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A Woman of Substance

Emma Harte, Book 1
Narrated by: Bea Holland
Series: Emma Harte, Book 1
Length: 35 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

The gripping multimillion-copy best seller charting the rags to riches story of Emma Harte.

In 1905 a young kitchen maid leaves Fairley Hall. Emma Harte is 16, single and pregnant.

By 1968 she is one of the richest women in the world, ruler of a business empire stretching from Yorkshire to the glittering cities of America and the rugged vastness of Australia. But what is the price she has paid?

A Woman of Substance is as impossible to pause as it is to forget. This multimillion-copy best seller is truly a novel of our times.

©1979 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Queen of the genre." ( Sunday Times)
"Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns." ( Guardian)
"As romantic and thrilling as the rest." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller." ( The Sun)
"An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death and passion." ( New York Times)

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Brilliant story really well read

I've always loved this story. I was very impressed with the narration which really brought the charts to life.

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Unput downable

Loved it!!!! Did not want it to end. Grit, determination and hard work shows what can be gained in life

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Revisited

I read this book years and years ago and loved it have now listened to it and enjoyed it just as much

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Excellent read


Due to poor eyesight i have trouble reading the printed books. I last read this book in the 1980's
It was a great delight to find this on audio. I enjoyed this immensely, from Emma as a young lass to the head of her empire. I especially like the way she put one over her treacherous children, at least she the love of her grandchildren.
It was well written me i can't wait to listen to her next book.

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Fabulous story

The descriptions and details were incredible, like stepping back in time. The story ties up all the loose ends nicely.
You really end up caring about these characters
The only thing I didn't like was the author would use complex , academic, never heard of words and phrases. This came across as a bit condescending

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Fantastic novel

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. Barbara Taylor Bradford brought the characters to life and I enjoyed it so much I didn’t want it to end

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Fantastic

I read thus book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This audio version certainly did not disappoint.. It is beautifully read and enables the characters to come to life..

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A woman of substance

I read this book many years ago and followed it with the series of books. I found the book a brilliant read and also listening to the book just as good.

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It's a good book to read

It's a good book to read and understand the ways of Emma harte the way she lived

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A modern day Classic

l loved this book when I first read it 30+ years ago. Still an excellent story and beautifully narrated.

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  • LM Holzman
  • 21-11-18

Enthralling

It held my attention from beginning
to to the end a truly remarkable book.I can't wait to read the sequel.

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