A woman of substance

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Avon, May 1, 1980 - Fiction - 816 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.

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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)

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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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PART ONE The Valley 1968
PART TWO The Abyss 19041905
PART THREE The Slope 19051910

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About the author (1980)

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire on May 10 1933. She attended Town Street Church of England School and Northcote School for Girls. She started work in a typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By the age of twenty she was an editor & columnist on London's Fleet Street. Her first novel, "A Woman of Substance", became an enduring bestseller & was followed by 24 other blockbusters, most recently "Playing The Game". Her books have sold more than 82 million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries & forty languages. Ten of her books have been made into television mini-series and television movies. Due to her success as an author, she has been listed as the 31st wealthiest woman in Britain as of 2009. She is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. She is also involved in several charity projects such as Literacy Partners and the Police Athetic League of New York City.

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