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Posted December 9, 2008
This is an interesting family drama
In Exmoor, England Richard Lanyon always resented the fact that his father was a tenant farmer working for aristocratic affluent Sweetwater clan. Richard wants to be free by owning his land not slaving for someone else to gain the profits of his toil as the case with his recently deceased dad. Ambitious, he will shape the future through his son.---------- His goal seems achieved when he arranges for his offspring Peter to marry wealthy Liza Weaver. However, Peter loves Marion Locke and his fiancée loves someone else. Neither are pleased with the arrangement, but both accept the inevitably of their marriage as they understand their duty to family. Meanwhile the widow Richard is attracted to Marion. While his brokenhearted son and equally despondent daughter-in-law struggle together, Richard has a dark secret that fosters a deep guilt that haunts his gut and a fear that if revealed THE HOUSE OF LANYON will topple like a deck of cards.------------ This is an interesting family drama that sprawls across the late fifteenth century. The story line provides a fascinating look at the dysfunctional relationship between social classes especially outside of London. However, the historical tale targets those readers who enjoy a Barbara Taylor Bradford like saga occurring prior to and during the War of the Roses era.---------- Harriet Klausner
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Posted December 5, 2012
BOTH MOVING AND MEMORABLE
I have read over 500 historical novels. I do not say this to brag but rather to demonstrate my surprise that this book is not more widely read. The plot is unpredictale, the story is fast paced and riveting and it is extremely well written. I will not elaborate on the plot since another reviewer has done so but I strongly suggest to those readers that enjoy historical fiction to read this book. It is not a happy ending romance novel but it is filled with joy and the gritty sadness of everyday life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.