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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and Being Elizabeth. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Bronte sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

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The doyenne of popular women's fiction (Just Rewards) returns with the first installment of a projected trilogy centering on internecine power struggles within the early 20th century incarnation of the centuries-old Deravenel clan and their London-based family business. A suspicious hotel fire causes the death of patriarch Richard Deravenel along with that of one of his sons, his brother-in-law and his young nephew, forcing tall, handsome, bright, seductive, 17-year old Edward Deravenel out of Oxford into the world of commerce. He and cousin Neville Watkins (a successful businessman in his own right) plot to avenge their fathers' and brothers' deaths and seize the company, currently under the stewardship of a delusional absentee executive whose ambitious (and French) wife is behind the skullduggery. Edward's longtime friend, Will Hasling, also joins the fray, and Neville has his own motivations. Along the way, there are libidinous liaisons, wicked plots, personal catastrophes, a secret "love child" and lessons aplenty about the consequences of ruthless ambition. Expect strong, two-dimensional characters; tasteful and adroit sex; repetitive exchanges; a plot rich with period detail and reasonably backed-up friction. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

" The queen of the sweeping saga is back with what promises to be another of her blockbuster series." -- "The Gazette "(Montreal)
" Bradford's characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better."
-- "USA"" Today " " A wonderful,, historical tale starring a strong cast...readers who appreciate deep, early twentienth-century eipcs will enjoy." -- "Feminist Review"
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" Her most exciting series yet...It's filled with romance, suspense and intrigue, and the richly detailed characters come vibrantly alive as expert pacing captures your attention from the very first page." -- "RomanticTimes BOOKreviews," Top Pick

" A plot rich with period detail." -- "Pubishers Weekly"

" "The Ravenscar Dynasty" has it all-- power, betrayal, mystery...The characters are all complex, dynamic, and powerful, leading us through Edward Deravenel's struggles one exciting step at a time." -- "Romance Reviews Today"
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" Bradford's fiction has long focused on strong heroines who succeed against great odds. Her latest novel, "The Ravenscar Dynasty., ."is the first of a planned trilogy of novels, all destined for best-sellerdom." -- "Seattle"" Post-Intelligencer"

" Those sorry to see the [Harte] drama conclude will be happy to have a new saga to sink their teeth into." -- "Booklist"
" The queen of the sweeping saga is back with what promises to be another of her blockbuster series. " -- The Gazette (Montreal)
& nbsp; " Bradford ' s characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better. "
-- USA Today & nbsp; " A wonderful, historical tale starring& nbsp; a strong cast...readers who appreciate deep, early twentienth-century eipcs will enjoy. " -- Feminist Review
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" Her most exciting series yet...It ' s filled with romance, suspense and intrigue, and the richly detailed characters come vibrantly alive as expert pacing captures your attention from the very first page. " -- RomanticTimes BOOKreviews, Top Pick
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" A plot rich with period detail. " -- Pubishers Weekly
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" The Ravenscar Dynasty has it all -- power, betrayal, mystery...The characters are all complex, dynamic, and powerful, leading us through Edward Deravenel ' s struggles one exciting step at a time. " -- Romance Reviews Today
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" Bradford ' s fictionhas long focused on strong heroines who succeed against great odds. Her latest novel, The Ravenscar Dynasty. ..is the first of a planned trilogy of novels, all destined for best-sellerdom. " -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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" Those sorry to see the [Harte] drama conclude will be happy to have a new saga to sink their teeth into. " -- Booklist
"The queen of the sweeping saga is back with what promises to be another of her blockbuster series."--"The Gazette "(Montreal)
"Bradford's characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better."
--"USA"" Today " "A wonderful, historical tale starring a strong cast...readers who appreciate deep, early twentienth-century eipcs will enjoy."--"Feminist Review"
" "
"Her most exciting series yet...It's filled with romance, suspense and intrigue, and the richly detailed characters come vibrantly alive as expert pacing captures your attention from the very first page."--"RomanticTimes BOOKreviews," Top Pick
"A plot rich with period detail."--"Pubishers Weekly"
""The Ravenscar Dynasty" has it all--power, betrayal, mystery...The characters are all complex, dynamic, and powerful, leading us through Edward Deravenel's struggles one exciting step at a time."--"Romance Reviews Today"
" "
"Bradford's fiction has long focused on strong heroines who succeed against great odds. Her latest novel, "The Ravenscar Dynasty..".is the first of a planned trilogy of novels, all destined for best-sellerdom."--"Seattle"" Post-Intelligencer"
"Those sorry to see the [Harte] drama conclude will be happy to have a new saga to sink their teeth into."--"Booklist"

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