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“An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion.” (New York Times) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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."
- ASIN : B07XG4SRB5
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (February 6, 2014)
- Publication date : February 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1321 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 836 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,900 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Finally, I downloaded Woman of Substance. It begins with Emma as an old woman at the head of her business empire. I was more interested in Yorkshire, so after quite a few pages of melodrama with over-long descriptions and what seemed very stilted dialogue I skipped to the part where Emma is a young girl in a poor family in Yorkshire. I thought Ms Bradford captured the dialect quite well, considering that she must have written this many years after experiencing it for herself, but I'm afraid that's about all I can say for it. Everything, everybody, is described over and over again in language that you might expect from someone emerging from a creative writing course, and the characters become caricatures.
I hate to offend any of her fans who read this, but I think the book is dreadful. Although, perhaps I didn't give it a fair trial. I stopped reading at 40% completed, with another 12 hours still to go. If only I could have deleted the adjectives I would have probably finished it.
Quite a few elements of the story were predictable. This was partly due to the structure of the novel, which begins at the end and then flashes back to tell the story of how that point was reached, the opening chapters giving clues to certain events to any reader paying attention. There were also sections which, due to their historical accuracy, gave big hints to an informed reader of what was likely to come. This didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story for me, although I could understand how it might do for another reader.
This is the first in a series of novels about this family. Whilst I did enjoy this book, I won’t be diving straight into the next one. Perhaps I shall return to the series at a later date but, for now, one Barbara Taylor Bradford is enough for me.