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A Woman of Substance Paperback – Bargain Price, October 13, 2009
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“An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death, and passion.” —The New York Times
“A long, satisfying novel of money, power, passion, and revenge, set against the sweep of twentieth-century history.” —Los Angeles Times
From the Back Cover
A celebration of an indomitable spirit, here is New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's dazzling saga of a woman who dared to dream-and to triumph against all odds...
A WOMAN'S AMBITION...
In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman,
and vowed to make her mark on the world.
A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME...
In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte
has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve-save for the dream of love,
and for the passion of the one man she could never have.
A DREAM FULFILLED-AND AVENGED.
Through two marriages, two devastating wars, and generations of secrets, Emma's unparalleled success has come with a price. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the
betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.
"A long, satisfying novel of money, power, passion and revenge, set against the sweep of 20th century history."
--Los Angeles Times
"A wonderfully entertaining novel."
Top customer reviews
It's not a perfect book for 2014, of course. Some readers will find it over-long or romantically improbable. The historically minded will notice that Bradford managed to miss noticing the effects of the Great Depression on her heroine and the Harte family. And sometimes the author gushes just a bit over Emma's virtues, gorgeous appearance, or intense emotions.
When first written, the story couldn't have called Emma "sexy" and still reached publication. So the heroine's feelings had to be covered in flowery words that may seem a bit foreign to a 21st century reader. But perhaps subtlety is still a virtue in a very sexually graphic age. If you doubt, then study any of Grace Kelly's movies from the same era.
Emma is larger than life -- but in a way that the strongest of young women in our new Century might not go badly wrong by emulating. Make no mistake: strength of will and character are far more important in this character than her doubtful judgment in most of the men she takes into her bed. Even in that dimension, she seems redeemed by the great love of her life, who is himself a tangle of powerful emotions and conflicts. Emma is tempered in a blast furnace and emerges both strong and flexible, a clean sword who cuts through the BS that most people assume is normal life.
We can forgive Bradford for the minor quibbles in her narrative. The book deserves to be read. If you have a teen daughter, then buy it, read it, and give it to your offspring. Or give it to your 35 year old who is going through a nasty divorce and wondering why she married a creep. Or buy it for yourself. It is a classic.