The unputdownable multi-million copy bestseller charting the rags to riches story of Emma Harte In a young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is sixteen, single and pregnant. Books related to A Woman of Substance. A woman of substance. [Barbara Taylor Bradford] -- In Emma Hart is sixteen , single and pregnant. By , she is one of the richest women in the world. Editorial Reviews. Review. “A wonderfully entertaining novel.” (The Denver Post) A Woman of Substance (Harte Family Saga Book 1) eBook: Barbara Taylor.
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By creating this warped personal life, she made Emma into a lonely cold woman who couldn't even fight for her own love and happiness. If I was her child I probably would have conspired against Emma too. No wonder her children turned out to be such cold spoiled brats! They probably had no love and were all from so many different dads they couldn't keep up with their family tree either.
I was happy when this book ended and won't read anything else from this author. Aug 10, Holly rated it it was amazing. I flat out, wholeheartedly love this book. Both the plucky Emma Hart and the sweep of 50 years of history make this a leap-from-the-pages saga. Emma's battle from poverty to high-powered business woman is a dramatic, sensational story and Bradford's prose captures Yorkshire in gorgeously. Anyone who loves a big, breathtaking story will love this. Also, it's the best of the bunch.
Hold the Dream isn't nearly as good, nor are any if its other sequels. Jan 22, Maggie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was realistic fiction at its finest. This isn't a work for everyone - the early parts of the book are intensely descriptive, again like those great British literature works, listed above, so there is great description of the sweeping moors, t This book was realistic fiction at its finest.
This isn't a work for everyone - the early parts of the book are intensely descriptive, again like those great British literature works, listed above, so there is great description of the sweeping moors, the stately manors, etc.
This book is a fine wine you savor - and then you find yourself hooked and returning for another slow sip. Admittedly, it became slow in parts, and I found our main character Emma Harte to not be the most likeable person at times, but I found her ambition, and character believable, although it was much to the detriment of caring for her family, but that's the age-old question - can a woman have a high-powered career and a successful family?
I wound up enjoying the main character and felt the detailed description of her life painted a true characterization of a complex woman such as she. I enjoyed this fallable character and greatly enjoyed this long book. If you enjoy this, then give it a go: Jul 19, Suzanne rated it it was ok Shelves: I stayed up later than I usually do in order to finish this book, not because I was riveted, but because I just couldn't stomach one more evening spent on it.
It's so long. Length is not itself a deterrent for me, but when it's so much unnecessary length of so little substance heh I don't need to know everything everyone wore on every occasion. I get it. She's pretty and dresses better than everyone else could possibly hope to dress. Save the detailed descriptions I stayed up later than I usually do in order to finish this book, not because I was riveted, but because I just couldn't stomach one more evening spent on it.
Save the detailed descriptions for first impressions. On the upside, I bet it made the job of costuming for the mini-series super easy. They didn't have to imagine what anyone was wearing - Bradford already told them.
I also grew weary of Emma Harte. I didn't dislike her, but I didn't really like her either. The sum of my reaction to her is a begrudging "Okay, I guess I see why you made that choice," with a side of " I told you so.
Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this novel. It is set in England from the early 's to The book was published in the 70's and was one of the world's top bestsellers, translated into many languages. The reader follows the heroine, Emma Harte, as she goes through life's peaks and troughs. We are inspired by her determination to succeed, her beauty and her business-savviness. Curling up with this book on a rainy day, being transported into a bygone era and a world in which the protag Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this novel.
Curling up with this book on a rainy day, being transported into a bygone era and a world in which the protagonist rises from poverty to wealth, and from being downtrodden to triumphant, but not without some price to pay during any of those stages, the portrayal of the protagonist in this sweeping novel also offers parallel glimpses into different bits and pieces of our own lives as well.
May 21, MrsER rated it did not like it Shelves: I find it funny that the author has some strange preconceived idea about business people—that they are in business to dominate others, or some such nonsense.
People are in business for one reason: Simple as that. The main character. Emma, is such strong-willed woman, with so much confidence in herself, etc, yet spends the whole of the first chapter straightening her back, and reminding herself how tough and wise she is. I kept reading, but did not enjoy it, so just quit read I find it funny that the author has some strange preconceived idea about business people—that they are in business to dominate others, or some such nonsense.
I kept reading, but did not enjoy it, so just quit reading. Not my kind of book, I guess. Apr 10, Tahera rated it liked it.
I have definitely read this book but remember only bits and pieces of the story Jul 11, Leslie Kay rated it it was ok.
Long and indulgent. Way too many words. And it makes me sad that there isn't a moral compass for the characters in the book.
Her natural self-confidence and courage soon overcame her earlier misgivings. I believe I learned the secret of life. And then she smiled that incomparable smile which illuminated her face with radiance. That's the last page Favorite Quote Regrettably, Arthur Ainsley did not have much to recommend him in his character.
All of his life he had been so concerned about his exterior beauty he made no effort to acquire any inner resources. Consequently, he was a shell of a man, and his very shallowness caused him to put store only on what was readily visible. Not unintelligent, educated at the best schools, Arthur was, however, so indolent and self-involved he was utterly unable to retain any serious thoughts for very long. He was cursed with a single-minded concern for pleasure, and his perpetual need for instant gratification was infantile in nature.
Thus, although he loved the outward manifestations of wealth and success, he did not have the ability to acquire them for himself, being averse to hard work, lacking in diligence, and without the power of concentration. Poor Arthur. Jun 16, Susan in Perthshire rated it liked it Shelves: I read this when it was first published in I read it through very quickly; and frankly, I loved it. As I was a northerner myself, I loved the descriptions of the area which brought it all to life for me. It was pure escapism and the focus on a female making it in business was lovely to see at that time.
I found Emma was quite often a difficult heroine to always admire or love because she was stubborn, illogical and bore huge grudges. I also thought some of her decisions did not make sense. I thought BTB's insight into the culture and social mores of the time were very well described. I loved the rags to riches story and found myself wishing I too could have a gift for cooking, business, dressmaking, etc etc.
Her talents were enormous but her flaws were equally huge! I loved the adaptation with Jenny Seagrove who gave Emma sufficient warmth to make her likeable and read the book again as a result and though I still enjoyed the story, I was not so enraptured as first time round. It is overlong and would benefit from some judicious pruning. However, I found the next one of the series beyond boring and repetitive. I gave up after it and although I have perused a couple more of her books, I have never found any interesting enough to download.
I haven't read this one for years so I must try it again sometime! View all 6 comments. Mar 12, Sheila Bennett rated it it was amazing. Read this book several years ago, and still think about the characters at times.
The main character begins life as a servant to a wealthy family, falls in love with one of the sons and becomes pregnant. While pregnant, she leaves that household and moves to a city to start life on her own with her new baby. Beginning with a small food market, she is able to build a large empire and becomes an extremely wealthy woman.
Near the end of her life, she wishes for her granddaughter to take over the bus Read this book several years ago, and still think about the characters at times. Near the end of her life, she wishes for her granddaughter to take over the business and explains much of her life to the granddaughter. She met her lifelong friend, Blackie, while still a servant and they were good friends for many years through all of her successes and personal disappointments.
Mar 04, Faith rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Women of any age. I thought this was a great book! It was so good that I read the series. While the rest of the series didn't equal this one, it was still a fine series. Emma Harte is a once in a lifetime character. Her story was well done, the other characters were superbly written and I couldn't put id down.
I have re-read this book several times over the years and just recently recommended it to my daughter. The story has everything - love, friendship, fear, loathing, heartbreak. While I was reading it was as I thought this was a great book! While I was reading it was as if I knew this woman and went on her roller coaster ride of emotions with her. It was that well done.
Jul 11, Sugandha Aggarwal rated it it was amazing. Saw it as a TV series when I was barely Giving me inspiration ever since. I read the book in class 11th. Re-read it again a couple of years later. Some say it's long, I say it's not enough. Hated the husbands in between. The jars of homemade jam, the betrayal by Edwin, the scene up in the mountains between Edwin and Emma, the friendship with Blackie, the assault by Edwin's brother, the death of the father, all still fresh in Saw it as a TV series when I was barely The jars of homemade jam, the betrayal by Edwin, the scene up in the mountains between Edwin and Emma, the friendship with Blackie, the assault by Edwin's brother, the death of the father, all still fresh in my mind like I read it just yesterday.
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