Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Book Review for The Wonder of It All: A House of Falconer by Barbara Taylor Bradford

 House of Falconer #3

The Wonder of It All: A House of Falconer by Barbara Taylor Bradford

368 pages, Kindle Edition

Expected publication December 5, 2023

Taken from Goodreads: 
From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the long-anticipated final novel in the House of Falconer trilogy.

James Falconer--a tycoon and a self-made man--seems to have the world in the palm of his hand. But the Great War looms, and James decides to fight for king and country. The fighting is bloody and brutal, and James returns a changed man, with wounds both physical and mental. His beloved wife is dead, but a new woman returns to help nurse him back to health.

Georgiana Ward once held James in her thrall, but years have passed and bitterness has set in. Still, the old attraction is there and James is determined to make amends to both Georgiana and his child Leonie--now a grown woman and someone he hasn't seen in decades. Leonie is having none of it, and is embarking on a dangerous journey with a man who might very well destroy her. As James fights to return to the man he once was, he needs to find a way to heal his body, soul, and family.

Told with Barbara Taylor Bradford's inimitable style and flair for period detail , The Wonder of It All concludes House of Falconer trilogy that has followed the story of this remarkable family from Victorian times to the 20th century.


My Thoughts:  I have been waiting for this book.   The House of Falconer trilogy is amazing.  I was pulled into the lives, the era, and the drama of being a Falconer from the very beginning of this series.  The Wonder of It All completes their family story and as sad as I am that the series is over, I am thrilled with how it all ended. 

 James Falconer is a powerful man.  He has returned from war, recovered from an injury, and is taking on the world again.   I love how he did not let all that he went through put him down, he worked hard, he protects those he cares for, and does what he must to heal his body, heart, and soul. 

The House of Falconer is a series to be read in order.   It is a trilogy and all three books are available now.    I highly recommend picking them all up right away.

Thank you St.Martin's Press for copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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Meet Barbara Taylor Bradford:  (Taken from her website
) Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE 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. Two years later, aged 20, she moved to London and became a fashion editor and columnist on Fleet Street.

 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 ten.

 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 43 weeks.

 Barbara has had 39 books published, all worldwide bestsellers, and her latest novel, The Wonder of It All, is due out in December. This will be her 40th!

Ten of her books have been produced as TV films or drama series by her movie producer husband Bob Bradford and actors including Liam Neeson, Sir 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.

 In October 2007, Barbara was appointed an OBE by The Queen (HM Queen Elizabeth II)  for her services to literature.

 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 (39 works of fiction). They are displayed next to those of Yorkshire’s other legendary writers, including the Brönte sisters.

 Today, Barbara Taylor Bradford is published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 90 million.



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