A World of Difference Author:Leona Blair From Publishers Weekly — Indeed there is a world of difference between this deliciously satisfying family saga set in New York, London and France during the early decades of the 20th century, and the dreary sameness of most of its genre. Blair follows her bestseller Privilege with a clever portrait of the wealthy Brandon family, headed by Rhys, a... more » charming, supremely selfish industrialist with a yen for ripe women and rotten politics. Lionhearted Connor MacKenzie, the six-year-old son of a blustering labor leader, is plucked from poverty when Rhys hires his mother as a wet nurse for his infant daughter Georgia. Long before the tight bond between the two youngsters burgeons into love, Rhys betrays the trust of the young man he once treated as his own son, ever after trying to crush Connor. Georgia is married off to a French marquis in a bid to keep her from Connor and stifle her unladylike business savvy. As Blair marches briskly through World War I, the fast-buck '20s, desperate '30s and patriotic '40s, her sharp, poignant and romantic rags-to-riches tale will delight fans and win new readers. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo.
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Rhys Brandon's total selfishness affects everyone he knows, especially his daughter, Georgia, and Connor MacKenzie, who received many of the privileges of the son Rhys wanted, but is still regarded as the son of a servant. Separated from Connor, Georgia marries a French marquis in 1925, designs silk fabrics, and proves a successful businesswoman. Connor becomes a hero in three wars, a wealthy manipulator on Wall Street, and a loyal friend. Their love story is sublimated to the battle between the two men, good and evil incarnate. Connor, having raised himself to powerful wealth, is superhuman, heroic, and magnanimous. Rhys is conniving, malevolent, and imperious. Blair has written another interesting saga with best-seller ingredients all in place: lots of sex and wickedness and a love story with a hero women can fantasize about.