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The grand dame of historical fiction is back with a new series – House of Falconer. It brings two highly different people together: Commoner: James Falconer and Noble: Alexis Malvern.
Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer, who spends his days working at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince.
Even as a child, he is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. James quickly rises through the ranks, proving himself both hardworking and trustworthy, and catching the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. But when threats against his reputation – and his life – begin to emerge, James will have to prove that he truly is the master of his fate.
Through scandal and romance, tragedy and triumph, the Falconer and Malvern family’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways in this expansive and intricately detailed new novel filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford’s trademark cast of compelling characters.
Based in romance and intrigue, James and Alexis narratives alternate. MASTER of his FATE is the first novel in a new saga. Can’t wait for the next installment in the House of Falconer series.
Barbara took some time to share Holiday cheer with us.
What is your favorite Holiday? My favorite holiday is Christmas, and for a variety of reasons, some going back to my childhood, others to my adulthood.
What do you love about the Holidays? What I love about Christmas is that it has always been part of my life. My mother loved Christmas time and all that went with it. We always had a small tree, and I loved putting the ornaments on it. We placed sprigs of holly on paintings on the walls, and hung a small branch of mistletoe in the entrance. People who visited us were obliged to kiss us under it, an old English custom.
My mother baked mince pies, a Christmas cake filled with fruit and topped with icing sugar or marzipan, as well as her special trifle. And we always had a roast goose on Christmas day.
What is your favorite Holiday memory? My favorite Christmas memory is of Christmas Eve, which is the day Bob and I were married. So we celebrate our wedding anniversary and Christmas Day, and give each other two presents! This Christmas Eve we will have been married 55 years. We are going on a cruise to warmer climes and will have our anniversary on a ship. I know it will be as enjoyable as usual.
(we say congratulations)
Your wishes for the New Year? My wishes for 2019 are that Bob and I stay well and lead our busy lives as usual. But I also pray for more peace in the world. I hope the coming year will be a year of friendship and accommodation.
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She left school at 15 for the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post. At 16 she was a reporter, and at 18 she became the paper’s first woman’s page editor and, at 20, moved to London and became a fashion editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She now lives in New York with her husband of over 50 years, television producer Robert Bradford.
Barbara started writing fiction when she was just seven years old and sold her first short story to a magazine for seven shillings and sixpence when she was 10 years old.
She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979. It went from bestseller to super seller within its first year and stayed on the New York Times’ list for 55 weeks.
Barbara has had 31 books published, all worldwide bestsellers, and her latest, The Cavendon Luck, is out now.
Ten of her books have been produced as TV films or drama series starring actors including Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, Sir John Mills and Elizabeth Hurley.
Barbara holds five Honorary Doctorate of Letters. These are from the University of Leeds, Yorkshire; the University of Bradford, Yorkshire; Teikyo Post University, Connecticut; Siena College, Loudonville, New York; Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York.
Barbara is the recipient of 25 other awards for her writing achievements and philanthropy.
The Brotherton Library of Leeds University is the Keeper of the Barbara Taylor Bradford Archive. All of Barbara’s original manuscripts are housed there (31 works of fiction). They are displayed next to those of Yorkshire’s other legendary writers, including the Bronte sisters.
Thanks to SuzyApprovedBookTours and GetRedPR we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite Barbara Taylor Bradford novel. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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