When I was done with this book, i threw it on the ground, looked at my husband and said, "that book just pissed me off and i'll never get that time back. I am over Ms. View 2 comments. Mar 27, Razvan Banciu rated it it was ok. If hairdressers would read which I do not really believe Too many characters, too many adjacent plots, too much advertising, which is exhausting, the good ones are too good, the bad ones are too stupid, Elizabeth herself is a modern Cinderella too fond of power and money.
So, as a conclusion, two stars are too many Jan 30, Sidna rated it did not like it. What a huge disappointment from an author whose work I normally enjoy. This is the third book in a trilogy. I didn't realize that when I picked up the second book and read it. The second one wasn't up to Taylor Bradford's usual standards, but this one was awful! The main character is Elizabeth Deravenel, who gains control of Deravenels at the age of 25, when her half-sister and enemy dies after a short illness.
If you have ever wanted to see h What a huge disappointment from an author whose work I normally enjoy. Her half sister has almost ruined the company so Elizabeth sells ONE of her many houses for 70 million euros to make sure she has enough money to run the company.
She also finds original paintings by Monet and other Impressionist artists, 22 diamond tiaras, jewelry, and crystal and silver which she sells for millions at an auction. However, we are told she works constantly and doesn't seem to enjoy her wealth much. She doesn't eat lunch and drinks very little. Throughout the book there are supposed threats to take over the company, but none of them are more than just talk.
She is in love with Robert Dunley, who is incredibly handsome and a great dresser. Of course, Elizabeth, like all of Taylor Bradford's heroines, is so beautiful that she turns heads when she walks into a room.
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Robert and Elizabeth have known each other all their lives and have been in love since they kissed each other when they were 8 years old. For some unexplained reason at a very young age Robert married a woman he didn't love. He and Elizabeth are the same age and share the same birthday. Robert and his wife have been living separate lives for six years when Robert and Elizabeth realize they are in love.
Robert wants to divorce his wife to marry Elizabeth, but Elizabeth's father treated Elizabeth and his six wives so badly that he "ruined her for marriage. She has vowed to never marry so she won't marry Robert even though he begs her to marry him and produce an heir. Her grandmother Bess married a man she barely knew to save the company, but Elizabeth won't marry a man she "can't live without," even though they live together.
She goes to great lengths to save the company from relatives who would take it over, but will leave no one to inherit the company. You know Taylor Bradford's main lovers are meant to be together because the first time they make love, they climax together. I can't help but laugh every time I read that in one of her books. One thing that Taylor Bradford does that I find annoying is to repeat the same information over and over.
Elizabeth runs the company although she never seems to do anything with the help of Robert and another man. In fact, she has several men who work with her and save her repeatedly. We get the feeling that even though she is described as brilliant, she couldn't run the company without these men.
Every time one of the men is mentioned, we are told that he is loyal and completely devoted to Elizabeth. The first time the author tells us that, we get it. Every time he is mentioned afterward, she tells us again. There is so much repetition in the story, that I wonder if she was contracted to write a certain number of words. I also wondered, as I did with the previous book, if she wrote chapters of the book as a magazine serial because so much information is repeated from chapter to chapter as though we had not already read it.
The ending is very abrupt and doesn't particularly fit with the rest of the book. It as if she was told to write pages.
When she got to that number, she wrote four more pages to end it. I do plan to read the first book in the trilogy, The Ravenscar Dynasty, because from the second book, it seemed that all the action happened in the first book.
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View all 4 comments. Sep 21, Tricia rated it really liked it. I didn't realize it when I bougth this book It was so well done and there are so many details that actually tie into the actual as much as it is known history. BUT, if you didn't know anything about QE and RD, you wouldn't even realize the connection - it would just be a nice read! Nov 09, Judy rated it did not like it.
You occasionally need to read a romance novel, but this was disappointing. Bradford's novels are usually better than this. I felt cheated. Jun 29, Carol Storm rated it it was amazing. What fun!
Shakespeare's queen, Elizabeth, reimagined as the dashing, headstrong CEO of a respected English corporation. All of her advisors and her loves in modern business attire, jetting here and there and doing the young lady's bidding while she broods over her vast powers and responsibilities, totally in control yet deeply drawn to experience love and passion on her own terms. The thing that makes this book sparkle is not so much the plot very closely based on actual history, of course but What fun! The thing that makes this book sparkle is not so much the plot very closely based on actual history, of course but the deliciously modern touches sprinkled on nearly every page.
It's such fun to see Elizabeth riding to meet the Spanish in a stretch limousine, or volleying on the tennis court and showing off her fabulous legs to the admiring Spaniards. There's always some clever modern touch, Elizabeth either tying things up by cell phone when she's having her daily massage or rolling out of her lover's bed and checking her e-mail while closely watching South American stock prices on satellite TV. She multi-tasks in an atmosphere of constant bustle and glamor, flying to one meeting and e-mailing to another, always dressed perfectly and looking fabulous, and always with a couple of really handsome men scampering to obey her slightest whim.
Not only is Elizabeth more dynamic and glamorous than ever, but it's also fun to see her rival, Mary Queen of Scots, reimagined as a French diva with flaming red hair and a taste for much younger men.
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Mary's work habits are not quite equal to Elizabeth's, however. Elizabeth was an early riser. Talk tomorrow. Must sleep -- M. Feb 17, Nicole Mcgovern rated it did not like it. I read the whole book and if I could give it zero stars I would. The only redeeming thing was I kept thinking that surely there would be a devious plot twist, a love triangle, anything!!! But no nada!!! Oct 08, Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it. When twenty-five year old Elizabeth Deravenel Turner inherits the family business, it is the life for which she was groomed.
Albeit one that has not come easily — her younger brother and older half-sister Mary had the honor first. They had to die before she could finally inherit. We then see Elizabeth taking over the reins with her two close friends and advisors — the triumvirate, as one calls the trio — and then the author portrays the wealth and possessions through descriptions of t When twenty-five year old Elizabeth Deravenel Turner inherits the family business, it is the life for which she was groomed.
We then see Elizabeth taking over the reins with her two close friends and advisors — the triumvirate, as one calls the trio — and then the author portrays the wealth and possessions through descriptions of the homes, jewelry and art collection, giving us a peek into that world of privilege. But, of course, nothing comes that easily for Elizabeth. She has to stave off various attempts to take over the company by other relatives; she has to somehow find enough money to make up for the bad decisions of her predecessor Mary — hence the fabulous art and jewelry auctions that bring in millions.
We catch a glimpse of Elizabeth finally acknowledging to herself and to him that Robert, her childhood friend and business associate is the love of her life. When they give into their love for one another, they become fodder for the gossip columnists — for Robert has a wife stashed away.
The wife and he have been estranged for years, so Robert sets about to legally disentangle himself from her. Sep 09, May rated it it was ok Shelves: general-fiction , read I am a huge fan of Elizabeth I and the entire period that she lived in. Alas, it's with a heavy heart that I have mixed reviews about Bradford's latest bestseller. Essentially this book takes Elizabeth I's life and retells her rise to power, albeit in a contemporary setting.
If you know something about English history or have watched the movie Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, then you will have no difficulty I am a huge fan of Elizabeth I and the entire period that she lived in.
If you know something about English history or have watched the movie Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, then you will have no difficulty recognizing the modern versions of historical characters, including Francis Walsingham, Robert Dudley and Mary Queen of Scots. Unfortunately, Bradford does not go beyond the usual story and paints a rather boring picture of a modern Elizabeth I.
Although Elizabeth Deravenel is naturally beautiful, charming and extremely rich, our heroine displays little of the shrewd business skills or ruthlessness that helped or will help her stay on top. Part of the problem seems to stem from the fact that Bradford sets the story in , which makes Deravenel's business decisions or Bradford's lack of innovative business thinking really tame by today's comparison. Deravenel takes no really risks and is helped out by the fact that her ancestors had collected a huge collection of jewelery, silver and paintings that she is able to sell at an auction.