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Publisher's Summary

Edward Deravenel is the king of his company at last: a man who sought and won a business empire and the favors of many women. Now it is 1918, the war is over, an influenza epidemic is sweeping England, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and the treacherous middle brother of the family, George. And the politics of inheritance are intense, as different family factions vie for the honor. The choices include a loyal caretaker, a jealous rumormonger, a charming young woman, a sickly boy, and the scion of the family Edward ousted from power years before.

New York Times best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs with a novel about family, love, marriage, and the compromises we're forced to make for power.

©2007 Beaji Enterprises, Inc (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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Little payoff for such a long novel

I usually enjoy Bradford's novels but this one was way too long and the heir at the end was a new character, not described throughout the book as the title might imply. Very long and drawn out, rambling. Not recommended.

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Big Disappointment

Although it has been a while since I've read a Bradford novel I don't ever recall so many loose pieces. I really liked the beginning of this book but Ms Bradford started killing folks off and moving through generations Ina rather disjointed fashion. Then, she must have run out of pages or deadlines because after what would have been just another of the wives deaths she comes to an end and an epilogue w the new woman who finally gave the last of the generational tycoon a male heir.

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  • A.
  • Merritt Island, FL, United States
  • 10-31-18

Great

I reread this series every couple of years. I love How Edward Deraveau put in place strategies that endured for generatiions after his death. I also admired him for his belief that a woman could run a large company as well as man and Elizabeth proved that. Great series ☺

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TERRIBLE!

AWFUL!!!

Three first 3/4 of the book is all about some looming disaster, then bing bang boom 'it' happends.... and then all of a sudden it's 50 years later and nothing is resolved!

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