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She simply can't be bothered to marry him because his mom would be mad!?!? Unhappily married twice, loving only the one man she can never marry, personal happiness eludes her. Emma refuses to admit there is a child, and after a violent confrontation, realizes she needs someone to protect her. There, she honed A celebration of an indomitable spirit, here is New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's dazzling saga of a woman who dared to dream--and to triumph against all odds I read it 30 years ago in my bookclub and I am currently re-reading it. There is no way to shift the blame and no one else to accept the accolades. Also, it's the best of the bunch.
The plotline showed emotional turmoil for its main character Emma because it was too much on her family View all 5 comments. Jun 29, Annie Myers rated it it was ok. This is a very long, verbose book that has a good story buried among its endless descriptions of, well, just about everything. This book left a lot of unanswered questions in my mind, and there were a lot of times when I was skimming through the long, boring descriptions of Emma's furniture and china and walls and clothes and the color of the sky and the degree of greyness of the clouds - ack!!
The interactions between the characters were generally quite good, but it was like slogging through mu This is a very long, verbose book that has a good story buried among its endless descriptions of, well, just about everything.
The interactions between the characters were generally quite good, but it was like slogging through mud to get to them.
I found I did not particularly care for BTB's writing style, at all. View all 7 comments. Feb 26, Ria Romero rated it it was amazing Shelves: Magnificent, a spellbinding saga in life Advantages: A Woman of Substance is really one of the best novel Magnificent, a spellbinding saga in life Advantages: A Woman of Substance is really one of the best novel that i have read.
It was really captivating and enthralling story every woman should read. Her drive to succeed in her life is truly remarkable and the pain that she have gone through was also her strength to survive and enable her to build an empire. It is my habit to make a review of the books i have read and like and my review for this book which i have written on it's back page is this; "God given us all the finest things in life She is an author that brought back my self esteem and my will to go on with my dreams.
Loved it I think this is the first grown up book I read. I recall reading it in bed when I was having a sleepover at my aunts and uncles house when my parents were away. If I needed babysitting perhaps I was to young to be reading this?!
I do want to re-read this though. Those were the days of reading whenever and however. Nice to reminisce. I wonder if this is like Danielle Steele?! Which I do like of course! Jan 31, Linda Hart rated it it was amazing. I read it 30 years ago in my bookclub and I am currently re-reading it.
I read the series, each about the next generation of the Harte family, and enjoyed them immensely, but each book stands alone with satisfying endings. A friend described it as a "delicious read," which is an apt description.
Another friend refers to as "your biblical guide for attaining excellence. I had read Gone With The Wind , but this was the first novel I ever read that modeled not only what it was like to be a strong woman, but also someone I would recommend as a strong role model to any of my daughters or granddaughters.
A rags-to-riches story, it is about a British woman who begins as a simple maid to become the powerful head of a business empire in the early 20th century. It is a magnificent novel about the strength and commitment one woman has to pull herself out of poverty and the sacrifices she makes to survive and become powerful in an age dominated by men.
However only her career ends happily ever after Yet in the midst of numerous personal trials she found some of the best friends and business partners for life, and again, as I am able relate the book has a happy and upbeat conclusion. When the series ended I missed them as I did a dear friend.
Shortly after reading this I read a news article telling about the life of Estee Lauder and the rise of her eponymous cosmetics empire. It was so similar to Emma Harte's story I told my mother, a devotee of all things Estee Lauder, and she recommended A Woman of Independent Means , which I devoured and it was an equally wonderful novel which also changed my life. I believe I recommended both novels to my newly married daughter at the time.
I highly recommend this wonderful novel. Barbara Taylor Bradford is a master storyteller! View 1 comment. Jun 16, Bookscmc rated it it was amazing. I will re-read and re-read this book time and again.
The beginning of a large saga, this book captures the hearts of anyone who loves a great story and one with a young girl named Emma who has a "Plan with a capital P. Emma's strength and willpower is inspiring.
Anyone who has a dream of their own will enjoy reading about a young woman who develops into a Woman of Substance indeed in which she creates her own fashion empire.
The following books in the same series follow Emma and her posterity into the world of money and lots of it. How money and power have an effect on those left behind and those whom did not work for it lack the appreciation thereof.
An enriching and sweet story, the first of the series of which is my favorite of them all. View 2 comments. Jul 12, Carlin Hauck rated it liked it. I'm not entirely certain how I feel about A Woman of Substance. My main complaints were that the author loved to use big, impressive words and described everything in super detail.
I'm all for using good vocab, but sometimes a simple word does the job best. Except that she was born poor. I was like Anyway, considering that I read pages in a week, clearly I didn't hate it. It kept me interested the whole way through, and the story was good, albeit a little unbelievable.
Apr 26, Alison rated it it was amazing. My mother read this book when it first came out in the late 70's and she still says it was one of her favorite books.
She has told me a few times over the years to read it and I always read something different - thinking that a book that was almost as old as I am couldn't possibly be worth the time. I was wrong. However, you aren't going to find a Kindle edition and you're not going to find it in the book section at BJ I have given other books 5 stars in the past, but this one TRULY deserves it.
However, you aren't going to find a Kindle edition and you're not going to find it in the book section at BJ's, you'll have to get it out of the library - which I hadn't done in years. It's a wonderful book full of history and generations of family with money, power and revenge all mixed together. Head to your local library and find it! It's super long but reads fast and you'll find you can't put it down!
Mar 16, Joyce rated it it was amazing. I read this book when it was first published and considered it one of my favorites and a "I must read this book again. Yes it is a long book, yes there are long descriptive passages of furniture and clothing, but all of this should remind the reader of the time period in which Emma, her friends, her opponents and her family live. A time not like today but a woman who would most likely succeed in today's I read this book when it was first published and considered it one of my favorites and a "I must read this book again.
A time not like today but a woman who would most likely succeed in today's world! As I recall from my previous reading some of the unknown or unanswered information other reviewers are looking for are answered in the remaining books in the series. I look forward to what I remember, what I've forgotten and what the writer found to add in the newest book. Jul 25, Lisa Harmonybites rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Those Who Love Trashy Books. Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: I love historical fiction, and to my mind there aren't enough that focus on the drama of building a business, so the premise of this appealed to me.
It's the rag to riches story of a British woman who went from lowly maid to powerful head of a business empire in the early 20th century when women weren't by and large able to rise to such heights. However, the writing style here was puerile romance aisle, and far too wretched to make me willing to stay with this for over trade paperback pages.
Within ten pages we have such cliched and purple writing as "implacable mouth" and eyes "cold as steel," Emma Harte's, our heroine--they're green--classic Mary Sue color--as is those of her granddaughter protege--those are "violet. I guess there's something to be said for getting engrossed in a trashy book, but I knew dozens, let alone hundreds of pages of this would drive me insane. View all 3 comments. Dec 23, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: When I first began reading this book, I didn't think I was going to be able to make it through.
There were a few things this author did that caused me some minor annoyances. It was hard to develop any true feeling toward Emma in the beginning of the book because many of her thoughts seemed contradictory.
The beginning is really slow going. Also, this author likes to make extremely long-winded descriptions of interiors, which I find detract from the plot, especially when a character is ruminating When I first began reading this book, I didn't think I was going to be able to make it through. Also, this author likes to make extremely long-winded descriptions of interiors, which I find detract from the plot, especially when a character is ruminating on important things and these ruminations are interrupted with a long description.
Not only this, but the author then communicates how each room fits each character's traits and how these rooms say something important about that character, which is something I felt I could have figured out on my own and which was a further waste of page space. She also knocks you over the head with the fact that Emma has an iron will and that she's extremely ambitious.
I really felt that Emma's actions could have spoken for themselves and that this repeated reminder of her strengths was unnecessary.
Having said this, however, I was able to make it through the first part of the book and after this point, I began to really connect with the story. The characters in this book are so real, and many, like Blackie, are lovable. Emma's journey from an impoverished, working-class girl to a powerhouse is extremely satisfying, as are the various ways in which she overcomes challenges.
The story is great, the characters wonderful. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book only to someone who has a lot of time for reading the book is quite long and who is willing to read through the beginning, which is mainly where all the long and technical interior descriptions are; as the book progresses, they tend to get shorter. A Woman of Substance Is a meticulously plotted, extensively detailed, verbose and sometimes tedious saga, that overall comes to a satisfying conclusion.
The character of Emma is a strong one. She's a calloused, strong willed, business woman at her core. She doesn't allow anyone to take advantage of her or mistreat her, including the men in her life, which is a huge thing A Woman of Substance Is a meticulously plotted, extensively detailed, verbose and sometimes tedious saga, that overall comes to a satisfying conclusion. She doesn't allow anyone to take advantage of her or mistreat her, including the men in her life, which is a huge thing for a novel published in the seventies.
A lot of people complain about the vast amount of details and verbose langauge in this clunker of a book, but I actually really enjoyed the detailed descriptions when mixed with Mrs Bradford's prose.
Still, it can be tedious at times. And I have to admit that although I was sad it was over, I was relieved to turn the last page and move on to something else. This book certainly isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy long and verbose sagas, you will definitely enjoy this book. Far too long.
Far too much "colloquial dialect" in the parts dealing with Emma's young life. If edited, the story could be better, but still not really memorable. This book even contains some very surprising grammatical errors which were obviously not intentional, as those in Emma and her family's tedious dialect were The seduction scene in the cave drags on and on until one thinks the characters will be to old to act upon their desires.
Hardly necessary devote that much time leading up to the o Far too long. Hardly necessary devote that much time leading up to the obvious. As period fiction the book is OK, as historical fiction it doesn't offer much. Despite Emma's pluckiness, her rise to riches is really only a matter of luck, and also somewhat implausible.
I was not impressed. All in all, I expected more from a book that was such a best seller. Probably the most impressive work of fiction I ever read in my life. Absorbing, comprehensive and unbelievably powerful. This multi-million copy bestseller is truly a novel of our times. Fiction Literature. Publication Details Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Imprint: HarperCollins Publication Date: Emma Harte. More about Barbara Taylor Bradford. They had become friends when he taught her how to do her own accounts.
Soon after their marriage, he and Emma have a son, Christopher, nicknamed Kit. Emma's business continues to expand, with Emma going into business with the Kallinskis.
Unfortunately, her private life doesn't run as smoothly. Joe is killed in the Battle of the Somme and Laura, now married to Blackie, dies giving birth to a son, Bryan.
Emma raises Bryan until Blackie returns from the war. In early , Emma meets Paul McGill. They fall in love, and while their time together is short, it is a very intense affair.
Paul is in the Australian army and returns to France after recovering from a leg injury. After the war, he goes home and, despite promising to write, never does.
Emma, hurt and disappointed, especially when she discovers he and his wife have a son, turns to an acquaintance for consolation and marries again. She and her new husband have twins, Robin and Elizabeth, but the marriage is unhappy and ends when Paul returns. Emma' husband, Arthur Ainsley, may be homosexual and certainly has a drinking problem. Paul has kept in touch with Emma's brother Frank, who informs him that Emma's marriage is unhappy.
At Paul's request, Frank arranges a meeting between Emma and Paul. Emma is initially angry but calms down when Paul explains why he never wrote to her. They start dating again, and she divorces her husband when she finds out she is pregnant with Paul's child.
Emma has a daughter, whom they name Daisy after Paul's mother. In February , seeing war on the horizon, Paul goes to Australia to get his affairs in order, as he anticipates that once war starts travel will be difficult if not impossible. While there, he is seriously injured in a car crash and almost dies. He survives but is disfigured, and is told he will be dead within a year.
He redraws his will, leaving almost everything to Emma and Daisy, and commits suicide. Emma is devastated but eventually recovers enough to look after her family and business empires. Emma's life goes on.
Her children marry and have children of their own: Back in , Emma invites her family to her house in Yorkshire for the weekend. They come, curious to see how she is after having recovered from pneumonia. She tells them she has discovered their treachery and outmaneuvered them by changing her will. Her older children are furious, but each accepts a one million pound trust that Emma offers as a bribe to not cause trouble.