House of Deravenel

3 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 99 ratings

The Ravenscar Dynasty Publisher's Summary

On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her 18-year-old son, Edward, of the death of his father, brother, and cousins in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward is comforted by his cousin Neville Watkins, who is suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and take control of the business empire usurped 60 years before.

Handsome, charismatic, and a notorious womanizer, Edward battles his cousin, Henry Grant, for control of the family empire. Elizabeth Wyland, a young widow and a great beauty, stands by his side, and they are secretly married. She is power hungry and ambitious. But Edward also has a mistress: Jane Shaw, a constant in his life. And as Elizabeth's jealousy damages their marriage, Edward's only solace is Bess, his brilliant first born. But the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked when betrayal comes from within. Soon, catastrophe threatens to destroy the family and the business.

Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga set against the backdrop of the Edwardian era and the belle epoque, just before the First World War.

©2007 Beaji Enterprises, Inc (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • The Ravenscar Dynasty

    • A Novel
    • By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    On a bitterly cold day in 1904, the Deravenel family's future changes forever. When Cecily Deravenel tells her 18-year-old son, Edward, of the death of his father, brother, and cousins in a fire, a part of him dies as well. Edward is comforted by his cousin Neville Watkins, who is suspicious of the deaths. They vow to seek the truth, avenge the deaths, and take control of the business empire usurped 60 years before.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not that great

    • By D. Mains on 09-08-07

    Regular price: $39.93

  • Book 2

    • The Heir

    • By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Little payoff for such a long novel

    • By Book and Movie Lover on 05-20-08

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • Being Elizabeth

    • By: Barbara Taylor Bradford
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 13

    From the storytelling magic of Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a modern retelling of the drama and intrigue surrounding the 16th century Queen Elizabeth. Instead of England, the throne is the business empire of the Deravenels. And this Elizabeth is the most powerful Managing Director in its history. Surrounded by rumors and betrayal, Elizabeth Deravenel must steer her company clear of takeovers.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not much "substance"

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-26-08

    Regular price: $35.93