Ravenscliffe: A Novel

Ravenscliffe: A Novel

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by Jane Sanderson
     
 

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For fans of Downton Abbey . . . The peaceful beauty of the English countryside belies the turmoil of forbidden love and the apprehension of a changing world for the families of Netherwood

Yorkshire, 1904. On Netherwood Common, Russian émigré Anna Rabinovich shows her dear friend Eve Williams a gracious Victorian

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For fans of Downton Abbey . . . The peaceful beauty of the English countryside belies the turmoil of forbidden love and the apprehension of a changing world for the families of Netherwood

Yorkshire, 1904. On Netherwood Common, Russian émigré Anna Rabinovich shows her dear friend Eve Williams a gracious Victorian villa—Ravenscliffe—the house Anna wants them to live in. There's a garden and a yard and room enough for their children to play and grow.

Something about the house speaks to Anna, and you should listen to a house, she believes...Ravenscliffe holds the promise of happiness.

Across the square, Clarissa and her husband, the Earl of Netherwood, are preparing for King Edward's visit. Clarissa is determined to have everything in top shape at Netherwood Hall—in spite of the indolent heir to the estate, Tobias, and his American bride—and much of it depends on the work going on downstairs as the loyal servants strive to preserve the noble family's dignity and reputation.

As Anna restores Ravenscliffe to its full grandeur, she strikes up a relationship with hardworking Amos Sykes—who proposed to Eve just one year ago.

But when Eve's long-lost brother Silas turns up in their close-knit mining community, cracks begin to appear in even the strongest friendships.

As change comes to the small town and society at large, the residents of Netherwood must find their footing or lose their place altogether.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062300409
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
54,478
File size:
928 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Sanderson is a former BBC radio producer. She lives with her husband, author and journalist Brian Viner, in Herefordshire, England.

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Ravenscliffe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
KaylaBeck More than 1 year ago
Being as I review a diverse assortment of genres, I feel extremely lucky to have landed three fantastic historical fiction novels in such a short period of time. Ravenscliffe was just as well-written as it's predecessor, Netherwood, but I enjoyed Ravenscliffe so much more. I have also come to the conclusion that the series being titled Eve Williams is a bit misleading, as the story encompassing quite a few people living at Netherwood. There are plenty of characters to love, root for, and even hate, which makes for an interesting story. My favorite character in Ravenscliffe was still Anna, but I also became very attached to Lord Netherwood and Thea. They provided a level of depth that I wasn't expecting in the novel. (I even got a little choked up.) And Absalom... Oh, Absalom... He was such a nasty creature. I wasn't expecting such an awful antagonist in this sort of novel, but jeez... Anyways, I love that there is such a large cast because it showed me so much about life at the estate and in the mines. Also, if there was just one character followed, how would we be present for someone dropping dead at a most inopportune time with King Bertie visiting? One of the best things about Ravenscliffe was the in-depth look at how society and life was changing at that point in time. Workers were demanding safer workplaces, universal adult suffrage was on everyone's minds, and the aristocratic rules on marriage were shrinking. I loved seeing how the characters in Ravenscliffe responded to the changes. The Eve Williams series has been one that I've enjoyed immensely, and I hope that Sanderson will be writing more novels about the lives of the people of Netherwood. If you have any love for historical fiction, I highly recommend giving Netherwood and Ravenscliffe a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Read..!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series. I have already bought the third book in the series. Loved the characters. It continues to be an upstairs downstairs type of novel. Problems come to both classes. I love the historical information. It amazes me that the concerns of pre-World War One are still being played out in today's society with the same old methods. One thing learned is good and evil are in all classes. There is a saying "conservatives believe everyone is equal but not everyone is good - while liberals believe everyone is not equal but everyone is good.". Historical stories like this can make you think about people and their motives. This was a good book. Highly recommended. Other excellent historical writers are: William Jarvis, Eric Larsen, Laurie Graham, Mary Gibson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Lynn Austin, Margaret Mayhew, and Duncan Barrett. This book and series deserve an A+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago