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- Publication Date: October 19, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B016WNEEQO
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Lisa Grey is about to find out. When the beautiful young widow is plucked from her drab life by Elias York, she’d have been forgiven for thinking she woken up in a fairy tale.
However, she soon finds out that nothing is ever as it seems. And, the wealthy, prestigious family into which she’s married carries its own secrets.
Elias’ brothers—the carefree but deeply flawed Gabriel and the darkly brilliant Richard—and his remote, judgmental mother offer the best and worst of a life of privilege to the young woman.
British author Terry Tyler really hits her stride with this one. It follows the same approach as her fascinating novel, “Kings and Queens”—a modern-day retelling of the life and loves of Henry VIII as a 20th century land baron.
Her latest novel was inspired by the real House of York, so familiar to history buffs. Basically, she answers such questions as, what if the hunchback king, Richard III was hanging out in England today? (But not under a car park, where his real remains were discovered a few years back.)
Tyler has a gift for breathing fresh life into well-known characters whom we have only known through dusty history books, as she has them face such timeless challenges as the search to satisfy love and lust. Lust for power. Lust for the illicit. Lust for what cannot be.
The fun in Tyler’s retelling is figuring out just how she’ll tie together the stories of the modern version and the historic figure on which he or she is based.
Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different character, leading the reader through a very readable story right to its shocking end.
Set aside a rainy weekend, huddle under a blanket, and enjoy.
Review by Roy Murry, Author
Wealth and power are strange bedfellows. They either make you happy or destroy you, but a strong family that has it must go on to preserve the core whether misused or not.
Ms. Tyler, again, has brought to light in a well-written dramatic form the trials and tribulations of a wealthy family in present-day England using characters of its past. Englishmen may recognize the names, but the story is new.
In each chapter, a character gives you an update on family members as the novel progresses to the point that the real evil one is uncovered. Power is the driving force to control the family's corporate wealth that starts in one Century's values and ends with a surprising twist of the Next’s values.
The story is chock-full of love, hate, self-evaluation, grief, and bewilderment. This novel doesn't let the reader down in highs and lows.
At the end of reading "Everything was going to be fine... Wasn't it?", the reader will want more to know about THE HOUSE OF YORK, as I do.
Every one of Terry Tyler's characters has a distinctive voice, and I really enjoyed reading the story from their different perspectives. I was also incredibly impressed with the seamlessness of the narrative. With so many subplots spinning at all times, a less skilled author would run the risk of losing the reader, or dropping a ball or two. But that literally never happened in this novel.
I picked up the book because I'd liked Tyler's Round and Round so much, and wasn't aware that The House of York is a modern spin on the War of the Roses until the end. Then I was truly blown away! What a gifted author Tyler is.I'd recommend The House of York to anyone looking for a different, engaging read with a colorful and unique cast of characters. Perhaps if you're very well versed in British history, you'll be able to guess how the story ends, but I was riveted until the very last page.
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The story appears innocuous, but there is always a hint that something is about to happen or is, just a wiff or promise enough to keep you reading. It seems like a nice ordinary story of a working class girl marrying into strong wealthy family - but it's not Mills and Boon, it's not a romance. I am rubbish at reviewing books, so dont usually bother, but I am amazed that I enjoyed this one and the twist at the end...!
I normally find female authors bogged down in unnecessary detail, far too wordy, that I have to skip pages to get to the dialogue - haven't been able to read Kate Moss because of that, she rambles so much. But this book has just the right amount of detail with an interesting plot and all woven from Terri's love of history.
So, a badly constructed and written review, but worth reading this book. ( thankfully not written by me !)
After reading the author's Renova series and rating it my best read of the year, I bought House of York to see whether she could write a credible thriller. So glad I did, because it's another exceptionally enjoyable read.
I would describe The House of York as a generous book, because it weaves a psychological thriller through an engrossing family saga, featuring many characters who are all believable and each with their strengths, weaknesses and secrets, tragedies, loves and losses and stories to tell. You don't feel that the author is rushing to get to the end as quickly as possible so they can get on and write the next book.
There is so much happening within this family that you could carried away and forget that it is ultimately a thriller, except that right from the beginning the tension builds up relentlessly to the shocking conclusion, and just when you think it's all over you find that it's really only just beginning.
I absolutely loved this book, and hope the author will take the opportunity to write a sequel, because although the tale is complete in itself, everything is in place to continue the saga of this family and produce another belting read.
I particularly liked the way the story was told from the different viewpoints of the many characters. So refreshing to see how each one viewed their parts in the story. Rarely have I felt such powerful emotions regarding some of those characters. Some I pitied, some I liked, others I positively loathed. One, Elodie, had me guessing right up until the end when Tyler revealed her true spirit. That came as quite a shock.
I hated coming to the end of this book and I hope there may, one day, be a sequel. I would love to see how Ms Tyler expands on the story whilst knowing how the original 14th century tale panned out. I could see this as quite a challenge but I know she would tackle it well. A very definite 5 stars.
The book is about the rich and rather dysfunctional York family who own a chain of bars.
Some of the family characters are endearing and likeable, others less so with dark secrets and addictions.
Written in a multi narrative style with each different family member giving their side of the story we are given a more rounded view of the family events that take place within this period of time 1993-2014
Always interesting to see what someone thinks of themselves, the disparity between that and how others view them and the author has this honed to perfection.
At times reading this book felt like meeting up with a close friend and fellow people watcher to have a gossip session about in-laws! The York family actually remind me of my own in-laws (shhh don't tell them...) with secrets, lies, betrayals and rifts.
Be prepared for shocks and unexpected happenings as all the layers of this family are stripped bare leading to some heart-stopping tense scary parts.
I read this on holiday and was glad we had some rainy weather so I could carry on reading.
Loosely based on the War of the Roses, although I didn't realise that part because it's a long time since I was in school and I've forgotten large chunks of what it was all about.
Anyone else who is a fan of Penny Vincenzi type family saga series will no doubt enjoy this book as much as I did, although I am loathe to compare one author to another, but it sometimes helps to know broadly what will appeal and why.
One quibble is that I'm not keen on the cover. The rather garish cover doesn't, in my opinion, reflect the quality of the writing.
I'm really hoping there is a sequel to this epic tale.
Scratch the surface of this exterior though and some very different things come to light. If only Lisa had heeded her first impressions of York house, believed enough in her, and her mother’s, ability to ‘see’ auras of darkness and danger.
We get a fascinating look into each individual, very little is as it seems and there is a nice dark twist at the end. A good read.
I was not disappointed.
Lisa’s marriage seems like a classic ‘fairy tale happy ending’, but as she's married into a completely dysfunctional family it turns out instead to be the beginning of a family saga rich in drama, suspense and emotion.
The plot builds at a satisfying pace to its dramatic conclusion and the ‘darker’ side of the storyline is sensitively handled. The characters are so well drawn that (to an extent) you can even empathise with the more dislikeable ones. Terry’s trademark technique of having multiple first person narrators works particularly well in this story, given everyone’s different agendas and perception of events. And as with the Tudor stories, the tensions caused by rivalries in the family business are so well observed that I wonder if Terry has experienced these first hand.
Without giving anything away, the final plot twist is worthy of a high-class thriller, and although I’m normally very good at anticipating these, I did not see this one coming at all!
All in all, very highly recommended and I am already champing at the bit for the sequel which I understand is in progress!
At the centre of the story is the relationship between widowed single mum Lisa Grey and the handsome, charismatic and wealthy Elias York. Elias has an interesting family and the stories of his siblings and their various relationships and dramas add layers to the novel - the alcoholic, gambling but good-natured Gabriel, dark and mysterious Richard, and isolated, unfriendly half-sister Megan. All have their own conflicts and crises, tragedies and joys, and their stories weave through the narrative, adding intrigue and depth. The narrative runs through the 1990s to the present day, and, as always, the sense of time and place is beautifully done.
There is a dark side to this novel, and a twist that is cleverly executed. This, along with the skill of the writing (the author makes it look easy!), lifts the book, and makes it a far from ordinary read and far from a simple family drama, although family is at its heart.
It met my expectations, and then some. A cracking read!
It's all based on a rich family and their relationships over the years, concentrating on different members both together and separately, oh the drama of it all, Brilliant..
Looking forward to reading her other books now.
So to this, the latest: The House of York.
Not one to give out spoilers I pinched the blurb!
Widowed single mum, Lisa Grey, and wealthy businessman, Elias York, are young and madly in love. A recipe for happiness? But Lisa is marrying into a complicated family. Her new sister-in-law doesn't want to know her. Middle brother Gabriel's marriage suffers under a cloud of infidelity and gambling debts, while the youngest, Richard, keeps his dark secrets well hidden—and his wife suffers in silence. Lisa and her mother are bonded by their powerful intuition, but dare not voice their fears about York Towers—or certain members of the family.... Love and loss, abduction, incestuous desires and murderous intent form the basis of this compelling saga in which horrors float just beneath the surface, to bring forth a shocking outcome. History lovers may be interested to know that The House of York is loosely based on events during the era of the Wars of the Roses
The complexity of the families involved and the relationships to other people reflect the similarities of human frailties and traits we can read about in fifteen-century plays and history books. And this is what I love; that people still have the same characteristics however far apart in time that they have lived. Everything in this novel portrays this.
The author’s strength is always how she brings her characters to life and The House of York is no exception. The reader is led through the story with each chapter told from the point of view of a different character. But these characters have a subjective view on those around them and, as such, are unreliable narrators; only in their revelations about themselves are they honest. There are good and evil characters in the story but, even so, there are so many different facets to each of them that, despite seeing the bad side of their personalities, it is difficult not to have empathy with each of them some of the time; they are all such brilliantly rounded characters.
And, throughout, the dialogue differentiates them all.
I also loved the way the descriptions of the settings in The House of York evoke such imagery. From the chilling descriptions of the room in the sinister York Towers – a room used for nefarious events by one of the darker characters – to a setting of a countryside walk of a different character; perhaps a metaphor for life, and used as foreshadowing for an event pivotal to the story.
There is a unique crossing of genres in all Terry Tyler’s books and this is no exception; history, thriller, mystery, crime and family saga weave together to make a fascinating read in brilliantly described settings. Her writing style flows, incorporating real life and normal situations with the intriguingly unusual and sometimes chilling. The plot circles around with many twists and turns, incorporating power struggles, personal intrigues and jealous secrets.
But never in a month of Sundays did I expect the ending!
The House of York is a novel that I thoroughly recommend.
Humour, heartbreak, intrigue, mystery, romance, betrayal...this book has it all! It is completely unique and the modern spin on The War of the Roses is genius! All of Terry's novels are completely different and this one does not disappoint. There is never a boring moment because the story is so compelling. Every detail is so well thought out like a fabulous jigsaw that you are desperate to finish but gutted when you realise the last piece is in and you finish the last page.
The only thing that I was disappointing was that I didn't read it any sooner....one thing I am desperate to know though...when is the sequel??!!
The story pivots around Lisa, widowed single mum who falls for wealthy businessman Elias York and finds herself plunged headlong into his complicated family life where nothing is as it seems. Throughout the book we meet other key characters, such as Elias’s sister Megan (my personal favourite), and his brothers Gabriel and Richard. Each section has its own distinct voice, and each chapter will have you riveted to your seat, eager to find out more.
Tyler is the master of the unnerving story line, and this book is no exception – just when you think you know where it’s heading, you are thrust down another ally, and it is the twists and turns as well as the incredibly well-drawn characters that make this book a joy. At times, while reading The House of York, I lost myself completely and the world of the York family became entirely real to me. I did not want this book to end, and I know it’s one I will read again in the future. Highly recommended, five stars.