Snow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five-hundred-year old ship sailing in a white ocean…
For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much more than a place to call home. It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires…
Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives like a bird in a gilded cage. With her family’s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound—by the obligations of his title as well as his vows. Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in his footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own, like pursuing the new adventure of aerial flight. Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name.
On Christmas Eve 1913, Octavia catches a glimpse of her husband in an intimate moment with his beautiful and scandalous distant cousin. She then spies the housemaid Emily out in the snow, walking toward the river, about to make her own secret known to the world. As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park…
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Very good read. A touch of Downton and some interesting characters and tried and true story lines. I have just ordered the sequel...wanting to learn what happens to everybody. If you enjoy England WW1, I think you will enjoy this book. It moves along nicely and I was never bored.
This book was entertaining albeit in a predictable way. The characters of the house staff are interesting while the main family characters are obvious and boorish. The plot of this book was easily followed with no real twists or turns of significant interest nor anything that one could not foresee, therefore making some parts boring at best. There were parts wherein I skipped numerous pages because the details got to be monotonous. As I said it was entertaining but not a book I would recommend nor would I bother re-reading.