A courageous woman who would give Oprah a run for her money, if she were an actual person! Excellent book!
Determined to rise above all she has ever known, ayoung 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 worlds greatest department store and an international business empire: Hatre 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 threten to destroy her empire through through their greed and emvy, Emma brilliantly outwits her enemies. She wreaks her devastating revenge on those who would betray her in a way only she knows how.
The first 200 pgs was a struggle, but the next 600-something enveloped me into a story of rags to riches; true love not to be had, then had and lost; family, devotion, and revenge. I can't wait to read the second one in the family saga.
Story of a young woman who starts her life broke,as an adult,has sucess.
over 900 pages; some critics praised the description of parties, homes, food and drink, and jewels, but I skipped these descriptive parts.
book one of the harte family
Great book! I've just finished the second in the series (Hold the Dream) which I'm also listing. I will be reading #'s 3 & 4 soon!!
(Three months on "The York Times" bestseller list) It tells the story of Emma, who rises from servant girl to become an international corprate power. Interwoven are themes of high finance, romance,and revenge. Set against the sweep of 20th century history.
A celebration of an indomitable spirit, here is New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's dazzling saga of a woman who dared to dream--and to triumph against all odds....In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve--save for the dream of love, and for the passion of the one man she could never have. Through two marriages, two devastating wars, and generations of secrets, Emma's unparalleled success has come with a price. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.
This is abridged. It reduces a 911 page paperback down to 2 cassette tapes.
"A long, satisfying novel of money and power, passion and revenge..."
A Novel of Love and Ambition. The steaming story of Emma Harte, who rises from servant girl to beome as international corporate power. A must read bood.
I read this novel years ago and it is a remarkable story that suck with me.
This is one of my favorite books of all time.
Only once in each generation does a novel so totally captivate the hearts of the world. Such a book is Barbara Taylor Bradford's phenomenal bestseller A Woman of Substance the compelling saga of extraordinary Emma Harte, a woman for whom the world is not big enough.. A Woman of substance...Emma isn't born to weath, she fights for if with the power of her grand dreams. Born to an impoverished Yorkshire family, seduced and cruelly left pregnant at age fifteen, Emma's indomitable will to survive propels her to the top of a fabulous worldwide empire. harte Enterprises is her life, her soul, her family. Loved by many men, truly understood by only one, marriage teached her the high price she has paid for incredible success. Through a half century of triumph and tragedy, celebration and war, Emma flourishes and rules her dynasty with wisdom and compassion until the empire that took a lifetime of love and sacrifice to build is threatened by the greed and jealousy of those closest to her. Never has a woman so deserved to wreak brilliant, beautiful revenge....
I really loved this book. I've read it at least three times!
The dramatic and moving story of Emma Harte,who rises from servant girl to become an international corporate power and one af the richestwomen in the world. Interwoven are themes of high finance,romance,and revenge,set against the sweep of 20-th century history.
Every generation has a woman for whom the world is not big enough...Emma Harte was that kind of woman. From the moment you meet her, in a private jet en route to the skyscraping Manhattan headquarters of Harte Enterprises, you will be held inescapably in her spell. Born to an impoverished Yorkshire family, seduced and left pregnant at age 15, she was nevertheless blessed with an unshakable faith in herself and implacable will to survive. Hers is the story of a woman who paid so high a price for love that she'd pay any price for revenge.
Once you get a feel for this authors writing style this is a great read! I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall.There, Emma Harte,its oppressed but resourceful servant girl,acquired a shrewd determination.There ,she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of trechery;learneard to survive,to become a woman and vowed to make her mark on the world.
For those who like romance novels and like Barbara Taylor Bradford, I recommend this book. I didn't really read it, couldn't really get into it, but have a feeling it's a great story! So for those who are looking for a something along that line, this one's for you!