From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a stunning, epic novel featuring the characters of the beloved Cavendon series.
For years things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets among the Inghams and the Swanns. But since the end of World War II, things have changed. The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford is an engaging historical read. It’s similar to Downton Abbey. A big enormous place that is getting harder to keep up with…and families that have poured their money into keeping it alive. Then, there’s the secrets and history that are revealed. Plus, it too is set after the war. I enjoyed reading this novel.
As with all wars, things change. Drastic changes affect the Ingham and the Swann families. Finding ways to manage the finances and ways of the heart intrigued my attention. There was a lot of backstory and made this hard to get into quickly. I couldn’t move between pages that fast, because I needed to learn what was going on and who was involved with what.
The history of Cavendon is explored on these pages. Major themes of betrayal, romance, and heartbreak are incorporated into the tale. Some characters I enjoyed following more so than others. One of the ones I loved was Aunt Charlotte. She and Cecily Ingham had personalities that just drew me more into the plot. But others were not as captivating as them. There is a bit of mystery to follow here. Other than that it’s mostly a drama novel. So much drama within this book.
Overall, I was intrigued but bored. It has a historical slash women’s fiction genre to it. The strong characters were the females. The males seemed to be left behind mostly in the background of the story. Secrets of the Cavendon is good, but could have been better.
When what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there…
It was supposed to be a wild weekend spent celebrating her best friend. But Kiera didn’t count on running into him. He was an annoying blast from her past, hell-bent on pushing all of her buttons. But when sparks begin to fly, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about this man and herself.
Business. It was always about business. When Andrew travels to Las Vegas for a meeting, he never counted on her. Some things never changed and it seemed like Kiera was still stuck in the past. But as things heat up, he starts finding ways to mix business with pleasure. And after an amazing weekend, he needs to find a way to convince the feisty red head that not everything needs to stay in Vegas.
Can Kiera and Andrew overcome the ghosts from their past in order to find a future together or will they bet on love and lose everything?
Rating: 5 stars
Waking Up in Vegas by Sarah King is hot, exciting, and addictive. Talk about sensual, funny, and romantic…Sarah King has brilliantly lured me into her amazing world of fiction. Two characters…both are bold and sexy in their own way. A past of heartbreak may be the one thing stopping a woman from having her second chance at love. The reason why Andrew broke up with Kiera is unknown until the writer let’s readers inside the story. Their past and their present attraction, heat, and chemistry is enough to burn the night away. What turned out to be a week of girls bonding and having soon, turns into a week of hot sex, fun, and an emotional journey that Kiera isn’t sure she wants. But Andrew won’t stop and won’t give up on her…
Waking Up in Vegas is everything I thought it would be plus more. Sarah King knows how to lay on the heat and how to entice her readers’ full attention. The characters alone can suck readers like myself into the plot and lead me feeling like the entire ride was real. Keira and Andrew’s romance past and present was realistic done in way that bonds readers to the overall tale. The emotions sweep readers up off their feet and head on into what lies next…hearts are definitely on the line and how it ends is something readers just have to find out on their own. We all have heard the saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…but with such a magnetic pull between Kiera and Andrew…I doubt the saying applies to them or does it? I absolutely loved reading this spicy romance and I look forward to reading more by Sarah King in the future. Overall, yes, I highly recommend this read to all.
Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?
Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.
Rating: 4.5 stars
June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is an intriguing read for all. The novel itself fluctuates between events from the 1950’s to the present moment. Events from the past have an enormous effect on the characters and how their lives will play out in the end. Three women’s lives are brought together inside this juicy drama filled novel. Readers will be piqued as to how each character handles the new information they have been given and what will become of them. A grandmother has passed away and left an inheritance to one woman and then a grandfather that she never knew about left her an inheritance as well. Hollywood star from the past brings all the secrets, lies, and betrayals to the women presented in the present moment within this title. It’s funny how one knows their life and then suddenly it all changes with a death of two people. Two people who have held secrets for a long time.
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s writing is well-written. The characters will become living beings that pop off the pages as the events that haunted the past come bubbling up to the present. Nothing like family drama to stir things up…as a reader I didn’t really click with any one character. The characters had news they were not expecting and dealt with it on a day to day basis. I didn’t feel sympathy for the women…but I could relate to their issues. June is an intimate yet suspenseful tale that will lure readers into its plot. Each woman has her own struggles as well as the ones they all share. This gives the story depth and a realistic feeling to it. I was curious with each page as to how the ending would turn out…and I have to say the tension builds into an explosively stunning piece. Overall, I recommend this novel to readers everywhere.
Faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe. Old letters hinting of tragic loss. And a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry, spectacular stones in exquisite settings. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. But who was the woman who left such a fortune and no will?
Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie’s auction house. They are simply doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But for both Jane and Phillip, the search turns personal—and their efforts to reconstruct an enigmatic life will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.
Eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about Marguerite’s extraordinary history—her forbidden love affair and her family’s treachery—is slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.
Rating: 5 stars
Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel is a fascinating novel with a bit of historical intrigue. The property of what one woman left behind is now up for the heirs to take or else to be auctioned off… and that is where readers will find themselves buried deep within…
Danielle Steele masterfully brings a lot to her audience. First, there’s an air of mystery surrounding very valuable belongings, a bit of intrigue as the plot moves forward and romance that sparks as the clues are uncovered. I felt like a grown Nancy Drew with her boyfriend Ned and their friends as the case kept getting closer to being solved. I loved the realistic portrayal of family life and how complicated families can be. Demanding and frustrating sometimes…but, in the end, there may just be some hope to rescue a family when they need it most. Property of a Noblewoman creates suspense and a spark of excitement that never ends even when they reach the last page. Love, affairs, heartbreak, and a rush, to find, who inherits the property of a noblewoman, will leave readers begging for more by this talented writer. This was my first novel read that was written by Danielle Steele. Her characters are realistic and highly entertaining. Readers will never be bored in this stunning read. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers worldwide.
This is One Moment by Mila Gray is indeed the one moment all readers will fall in love! A one of a kind romance that happens only once during a lifetime if at all. Fairy tales don’t exist but that doesn’t that two hearts can’t unite under the right circumstances. Walker is an injured Marine at center where one regular but extraordinary woman melts his tough exteriors and keeps him wanting all night long. Didi is a summer intern at the center where her parents work as doctors. While there she meets one man who is not only a hero but also a romantic despite him pushing her away. Soon, they grow found of each other’s companionship and then the lines of professional start to blur…In the end, will Walker and Didi have the chance of happiness or will Walker’s blindness forever keep in alone in the dark?
Mila Gray is a best-selling author whose novels are heart melting with such realistic stories, that it’s hard to put her novels down. This is One Moment is a novel that features how one’s gears can paralyze them forever and how rewarding the road to recovery can be especially when you have friends and family at your side. I loved reading this romance. It was real for me and the miracle of recovery for the Marines that were injured and all they went through on their way to healing was incredible. A read unlike any other. Readers will feel the novel tugging at their heart making them laugh and cry. I highly recommend this novel to readers worldwide. I believe that every hero needs a Didi and every Didi needs a man like Walker to love them completely and forever. Overall, I rate it a five out of five stars.