I read "Do Not Disturb" by Tilly Bagshawe and liked it so thought I'd read this book of hers too.
Anyone who has read Tilly Bagshawe before will know the formula. There will be an arrogant, driven, womanising man as the male lead in the red corner, and a successful and beautiful female lead in the blue corner. There will be friction between them. In this book the friction is over a house - The Furlings, "the most beautiful estate in Sussex, if not the whole of England," in the picturesque village of Fittlescombe.
The Furlings estate was under Flint-Hamilton ownership for three centuries and Tatiana "Tati" Flint-Hamilton, an only child, believes it is her birthright. But her father disinherits her after some scandalous behaviour in her teenage/young adult years. So the house goes to some distant cousins, "a family of rich Australians" - the Cranleys, of which the father, Brett, is the arrogant womaniser character.
Tati makes it her aim to get her house back but the court case goes against her so what can she do now? Meanwhile Brett Cranley has secretly fallen in love with Tati and, with just one card to play to keep her in his life, he makes sure that Furlings stays in his possession.
Overall the story has a lot of interweaving storylines, mainly involving the residents of the village, Fittlescombe, and lots of love triangles as you'd expect. I didn't think it was as good as "Do Not Disturb" because the friction between the two leads was not played out as effectively, and neither was I completely satisfied with the ending, but in its own right "The Inheritance" is a good read nonetheless.
Publication date: 19 June 2014
Amazon UK link: The Inheritance