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  • Author:
    Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • ISBN:
    031235326X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312353261
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  • Publisher:
    Griffin (January 31, 2006)
  • Pages:
    906 pages
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  • Rating:
    4.3
  • Votes:
    186
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Barbara Taylor Bradford. The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

Barbara Taylor Bradford. I have the heart of a man, not of a woman, and I am not afraid of anythin. ELIZABETH I, Queen of England.

Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE (born 10 May 1933) is a best-selling British-American novelist. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. To date, she has written 35 novels-all bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Barbara Taylor was born in Leeds, in Yorkshire, England to Freda and Winston Taylor. Before Taylor Bradford's birth, her parents had had a son, Vivian, who died of meningitis.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's blockbuster A Woman of Substance sold millions of copies and became a mini-series . The 1979 original followed Emma Harte from Yorkshire maid to business giant.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's blockbuster A Woman of Substance sold millions of copies and became a mini-series that is still Channel 4's most-watched show. Now, the author is writing a new novel that revisits the story - but from a different point of view. The new book will return to the young Emma's era, but telling the story of her friend Blackie O'Neill - played by a young Liam Neeson in the TV version.

Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in Leeds, and worked as a journalist in London. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, is one of the bestelling novels of all time and Barbara’s books have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in Leeds, and worked as a journalist in London. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, is one of the bestelling novels of all time and Barbara’s books have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. In 2007, Barbara was appointed an OBE by the Queen for her services to literature. Ten miniseries and television movies have been made of her books. She currently lives in New York City.

It tells the story of a determined woman who will face betrayal from those closest to her, as well as the loss of a great love, only to emerge triumphant. 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

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford or the important evening that lay ahead. Having overheard the conversation between Adele and Adam, and later witnessing Adele’s concern over her gown, Emma had intuitively sensed her apprehension about the dinner party. She felt protective of Adele, now that her sympathetic feelings were restored, and she wanted to assuage Adele’s nervousness as best she could. Family Saga Novelist. It’s good to see this wonderful woman smiling! With love ❤️, Team BTB xx. Barbara Taylor Bradford.

Barbara Taylor Bradford asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. When A Woman of Substance was published thirty years ago I was thrilled and also very surprised when the book, my first novel, became such a runaway bestseller

Barbara Taylor Bradford asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work. When A Woman of Substance was published thirty years ago I was thrilled and also very surprised when the book, my first novel, became such a runaway bestseller.

This is the first in a saga of books about Emma Harte and the business empire she created and ruled.


Moonworm
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. I had a bit of trouble in the very beginning getting "into it" and it sat idle for a bit before I picked it up again, struggled to remember some of the details about the history behind the characters - which is important as it jumps from past to present, back to past, etc. I don't think it was as much the book, as just my "life" at the time I started reading it. The book is good, the characters are interesting, there is a a lot of reflection on consequences and what drives a person in life based on their past, especially their hurts. There were happy parts, sad parts, super sad parts, and all the range of evoking emotions that are blessings to the reader. The main character, Emma, is wonderful in terms of being well developed, and you are sad for her, then happy for her as you walk with her through her life. She brings forth so many hurts from her past, you can't help but talk out loud with some of her decisions as you empathize with her. Once I picked the book back up and got into it, it was often hard to put it down for long... late nights, all that good stuff of a wonderful read. I look forward to moving on to the next one in the saga.
Nilasida
I won't bore you with another description of the book since you can read that in the actual book desctiption itself. I'll just tell you how I experienced it. I read this book one summer when it was first published many years ago and frankly it took quite some time to really get involved due to the many characters and decades. But I persevered and was greatly rewarded. It was one of those books that you can fall into and enjoy for a while (in my case all summer long at the beach, the pool, the park, and those quiet times before retiring for the night) because it is such a long book, enjoying the pace and its characters. It took me to a time before my own and to places I hadn't been. Often books that tell stories of long ago are about a simpler and gentler time. Not always so in this case! The further into the book I got the less and less I wanted to put it down. I had it with me at all times just waiting for an opportunity to get back to it. I have never done that with another book! All of these years later and it is still my favorite book of all time. That is really surprising to people that know me, even to myself, as I am a crime thriller junkie through and through and this is literally a novel of substance.
Uyehuguita
I have to admit that when I started the book it did not capture my interest. Yet you need to become familiar with the characters in the book. It's mainly about Paula and Shane, Maddy and Phillip, Anthony and Sara, Alexander as well as Paula's cousin Jonathan and his wife Arabella., and more. Everything appears blissful at the beginning. Paula inherited Harte's enterprise, and she has a great team that works for her. Then, when we get familiar with the characters things take a turn, some of the things that will happen will have you in tears and suspense. We discover the true story of what happened to Anthony's first wife, we learn of Alexander's fatal illness, then the story of Maddy who is happily married and pregnant and takes an unexpected turn, Shane loses his hotel due to a fire, Jonathan is out to take Harte"s away from Paula. Very good read, recommend reading the book to the end.
Fordrellador
I read A Woman of Substance in its recent Kindle anniversary edition and was immediately intrigued after only a few pages. Barbara Taylor Bradford succeeded in many ways with her first novel, some 35-plus years ago. Two generations of aspiring wanna-be authors have since imitated her style and themes in romance novels. But the original still stands out.

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.
Vetibert
This has been an unusual read, for it begins at the end and goes to the beginning in an appealing way. It has also been enjoyable as I only read just before I go to bed or when I take my Kindle to the doctor's office, this story however, has captured my interest the more of it I read. The huge words used throughout the story and the graphic descriptions of much of it could have been left out, but to each his own way of seeing the storyline. The language of the very poor in the story seems to be a brogue that I have never seen in a story before. It may be the story's small area of origin and not the same that I've seen before from a broader scope. Actually, it makes the story more interesting because is isn't the usual story fare. It takes some time to get into the story, but I think now that I have done that, I will enjoy it as it progresses to the beginning since it started with the ending. I recommend it as a change of pace.