This expertly crafted epic novel further explores the triumphs and tragedies of the Deravenel family. It will enthrall readers with its vivid characters and fast-paced, larger-than-life plot.

In 1914 England, Edward Deravenel rules his family's thriving import business. Though his marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth is less than perfect, she has provided him with six children. His mistress is a positive force in his life and doesn't try to interfere with his marriage.

But tragedy seems to follow the Deravenels, as Edward's younger brother, George, threatens to expose Edward's darkest secrets. Edward battles frequent bouts of bronchitis as he contemplates the future of the Deravenels -- and the fact that his eldest child, a daughter, wouldn't be able to run the company if something were to happen to him. (St. Martin's, Nov., 496 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick