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THE FINAL NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING RAVENSCAR TRILOGY Elizabeth Turner, scion of the fabled Deravenel family, carries the red-gold hair and beautiful English complexion of her ancestors. And it is not just her colouring that she has inherited from Edward Deravenel. Astute and charismatic, she is also bold, daring and fiercely ambitious, with the same ruthless streak. Now, aged just twenty-five, she stands in the position she has dreamed of - inheriting the family business, Deravenels. Over eight hundred years old, the company is a bastion of male chauvinism and the challenge that lies ahead of Elizabeth is immense. Cecil Williams acts as Elizabeth's mentor while navigating the treacherous corridors of power with her. But her greatest ally is her childhood friend, handsome, charming Robert Dunley. Highly intelligent, he is her match in every way -- and there is a spark between them that is impossible to resist. Yet Robert is already married. When they begin an affair it scandalises those around them. But far worse is to come! From the family seat perched high on the Yorkshire moors to the glamour of London as the twentieth century draws to a close, Elizabeth fights for her birthright and her inheritance. Passion, drama, betrayal and death stalk the pages of this gripping new blockbuster from the author of A Woman of Substance. Key title / The final book in the bestselling Ravenscar series. / Stunning new cover image / All the Emma Harte novels -- Emma's Secret, Unexpected Blessings and Just Rewards -- have been top 10 bestsellers in paperback and hardback / Barbara Taylor Bradford commands sales and star status in ninety countries and forty languages with over eighty-one million copies of her books in print / She was awarded the OBE for services to literature in October 2007. / Over 250,000 fans woldwide subscribe to Barbara Taylor Bradford's email newsletter. / Competition: Danielle Steel, Penny Vincenzi

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Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by twenty-three others, including the bestselling Harte series. In 2006 The Ravenscar Dynasty began an epic new family series around Ravenscar and the house of Deravenel. Barbara's books have sold more than eighty-one million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages. In October of 2007, Barbara was appointed an OBE by the Queen for her services to literature.

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Verdict: In the final book of Bradford's "Ravenscar Trilogy" (after The Ravenscar Dynasty and The Heir), the best-selling author retells in modern-dress form the story of Queen Elizabeth I. Despite an interesting premise, this bloated novel is a disappointment, stuffed with unnecessary and stilted dialog and marked by a simplistic writing style that makes the reading experience even more unpleasant. It's unlikely that Bradford will gain any new fans with this offering. An optional purchase for most libraries. Background: Young, red-headed, unmarried Elizabeth Deravenal becomes managing director and the largest shareholder of her family's business empire when her estranged and childless sister Mary dies. Unfortunately, the business suffered under Mary's leadership, and Elizabeth must work hard to save it. Luckily, her handsome friend and confidante Robert Dudley (whom she sometimes calls "Robin," which makes keeping track of the many characters even more difficult) is there to help her deal with hostile board members, takeover attempts, and other problems.--Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford: 'The storyteller of substance' The Times 'Queen of the genre' Sunday Times 'Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns' Guardian 'Memorable and moving!a sure-fire winner' Express

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