A Woman of Substance
Harte Family Saga Book no1
Determined to rise above all that she has ever known, a young and impoverished Emma Harte embarks on a journey first of survival, then of unimaginable achievement. Driven to succeed, the iron-willed Emma parlays a small shop into the world’s greatest department store and an international business empire: Harte Enterprises.
Unhappily married twice, loving only the one man she can never marry, personal happiness eludes her. Harte Enterprises, the realization of her grand dreams, is her all: her heart, her soul, her life. When those closest to her threaten to destroy her empire through their greed and envy, Emma brilliantly outwits her enemies. She wreaks her devastating revenge on those who would betray her in a way only she knows how.
Drawing us into the mesmerizing life of a remarkable woman who dared to seize a dream and was willing to pay any price to make it come true, Barbara Taylor Bradford’s deeply involving novel is a celebration of an indomitable spirit.
A Woman of Substance is as impossible to put down as it is to forget. This multi-million copy bestseller is truly a novel of our times.
Trailer for the Emmy award winning mini-series A Woman of Substance
Barbara Taylor Bradford on A Woman Of Substance
This splendid new historical family saga takes you from the stately homes of England to the decadence of Paris as barrowboy James Falconer pursues his dream of building an empire of department stores.
Barbara Taylor Bradford returns to her roots with this classic saga of loyalty, secrets, passion and intrigue … if you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms from Downton, this is for you.
The four young women centre stage are a feistier lot than their Downton counterparts…These are likeable, well-drawn characters whose fortunes you follow with keen interest…neatly captures the brittleness of the decade that danced and stumbled towards the Great Depression.
A stately home, a dangerous secret and two families whose fates have been intertwined for generations: the undisputed queen of the family saga returns in sparkling form with a gripping period piece set on the brink of the Great War. Exquisite escapism of the highest order.
Independent on Sunday
The book in question is Playing the Game, Taylor Bradford's 26th blockbuster, and as romantic and thrilling as the rest […] It is classic BTB: glamorous people in glamorous places doing glamorous things; but beneath the surface hide grubby secrets that threaten to bring their whole world crashing down.