The Ravenscar Dynasty (Ravenscar Series #1)

The Ravenscar Dynasty (Ravenscar Series #1)

by Barbara Taylor Bradford
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The Ravenscar Dynasty (Ravenscar Series #1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the illustrious Harte family in her blockbuster A Woman of Substance. Now she has created a powerful new cast of characters whose lives are filled with drama and danger, romance and revenge: the Deravenels.

IN ONE HEARTBEAT THEIR LIVES CHANGED FOREVER…

When Cecily Deravenel tells her eighteen-year-old son Edward of the death of his father, brother, uncle, and cousin in a fire, a part of Edward dies as well. Not only is he too young to shoulder the responsibility for an entire family, Edward is also suspicious of the deaths. So he vows to seek the truth. Avenge the deaths. And retake control of their global business empire.

IN ONE MOMENT, AMBITION AND REVENGE ARE BORN.

As he grows into a handsome, charismatic man, Edward is torn between duty and desire. There are women in his life for whom he'll risk everything—and one woman who might destroy him. But madness and secrecy lie at the heart of the family, and Edward's enemies are far more ruthless than he knows. He will need his strength more than ever when the house of Deravenel is fatally rocked by betrayal from within. Who will become the ultimate ruler of the Deravenels?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312354664
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Series: Ravenscar Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 10.62(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and Being Elizabeth. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Yorkshire, England

Education:

Christ Church Elementary School and Northcote Private School for Girls in Yorkshire, England

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The Ravenscar Dynasty (Ravenscar Series #1) 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Ms. Bradford's books, and without a doubt, this is the worst. There wasn't one person in the whole book that was likeable. They were back-stabbing, ruthless, deceptive, philandering, traitorous -- I could go on and on. Even the so called 'hero' was an incurable womanizer who kept a mistress while he fathered eight children. Granted, it was based on The War of the Roses, names and all, but it took place in the 20th Century, not the 15th! Hopefully, we've become a little more civilized since then. And Ms. Bradford's dialogue is totally insipid. About the only good thing I can say about the book was that it WASN'T about that interminable Harte family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cast is difficult to figure out... cousins, brothers, uncles, mistresses...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never read this famous author before...thank goodness. I kept waiting for the story to begin. This was like reading an outline of a story idea with all the characters to be fleshed out before publishing, worst luck, they published before that could happen!
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elbell More than 1 year ago
Boring, hard to read, and not remotely interesting. Forced myself to read it because I bought it. DO NOT BUY
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and read the other related books...The Heir and Being Elizabeth Enjoyed the contrast to "The Tudors"
cmOH More than 1 year ago
Great read..Barbara Taylor Bradford delivers again in a very enjoyable beginning of a new family storyline. I hope she goes back and writes about the origins of the family who created this dynasty.
jane_eyre89 More than 1 year ago
the character edward deravenal is everything a woman can ask for. the story revolve around the deravenel's life. i just like the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Ms. Bradford's books, and without a doubt, this is the worst. There wasn't one person in the whole book that was likeable. They were back-stabbing, ruthless, deceptive, philandering, traitorous -- I could go on and on. Even the so called 'hero' was an incurable womanizer who kept a mistress while he fathered eight children. Granted, it was based on The War of the Roses, names and all, but it took place in the 20th Century, not the 15th! Hopefully, we've become a little more civilized since then. And Ms. Bradford's dialogue is totally insipid. About the only good thing I can say about the book was that it WASN'T about that interminable Harte family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am halfway through and finding it difficult to believe this is a Barbara Taylor Bradford book. It's work to read this one. The names alone!! First there is Edward who in the next line is called Ned. I have also read 'darling Lily' too many times to count. Will finish, but can't wait to start another book by another author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As in Woman of Substance, the men are weak. The characters are not sympathetic and all are self serving. An 18 yo kid has an affaire with a 32 yo woman. She becomes pregnant, but they are so adult about it in that she will have the baby and he can be a part of her life or not. She is wealthy because of her two late husbands. In fact everyone is wealthy because of inheritances. Someone had to earn the money, but in this book wealth magically appears. The racial profiling of the horseman who caused the accident in Hyde Park is unacceptable. The plot doesn't anchor, and then that is questionable, until the last 100 pages. Books are expensive. There are better ones out there. Much better ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think I have read every book Barbara has written, and was really looking forward to this one. However, the characters just didn't seem as real to me as the Emma series. And I know that the Edwardian era was full of sexual encounters, but this was endless. The worst of my problems was the interchangeable use of Edward and Ned. Then you add Neville to the mix and the whole plot is muddled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Barbara Taylor Bradford, but this has got to be the most boring book I've tried to read in years. After about a week trying to get 'into' this one, I gave up. Very, very disappointing. What a waste of time and money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does anyone edit books anymore? The dialogue in this was atrocious. If I came across 'endeavor' one more time I was ready to scream. I'm beginning to wonder if Mrs. Bradford really wrote 'A Woman of Substance' by herself. The subsequent books in the series were not as good as the first, and she has avoided the historical genre until now - a wise move as this disaster proves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! The Ravenscar Dynasty was superb. I'm a huge fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford and this new book is a great start to a new trilogy. This is one of those books with dozens of characters on two sides of a family at war. Neither side is comprised of perfect people, though Edward Deravel is clearly part of the branch that has been wronged. He and his cousin, Neville seek revenge for the deaths of their fathers, and an assortment of other attacks. Game on! Ravenscar Dynasty is filled with memorable characters and a great deal of history. It is set in the early 1900s in England and Italy. A very promising start to a new saga from an author we all know and love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was extremely disappointed with her writing style, character development, and flow. I lost interest in the main character early on and it never got better. Save yourself time and money. Read something else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am hoping that I did not lumber through this cumbersome, hesitant, posturing, obtuse, 482 page drivel for nothing. Aside from the cost for the hardcover edition! This is not even Emma Harte with her multiple progeny and endless red haired relatives! I am very disappointed and can only hope that something better is coming from this 14 year old father who has a penchant for gilded haired, hourglass figured, widowed or married women who are older always. This man is supposed to possess a briliant business sense along with being a stud and a dynasty maker!! His present wife, a widow with two children, who are never mentioned after the marriage and their own dozen or so offspring don't fit at all. I will read the next edition in this saga and that is IT! The book and story are too fragmented, making it impossible to hold one's attention. I hope that all of this dull background is for a purpose and will undoubtedly bring Deravenel into his own as a very young widower with umpteen kids and his own siblings to continue to raise - will prove to be at least readable. Neville, the only character of any weight, died far too early and having his car chased by his cousins as a murder weapon was really over the top. Dull, dull,dull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I have loved many novels by this author. Second, this novel was such a disappointment I felt as if I was confused or mistaken about the author - as if another person had actually written this book. The plot is so thin it's as if you're digesting a clear, boring broth of a 'book' instead of the good hearty stew you would expect with an historical saga. The characters seem to be completely stupid, asking each other the same questions over and over and exclaiming over the same revelations time and again as if these were truly new, interesting, or exciting. It seems almost as if the author created a 30 page story that had to be stretched to 200 pages, and so added as much filler and Inane dialogue as possible. The writing is almost Danielle Steelish in it's simplicity (althouth not every sentance begins with 'and' or 'but'). The story line has absolutely nothing new, nothing interesting, and nothing to remember, which is so sad considering the incredibly rich history and timeframe in which the work is set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tedious and boring.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
For a woman who began her professional career in the typing pool of England's Yorkshire Evening Post, Barbara Taylor Bradford has come a long, long way. Her first novel, A Woman Of Substance (1979), as much of the world knows, almost instantly rose to the top of the lists. Following in short order were 20 more novels. Using the appellation 'bestselling author' in regard to Ms. Bradford is not a publicist's hype - there are some 76 million copies of her books in print. She's a wonder. Now, she offers her 22nd novel, The Ravenscar Dynasty, another intriguing family saga which is the first in a planned trilogy. She has set it in one of the most exciting time periods - turn of the century England. Thus, as is often the case, her tale is rich in period detail penned so precisely that colors and shapes seem to leap off the pages. Hero Edward Deravanel is a young man, in his late teens, who seemingly had little interest in the business world. His life changes when his father, brother, uncle, and cousin are killed in a fire, and he finds himself thrust into the world of commerce. Was the fire an accident? He hardly thinks so. The blaze has taken virtually his entire family. There is a fortune at stake. Edward and his cousin, Neville Watkins, determine to find the truth. Not only that but to secure total control of the family's corporate empire. With a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel it's not necessary to add that there's romance aplenty, a mentally challenged villain wed to a conniving, greedy lass, plus a multitude of devious schemes when money and power are the rewards. Don't miss this one! - Gail Cooke