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Heirs of Ravenscar - Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford / Genre: Fiction

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      04.02.2009 22:59
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      I seem to have found my reading rhythm lately, managing to whiz through a good pile of books in as many weeks.
      This is a good thing as my "to read" pile is getting dangerously high and threatening to squash the husband whenever he goes into the bedroom...... ok, so not a really bad thing!

      One of my more recent reads is the book I will now review, this being - "Heirs of Ravanscar"

      The selling point of this particular book, bar from the fact it was being sold for £1.00 at Asda, god bless Asda, was the fact that it was written by one of my favourite authors, this being Barbara Taylor Bradford.

      I have read a far few books by BTB with my favourite being Woman of substance. From the blurb on the back of the book I got the feeling that this book was going to be in the same strain of writing.

      The book is in three parts, with each part covering a life of a Deveranal.

      The Devearanals are a big and very wealthy family. Head of the family is the very dashing Edward. An entrepreneur of the early 20's, Edward had made his fortune investing in oil.
      Edward had everything he could possibly desire, a beautiful wife, 8 golden haired children, the perfect business and along with many other professional men at that time the perfect mistress. All is peachy until his younger brother George starts playing his silly games again, always trying to outdo Edward Something eventually has to give and surely will......

      Part two skips forward a good 20 years, the company is now being run by Edwards daughter Bess, not an unusual thing for a woman to do these days, but in those times this was a trail blazing idea, all brought about by Edward.
      Through an advantages match between Bess and one of her fathers rival business mans son a new era is born, one that will hopefully secure the future of the now ailing Deveranal empire........

      Part three skips forwards again to 1970. The company is now being run by Edward's grandson Harry Turner. The one thing that Harry desires seems to be the one thing he will never get, a son and heir, the one thing that will secure the line of the Deveranal's.
      Obsessed with this notion Harry will stop at nothing to achieve his fathers dying wish for him, even if it destroys his wife and daughter......

      This book, as you may have gathered from the brief synopsis for each part, was a little lacking shall we say.

      The first part was the better of the three, and the largest taking up nearly ¾ of the book space. Most of the space was taken up with background of the characters, a thing that by the end of the book BTB felt no need to explore further.
      There seemed at times too many characters in each scene. With too many things happening at once, and yet nothing really happening of any importance at all.

      I started off really looking forward to reading this book, I ended by wishing I hadn't started in the first place.

      For more information visit - www.barbarataylorbradford.com

      For me this book was a real let down, and one I would not recommend to anyone.

      Thanks for reading x

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