The Emma Harte saga

The Harte books began in 1979 with the publication of A Woman Of Substance. This “rags to riches” novel tells the tale of an impoverished maid servant, Emma Harte, and her incredible journey: first of survival, then of unimaginable achievement as the founder of one of the world’s most successful department store chains. A Woman Of Substance has gone on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. It has been called “an enduring classic.”

Due to the immense popularity of A Woman Of Substance, Hold the Dream was written as a continuation of the saga. This popular sequel resumed with Emma’s beloved granddaughter, Paula McGill Fairly, at the helm of the family empire. Paula remained at the head of the family business in To Be The Best, the third book in the series.

After an 18 year break, the series resumed in 2004 with Emma’s Secret. This book began a new, modern Harte trilogy, with the next generation of family members including Linnet O’Neill, Paula’s daughter and heir to the family empire. This was followed by Unexpected Blessings and later Just Rewards, featuring the recurring series villain, Jonathan Ainsley.

In 2009, the 7th book in the Harte series, called Breaking The Rules, was released. This book features a new heroine and some old familiar enemies of the Harte family lurking in the shadows.

All seven books have been worldwide bestsellers and can be found in paperback everywhere that books are sold.

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A Man of Honour

A Man of Honour


In A Man of Honour, the true Blackie O’Neill is revealed. For the first time, readers discover his story: his tumultuous life, the obstacles facing him, the desire he has to throw off the impotence of poverty and move up in the world. Like his friend Emma, he is ambitious, driven, disciplined, and determined to make it to the top. And like Emma Harte, he is an unforgettable character for the millions who loved the book.

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