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Barbara Taylor Bradford

A Woman of Substance

One of the top-ten bestselling novels ever written. “An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion.” —The New York Times
Barbara Taylor Bradford’s The Emma Harte Saga begins with this record-shattering New York Times bestseller that traces Emma Harte’s legacy through multiple generations of indomitable women.
From the servants’ quarters of a manor house on the brooding Yorkshire moors to the helm of a profitable international business, Emma Harte’s life is a sweeping saga of unbreakable spirit and resolve. Rising from abject poverty to glittering wealth at the upper echelons of society, there is only one man the indomitable Emma cannot have—and only one she yearns for. The novel was also the subject of a popular 1984 miniseries starring Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr.
“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.” —The Denver Post
“A mighty saga. Little has been so riveting since Gone with the Wind.” —Manchester Evening News
“Tailor-made for fans of McCullough’s Thornbirds.” —Publishers Weekly
“The storyteller of substance.” —The Times (London)
1,143 printed pages
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  • muthamiankathashared an impression4 years ago

    Worthy reading. Motivating


  • Shaolinahas quoted6 years ago
    I have the heart of a man, not of a woman, and I am not afraid of anything…
    –ELIZABETH I, Queen of England
  • Cris Lohas quoted4 years ago
    the will to live is the strongest force in the world
  • Cris Lohas quoted4 years ago
    Through all the vicissitudes of her life, whenever she had faced the gravest problems imaginable, she had been totally abandoned and so forced to depend entirely on her own resources.

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