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Being Elizabeth

Ravenscar Series

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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At age twenty-five, Elizabeth Deravenel Turner finds herself in a position few women her age could image: the head of Deravenels, a business empire that spans the globe. It’s a company whose reach is wide and whose secrets are deep. Deravenels has roots that go far back in her family’s history—and she knows the price that many had to pay to see it reach the success it is today.

Elizabeth is the youngest executive in the company she now leads.  Surrounded by rumors and disloyalty, she is aware that there are many people who would give anything to take down the company—and her with it. With her enemies circling, she finds herself at a crossroad of choices involving her mind, her heart, and her destiny. As scandal surrounds the one man she’s ever loved, Elizabeth discovers how the next move she makes could have deadly and final consequences…

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Chapter One

"She's dead!"

Cecil Williams made this announcement from the entrance to the dining room at Ravenscar, the great Elizabethan house in Yorkshire. Then closing the door behind him, he walked across to the table in a few quick strides. It was 1996, and this news was momentous.

Against her own volition, Elizabeth Turner jumped up. "When?" she asked in a voice full of sudden tension, her eyes riveted on his face.

"This morning, very early. Just before dawn, to be exact." There was a silence.

Elizabeth took tight control of a rush of emotion; even though this

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Barbara Taylor Bradford's novel Being Elizabeth. From the storytelling magic of Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a modern retelling of the drama and intrigue surrounding the 16th-century Queen Elizabeth. Instead of England, the throne is the business empire of the Deravenels. And this Elizabeth is the most powerful Managing Director in its history.

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“Rife with dastardly internecine struggles, smoldering illicit passion, and cowardly insidious betrayals…[the Deravenels] pack as much intrigue as any Shakespearean royal drama.”—Booklist

"Fans will be thrilled by the third Ravenscar book, a modern, corporate version of Tudor England.... Bradford is the master of grand, sweeping family sagas."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"Bradford transports us to a world of opulence, power and riches.... It never disappoints."
--Bookreporter.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford

  • Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 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 twenty, 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.
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Being Elizabeth

Ravenscar Series

Barbara Taylor Bradford

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