A Woman of Substance

A Woman of Substance

Paperback - 2009
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In celebration of its thirtieth anniversary, here is the novel that started it all: New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's dazzling saga of a woman who dared to dream--and to triumph against all odds. . . .

On 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.

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.

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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009, c1979
Edition: 30th Anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780312588885
Characteristics: xxi, 911 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jun 03, 2018

Great story of love and loss. Absolutely loved it.

Mar 30, 2018

Excellent Book! Although it was long, it was hard to put down. It was worth every minute I spent reading it! I highly recommend this book! I have loved reading every book by Barbara Bradford Taylor!

Feb 18, 2018

How can you say you read it 50years ago it came out in 1979 as of Feb 2018 that is only 41 years ago. I’ve read it before and I am waiting to read it again.

Oct 27, 2015

I 1st read this 50 yrs ago and I recall feeling vaguely dissatisfied. I found it hard to wholeheartedly love and admire the protagonist. I can't recall if it was because she was too cold-hearted or due to my inability to empathize. It seemed altogether too much like a romance

Jan 28, 2014

This was given to me by my boyfriend mother, it is one of her favorites. She describes it as one of the things she would grab if the house was burning down, she has read it countless times! And I have to agree! It was amazing and one of my favorites. Very difficult to put down, so if you need a good one. I would read this one!

Read this book years ago. I dont know why, but its about the only book that left an imprint on me. Loved the way it started with her thinking back to when she was younge. Emma started with nothing and became a powerful, influencial, loved person! Also, I like that Emma Harte collection is a series books. One more thing, Emma had enemies! :D

audioadi Mar 09, 2011

Great audio series. I loved following Emma through her life. Read or listen to all three. Good vacation read.

Nov 26, 2010

This book was long but very well written - and not too racey either, which is a nice change. The ending leaves you wanting more.

Jul 25, 2009

I first read this book about 20 years ago and had the chance to revisit it this month. It is an entertaining read devoid of gratuitous sex details.

Mar 18, 2009

The first book of her trilogy. Bradford is an easy read and enjoyable.

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