The legacy of Emma Harte continues...
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by eighteen others, most recently Emma's Secret which reached No. 2 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. Her books have sold more than seventy million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television produces Robert Bradford.
Emma Harte, the redoubtable heroine of veteran novelist Bradford's 1976 bestseller, A Woman of Substance, has been dead for 30 years, but she's still a player in the continuing family saga. Her pronouncements and unwritten rules are well remembered by all the descendants in the dynasty and business empire she founded. This installment begins where Emma's Secret (2004) left off, with Evan Hughes, the young visitor from the U.S., obtaining a dream job in fashion at the renowned London department store, Harte's, and beginning a romance with Gideon Harte, heir apparent to the family newspaper enterprise. In the previous volume, Evan learned that her own father was the illegitimate child of another Harte scion (making Evan and Gideon cousins a few times removed), and now she wonders whether she should divulge this secret to her father, who is soon to arrive in London. A true crisis distracts her, however: the disappearance of three-year-old Adele, adored daughter of store manager Tessa, one of Emma's great-grandchildren. Linnet, Tessa's half-sister and sometimes business rival, comes to the rescue and Adele soon reappears, but tensions between the sisters persist. Meanwhile, Linnet's cousin India has fallen in love with a painter from a working-class background, and India must battle her family's disapproval. The exploits and adventures of Bradford's indomitable heroines continue to make for lusty escapist fiction in this robust fifth novel in the series. Agent, Mort Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit. (Jan. 4) Forecast: Bradford's 30-year-old saga has aged surprisingly well. This latest installment should climb as high up the charts as previous volumes. Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club main selections; BOMC alternate. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
'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'A sweeping saga full of passion and intrigue... a gripping read.' HELLO
What's left after Bradford tells Emma's Secret? We'll see. With an eight-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.