Born into a poor immigrant family, Connor Ryan has built the twelfth largest corporation on earth. When he passes control to his eldest daughter Branna, his younger daughter Niamh feels betrayed. After a bitter argument, Connor agrees that Niamh can take control of a derelict hotel, and she pledges to increase its value tenfold in one year. If she succeeds, Connor secretly promises her Branna’s job. Niamh finds herself on a journey which divides her family, wrecks her health and even threatens her sanity. Branna, who will stop at nothing to thwart her, sets a myriad of traps and steals the man she loves.
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About the Author
David Conway was born in Bristol, the son of an airline pilot, and grew up in the Thames Valley. A former journalist with a lifelong interest in leadership, he has spent the last twenty years of his life devising and organising events which celebrate the work of leaders and achievers. He has personally presented leadership awards to - among others - Senator John McCain, Senior US Senator for Arizona; and John Rose, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer. He has also presented awards to mayors and leaders in cities from St Louis, to Amman and Lagos. In 1997 he devised the SET Award scheme which has become Europe's leading award for science and engineering undergraduates. Cruel Sister, soon to be followed by a sequel, is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cruel Sister by David Conway is a juicy little novella about how the world really works. When their father, Conner decides to retire, Niamh and Brenna Ryan are thrown into a power struggle that will either be the making of them or the destruction of an empire that Conner has spent years building from virtually nothing but the lint in his pockets. The first shock is when 82-year old Conner leaves the reigns of Fayne Corporation in the hands of his older daughter, Brenna. The announcement at his retirement party very nearly causes Niamh to lose her composure; in fact she leaves the party even before the congratulatory drinks are raised. Confronting her father later, Niamh strikes a deal to give her the opportunity to show her worth to her father and possibly change his mind about his decision. She will have one year and one of the fledgling subsidiaries of Fayne. Her task is to turn the subsidiary around and grow it by tenfold. Can she do it? Meanwhile, Brenna starts surreptitiously cleaning house at Fayne, leaving consternation and hard feelings in her wake. As the sisters move forward with their plans, their father sinks into the inevitable problems of old age, leaving them to fend for themselves. Their mother, Bridget, not wanting to take sides, holds her stock in Fayne in abstention until a shocking turn of events comes to light. Don’t miss this page turner -- tight narrative, fast action and just the right seasoning of romance make Cruel Sister a must read.