Cavendon Hall written by Barbara Taylor Bradford was not only a good read but also it was an excellent audio experience which I did enjoy. The book is based on the Ingham family and those who served in their household the Swann family. There are many characters within this very readable book and each of them really added to the story.
The main era of the book is just prior and during the First World War and though there was some mention of the war this book really based the story on the goings on of the household and those who lived in and the surrounding lands. This was one book which I know I will return too as the author Barbara Taylor Bradford is well known for not only being a great story teller but she can bring her characters alive through excellent writing. The main characters were for me Charles Ingham and his family especially the beautiful Lady Daphne Ingham plus her delightful younger sister Dulcie who always had me smiling whenever she was part of the storyline.
Why I liked this book so much was the constant story developed throughout, there was no slow times - everything mattered to the story for me there was no wasted words which makes a great read for me.
The reason I reduced my star rating was mainly because at times the story-line was just too sweet and rather far fetched, I do not know if this was because of the audio narration as the actual narrator was a bit annoying when doing the separate accents and voices but that was only my own personal opinion. For me it did not take away this was an excellent story and I am now looking forward to the next book in the series The Cavendon Women
and I am hoping Cecily Swann has a stronger role in the story-line.
One other complaint I had was I felt I missed out in an earlier book as there was a lot of history between the Swann and Ingham family but the author only hinted at the reasons for this - I do hope this is explained further and in more depth why the Swann's are so protective of the Ingham family and the same for the Ingham's are extremely protective of the Swann's also.
Cavendon Hall written by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a great read and audio experience and I loved how the story was developed with the separate characters narrating their own story, I am happy to recommend this read to all readers of historical fiction. I would actually recommend it especially to those who loved Downton Abbey - Series 1-5 [DVD
] as it has typically the same format.