Secrets of Cavendon: A Novel

Secrets of Cavendon: A Novel

by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Overview

Beloved blockbuster bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford continues to captivate readers with her Cavendon saga. Now, with change on the horizon, what will become of the aristocratic Inghams and the devoted Swann family who serve them?

It’s 1949. Things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall for years, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets between the two families. But since the end of World War II, change is inevitable. A new generation of Inghams and Swanns is at the helm, and also at the forefront of new scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and even murder threatening to tear them apart, the families will have to find a way to come together and protect one another, once and for all.

Told with Bradford’s inimitable deftness of prose and a beloved cast of characters, Secrets of Cavendon is a captivating novel that will draw readers in and grip them until the very last page.

“Secrets, passion and intrigue… If you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton Abbey, this is for you.”—Daily Mail (U.K.)

“Unforgettable, sweeping, dramatic.” —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250091468
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Series: Cavendon Hall , #4
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 95,846
Product dimensions: 4.09(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England and started her writing career as a journalist. She has written more than thirty international bestsellers. Secrets of Cavendon is her thirty-second novel. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.

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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Secrets of Cavendon 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lindsay Hickey More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy History or Historical fiction. Secret of Cavendon may be one of the books to pick up. It is book #4 in the series, I think you read it as a standalone if you want to. The plot bring out quite a few romances. One may be dangerous. We see who the woman of Cavendon are and work together. We seem to learn more about history of the Swanns and Ingram's life. Well as we know we have Alicia, Cecily and Miles and their children. Get action and adventures. We also meet Cecily friends and or buisness partners. There change coming and will they be able to stick together though it all? There a murder, heartbreak, drama. Bradford does it all in one book. There seems to be several story lines going on though out he book. They all seem to be teeming from Cavendon. What are secrets of Cavendon that seem to be everyone is worried about. It seems that is in record books. If you are into British history or want learn a little bit about Britain and London this book is set in that area. You got Earls and Countess in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
there+were+too+many+characters+in+the+beginning+and+there+was+no+substance+at+all.+
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
The story of the Swann and Ingham families continues. World War II has ended and the Inghams are having difficulty in paying taxes and upkeep on the large estate. Miles and Cecily Swann Ingham are the heads of Cavendon. One of the main stories in this book is about Alicia Stanton, daughter of Daphne Ingham Stanton, and her romance with a movie producer named Adam Fennel. At first, their love was grand but she began to see cracks in the façade Adam presented in public. She begins to fear his outbursts and wonders who he really is. Lots of characters and it is hard to keep track of who is who. A suggestion to the author: a family tree inserted at the beginning of the book would be very helpful. I did this while reading this book to keep the characters straight.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
The Secrets of Cavendon is the perfect title for the fourth book in this series. In this book there are so many secrets revealed. As each secret is revealed the story falls together more and more. The reasons for different characters reactions, positions in the family, and reasons for living as they do start to make sense as the readers learn more and more about this amazing family. I have read the first three books and found that while not necessary it did help to understand that characters better. I liked that this book featured Victoria and Alicia. The Secrets of Cavendon is these two amazing ladies story. They both are strong, faithful, family women who have grown up knowing that they have to stand up for themselves but have amazing family support behind them also. There were times that all the characters, especially those who were not prominently featured in this book, were hard to keep track of. I am not sure I know exactly who is who, who was married to whom, and who’s children where who’s. But the current characters were easy to follow and enjoy their stories. I must mention the cover. It is elegant, beautiful, and perfect for the Cavendon family. The cover portrays everything that the family is. While you can pick up any of the 4 books in this series and enjoy them I would recommend picking them up in order and enjoying getting to know this family.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford is fourth book in Cavendon Chronicles Series. It is June in 1949 at Cavendon Hall. Countess Cecily Swann Ingham is working to make the property profitable and for them to be able to pay the upcoming taxes. Lady Daphne objects to how commercial Cavendon Hall is becoming and decamps with her husband to Switzerland. Lady Cecily must now stay on at Cavendon Hall full time while managing her business, Cecily Swann Couture long-distance which has been struggling since the war ended. Lady Cecily decides to create a new collection using the gardens at Cavendon Hall as inspiration. Alicia Ingham Stanton is starting a new film and is taken by Adam Fennell, the associate producer. Can Adam be the love of her life? Victoria is busy doing photo shoots and is intrigued by her latest subject, Christopher Langdon. Lady Daphne’s family is worried about her health, but she is evading their questions. Life is never dull for the Swann and Ingham families. Come see how they are faring in Secrets of Cavendon. Secrets of Cavendon did not feel as if it was written by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It lacked focus and jumped around from character to character (and kept introducing more people). The last 15% of the book was the most interesting. I was never pulled into the story the way I was with other works by this author (A Woman of Substance for example). Before embarking on Secrets of Cavendon, you need to have read the first three books in the Cavendon Chronicles Series (or you will be utterly lost in the beginning). The story dwells on Lady Cecily trying to keep the estate afloat. There is a lack of action until the end of the book when a murder occurs. Most of the characters lack depth, and they are all very similar (and felt fake). Many of them are superficial and do not add to the story. It is easy to predict how the book will turn out (it is expected). I found many of the same details repeated throughout the story (like filler) along with information from the previous books in the series. I do feel that Barbara Taylor Bradford accurately portrayed the financial woes that befell many great estates after World War II. Otherwise, I was not impressed with Secrets of Cavendon. I will hesitate before picking up another book by this author (she used to be one of my favorites).
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, St. Martins Press, November 2017 “Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an engaging and entertaining novel. The genres for this book are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. This is a book that is part of The Cavendon Chronicles( part of a series), but I was able to keep up with the story and characters. This series involves the Inghams and the Swanns, their friendship, and marriages. The blurb says,””The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with a new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue.” The author describes the characters as complex, and complicated. Some are strong, and courageous, and loyal, and there are secrets, betrayals and danger . My favorite character is Cecily, who is motivated to keep Cavendon running smoothly. Cavendon is an opulent and gorgeous estate with gardens and beautiful exquisite architecture. Cavendon provides the perfect landscape for creative endeavors. Cecily realizes that between the taxes and the cost of keeping Cavendon, something must be done. Another character that I admire is Aunt Charlotte who seems to provide wonderful advice and has the means to implement them. The women are hardworking and capable. I love seeing how the women in the family bond together. There are secrets of both the Inghams and Swanns recorded in diaries and books throughout the history of the Cavendon. Is this enough of a reason for betrayal or even murder? I love that the author shows the importance of family, loyalty, love, faith, hope and determination. I also find that the “sisterhood ” of women helping support one another through various crisis is admirable. I would highly recommend this book for readers of Women’s fiction. I would also suggest reading the other books in the proper order. I would like to thank Barbara Taylor Bradford, and St. Martins Press and for an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford, St. Martins Press, November 2017 “Secrets of Cavendon” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an engaging and entertaining novel. The genres for this book are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. This is a book that is part of The Cavendon Chronicles( part of a series), but I was able to keep up with the story and characters. This series involves the Inghams and the Swanns, their friendship, and marriages. The blurb says,””The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with a new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue.” The author describes the characters as complex, and complicated. Some are strong, and courageous, and loyal, and there are secrets, betrayals and danger . My favorite character is Cecily, who is motivated to keep Cavendon running smoothly. Cavendon is an opulent and gorgeous estate with gardens and beautiful exquisite architecture. Cavendon provides the perfect landscape for creative endeavors. Cecily realizes that between the taxes and the cost of keeping Cavendon, something must be done. Another character that I admire is Aunt Charlotte who seems to provide wonderful advice and has the means to implement them. The women are hardworking and capable. I love seeing how the women in the family bond together. There are secrets of both the Inghams and Swanns recorded in diaries and books throughout the history of the Cavendon. Is this enough of a reason for betrayal or even murder? I love that the author shows the importance of family, loyalty, love, faith, hope and determination. I also find that the “sisterhood ” of women helping support one another through various crisis is admirable. I would highly recommend this book for readers of Women’s fiction. I would also suggest reading the other books in the proper order. I would like to thank Barbara Taylor Bradford, and St. Martins Press and for an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.
AnOregonian More than 1 year ago
I normally enjoy this author's books but this one just did not do it for me. There were a few characters I enjoyed but for the most part there were so many characters to keep track of and I felt it was just too much and didn't add to the story. The setting is in a lovely old historic home in post World War II in England and the description of the home and surrounding area was vivid. I felt like I was reading more than one story with all the different people involved from a very large aristocratic family but maybe that was the author's intention. I felt there were things that she would bring up with a character, for instance in Adam , the author seemed to make a huge point of him having leg cramps and seemed to imply that it was leading up to an important reveal but it didn't. I could go on about all the little things that bothered me but I don't like to do spoilers or a synopsis of the story. Perhaps if I had read the three previous books of Cavendon Hall it would make more sense and I would be familiar with all the characters and not feel quite so lost trying to keep track of them all. Overall I would say the cover on the book is lovely but I really struggled to keep reading this book to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own. With this fourth novel in the Cavendon series, we get to know the latest generation more. It's a soap opera novel series! Addicting, maddening, and unstoppable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1949 Cecily Swann Ingham, the Seventh Countess of Mowbray, loves Cavendon Hall but wonders if they will be able to continue to support it. Cecily is married to Miles, the love of her life and the Earl of mowbray. Her brother, Harry, is the estate manager. The first Earl was Humphrey Ingham and he and his friend, James Swann, were business partners. Together, they made Cavendon Hall the glorious place it is today. Now that the war is over, Cavendon and the entire country is facing loss due to a lack of money. Some members of the family have opened some commercial shops and offer house tours which has brought in much needed money. Cecily’s sister-in-law, Daphne, does not agree with her or her own sisters about this. Daphne wants the place to stay as it has always been. The family is also concerned that Daphne might be ill with Parkinson’s Disease. More responsibility falls on Cecily’s shoulders and as the Countess, she needs to spend more time at Cavendon and not at her exclusive clothing shop in London. But she has plans to update her summer collection and call it a garden collection. This will hopefully make her designs more modern. The story follows more new characters that are a part of the large Cavendon clan and their adventures in life. This is the fourth novel in the Cavendon saga and I must say that it’s time to end it. The first book was delightful and that should have been the end of it. Unfortunately, as with many series, they become boring as they drag out more events with characters. I find it a shame when that happens. It’s like a TV series that has "stayed too long at the fair” and becomes embarrassingly boring. The author is a great talent, but I hope she will now begin a whole new story and put paid to this one. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I won this book from Goodreads giveaways. I was not required to give a favorable review. This was another wonderful story from Barbara. She writes such wonderful stories that draw you into the storyline and make you feel what the characters are feeling. I have read her other series which was based on Emma Harte and I love that she is mentioned in this story. This one is about the family after WWIII and how it was becoming harder for some of the English families to run large estates and still keep up with the taxes and other things that came after the war. This had a lot to do with the next generation of Ingram and Swans. I hope to be able to get the first 3 books in the series to give me more background on the family. But if you have read them, this book can stand alone and still draw you in.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Secrets of Cavendon is the fourth book in the Cavendon Chronicles. This book takes place in England, shortly after WWII. I had some difficulty getting into this book, probably because I hadn’t read the prior three books in the series. Having said that, once I learned the characters well enough, and became involved in the story; the book took off and kept me captivated until the end. The story begins with Cecily Swann Ingham the seventh Countess of Mowbray, contemplating the state of Cavendon, and the financial burden that it had become. Cecily had done her best to keep the estate afloat, even at the cost of putting her at odds with her sister-in-law, Daphne. Her sister-in-law was so distressed by the commercialization of the estate that she decided to move to Switzerland for a year. The Swann and Ingham family have been close for years, Cecily hated the fact that she might be the cause of the rift between them. She’ll have to take over Daphne’s responsibilities, of course, which will mean that she’ll have to run her London clothing store from afar. Cecily’s business was already losing money, and now it’ll probably lose more. She’ll have to keep that information to herself for the time being. Some secrets can’t be helped, just like the one her Aunt Charlotte told her about. That particular dark secret, however, will stay buried forever, or so Cecily had believed. But when a murder occurred in their family, scandalous secrets were unearthed. Can the Swann and Ingham family, survive the turmoil and heal? Will they ever have the harmonious relationship that they once enjoyed for years? Secrets of Cavendon is an entertaining read. Fans of the series will embrace this story. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.