Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1) by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)

From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the first book in a stunning new historical saga.Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. Even as a boy working in his father's market stall in Camden, he was determined to become a merchant prince. Through hard work a...


Details Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)

TitleMaster of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)
ISBN9781250187390
Author
Release DateNov 20th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, European Literature, British Literature, Drama
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Reviews Master of His Fate (House of Falconer #1)

  • Laura Spira
    1970-01-01
    When my children were young enough for me to be still suffering from baby brain I read and enjoyed "A Woman of Substance". I was surprised to see that Barbara Taylor Bradford is still publishing novels so thought I would give this one a try, courtesy of an ARC from Netgalley and St Martins Press.I wonder if BTB herself wrote it. It is phenomenally badly written. Every conversation is stilted and expository. Some of the language is oddly anachroni...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    I loved BTB's "A Woman of Substance," but unfortunately did not enjoy the author's first installment in her newest series. Review to come in Historical Novel Society.
  • Olivia Farr
    1970-01-01
    "Master of His Fate" begins a new historical fiction series. We begin with James Falconer as a boy- already he has big dreams. He currently helps his merchant father to sell wares at the market, and he absolutely loves what he does. He dreams of owning a big shop and stores to sell wares when he is older. With an idyllic, loving family and grandparents (seriously, Hallmark quality interactions), James is already on the right path for success.Next...
  • Sarah Davies
    1970-01-01
    Great storyline, with a really good mix of characters. The story of James Falconer is really interesting with him growing up as a barrow boy but with the dream of working in his own arcades. His grandparents willing to help him with his dream.Then the side story of Alexis who is career minded and not interested in men and marriage until she meets Sebastian and then here world is changed upside down. Really good concept, pleasure to read, the stor...
  • Lori Winslow
    1970-01-01
    I won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I have always loved Barbara Taylor Bradford, and this story did not disappoint. This book is the first of a series of 4 books set in Victorian England, and introduces what I assume will be the main characters going forward. Without giving too much away, as I was reading the book, I kept wondering how these characters get together, and it was worth the wait. Speaking of waiting, I can't wait for the...
  • Dan Curnutt
    1970-01-01
    In this Historical Novel we begin a new series regarding Merchants and the Aristocracy in 1880's England. There is quite a difference in culture between the two classes. Although things are becoming a bit closer as the Aristocracy is facing troubling times in a declining agricultural economy that is bringing a strong fiscal downturn that endangers their style of living.In this new series of novels we will be introduced to the Malvern and Travelia...
  • Bookfan36
    1970-01-01
    Brief synopsis from the book cover:Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer, who spends his days working at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince. Even as a child, he is everything a self-made man should be: handsome, ambitious, charming, and brimming with self-confidence. James quickly rises through the ranks, proving himself to be both hardworking and trust...
  • Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)
    1970-01-01
    It's 1884, Victorian England. We meet James Falconer, a young man whose greatest desire is to be a merchant. Not quite as simple as it sounds, for his desire is to own several shopping arcades and be the head of a large retail store such as Fortnum and Mason, a luxury department store (which is still going strong today). He is much loved by his family, adored by his grandparents and has a good head on his shoulders. How will he meet these goals, ...
  • Michele Benchouk
    1970-01-01
    I have never read anything by Barbara Taylor Bradford before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I found her descriptions of clothing, jewelry, interiors, gardens, landscapes, and so on to be exquisite. I could easily picture the scene and her attention to detail was amazing in really putting the reader in the story. I enjoyed getting to know Alexis and find her to be likable and real. Her whirlwind relationship was fun to read and heartbreaking, a...
  • Becky S
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.Why did I want to read this? The cover. I'm a sucker for covers and this one pulled my interest. And knowing who the author is and her other work was an extra bonus. I didn't go in to this expecting a detailed literary, historical fiction- her books generally teeter on the edge of literary fiction and romance genres with more on the romance format side. I know better, but I read s...
  • Shivangi
    1970-01-01
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Either it's been too long and I've forgotten, or my tastes have changed a lot, but I felt like I've read much more interesting things by this author while reading this book? The story felt very flat and boring as I was reading and there was nothing exciting, nothing that made me want to keep reading - I only did it because of the engagemen...
  • Nina
    1970-01-01
    I won an advanced reader’s copy of this book from GoodReads. Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Master of his Fate – The House of Falconer I have read many of books by this author and always enjoy the stories. I enjoyed this one too, but it is clear that the copy I received is an early draft. The story was very disconnected and many of the loose ends were not tied up. The anachronistic details were distracting for me as a reader. There were also err...
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    My first BTB book, and it just wasn’t for me. Considering how prolific she’s been as a writer, I was surprised that I almost bailed on this one. The characters did not feel real to me, their conversations stilted and unnatural for the most part. There were stretches of encyclopedic prose defining things that were already clear to me...irritating and unnecessary. And to be honest, I didn’t particularly like any of the characters with the pos...
  • Sarah Bowe
    1970-01-01
    This story follows the paths of James, a Malvern market worker and Alexis, heir to the Malvern fortune. They both fall in love affairs with someone much older than themselves.I felt the most bad for Alexis as her fiance dies before their wedding. I think I enjoyed her journey more than James's journey, though I did like how ambitious he was in what he wanted.I think they might start an affair of their own in the next book of the series.*Thanks to...
  • Sasha
    1970-01-01
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, the author pulls you into the book from the very beginning and makes it so you don't want to put the book down. This book was a ...
  • BP34
    1970-01-01
    This is the first book in the House of Falconer Series by Barbara Taylor Bradford. A great historical fiction story based in Victorian England. There was definitely a class system there and a wide divide between rich and poor. Complex characters, secrets, tragedies and plenty of drama. A compelling story that I read as a reader copy via Net Galley and voluntarily chose to write a review. The book started off a little slow but otherwise a good beg...
  • Elaine
    1970-01-01
    I have been a huge fan of Barbara’s longer than I can remember! That being said I was given this book to read it, rate it and review it! I found it at first to be a little slow, but I once I got to know the characters, it took right off! I got to involved with it I couldn’t put it down! Barbara has another winner! The next one on the series can’t come soon enough. If you are a big fan of her books as I am you will not be disappointed! I jus...
  • Melissa Eddy
    1970-01-01
    Mrs. Bradford has done it again, and with a new series. This book the " Master of His Fate", shows us once again how this lady can write! I could not put this book down. It was a excellent book to read, and I hope she continues with a series. I have read some of her other series, and I bought them all, and I will buy, this series, if she writes more on this book.
  • Miss W Book Reviews
    1970-01-01
    Master of His Fate is the first book in a new historical saga by the amazingly talented Barbara Taylor Bradford. This story is set in Victorian England and the writing was superb. This book is a winner! This will be on everyone's TBR! Great read!!!
  • Jim
    1970-01-01
    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway and thought it was a very good book. Looking forward to the next one. I would highly recommend it.
  • Robin
    1970-01-01
    Well written, fully developed characters, and lovely location/situation descriptions. Highly recommend. I received a copy from the publisher. Opinions are my own,
  • Jeannine
    1970-01-01
    Highly recommend this wonderful escape to Victorian England with characters and scenery that grab your attention and heart. I look forward to the rest of the House of Falconer series.
  • Tiffany Foskey
    1970-01-01
    Master of His Fate is the first book in a new historical series. Barbara Taylor Bradford does not disappoint in her new book. James Falconer a young man who is helping his father in their merchants stall in the martket place. James has bigger dreams though. He is a very smart young man and will go very far. Thank you to Netgalley and St Martins Press for giving me the oppurtunity to read this book.
  • Marianne Denning
    1970-01-01
    You can always depend on Barbara Taylor Bradford to bring us characters that capture our imagination. Master of His Fate is one of those stories. It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. Enjoy this wonderful tale.