A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

By Barbara Taylor Bradford

In social gathering of its 30th anniversary, right here is the novel that began all of it: big apple instances bestselling writer Barbara Taylor Bradford’s fantastic saga of a girl who dared to dream—and to triumph opposed to all odds. . . .  On the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley corridor. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed yet ingenious servant lady, received a smart selection. There, she honed her abilities, stumbled on the which means of treachery, realized to outlive, to turn into a lady, and vowed to make her mark at the world. In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to outstanding wealth because the iron-willed strength at the back of a thriving overseas firm. As one of many richest girls on the earth Emma Harte has nearly every little thing she fought so demanding to achieve—save for the dream of affection, and for the fervour of the single guy she may possibly by no means have.  Through marriages, devastating wars, and generations of secrets and techniques, Emma’s exceptional luck has include a cost. As greed, envy, and revenge eat these closest to her, the intense matriarch now reveals herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to stand the betrayals of the previous with a similar inventive get to the bottom of that cast her empire. 

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It was a raw January day, and although the sun was bright in a clear sky, the wind was sharp with frost and Atlantic rain. She could barely remember a time when she had not felt ice cold all over and sometimes it seemed to her that her bones were frozen into solid blocks of ice, as if frostbite had crept into her entire being and petrified her very blood. That numbing excruciating coldness that had first invaded her body in childhood had rarely left her since, not under the heat of tropical sun nor in front of blazing fires nor in the central heating of New York, which she usually found suffocating.

As I walked through the filing room from my office I noticed that the door was not simply unlocked but actually open…ajar. That’s when I heard them…through the crack in the door. I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid they would hear me closing and locking the door. I didn’t want anyone to think I was eavesdropping. So I stopped for a moment, and then I turned off the light, so they wouldn’t know I was in the filing room. Mrs Harte, I…’ Gaye paused and swallowed, momentarily unable to continue.

She had been thrilled to be called ‘as bad as your grandmother’, because surely this meant that she, too, must be special like Grandy and everyone would be afraid of her, as they were afraid of her grandmother. Emma looked up from the papers. ‘Paula, how would you like to go to the Paris store when we leave New York? ’ ‘I’ll go to Paris if you want, but to tell you the truth, I had thought of spending some time in Yorkshire, Grandy. I was going to suggest to you that I do a tour of the northern stores,’ Paula remarked, keeping her voice casual and light.

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