The Heir

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: House of Deravenel, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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At the age of 33, Edward Deravenel, having survived harrowing years of betrayal, threats from ruthless enemies, countless lovers, and a war that ravaged his country, is finally king of his company. It's 1918, an influenza pandemic is sweeping the country, and Edward has a family and a business to protect. 

He must thread his way between his loyal brother, Richard, and his treacherous middle brother, George, an alcoholic bent on self-destruction...but not before he tries to ruin Edward and his good name. Meanwhile, the wrath of his ever-jealous wife, Elizabeth, is reaching a boiling point as suspicions about Edward's relationships with other women arise. 

Politics of inheritance are intense, and different family factions vie for honor over the years. An heir is needed to keep the Deravenel name alive, but tragedy and death remain obstacles at every turn. 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. 

Barbara Taylor Bradford triumphs once again with a novel about passion, treachery, marriage, and family, and the compromises we're forced to make for power and love. 

©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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Love everything Barbara Taylor Bradford!

I was hooked from Woman of Substance and have read and reread all her books .

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  • 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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