A woman of substance

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Doubleday, 1979 - Fiction - 755 pages
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From "New York Times" bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a triumphant novel of an unforgettable woman Determined to rise above all that she has ever known, a young and impoverished Emma Harte embarks on a journey first of survival, then of unimaginable achievement. Driven to succeed, the iron-willed Emma parlays a small shop into the world's greatest department store and an international business empire: Harte Enterprises. Unhappily married twice, loving only the one man she can never marry, personal happiness eludes her. Harte Enterprises, the realization of her grand dreams, is her all: her heart, her soul, her life. When those closest to her threaten to destroy her empire through their greed and envy, Emma brilliantly outwits her enemies. She wreaks her devastating revenge on those who would betray her in a way only she knows how. Drawing us into the mesmerizing life of a remarkable woman who dared to seize a dream and was willing to pay any price to make it come true, Barbara Taylor Bradford's deeply involving novel is a celebration of an indomitable spirit. Over 6 Million Copies In Print "A wonderfully entertaining novel."

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Barbara's writing for me is easy to read. - Goodreads
If anything, the writing got more redundant and florid. - Goodreads
If you like discriptive prose you'll like this book. - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful and the story is compelling. - Goodreads

Review: A Woman of Substance (Emma Harte Saga #1)

User Review  - Joanne - Goodreads

I read this book a long time ago, and I liked it then. Not a wildly wonderful read but the plot was strong, the characters engaging, and I kept turning pages. Main criticism is the endless - often ... Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and was a reporter for the "Yorkshire Evening Post " at sixteen. By the age of twenty she had graduated to London's Fleet Street as both an editor and columnist.

In 1979, she wrote her first novel, "A Woman of Substance", and that enduring bestseller was followed by 12 others: "Voice of the Heart", "Hold the Dream", "Act of Will", "To Be the Best", "The Women in His Life", "Remember", "Angel", "Everything to Gain", "Dangerous to Know", "Love in Another Town", "Her Own Rules " and " A Secret Affair."

Of these titles, ten have been made into television miniseries or are currently in production. Her novels have sold more than 56 million copies worldwide in more than 88 countries and 38 languages. Barbara Taylor Bradford lives in New York City and Connecticut with her husband, film producer Robert Bradford.

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