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Summary

The new blockbuster from one of the world’s greatest storytellers concludes the extraordinary tale of Emma Harte, the original Woman of Substance, and the powerful Harte clan....

Linnet O’Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman of substance as she battles to save the family business. She and Emma’s other great-granddaughters are tested to the limit as the final chapter in the extraordinary story of the Harte family draws to a dramatic close....

Returning from from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet and her mother, Paula, lock horns in a battle about the future. When Paula falls ill, Linnet finds herself alone at the helm, just as her great-grandmother once was. Will she become the new Emma Harte?

Evan Hughes, the American great-granddaughter of Emma, is pregnant and planning her small family wedding. Life seems good until a harsh confrontation with her adopted sister puts Evan in hospital.

Tessa Fairley, Paula’s daughter, is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce. But having always believed herself to be her mother’s rightful heir, Tessa is reluctant to forego her chances of the top spot.

India Standish, in the midst of planning her own glamorous summer wedding in Ireland, is thrown off balance when her fiancé Dusty’s daughter, Atlanta, comes to live with them - closely followed by Dusty’s unstable ex-girlfriend, intent on trouble....

However, it is Evan’s sister Angharad who makes the most ripples within the family, trying to infiltrate the quartet of young women and latching on to Jonathan Ainsley, deadly enemy of the Hartes, in the process, putting them all in danger.

Then two beloved members of the Harte family unexpectedly die, causing grief and heartbreak. And Jonathan Ainsley seems ever closer to wreaking his revenge....

©2018 Barbara Taylor Bradford (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"The storyteller of substance." (The Times)

"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)

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