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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (May 20, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385181299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385181297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Though enjoyable, Bradford's latest novel lacks the sweep and grandeur that characterized her bestsellers, A Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream. Left to the indifferent care of an aunt after the death of her mother, well-bred Audra Kenton is sent to work at Yorkshire's Fever Hospital, where she trains as a nurse before taking a post in the home of an affluent suffragette. Though she captures the heart of a handsome bounder, Audra's independent spirit is not much appreciated by her working-class husband, and the two clash fiercely over her encouragement of their daughter's artistic genius. Audra's ceaseless efforts backfire, though, when Christina tries to repay the debt by choosing a lucrative career in fashion. With its trademark painted silk garments, the House of Christina is an instant success. But handing the flourishing business on to her only daughter proves harder than Christina expected, since Kyle, in her turn, rejects the world her mother has carved out to seek her own path as an artist. While written in a comparatively minor key, this is a light, pleasing tale of three generations, marked by ironic twists of fate and finely etched period detail. (June 20pSLAVES OF NEW YORK Tama Janowitz. Crown, $15.95
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In another well-written novel Bradford deals with the often-troubled lives of three generations of strong-willed women. Artistically talented orphan Audra Kenton leaves nursing to serve as nanny to precocious Theo Bell. Soon she meets and weds handsome Vincent Crowther, and they begin a long but unstable life together. Obsessively determined to give her daughter the best art education possible, Audra toils long and hard only to see Christina forsake painting for haute couture as a way to repay her mother's untiring sacrifice. At length Christina must allow her own headstrong daughter, Kyle, to determine the direction her own life will follow. Taylor fans will be well satisfied, though they may wish that young Kyle had been allowed a fuller introduction. Literary Guild dual main selection. Judith A. Gifford, Salve Regina Coll. Lib., Newport,
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

The book was interesting from beginning to end.
Eloise Unsworth
She weaves a great story with pathos, understanding of the human frailty and I love all her books.
Cryl
Rather turgidly written, not a whole lot of plot or any excitement.
C. L Wilson

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Act of Will is one of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s earlier novels. This novel has recently been added in ebook format. So I had a chance to revisit a novel that I read a few years ago, and share my thoughts on the new format.
Synopsis:
Audra and her brothers have lost everything, and are asked to move in with their first cousin. This cousin does not care for Audra or her brothers and wants revenge for her mother’s past actions. Her brothers are sent to Australia and Audra is sent to work in a hospital. She goes onto to become a nurse and then a nanny. She then meets Vincent Crowther and they form a family. Audra is determined to be financially sound in her career and family. She then passes this trait to her daughter and then her granddaughter. How the ultimate act of will l impact this family?
My Thoughts:
I have read this novel before. I enjoyed it the first time around. I am not so sure this time. I think it is because I have seen how much this writer has grown since her first novels. I thought the story was interesting and had a compelling plot. This plot is a little similar to A Woman of Substance. It is not a bad novel! Barbara Taylor Bradford is great at creating strong female characters such as Audra, her daughter, and then her granddaughter.
So here are my thoughts on the ebook. I am not a fan of compact wording in novels. What I mean is when the page of the novel is a sea of words. I had tried adjusting it on my kindle but was unable to do it.
It is worth checking out if you are interested in her earlier work.
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By C. L Wilson on April 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read a book of hers years ago, and thought I enjoyed it immensely; not so this one. Rather turgidly written, not a whole lot of plot or any excitement. And the sex scenes, well. Not so bad with Audra and Vincent, but those with Miles and Christina - surely people don't really say such stupid trivial things at the height of passion. And after many pages, Bradford took a huge wrong turn for me. All these characters (except Audra and Vincent) have such heaps of money. As with most books like this, first part about Audra was the most interesting. Moving from 1926 to 1978, from the Yorkshire Dales to London, Paris, and New York. Story of love, power, and commitment. Three generations. Audra willing to give Christina everything, Christina willing to become rich to pay her mother back. Such a burden Audra gave her daughter.
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By Teresa Levi Appel on July 15, 2014
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alll Bradford's books are very entertaining !! recommendable !!!
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By CDV on June 28, 2014
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Act of Will is another one of Barbara Taylor Bradford's victories. The author's stories are always intriguing. The story
traces a family of strong women with goals that seem somewhat unreachable. The storyline follows their triumphs and disappointments. We can all relate to this. It was a good read with you wanting more.
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would tell my friends that like romances, and good writing . kept me wanting more and more. but have always like her writing
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By Split Second on June 18, 2014
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Very strong characters throughout. Great descriptions of countries and towns. Romance but truly a story of tenacity of the human spirit.
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By J. Rudolph on May 31, 2014
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I enjoyed it very much, but it seems to be taking on a different feeling than her other books have had. Not sure
how I feel about it yet.
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By Lavanna Miles on May 27, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was an easy read and flowed very well. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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More About the Author

BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD

Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE is one of the world's best loved storytellers. Her 1979 debut novel, A Woman of Substance, ranks as one of the top-ten bestselling books of all-time, with more than 30 million copies in print. All 25 of her novels to date have been major worldwide bestsellers. Her 26th book, Playing The Game, will be published on October 12th by St. Martin's Press.

Bradford was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (UK) as the only child of Freda and Winston Taylor. She grew up in the Leeds suburb of Armley and after Town Street Church of England School worked in the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post before going into journalism. By the age of twenty she was the fashion editor of Woman's Own Magazine and an editor and columnist on Fleet Street for the London Evening News.

Bradford's books have sold more than eighty-two (82) million copies worldwide in more than ninety (90) countries and forty (40) languages. Ten (10) of her books have been made into miniseries and television movies, making her one of the best-selling authors over the last 30 years.

In April of 2003, Mrs. Bradford was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America alongside Mark Twain, Langston Hughes and Dr. Seuss. She was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours list for her contributions to literature. Her original manuscripts are archived at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University, alongside the works of the Bronte sisters. In 2009, Barbara's publishers began a worldwide 30th anniversary celebration of A Woman of Substance. The first annual Woman of Substance Awards took place on September 10th 2009 at the Dorchester Hotel in London. She lives in New York City with her husband, of 43 years, television producer Robert Bradford.

Her official website is: www.barbarataylorbradford.com

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