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  • Paperback: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan _ (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312543778
  • ASIN: B005SNGRAG
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

For the 30th anniversary of her first novel, A Woman of Substance, Bradford delivers her 25th book. The riches-to-more-riches tale features beloved matriarch Emma Harte's plucky great-granddaughter, M, who, at 23, moves to New York to start a modeling career, banking on her intelligence and business savvy, her Audrey Hepburn looks and her well-connected friends to help her. A violent attack had compelled M to leave behind a life of privilege in London, and from her new home in a shared Chelsea brownstone, M begins her ascent, eventually landing on the catwalks of Paris and falling in love with a famous British actor, though her successes soon attract the attention of family enemies. The plot, while contrived, satisfies on the fashion-and-passion front, and, as always, at the heart of the action stands a determined heroine scrambling up the ladder of success supported by minor characters, each with a complicated backstory. Fans will not mind if the connections holding them together seem tenuous. (Oct.)
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"The plot ... satisfies on the fashion-and-passion front, and ... at the heart of the action stands a determined heroine scrambling up the ladder of success supported by minor characters, each with a complicated backstory."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Marvelous ... with all the drama, glamour and romance readers expect. With a 21st-century woman of substance and characters from the Harte series, this nonstop read has it all."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"Fans of the saga will relish the thirtieth anniversary of A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE updated for the new millennium."
--Genre Go Round
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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

Customer Reviews

I came close to putting the book down but kept on reading hoping it would get better, which it did somewhat.
SSB
In this book, the enemy just perishes ... and the whole thing just fizzled out like the story needed to end and we just kill off the character without much thought.
agg-ie
I'm giving this 2 stars instead of 1 because the book is halfway interesting in the beginning (if I could, I would have rated this 1 1/2 stars).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on September 16, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is embarrassingly bad. In fact, I find it hard to believe that the same author who wrote "A Woman of Substance" (one of my favorite books ever) also wrote this.

"Breaking the Rules" starts off as the story of a young English woman, enigmatically called "M," who is brutally attacked, then moves to New York City to reinvent herself and become a top fashion model. This being a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel, M is, of course, an absolutely gorgeous, stunning, talented, smart, well-bred Audrey Hepburn look-alike who also happens to be knowledgeable about a vast array of subjects like art, history and foreign languages. Her friends are all beautiful, too, and the man she falls in love with--at first sight, of course--is handsome, adoring and uber rich (would we expect anything else?).

BTB's books are about beautiful people who live exciting, glamorous lives, so I wasn't expecting anything deep. But I also wasn't expecting total fluff, and the writing here is so bad I was appalled. For example... at one point, M's husband says to himself (and I quote): "If anything, she was more beautiful than ever, ethereal, and it struck him suddenly that she didn't walk, she floated." (Believe it or not, he's thinking this about his own mother!) The dialogue is equally atrocious. There's not a single person in real life who talks the way BTB's characters do. And worst of all, despite all the books she's written, BTB doesn't seem to have learned one of the basic rules of writing--to show, not tell. BTB tells us over and over again that M is so special, that there's no one else in the world like M, and on and on and on, but she fails to show us why we're supposed to believe this.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In London, the wealthy twenty-three years old granddaughter of Emma Harte suffers an assault. She decides to leave England for New York and pursue a career as a model. The young lady feels she has the looks, the know-how and most important the connections. Thus M is invented.

M proves reasonably successful as a model and ultimately works in Paris. She falls in love with actor Laurence Vaughn, but eventually that adversary of her family who attacked her in Chelsea recognizes her and sets in motion a plan to destroy M and her loved ones.

Although much of the tale occurs in 2006, there is a throw back feel to the interesting story line; mostly because of the long running Harte series and somewhat M's courage under fire affirms she has Emma's DNA; she knows when to flight and when to fight. This story is a convoluted with a seemingly zillion support players with respective but related histories of their own that do not tie well together even with the marvelous Ms. M at the vortex. Still fans of the saga will relish the thirtieth anniversary of A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE updated for the new millennium.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynne G. Mohr on May 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was totally entranced with A Woman of Substance. As I started to read the book on an airplane, a woman stopped to say it was her favorite book. BTB's character development made me feel that I truly cared for the members of this family and "tribe." Some of the books that followed, did not live up the Substance, and this latest book was absolutely the worst. The contrived names of M and Geo grated on my nerves from the beginning; the way she met and fell in love with Larry was too similar to that of her older sister's, which also was too hard to believe; and in the end, it seemed that the author could not think of a clever way of doing in the villain. It's my feeling that Barbara Taylor Bradford does not have another Woman of Substance in her. In fact, as I read the other books in this series, I wondered if she was using a ghost writer. The style is so different.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Yokom on August 4, 2010
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I have read many books by this author and don't ever recall the writting to be this bad. I had to give up before I was a quarter of the way into the book. I will be afraid to buy another one by Barbara Taylor Bradford.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SSB on October 13, 2012
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Most authors get better with time and experience but not Bradford. This book reads like two separate novels that are not well linked together. The first one is horrible but the second is marginally little more interesting. The dialogue is not believable and does little to advance characterizations, which are very, very weak--like paper dolls. Conflict resolution is preposterously simply and not very interesting. The book is full of run-on and incomplete sentences. Bradford is given to those errors. She uses really strange words when other common words would be better. I came close to putting the book down but kept on reading hoping it would get better, which it did somewhat. I usually reserve 1 star for books I am unable to finish but give this one a 1 star just because it is so awful. I am bored with the Harte family, particularly since the portrayals have become so shallow. Don't waste your money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Javonne Stewart on August 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I started this book and couldn't make it past page 20. There is NO WAY these characters are supposed to be in their 20s in this century, nooooo way. I have friends in this age range (as I am too) from all over the world and none of them talk this way which read more as people in their 50s and older. My British and New Yorker friends DEFINITELY don't talk like M and Dax.

Whenever I start a story I try to finish it but this one I just could not. After reading the reviews, I'm glad that I didn't waste my time as it wouldn't have gotten better.
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