by Bruce Harris
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Pub Date 28 May 2023 | Archive Date 25 Jul 2023
The Book Guild, Book Guild Publishing
After building a successful group of restaurants, Val Reynolds meets and marries jeweller Hugo Gilard, and forms the Gilrey Corporation. On Hugo’s death, Val finds herself fighting against managers within the corporation who seek to take it over and turn into a more ruthless and profit-driven concern than she and Hugo envisaged. The battle involves Val’s four adult children and their partners, not all of whom are wholly supportive of her.
The business jungle and its effect on the people within it is exposed in the ongoing battle for control of the Gilrey Corporation, and its effect on a family at a vulnerable time shows the different characters and aspirations of them all.
After describing family matters historically in Howell Grange and over three days of a marriage in The Densham Do, Bruce Harris turns to the business politics and conflicts of the Gilard family in this latest work.
A Note From the Publisher
An original, well-written family saga focusing on the conflict surrounding a family business after the death of its patriarch.
Featuring a multiple narrative perspective, the novel documents the strength of a family business in the face of corporate greed.
The author is a seasoned author, and has published two novels and one short-story collection with the Book Guild previously.
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Average rating from 3 members
•Multiple Narrative Perspective
•Death of loved one
•Struggles and Conflict
•Detail Account of Family Businesses
So the book is about family business and how two people came together and transformed their personal and professional life. A man and woman can only be together if they see potential in each other. The author has crafted a tale of two people who were like two peas in a pod but life is inevitable. Val and Hugo made a life for each other and contributed to each other’s business and personal life as well. Until the death of patriarch in the family turned everything upside down. It was like there was a wall between family and the outer world but it began to fall with the death of Hugo and as the outcome Val has to deal with false accusations, conflicts, struggles and the unexpected things. She finds herself tangled in the web of politics and conflicts
The author has weaved a tale of family saga with business politics, trickery, loss of loved one, conflicts and battles. It was lovely how Hugo and Val came together. Loved Val’s character and Hugo too. Love how he always referred her as Diamond Val. The book has detail account of family businesses, politics, conflicts and battles. The ending was so emotional.
Thank you Netgalley, Author and Publisher
This novel is an absolute gem (pun intended). Borrowing a few tropes from the likes of Ken Follett and Jeffrey Archer, Bruce Harris delivers an engaging take on both the family saga and boardroom drama.
I loved the intensity of the characterisation. The author explores all the dynamics of family relationships, of people bound together by either blood, or marriage, and the effects of loss and grief. The added dimensions of petty jealousies and boardroom squabbling made this a gritty, gripping read.
This is one of those novels where reaching the end raises the important question of ... what happens next? Always the sign of a good book.