I read this book years ago but never read the second and third parts of this saga of the Swann dynasty. So back to the beginning of the story of Adam Swann who after retiring from the British military in 1858 decides to start his own business delivering goods by horse and cart in Victorian England. He meets and weds Henrietta who is more than happy to leave her controlling and unfeeling father. It’s a long story but Delderfield has a way with words. Like Charles Dickens he introduces several interesting characters along the way and doesn’t gloss over the living conditions of the times. Now onto the next story “Theirs Was the Kingdom”.