great book in the usual Bradford tradtion.The Harte legacy is really a good read.
This is part of the Woman of Substance series.
Bradford's trilogy on "merchant prince" Emma Harte and her many heirs began with the runaway bestsellers A Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream. This final book picks up the story a decade after Emma's death, when the third generation has the thriving businesses she started well in hand. Heading up the family is Paula McGill O'Neill, who runs the luxurious department stores that anchor the Harte empire. Super-wife and mother Paula brings a whirlwind of energy to that exacting job; as a result of her near-perfect efficiency, the first half of the book seems rather saccharine. But Jonathan Ainsley, an unscrupulous cousin she had banished from the fold, is waiting to move in for the kill when Paula indulges her desire to carve out a fiefdom of her own, risking everything by overextending her resources. Although this lengthy battle for supremacy is the focal point, a host of dramatic subplots continues the amorous, sorrowful and shady doings of the O'Neills and the Kallinskis, two families whose fortunes are entwined with the Hartes. Despite constant jet-setting between glamorous watering places, these wealthy lifestyles are beginning to be awfully repetitious. Fans will welcome this new installment, but it's impossible not to agree with many of the characters who sigh about the drive and vigor lost along with that elegant pirate Emma Harte.
The sage continues from A Woman of Substance in her book, Hold the Dream and culminates in this book - To Be the Best.
It is a decade since Emma Harte's death. Paula McGill O'neill, Emma's heir and head of the family, has continued to run the elegant chain of Harte department stores founded by her grandmother. Possessed with the steength, courage, and compassion, of her mentor, Paula divides her energies between the business and her family. But when opportunity to expand the stores upsets this delicate balance, ambition overrides all other considerations. And Paula makes a mistake that could cost her her lagacy and Emma's dream. (from jacket cover.
book 4th in the harte family
final chapter of emma harte's legacy, this is the story of her favorite grandchild, Paula O'neil.
Loved this series of books, love this author as well.
Another great read in the Emma Harte Series!!
I have not read this book.