Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of over 25 bestselling novels, including PLAYING THE GAME, BREAKING THE RULES 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 20, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.
Barbara Taylor Bradford’s books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.
She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.
For hundreds of years leading up to England's Edwardian era, the fates of the elite Ingham family and their servants and confidantes, the Swanns, have been intertwined in ways that leave each group wondering how they would ever survive the triumphs and tragedies of life without the help and love of the other.
At 30, American photojournalist Serena Stone has already made a name for herself with her unique and dramatic coverage of wars in the Middle East, following in her famous father's footsteps. But after his unexpected death in France, she ends her job at the renowned photo news agency. When Serena discovers that her former lover Zachary North is in trouble overseas, she is forced to head back to a place she was trying to escape... and her life will never be the same again.
Justine Nolan is a documentary film maker who lost her beloved grandmother a decade ago --- the person who was the only source of love and comfort in her life. But when Justine inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that not only is her grandmother alive, but that her mother has deliberately estranged the family from her.