Rutherford Park Snow had fallen in the night and now the great house standing at the head of the valley seemed like a five hundred year old ship sailing in a white ocean For the Cavendish family Rutherford Park i

  • Title: Rutherford Park
  • Author: ElizabethCooke
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  • Page: 371
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  • Snow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five hundred year old ship sailing in a white ocean For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much than a place to call home It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives likSnow had fallen in the night, and now the great house, standing at the head of the valley, seemed like a five hundred year old ship sailing in a white ocean For the Cavendish family, Rutherford Park is much than a place to call home It is a way of life marked by rigid rules and lavish rewards, governed by unspoken desires Lady of the house Octavia Cavendish lives like a bird in a gilded cage With her family s fortune, her husband, William, has made significant additions to the estate, but he too feels bound by the obligations of his title as well as his vows Their son, Harry, is expected to follow in his footsteps, but the boy has dreams of his own, like pursuing the new adventure of aerial flight Meanwhile, below stairs, a housemaid named Emily holds a secret that could undo the Cavendish name.On Christmas Eve 1913, Octavia catches a glimpse of her husband in an intimate moment with his beautiful and scandalous distant cousin She then spies the housemaid Emily out in the snow, walking toward the river, about to make her own secret known to the world As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, an epic tale of longing and betrayal is about to unfold at Rutherford Park

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    1. I give this 3.5 stars which rounds up to 4.This is your typical historical fiction novel about family drama caused by secrets. I happen to like books like this so naturally I liked this. It wasn’t the best one I ever read, but it was still good and entertaining for the most part. It took a while for the story to actually get going. What I really liked was how it took place just before World War I broke out. It captured a really interesting time in England and France.

    2. TURN BACK NOW!! IT'S A TRAP!!And boy, oh boy did I fall into the trap. The dazzling cover, the promise of something akin to Downton Abbey, the lure of some sort of Austen-like scandal, defined and in-depth characters, a 'cozy read for a fire front and winter night', glowing reviewsYeah, this book failed at any of that. Too many trees probably died for this book. I can't even properly review it for all its badness, because I just don't care for it one bit. Lord and Lady Cave-in-dish? Er, I mean C [...]

    3. This book was just okay for me (2.5 stars, but I'll round up). I think part of the problem was that I wanted it to be Downton Abbey, and it just wasn't. I can't say that I actually liked any of the characters, so it was hard to care what was happening to them. I'm not sure if I disliked the characters because of their actions or because they were all written in a very flat way. I never got the sense that I was allowed to know the characters outside of the appearance they wanted projected to the [...]

    4. This historical novel set when England was right on the brink of World War I has far more depth than I initially expected, there are the expected emotional moments, but more than that, it is a book that looks at the lives of women at different levels of the social scale.Rutherford Park is the stately pile that is the home to William and Octavia Cavendish and their three children Harry, Louisa and Charlotte and of course their entourage of servants. As the book opens on Christmas Eve 1913, we mee [...]

    5. This book was very choppy. Several story lines were started, and then abandoned. It was an overall enjoyable read, but I wish that some promising situations had not fizzled away into nothing.(view spoiler)[Could someone please tell me why authors frequently use character names that are very similar sounding?Harry and Harrison… both are young men of the same age, both of them live at Rutherford Park, both are seducers of young female servants, and both have bad attitudes. Couldn’t the author [...]

    6. This is a wonderful book! There is something special in this book that really drew me to it. On the cover there is a quote that fans of Downton Abbey will love this book, and I certainly fell into that category. I was worried that the book would be lacking, or written quickly to gain on the fame of Downton Abbey, but I could't have been more wrong. This book had me laughing and in tears, it was fascinating and interesting. Here is the Publisher's synopsis:"Snow had fallen in the night, and now t [...]

    7. It you are a fan of Downton Abbey and are jonesing for a Grantham family-like fix until season four premieres next January on PBS, Elizabeth Cooke's latest novel Rutherford Park might be just the ticket. Set during the Edwardian era at the eponymous estate in the Yorkshire countryside, the Cavendish family are as wealthy, titled, and drama-filled as the Grantham's, yet we are privileged to be reading a book, as opposed to watching a screenplay, so the author's historical detail, characterization [...]

    8. I want to start out by saying thanks to and Berkley Books for selecting me to read an ARC copy of Rutherford Park through the First-read giveaways. I regret that I did not get to reading it closer to the original publish date; however I have to say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable read.Brief summary: Rutherford Park is a timeless, lavish estate owned by Earl William Cavendish (the eighth Earl of Cavendish) and his wife Octavia, whose family money was made in the wool factories and is the only [...]

    9. Rutherford Park, the elegantly rambling estate of the Cavendish family in the Yorkshire countryside of England, seems a dream to those looking at it from a distance. Money and manners nearly ooze from its well-tended walls and gardens and the family is delightfully steeped in the traditions and rules that govern those of the elitist class. But just peek a little more closely at the inhabitants of Rutherford Park and you will see that not everyone is happy in this long standing status quo and jus [...]

    10. This was a decent book to read. It shows a lot about the differences of the upstairs/downstairs relationships of the English in the early 1900's. I really wanted to like this book more than I did though. I felt that there were too many POV's. Many characters had a section to have a say as to what was going on. In a way this was good because you had the chance to understand how a servant & the aristocrat saw/handled things differently. However, there were too many that I couldn't get myself i [...]

    11. A wonderful book that depicts the lives within a country house on the cusp of a new age.Cars are beginning to make an appearance and WW1 is looming with the young son who has ambitions of being a pilot.It starts on a snowy Christmas Eve 1913.One of the maids Emily is in trouble which has devastating results.How the family married for money to improve the estate, a tale of class and manners.If you like Downton Abbey you'll love this, I couldn't put it down!

    12. 3.5 Stars. Rutherford Park -- the Yorkshire seat of the Cavendish family -- is a bastion of English tradition and respectability. But its historic halls shelter dangerous secrets and passions both upstairs and down, a simmering vein of tension that belies the family's respectable exterior. The dawning of 1914 and the promise of Christmas and New Year's finds certain members of the family and household staff in a reflective mood, hungry for a change that they cannot define, the scope and impact o [...]

    13. I was reading through a few books inspired by, or similar to Downton Abbey when I came upon Rutherford Park. I wasn't expecting much because the previous novels were definitely of the derivative kind. But from the first chapter on, I knew Rutherford Park was going to be different. It was excellent through and through, often surprising me with where it was going and how the author chose to portray the characters. They are fully fleshed out and more complex than I had expected. As good as Downton [...]

    14. The book starts in 1913 England countryside, so knowing history and what will occur shortly in Europe, I was excited to read this book. And I love the country estate theme, with so many servants who dust and polish silver. Cooke is a good author and weaves a good story of the Cavendish family. I enjoyed the book and look forward to locating more of this author's work. I looked for this book in the library after reading her latest book which I won on . While she has written a number of books, I a [...]

    15. Review Posted on Reading Lark 8/19/13: readinglark/2013/I suppose I need to start this review by saying I have not watched Downton Abbey and know very little about England in the early 1900's. I decided to read this one when it was offered to me as a way to experience a new time period. My only experience with the early 1900's is learning about the Titanic and WWI. For whatever reason, beyond those two events, the early 1900's didn't interest me. I'm always on the lookout for well done historica [...]

    16. Are you missing Downton Abbey? I know I am! If your answer to that question was the same as mine then you definitely need to pick up a copy of this book! Rutherford Park was blurbed by more than one source to be reminiscent of all things Downton. After finishing the book, I would have to say that I most definitely agree. The social classes, new money, old money, social issues, and the whole nine yards were huge topics for discussion in this book just like the television series. The story follows [...]

    17. Comparisons to Downton Abbey are inevitable here, aren't they?What sets this apart, though, is that there's more room for slightly less savoury characters to have their way. Servants do things they shouldn't, and get away with it. They family members do things they shouldn't, and get away with it, one way or another.The back of the book is a bit disingenuous, as Mary's secret is not the one that threatens to split the family apart -- but there are certainly secrets aplenty. I did wish that some [...]

    18. Beautifully Written, Vivid and Picturesque: Elizabeth Cooke proves she is a master of "showing, not telling." Each page is full of breathtaking description which makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. Her ability to weave and craft different story lines is impeccable. You feel truly invested in each character and not a single character falls short of development. Intriguing Character Development: Each character has their own qualities and characteristics which makes them different an [...]

    19. "Rutherford Park" reminded me very much of Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. It follows the comings and goings of those that live and work in the grand estate house of Rutherford Park. It's an interesting slice of life kind of book that will appeal to historical fiction lovers who want a wide variety of characters to read about.The list of characters was a little overwhelming to me. Almost every chapter focuses on a different character's interactions with the other characters in the book. [...]

    20. This is a riveting book—well written, surprising twists and turns, interesting characters, realistic dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is really gorgeous and perceptive. The author doesn't reveal everything to her readers; she lets them figure it out for themselves. Readers have to work to read this book--you aren't handed everything and told what to think. You are given bits and pieces here and there, and it's up to you to put it all together. Also, the characters are not black o [...]

    21. Les Ombres de Rutherford Park est le genre de livre facile à lire, à l'intrigue courue d'avance et aux personnages complètement fades. L'histoire est juste suffisamment bonne pour que l'on continue notre lecture malgré les défauts du livre (et pourtant quand on me promet un roman encore plus passionnant que Downton Abbey, ça me fait rêver) . C'est sûr, cette lecture ne restera pas dans les annales. Dommage, ça avait l'air prometteur

    22. An intriguing look into the life of British aristocrats and those who serve them. How the differences started to become blurred with the changing times of war and life.

    23. 4.5 Stars. This is a fantastic read. It truly enthralls you just like Downton Abbey. The plot twists are totally believable and the writing is superbly executed. I LOVED it!!

    24. I liked this book very well. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but I wisely went into it WITHOUT hoping for it to mirror the grandeur of Downton Abbey (for example). Married ladies in gilded cages, unmarried seductresses who like married men, maids and their secrets, debutantes and their daydreams, scandal, intrigues, confessions. Everything how I like it.

    25. I gave one star because the writer jumps from one character to another to the point I'm confused on which one I'm reading about. I couldn't finish. I got half way thru it before I finally had enough.

    26. I could not even finish this book I had a difficult time following the story line because she changed points of view every couple of pages. I struggled with it for a while but I finally realized that I did not care what happened to these characters so why was I torturing myself trying to finish

    27. J'ai adoré ! Dans la même lignée que Downtown Abbey ou la dernière série de B.T.B qui se passe dans la même période (avant et commencement de la première guerre mondiale). J'attends avec impatience le volume 2 en sortie poche pour continuer.

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