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Master of His Fate

Master of His Fate

The House of Falconer Series (Volume 1)

Barbara Taylor Bradford

St. Martin's Press


From #1 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, 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 both hardworking and trustworthy, and catching the eye of Henry Malvern, head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. But when threats against his reputation – and his life - begin to emerge, James will have to prove that he truly is the master of his fate.

Through scandal and romance, tragedy and triumph, the Falconer and Malvern family’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways in this expansive and intricately detailed new novel filled with drama, intrigue, and Bradford's trademark cast of compelling characters.


James Lionel Falconer, commonly called Jimmy by everyone except his grandmother, was out of breath. He came to a sudden stop in the middle of the road going toward Camden Lock. The wheelbarrow he was pushing was heavy and grew heavier...

Praise for Master of His Fate

Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford:

"Bradford’s many fans will find a vast new cast of characters to connect with."Publisher's Weekly on Master of His Fate

"The launch of what promises to be another blockbuster Bradford series."Kirkus Reviews on Master of His Fate

"Bradford's legion of fans will flock happily to this romantic saga."Booklist on Master of His Fate

"Through a rich trove of characters who seem to be magnets for high drama, Bradford furthers the Cavendon saga with intricately textured tales of passion and betrayal."Booklist on Secrets of Cavendon

“There is no one writing sagas like Bradford, and no one but the grand mistress delivers this kind of unforgettable, sweeping, dramatic read.”Romantic Times (4 ½ stars) on The Cavendon Luck

“True love conquers all and loyalty reigns supreme in Bradford’s dishy continuation of the Cavendon saga.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Cavendon Women

"Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world’s best at spinning yarns."The Guardian on Secrets from the Past

"Every novel from this acclaimed and beloved author is avidly read, and its engrossing historical dimension, family traumas, romance, and vivid setting will prove irresistible."Booklist on Letters from a Stranger

Reviews from Goodreads

Barbara Taylor Bradford

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England and started her writing career as a journalist. She has written dozens of international bestsellers, including Master of his Fate, her thirty-third novel. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.

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