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Being Elizabeth (Ravenscar Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

a novel of substance

With the death of Mary Turner, her estranged daughter Elizabeth inherits Deravenel's due to her late father¿s will. However, the Board has issues with Elizabeth being in her twenties and with the poor stewardship of her mother. Mary has left the company in financial t...
With the death of Mary Turner, her estranged daughter Elizabeth inherits Deravenel's due to her late father¿s will. However, the Board has issues with Elizabeth being in her twenties and with the poor stewardship of her mother. Mary has left the company in financial trouble having removed profits needed for capital reinvestments to assist her husband, Philip Alvarez instead.---------- However, her influential childhood friend Robert Dunley throws his support to Elizabeth, who he believes is more than capable of turning the company around. As they work together to save Deravenel¿s, they initially try to ignore their attraction to one another. However, that proves more difficult than dealing with the Board of Directors as love is more complicated than business relationships.------ The latest Deravanel¿s family drama continues the saga (see THE RAVENSCAR DYNASTY and THE HEIR) with a fabulous cute twist taken from sixteenth century England and brought to contemporary times. The story line is character driven, as always is the case of a Barbara Taylor Bradford¿ sweeping epic. Fans of the author will fully appreciate this fine contemporary in the boardrooms and bedrooms as BEING ELIZABETH is a novel of substance.------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on July 31, 2008

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Disappointing Sequel

I had read the previous books in this series and enjoyed learning about Deravenels. This effort was unbelievable. I didn't like Elizabeth and found her character very unsympathetic. The plot was weak and didn't hang together. The author was lazy in developing the ch...
I had read the previous books in this series and enjoyed learning about Deravenels. This effort was unbelievable. I didn't like Elizabeth and found her character very unsympathetic. The plot was weak and didn't hang together. The author was lazy in developing the characters as they were all too predictable and unreal. This book is a waste of your time.

posted by ReaderKZ on March 30, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    A Disappointing Sequel

    I had read the previous books in this series and enjoyed learning about Deravenels. This effort was unbelievable. I didn't like Elizabeth and found her character very unsympathetic. The plot was weak and didn't hang together. The author was lazy in developing the characters as they were all too predictable and unreal. This book is a waste of your time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    Being Elizabeth Disappoints

    "A Woman of Substance" is an epic novel that remains one of the best written by Barbara Taylor Bradford. The subsequent novels in the series have all been well written and the characters thoroughly likable. "Being Elizabeth" is unfortunately an exception to the well written work we have all become used to. Basing the novel on a 20th century version of Henry VIII was an unimaginative way to continue the series. However, more importantly, Elizabeth was not a likeable primary character and did not seem to have substance beyond acquiring property and wealth. I hope that future novels will have the "substance" we have all become used to because "Being Elizabeth" sadly does not.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    what a bore!

    This was my first time read of Mrs Bradford, and the last, this book was so<BR/>boring I read upto 100 pages and I couldn't read anymore. There is no story to capture you and it goes on about this Elizabeth and her houses,<BR/>that she has inherited and her business. I don't think I would recommend<BR/>this book to anyone.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Big Disappointment

    I have been a fan of BTB for many years and eagerly await the next book to add to the collection. However, this has to be the worst one by far. The basic story is good but all that you have to weed through to get to it is not. Maybe the editing was off the mark. Would this have been published if it weren't for the author's fame? I had high hopes for this series and the characters but it was so confusing and irritating. However, that said, I'm hopeful and will await her next book. If you have never read Mrs. Bradford's work, please start with her earlier works to understand her capability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

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    Not good

    Barbara Taylor Bradford has such talent, but this book is way off the mark. Why she tried to write a modern novel in 16th century England, I don't know. I really tried to get into it, but it was too much like reading about Elizabeth I and as a result was too confusing.<BR/><BR/>If you want to read about Elizabeth I, read Jean Plaidy.

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    Posted May 9, 2009

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