The Cavendon Luck : Cavendon Hall

  • by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck
  • Series: Cavendon Hall
  • 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As the clouds of war gather over Cavendon Hall, the next generation must step forward....
The great house of Cavendon Hall has stood on the Yorkshire moors for centuries. Two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them, have been bound by loyalty since the first stone was laid. But when war looms, the survival of the great Cavendon estate must rest with the Earl's eldest daughter, Daphne, and her sister in-law, Cecily Swann.
Sons, husbands and brothers are called up to fight; trials and tragedies strike the great house itself, but the women of every generation and background rise to meet the terrible threat posed by Hitler.
The Cavendon Luck has held for a long time. Can it hold in the face of this greatest threat of all - and can it protect the next generation?

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What the Critics Say

"The four young women centre stage are a feistier lot than their Downton counterparts.... These are likeable, well-drawn characters whose fortunes you follow with keen interest...neatly captures the brittleness of the decade that danced and stumbled towards the Great Depression." (Daily Mail)
"Sweeping, fascinating and dramatic...there's even a nod to Emma Harte. The power and emotion come through on every page." (Romantic Times Book Reviews)
Acclaim for Cavendon Hall:
"A classic saga of loyalty, secrets, passion and intrigue...if you've been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton, this is for you." (Daily Mail)
"A stately home, a dangerous secret and two families whose fates have been intertwined for generations...a gripping period piece set on the brink of the Great War. Exquisite escapism of the highest order." (The Lady)
"A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans.... This is Barbara Taylor Bradford in her element, full of drama, passion, romance and danger." (Sarah Broadhurst, lovereading.co.uk)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fabulous

really sorry it ended. Wanted it to continue. Made me feel as if I knew them all personally. loved the narrator and her change of voices. characterised them perfectly
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- michelle moore

Disappointing - minor plot spoiler alert

This a most frustrating listen. I had enjoyed the first two books but this volume lacked any tension and was disappointing. Plot lines pop up and are resolved so quickly and predictably that the whole book is flat. One example - our heroine is helping the escape of a Jewish family from Nazi Berlin. Pages are spent on this but when eventually resolved it is so unsatisfactory. You are not even sure if they are ever reunited as not a word is written about it and the family disappear down a plot hole. And finally the author hasn't even bothered with basic research about WW2 eg British Intelligence talk of concentration camps with gas chambers six years before they existed. So if you want to know what happens to the two families this is ok but prepare to feel uninvolved
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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited