I’m excited to share that this is my first Barbara Taylor Bradford book I’ve read, and what a beautiful book cover this is!
Thank you Get Red PR and St Martin’s Press for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
From Goodreads: Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. Even as a boy working in his father’s market stall in Camden, he was determined to become a merchant prince. Through hard work and a single-minded determination, James rises quickly through the ranks, with a loving wife, devoted children, and a lofty position in the Malvern & Malvern Company. But when back-to-back tragedies strike the Falconer home, shattering this idyllic life, it seems as though James might never recover his former glory…until a royal summons gives him the chance to prove that he truly is a master of the game. This is the first book in it’s series.
This book review is based a lot on personal preference. I’m not much for a historical fiction reader, but I am always open to new opportunities. I really enjoyed Barbara’s descriptions of Victorian style. It was beautiful and elegant and gave this a really cozy-read feel. I enjoyed that it had a romance AND suspense, two favorite genres of mine. I was not the biggest fan of James’ character which I think turned me off from wanting to read more books from this series. There are a lot of characters to keep track of that made this book seem like it dragged out a little longer than I would’ve liked. Like I said, it’s more of a personal preference for me. I will be picking up other books by Barbara in the future to get a better taste of what this author has to offer.