When I read a book, what really draws me in are the characters. I want to know them, really know them.
Everything that happens to them, their whole story, not just some general “and they lived happily ever after” or even “unhappily ever after.” I don’t want to be left with questions about what happened to my favorite characters or if karma ever found the villains of the story.
Which is why I easily get swept up in family sagas like those from Barbara Taylor Bradford.
I recently read Cavendon Hall, The Cavendon Women, and The Cavendon Luck (which comes out today).
This series tells the story of two families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns, who serve them. There’s a centuries-old bond between the two families. Both loyalty and love that can’t be resisted. The story starts in 1913 and, with The Cavendon Luck, tells the story of the families through World War II. You get to experience what happens to all the members of the Ingham and Swann families, whether you are rooting for them to find love in the cases of your favorites or loving to watch them fail when a character rubs you the wrong way. You’ll get to read it all.
History, romance, the friendship and loyalty between two families over the years: The Cavendon Luck found me swept away by this saga.
When I first started looking at this series, I saw a lot of mention of it being great for fans of Downtown Abbey… but I have to admit that I actually haven’t seen a single episode of that show. Though I know a lot of you have watched it, so I thought that might be of interest to you.
To buy The Cavendon Luck (and the first two books about these families), check out Barbara Taylor Bradford’s site.
*I was sent a review copy of The Cavendon Luck, though I only blog about books I like and think you’d enjoy, too. The rest languish on my bookshelf until I give them away.