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The Cavendon Luck

(Cavendon Hall #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,933 ratings  ·  189 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a captivating epic saga of courage and honor, following the aristocratic Inghams and the loyal Swann family who have served them for centuries.

It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have lead the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II,
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 16th 2016 by HarperCollins (first published June 7th 2016)
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Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This woman is actually just an atrocious writer (I can't remember if the first two books in the series were as poorly written...?). She summarizes far too much, and her descriptions are overly romanticized--everyone is so beautiful, everyday is "awash with golden sunshine," and of course everyone loves the "famous Inghams." What set me over the edge this time was the author's absolutely horrendous grasp of history. If you're going to attempt to write about WWII, have a basic understanding of WWI ...more
Mary Johnson
**I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway**

If I had one word to describe CAVENDON LUCK: meh. If I had another: cheese.

I have to say, I was pretty disappointed. I love historical fiction, but this particular novel fell a little flat for me. It wasn't the kind of story you can lose yourself in, and I didn't find any of the descriptions very vivid at all. My biggest problem, though, was the characters. If I had a dollar for every time someone was described as fabulously good looking, I'd
ARC received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway

Barbara Taylor Bradford has been one of my favorite authors since I read "A Woman Of Substance" when I was in high school. Part of what I loved about "The Cavendon Luck" was Emma Harte and Blackie O'Neill showing up. I love that Bradford keeps reminding us of the powerhouse that the Emma Harte Saga is!

I think I read the first book in the "Cavendon Hall" series; the characters seem familiar, like old friends. This book takes us through Wo
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
As typical of a BTB book, this story is heavy on the daily issues of life between the two families and really not a lot of depth. But in her traditional fashion, the author manages to keep us involved along the way. I think the audio version has a lot to do with that as the reader is talented and engaging.

This book is not without its issues, however. One of the main issues is there unless you have read the other installments, you will have a difficult time following the list of characters.

Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third in the Cavendon Hall series by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It covers all the usual bases of the first two - romance, the rich and beautiful, historic events, escape from real life. A decent read, although editing it down 100 or more pages to get rid of some of the extraneous information would have been welcomed. The feedback of various readers that the first two books had too many characters to keep track of fell on deaf ears. As with the first two books in the series, I foun ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-not-finish
I read horrible reviews and I said no...can't be so. But yes I too had to abort and put it aside @ about page 38. My only comment- When you have a decent book and the sequel is okay- don't attempt a third book unless you know it is a hit. Did someone else write this? Not worth even a beach read...pass this one up.
Out of the Bex
Usually, the Cavendon Hall series is one of my favorite forms of escapism. It's Downton Abbey meets paperback. In the previous books, I've loved its magical, otherworldly feel with characters I could cry over after having just met them a paragraph prior.

Now that the series has gone into the mid-1940's, I wonder if it's just too "modern" for me. Is it entering into too much of our own familiar world for me to feel it offers a true escape? Maybe. But if I'm frank, there were some other problems w
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Charlotte Lynn
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cavendon Luck is the third book in the Cavendon Hall series. I read them in order and am torn as to whether they have to be read in order. I liked knowing the history of the family and their friends but I feel like I could have picked up any of the books, in any order, and enjoyed them.

The third book is my favorite. The era of WWII and how the world is living during the war is portrayed wonderfully. The world was not an easy place to live in and everyone, even the royalty, had to adjust the
Kati Berman
I got Cavendon Luck from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book, because I loved Barbara Taylor Bradford's Harte saga books. I haven't read the other Cavendon books, but since the reviews mentioned that Cavendon Luck stands on its own, I gave it a try. However, whether it was because I haven't read the previous books, or something else, I could not follow the multitude of characters and relationships. I got as far as 38% in the book, and realized that I was just not fo ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england, series, 2016
Weakest in the series BY FAR!

I was never so eager to finish a book! Sadly in this case, it’s not because it was good but rather because it was awful.

I have said in the past that I consider Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books to be mostly “fluff” and that’s not a bad thing! Fluff most definitely has its place when you are in the right mood. But fluff or not, the most important thing is that: IT MUST BE INTERESTING!! This book was NOT.

Imagine bits of fruit cocktail suspended in Jell-O. That’s how I sa
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for a free copy.
The Cavendon Luck is the third novel in The Cavendon Chronicles series, covering the time period from 1938 to 1945.
I loved that there are so many strong, female characters, even if they all seem to be rich, beautiful, and of fine character.
There are many interesting storylines, perhaps too many to go in depth for each. I enjoyed the first section of the book the most, especially the storyline about getting the Jewish family out of Germ
Kris Meyer
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third novel in the series. Good read
Rosemary Morris
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Taylor Bradford is to be congratulated on her thorough research while writing The Cavendon Luck, which spans the era from 1938 to Victory in Europe. However, at times, the exposition made it seem as though I was reading a history book instead of a novel.
From beginning to end, Bradford Taylor is in command of her characters, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns, who have served them for nearly 200 hundred years. Loyalty binds the Swanns to the Ingham
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway
Though this is the 3rd novel in the Triology, I thoroughly enjoyed it as a stand-alone novel. Have been a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford's novels for years, so being able to receive a giveaway & writing a review, is a privilege. The first half was set in 1938, set in Britain but gives a personal view of the drama going on in Europe, especially Berlin. Makes you feel like you are living thru those horrendous times like Kristallnacht, the arrests & murders of Jews. Cavendon is a family est ...more
Mama K
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won an ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. I'd requested this title because I'm a long-time Bradford fan and I'd read the first in this series (though not yet the second) when I'd made the request. I loved the first book in the series, but the second thrilled me a little less. This final one even less. Though all 3 in the series are good period pieces, and may fulfill a void for Downton Abbey fans, I found the second and third installments lapsed more into soap operish glitz and glamour. The third bo ...more
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it

In the third instalment of this series, I was yet again, transported to the past, this time, 1938, to the world of the Inghams and the Swanns. While there is a multitude of characters and storylines, I enjoyed watching Cecily and Miles face their biggest trials and tribulations so far in the series. With lots of period elegance, romance, sorrow, and intrigue, the novel flowed well for me - even though at times there is a little too much description
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I received a copy from the Goodreads-first reads books for an honest review. I was excited to read this book since it did say it was a standalone novel. However, after a few chapters, it was difficult to keep all the characters in mind as they all seemed to have other underlying stories that I had not read. This made it difficult to get involved as it seemed like there was always a missing piece to tie it together. I think it would have been better to have read the previous book to get acquainte ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-i-won
I received this as an ARC. I decided to read the other 2 in the series first. All three books were great. I enjoyed the first two more, but it was still a great story. However, I am not sure this book would have been as enjoyable or if it would've been easy to follow if I had not read the first two. It is a great series!
Teri Pre
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
If you like family sagas, this is a good one!
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the others in the series... tends to ramble on in places
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I would be thrilled at this type of novel.....this one was not for me...........perhaps if I had started at the beginning of the series....disappointing.
this book was nauseating and it felt like everyone was perfect and the plot was glossed through.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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The Cavendons and the Swanns have weathered tragedy and loss but have always had luck and the wherewithal to marshal their resources and come out on top. They will need that luck more than ever as the clouds of war start to mass over Europe. They see hard times coming and retrenchment will happen, but as long as they can stand as a united front they are undefeatable. The eldest "D" Dier
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Het geluk van Cavendon Hall geschreven door Barbara Taylor Bradford,is het 3e deel van een triologie,dus ik ging een beetje met angst lezen dat ik niet helemaal het verhaal kon volgen, maar het leest zich heel vlot weg. Het was wat ingewikkeld in het begin door de vele personages maar aan de start vind je al de personages uitgelegd, hun onderlinge familiebanden want het zijn er heel w
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aanrader feelgood en historische roman.
Barbara Taylor Bradford heeft zich goed ingelezen in de geschiedenis van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en de rol van Groot-Brittannië onder leiding van Churchill. Het boek biedt geschiedkundig goede informatie. Prachtig hoe dat aan bod komt, schrijnende hoe de gruwelijkheden en dreiging vorm krijgen, terwijl op Cavendon Hall toch een warme familiegeschiedenis met veel positieve wendingen vorm krijgt. Hoewel ze ook leed op hun pad krijgen, heeft dit boek een groot
This is the 3rd book in the Cavendon series. Bradford takes you through WW2, and all that it entails. She continues on with Miles and Cecily, who continue on keeping Cavendon going throughout the war. The other Dee sisters are all involved in the war and the relationships they have with their children continue on as well.

The story is mainly way before WW2 was declared in 1938. I think maybe the last 100 pages was between 1941-1945. I kinda wish those stories were longer. Mainly because it is th
These books are pure fluffy stuff, after an atrocious day at work I can open these pages and unwind because everyone is happy, falls in love at first sight, devoted to each other, and has lots of babies! I originally started the series with higher hopes, I love historical fiction; however, I quickly realized the writer was more romance than history. The first two books I enjoyed more than the third, quite a few things felt rushed and time passed/deaths happened concerning protagonists I felt not ...more
Emmalisa Tilli
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the NEXT BEST thing to the Governess of Highland Hall. Although I read the first two previous books in this series, this was more "English" in the way it was written and it was a stunning read. I loved it so much that I will possibly do a book review on my blog. I read it within like 2-3 days, or maybe a week, it went by so fast, I was completely indulged in it, so probably my second favourite book, and a very "English" type of read based in the North Yorkshire Moors with the aristocrati ...more
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. 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 Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more

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Cavendon Hall (4 books)
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  • The Cavendon Women (Cavendon Hall, #2)
  • Secrets of Cavendon (Cavendon Hall, #4)