The Broken Gate

The Broken Gate

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It is winter, 1901. The ancient facade of Cresswell Manor surveys a vast and rich estate - but the land has fallen into decay. Mortimer Cresswell is an old man now, and at his deathbed his family waits, patiently, to scrap over his fortune. Only Hannah, Mortimer's daughter, can see that the family has become consumed by private ambition, jealousy and greed.

When Stanislas von Ehrlich, a self-made man of fortune, moves into the neighbourhood, the natural order of things changes, sparking a massive feud. And then von Ehrlich's headstrong, spoilt and beautiful daughter Esmeralda is drawn to a member of the Cresswell household, with the most far-reaching consequences.

Before long, both families are set on a collision course so powerful it will completely alter their world.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2004.
ISBN: 9780752865423
0752865420
9780752860695
0752860690
9780752860701
0752860704
Branch Call Number: BURGH
Characteristics: 376 p.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Part one of a trilogy pre-dating the screening of Downton Abbey but containing a similar mix of characters from the upper and lower classes of Edwardian England. The future of the Cresswell family home in Devon and the fortunes of the sons and an unmarried daughter hang in the balance as the family patriarch, Sir Mortimer, hovers on the point of death and seems unable to rid himself of the influence of his extravagant second wife.

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