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The Wonder of It All

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I didn't realize this was the third book in a series of 3, but there was plenty of repetition and reciting of backstory that I caught on to the relationships quickly.

This novel is written in the style of romances in the 1970's, which was an enjoyable sort of step back. That said, although the author talked repeatedly about how wonderful the main character, James, was, and how upstanding and well thought of, I thought he was an awful person. in how he treated women he supposedly loved. Breaks up with a woman he's supposedly loved for decades because he can't get his own way, and when he finds out later she is seriously injured and may be in a nursing home the rest of her life, he doesn't express any sorrow or even go visit her! Has a flirtation and fling with a young woman, then breaks it off because he feels he is too old for her - I found him to be rather despicable.

It all ties up neatly in the end, but I felt like the whole story left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I've always been a big fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford, but this book was meh at best.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

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James Tychon is a very successful businessman despite his wounds from the war. He is reluctant to rekindle a relationship with his daughter’s mother. Having no other children this daughter is very important to him and his company.
“The Wonder of it all” will keep you engaged to the end. This is a warm romantic story. Barbara Taylor Bradford does not disappoint!

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I have been reading Barbara Taylor Bradford since Women of Substance debuted in 1979. Her earlier works are my favorite, but she’s continued to write good stories in the ensuing 40 plus years

The last book in her Falconer series,, finds James Falconer home from WWI. He is a war casualty and is recovering from serious wounds. His wife has died, and his paramour, Georgina, 10 years his senior and mother of his estranged daughter Leonie, is caring for him.

The book follows a predictable course. While it lacks the richness and detail of her earlier novels, fans of BTB eagerly await any new book. Recommended for all public libraries.

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The Wonder of it All is beautifully written but the story was a bit disappointing. Although Bradford's writing is always a pleasure to read it seems like she kept repeating herself throughout this book. The third in a trilogy, this title was not the author's best work.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my review.

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“The Wonder of It All” is the last installment in the House of Falconer trilogy. I really enjoy Barbara Taylor Bradford’s writing and stories so was looking forward to giving this one a try. Because I did not read the first two in the series, I felt I was a bit at a disadvantage not understanding the backstories. With that being said, I still thought it was an enjoyable read.

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This is the third book This in The House of Falconer series. James was changed by war and the loss of his wife. This chronicled his life after he returned by World War 1. He tries to mend his troubled relationship with his daughter, Leonie. I have not read the first two books in the series and was able to keep up. I am a big fan of BTB, but this wasn't my favorite. I read a free book via Net Galley and voluntarily chose to write a review.

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This is the last in the series and I have not read the previous two but it could be a stand alone. Barbara Taylor Bradford books are noted for having interesting plots, settings, and characters and this one will not disappoint. Peter Falconer, a self-made tycoon, survived horrific injuries fighting in WWI, and was traumatized by battle experiences. This was in addition to a number of tragic personal losses. So he was leery of making a new commitment to his old love, Georgiana Ward, or a new love. Meanwhile, his businesses were facing many challenges in the postwar London environment. How he resolves his challenges and finds happiness makes an enthralling story.
Please note this is the last book of a trilogy. Some readers may want to read the first two books first.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ book. This is the final book of the House of Falconer trilogy and takes place following James Falconer’s return from WWI and the death of his wife. It stars James, his estranged daughter Leonie, and Georgiana Ward.

Georgiana helps nurse James back to physical and mental health, and James works to forge a relationship with his daughter. As always, Barbara Taylor Bradford created well-developed characters and a spell-binding story. I enjoyed this book a lot.

Thank you to the author, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my opinions.

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This is the final book in The House of Falconer trilogy. All three books were wonderful. The main character is James Falconer, a very wealthy self-made man. He volunteered to serve his country in WWI and came back severely injured and traumatized. He is still mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Alexis and his brother and sister who are managing his company Malvern. His former love, Georgiana Ward agrees to take care of him. She had a daughter from him years ago, but Leonie had no desire to reunite with her father. Unbeknownst to her, James has supported Leonie and her mother for many years. Even behind the scenes, James keeps an eye on Leonie as he did not care for the man she married. While you get much of the backstory in this book, I would urge you to read the whole series. You will not be disappointed!

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The Wonder of It All is the third book in The House of Falconer series. Barbara Taylor Bradford books do not disappoint. I enjoyed the series and I would suggest reading these books in order. They build on each other and follow history and the life of James Falconer. This is an epic series that really pulls the reader in and makes you feel invested with the characters. You know the characters from their beginnings, their loves and loses, to their vast success.

This is a series that has stayed with me which does not happen often. The history is fascinating from the Victorian times to the 20th century. I would recommend these books for historical fiction lovers. It put me in mind of Thornbirds or The Roses series which are some of my favorite books.

Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Wonder of It All. #NetGalley #TheWonderOfItAll #BarbaraTaylorBradford

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This Barbara Taylor Bradford book continues the story of James Falconer, a tycoon and a self-made man, who seems to have the world in the palm of his hand. But the Great War looms, and James decides to fight for king and country. James returns from the war a changed man, with wounds both physical and mental. His beloved wife is dead, but a new woman, Georgiana Ward, returns to help nurse him back to health. The couple's old attraction is there and James is determined to make amends to both Georgiana and his child Leonie, a grown woman. Leonie is embarking on a dangerous journey with a man who might very well destroy her. James works to return to the man he once was, and heal his body, soul, and family. I thought this Bradford books was pretty good.

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The book The Wonder of It All was an enjoyable read. I would recommend any book written by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Happy Reading!

I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely.

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The final book in the Falconer series opens with James Falconer serving in WWI. After being severely wounded he is sent back to England to recuperate. Handsome and one of the richest men in England, he still mourns the death of his wife years earlier. They had no children, but James has a daughter from his occasional lover Georgiana. After his wife’s death he shut himself off from everyone and abandoned his daughter.. He never stopped supporting her and her mother, but she wants nothing to do with him. Now he needs to find a way back into her life.

At forty-eight James feels he is too old to start a new relationship. Then he meets Annabel. Despite their mutual attraction, there is an age difference that James feels is a major obstacle. With the war winding down and a faltering economy, James throws himself into strengthening his company. He is used to things going his way, but his sister Rossi and his friends conspire to bring him together with Annabel. When his daughter finally turns to James for help, she finally learns the truth about her father. With his life coming together it may be time to admit to his feelings for Annabel.

James is a strong character, as evidenced by his determination to walk again after being seriously wounded. He was not born into wealth, but became an astute businessman. While he is incredibly stubborn, he is willing to listen to associates’ advice. He captures the attention of the room when he enters and shows concern for everyone who is involved in his business, from his other executives to the small shopkeepers. He has met his match in Annabel, who runs a business of her own and is recognized for her knowledge of art. Barbara Taylor Bradford has brought the Falconer series to a very satisfying conclusion that should please her fans. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing this book for my review.

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Not only had I not read the previous books in this series, but I had never read a book by Barbara Taylor Bradford (that I remember). THE WONDER OF IT ALL is reminiscent of 1970s romances, with a more contemporary and realistic approach to sex, but still enjoyable.

Tycoon James Falconer, seriously wounded in World War I, reestablishes himself in his old London life, determined to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter, Leonie. At first, he reconciles with Georgiana, Leonie's mother, but when Georgiana refuses to marry him, he buries himself in his work, which has become unexpectedly problematic in the post-war economy.

When a young and irresistible woman, Annabel, enters his life, James is determined to do just that--resist her, despite her obvious interest in him. Focusing again on business and Leonie, James nearly lets a good thing go.

This book is probably hundreds of pages than the plot requires it to be, but I'm always up for descriptions of clothing, fires, meals, and parties, although some might not find such details absorbing. An enjoyable read that doesn't require too much intellectual engagement. #TheWonderofItAll #NetGalley

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A remarkable addition to the series. I liked that James was ready to heal himself and his family.
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This was the first book in this series that I have read and it was interesting to learn about James Falconer and his life after WWI. I thought the author gave us a good depiction of what the world was like after the war and I thought the author did a good job of making us care about James and his relationships with those around him. I liked how we saw his relationship with his daughter grow through the story and I also liked seeing how he found love again.

I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

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THE WONDER OF IT ALL is the third book in Barbara Taylor Bradford “House of Falconer” trilogy. I read the first book a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I missed the second book. For me, THE WONDER OF IT ALL, had a strong beginning. My Great Uncle served in WWI and his job was to transport wood to the front line to build the trenches. I have a medal given to him on the 75th anniversary of the Armistice. When he was 101, he talked to me about his experience and how he had to go through delousing for six weeks after the war was over. I could feel what it must have been like for James Falconer. I felt one of the strongest sections of the book were the scenes of Falconer’s recovery in the hospital. The middle part of the book dragged for me at times, there was a lot repetition. I enjoyed the ending and feel like Bradford left it open for a fourth book maybe from the point of view of the next generation (Leonie and Adrian). My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. The opinions in this review are my own..

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Thank you Netgalley / Macmillan Audio, for the ALC and St. Martin’s Press, #partner for the finished copy of The Wonders of It All in exchange for my honest review.

This is the third, and final, book in Barbara Taylor Bradford’s House of Falconer series and I absolutely loved it! There is just something so magical about her family sagas and I find myself completely swept up in their stories…and this one is no exception.

I personally think it would be beneficial to read this series in order. While this one does stand on its own, there are quite a bit of threads that are carried over that would make for a richer reading experience if you have already read the earlier books. But that’s just my opinion.

In this latest installment, the war has ended and James has returned both physically and emotionally wounded. As he is convalescing in the hospital and making plans for where to go next, he reconnects with his ex-wife and it is decided he will go there for to continue recuperating for a time. While there, he is hoping to forge a relationship with his estranged daughter.

As I have come to love with this series, this book is full of drama, secrets, some scandal, and of course a little romance. Nothing is easy, nothing comes without a price and it is so easy to become totally swept up in the lives of our characters. While it has been a while since the last book, I had no trouble falling back into the swing of things – that’s all due to the way the author writes. She just has this way of pulling you into their lives as if you’ve been there the whole time. It’s so easy to get lost in this book and escape into these characters’ lives for a while. Each character has their set of challenges and there are some obstacles along the way, but that’s what keeps things moving, and the twists and surprising developments really kept me glued to the pages.

While I’m sad to see this series come to an end, I’m excited to see what will be coming next from BTB…she is one of my very favorite authors! Perhaps while I wait, I’ll finally get a chance to reread A Woman of Substance, my very favorite book of hers!

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4.5/5 - I am really sorry to have this series end. I have enjoyed getting to know all the characters and really the Falconer family.

I’m kind of hoping there’s a spin off at some point about Leonie and her position at the top of Malvern’s.

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I have been waiting for this book. The House of Falconer trilogy is amazing. I was pulled into the lives, the era, and the drama of being a Falconer from the very beginning of this series. The Wonder of It All completes their family story and as sad as I am that the series is over, I am thrilled with how it all ended.

James Falconer is a powerful man. He has returned from war, recovered from an injury, and is taking on the world again. I love how he did not let all that he went through put him down, he worked hard, he protects those he cares for, and does what he must to heal his body, heart, and soul.

The House of Falconer is a series to be read in order. It is a trilogy and all three books are available now. I highly recommend picking them all up right away.

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