Covers four generations of a wealthy English familyupper class life in England from the s to the early s Lucinda Brayford by Martin Boyd 1948 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler bettie s Books hide spoiler From BBC Radio 4 Extra 4 Extra DebutStory of a beautiful and wealthy Australian girl who marries into the English aristocracy at a time of great change to the traditional order With Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Firth and Angela Pleasence. This is an absolute stunning story that has blown me away It took me over a month to finish it because I didn t want it to end Martin Boyd is such a beautiful and talented writer that I felt I was actually there, I felt like I had been consumed into the book and I fell so in love with these characters and felt the pain of their heartbreak and struggles A brief plot summary The book starts out in the 1850s We re introduced to William Vane lucindas grandfather who has to move from England to This is an absolute stunning story that has blown me away It took me over a month to finish it because I didn t want it to end Martin Boyd is such a beautiful and talented writer that I felt I was actually there, I felt like I had been consumed into the book and I fell so in love with these characters and felt the pain of their heartbreak and struggles A brief plot summary The book starts out in the 1850s We re introduced to William Vane lucindas grandfather who has to move from England to Australia after he develops and unsavory reputation There he marries a rich woman and has a son named Fred Fred grows up to marry Julie, the daughter of Williams old English enemy Upon the return of their honeymoon they find that William has died leaving nothing but debt behind Fred and Julie start out their marriage terribly poor and unhappy and from there the book follows them as they struggle to build their fortune and Julie climbs her way to the top of the social ladder Fast forward to their second child, Lucinda, on the eve of her 18th birthday, experiencing her first romance, and then her marriage to English man Hugo Brayford We follow the couple to England where the rest of the book takes place and the plot focuses on Hugo s family, lucindas social life which becomes somewhat of a prison, their infidelity, and WWI The majority of the book focuses on these events.Fast forward again to lucindas son Stephen being in his early 20s The events than focus on his relationships with his family, his friends, his marriage to a Vane family member, and WW2