A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

By Barbara Taylor Bradford

In occasion of its 30th anniversary, right here is the novel that begun all of it: big apple instances bestselling writer Barbara Taylor Bradford’s marvelous 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 creative servant lady, obtained a wise selection. There, she honed her abilities, came upon the that means of treachery, discovered to outlive, to develop into a lady, and vowed to make her mark at the world. In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to brilliant wealth because the iron-willed strength in the back of a thriving foreign firm. As one of many richest girls on this planet Emma Harte has virtually every little thing she fought so tough to achieve—save for the dream of affection, and for the eagerness of the only guy she might by no means have.  Through marriages, devastating wars, and generations of secrets and techniques, Emma’s unprecedented luck has include a value. As greed, envy, and revenge eat these closest to her, the bright matriarch now unearths herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to stand the betrayals of the previous with an analogous inventive get to the bottom of that solid her empire. 

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And yet part of her was still disbelieving, still hopeful, and she must hear it from Gaye’s own mouth to truly believe it. To accept her own damning suspicions as fact. ‘Oh God, Mrs Harte! ’ She took a deep breath. ‘It was Mr Ainsley and Mr Lowther. They started to quarrel again, and Mr Lowther said that they needed the girls with them. Mr Ainsley said the girls were with them, that he already talked to them. But that he had not talked to Mrs Amory, since she would never agree. He said she must not be told anything, under any circumstances, because she would immediately run and tell you.

About another ten minutes or so. They were discussing…’ Emma held up her hand, utterly exhausted, unable to hear any more. ‘Never mind, Gaye. I’ll play it later. ’ She stood up and walked across the room to the window, erect and composed, though her steps were slow and dragged wearily across the thick carpet. She moved the curtains slightly. It had started to snow. The crystal flakes fell in glittering white flurries, swirling and eddying in the wind, brushing up against the window and coating it with a light film as delicate and as fine as white lace.

But then she has been speaking mostly to you, Grandmother. ’ Paula asked, alarmed. ’ She drummed her fingers on the table for a few moments and then looked out of the window, her mind awash with thoughts of her business and her secretary, Gaye Sloane. In her sharp and calculating way she enumerated all of the things that could have gone wrong in London and then gave up. Anything might have happened and it was futile to speculate and hazard wild guesses. That, too, was a waste of time. She turned to Paula and gave her a wry little smile.

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