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The Cavendon women / Barbara Taylor Bradford.

By: Bradford, Barbara Taylor, 1933- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Bradford, Barbara Taylor, Cavendon Hall: 2.; Bradford, Barbara Taylor, Cavendon Hall: 02.Publisher: London: HarperCollins, 2015Description: xiii, 480 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780007503230; 9780007503223; 9780007503261.Subject(s): Nineteen twenties -- Fiction | Aristocracy (Social class) -- Fiction | Rich people -- Fiction | Inheritance and succession -- Fiction | Yorkshire (England) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.Summary: This novel follows the Inghams' and the Swanns' journey from a family weekend in the summer of 1926 through to the devastation of the Wall Street crash of 1929. It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the earl has planned a family weekend. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. As old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns' loyalty to the Ingham gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it's up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade, and a new way of life.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

1926. One stately home's future lies with four very different young women... On a summer weekend in 1926 the Ingham family gathers at Cavendon Hall, the great house in Yorkshire that has been their family home for centuries, summoned by the Earl. With them are the Swanns who have served the house for generations - and know all their secrets. The estate is under threat: the aftermath of the Great War has left Cavendon facing ruin. Its heir is pushing for divorce so he can follow his heart. And the Earl has a surprise of his own. Four young women from both sides of the house will be the ones to shape its future - Daphne, fighting to modernise her ancestral home; Cecily Swann, forging a path as a fashion designer in London; Deidre, the career girl, and Dulcie, the outspoken debutante. They will change the estate's future for good or ill as the roaring twenties burn towards the Great Depression. Nothing will ever be the same again...

Sequel to Cavendon Hall.

This novel follows the Inghams' and the Swanns' journey from a family weekend in the summer of 1926 through to the devastation of the Wall Street crash of 1929. It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926 when, for the first time in years, the earl has planned a family weekend. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. As old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns' loyalty to the Ingham gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it's up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade, and a new way of life.

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Booklist Review

Lord Charles Ingham carries the centuries-old connection between his family and the Swanns to new levels through the unprecedented bond of matrimony when he marries Charlotte Swann, the love of his life. While Charles and Charlotte take an extended honeymoon in Switzerland, the care of the vast Cavendon estate is left to the Four Ds, that is, Ingham's daughters, Daphne, Diedre, DeLacy, and Dulcie, as well as his son, Miles; and his forbidden love, Charlotte's niece, Cecily, the Stella McCartney of 1920s London. As global financial uncertainty and an aging manor house threaten the Ingham coffers, fashion wunderkind Cecily steps in with her uncanny business acumen to salvage the Ingham dynasty, as generations of Swanns have always sworn to do. Life gets even more complicated when Dulcie falls for heartthrob actor James Brentwood, Diedre marries and becomes a mother, and DeLacy becomes engaged to a notorious artist. True love conquers all and loyalty reigns supreme in Bradford's dishy continuation of the Cavendon saga, following Cavendon Hall (2014).--Haggas, Carol Copyright 2015 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Second installment of Bradford's answer to Downton Abbey.Most of the major Downton characters, both downstairs and upstairs, have their counterparts in Bradford's saga of the Inghams, who are striving to maintain their stately home after World War I, when, as Downton viewers know, the British government imposed punishing taxes on the aristocracy. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, has not lost the family fortune to foolish investments, but he has married his true love, Charlotte, matriarch of the Swann family, which has served the Inghams for more than 300 years. Most of the family greets the news with sanguinity, including the Earl's heir, Miles, and his four daughters, whose given names all start with D, a move which is intended to charm but mostly confuses. Even Lady Gwendolyn, the book's crusty clone of the dowager countess of Grantham, approves the matchalthough the Swanns are commoners, they are not just any commoners. Only Aunt Lavinia complains and is ostracized by the family until, many pages later, the tragic reason for her snark attack is discovered. There are other token attempts to introduce excitement. One of the D daughters is being slandered at work over a long-ago lesbian entanglement (a problem soon mooted by her respectable betrothal), and the Earl's ex-wife, Felicity, has absconded with the family jewels. Cecily Swann, a successful fashion entrepreneur in the vein of Bradford's Emma Harte series, has resumed her affair with Miles even though his estranged wife, Clarissa, won't divorce himher obesity has removed her from the remarriage market. However, as if Bradford had no real desire to deal with unpleasantness and would prefer to wax rhapsodic about her favorite subjectsdcor, money, and beautiful peopleevery possibility of interesting conflict is quickly dispatched. The family fortune is only briefly threatened. A desultory murder mystery involving peripheral characters and another of the D's comes too late to leaven the dullness. A novel that could have used more melodrama or even drama. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.