The Broken Gate

The Broken Gate

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It is winter, 1901. The ancient façade of Cresswell Manor surveys a vast and rich estate - but the land has fallen into decay. A broken gate hangs open - always about to be mended - while the workers' cottages are in dire need of repair. Mortimer Cresswell is an old man now, about to breathe his last, and at his deathbed the members of his family hover, waiting 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. Stanislas - ruthless in his desire to succeed - has his eye on Mortimer's land, but the Cresswells refuse to sell, sparking a massive feud. Where tempers flare, passion may follow. Esmeralda von Ehrlich - headstrong, spoilt and beautiful - has never been refused. When she finds herself drawn to a member of the Cresswell household, she is determined to exact her will and exercise her desire.

Bound to one another by conflict, passion and betrayal, both families are set on a collision course so powerful, it will completely alter their world.

Publisher: London, Eng. : Orion, 2004.
ISBN: 9780752860695
0752860690
Characteristics: 376 p. ;,24 cm.

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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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