshire to be able to write about this
    lovely part of England so convincingly. If this installment is any indication, we can look forward to more page-turning developments in the two books to follow in this trilogy.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 4/20/2011

    " didn't like it - repeated the same things over and over "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/24/2011

    " A random pick-up at the library. We shall see.
    I actually really liked this book. Although I have to say that I love reading about turn of the century England. I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series from the library soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/23/2010

    " As usual her writing is wonderful, to the point and not boring. Very enjoyable reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/19/2010

    " I couldn't put the book down. It was one of the best I've ever read. It really held my interest. I wish she'd write more of these kind of books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 9/20/2010

    " I listened to this book on tape while doing my gardening. It was perfect for that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nyla | 5/26/2010

    " I love romances and love historical romanced but this book was a bore. Everyone was impossibly pretty and all challanged (even those heavily foreshadowed) were solved with very little effort by the hero. It is clear the author loves her characters and that might be the root of the problem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 3/31/2010

    " I enjoyed the book. I wish I had read the Ravenscar books in order or at least closer together. I couldn't tell if I had read it before or if I just recognized the characters from the later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 12/3/2009

    " I enjoy generation books. This is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia | 12/1/2009

    " The position as head of this early 20th Century family in London is given to Edward Deravelel when he is only 17 years old. He is handsome, bright,rich, and a killer with the ladies. Characters are two dimensional and fairly predictable, but the action and the friction among them is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/14/2009

    " Great to read after "The White Queen" by Philippa Gregory. Liked the war of the roses (york vs lancaster) storyline brought into the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/13/2009

    " first of 3 in the Ravenscar Dynasty series. the main character is a womanizer yet he's still charming and u still root for him to regain control of his family's company. looking forward to the next one... the heir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/7/2009

    " I really enjoyed the Ravenscar Dynasty. Some parts were a bit repetitive, but overall the book has a fiery passion of competition and righteousness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/27/2009

    " While this is enjoyable, it is not A Woman of Substance to which I compaare all of BTB's work. This is about a man who when 18 must take over the running of the family business and actually get it back from those who stole it 60 years before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chels | 2/17/2009

    " This book was so-so, but I don't think I'd recommend it to any of my friends. A little to many "romantical encounters", if you know what I mean. "

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford, bestselling author, was born and raised in England where she started her writing career as a journalist. She has written numerous international bestsellers, and a dozen of her novels have made the New York Times bestsellers list, including Hold the Dream, which made the New York Times list of #1 bestsellers. Several of her books have been made into television miniseries.

About the Narrator

Ric Jerrom is an actor, writer, and—occasionally—director. He has also narrated audiobooks in genres from classics to romantic fiction to mystery and suspense, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. He has written plays, film scripts, short stories, poetry, and journalism. He has performed in many radio plays, sundry theaters, and internationally for the Natural Theatre Company of Bath.