Ravenscliffe is the follow-up novel to Netherwood and is set in Yorkshire in 1904. I loved Netherwood and was excited to read the sequel right away. Eve Williams has created a successful business with her great cooking and enterprising nature. Her friend, Russian immigrant Anna, has helped her to pursue her dreams. Anna takes them a step farther by finding her a perfect Victorian Villa in the common, Ravenscliffe. Eve’s returning brother Silas helps her to procure the Villa and Anna sets to work making it into a beautiful home.
Eve and Daniel move forward with their wedding even though Seth is not pleased with his mother’s remarriage. At Netherwood, the family prepares for a visit from the King and the heir to the estate finds himself in love with a flamboyant American woman. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, both the family at the hall as well as the Williams family are thrown into turmoil.
I loved Ravenscliffe. Sanderson has written a great saga with many fascinating characters with interesting stories during a great time period. One aspect I particularly enjoy is the role of the women in this particular time period. I love Lady Henrietta. She is the oldest of the Earl of Netherwood’s children and the most capable of running the estate, but as a daughter she cannot inherit. Instead the lazy Tobias is the heir. This makes Henrietta start to think about the rights of women. I also enjoyed the stories of the coal mines at Netherwood and Amos Sykes fight for the rights and safety of the miners. I was sad when the book ended, but then saw online that here is a third book in the series. Please publish it in the United States!
Overall Ravenscliffe is a wonderful historical fiction saga and I highly recommend it.
Book Source: Review Copy from William Morrow – Thanks!