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A Woman of Substance (1979 original; edició 2014)

de Barbara Taylor Bradford

Sèrie: Emma Harte (1)

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The story of Emma Harte, a bright and ambitious servant girl who overcomes her impoverished Yorkshire beginnings in her quest to become an international retailing magnate and one of the richest women in the world.
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Títol:A Woman of Substance
Autors:Barbara Taylor Bradford
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A Woman of Substance de Barbara Taylor Bradford (1979)

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    silva_44: The character Beattie from Wildflower Hill is incredibly similar to Emma in A Woman of Substance. Both women face daunting circumstances but strive for excellence despite many severe setbacks.
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Several decades ago Barbara Bradford was a leading author of women’s fiction. Her reoccurring theme involved the struggles women endured throughout the 20th century in their everyday lives. She is quoted (from Wikipedia) as saying "I write about mostly ordinary women who go on to achieve the extraordinary.”

"A Woman of Substance" is the epic story of Emma Harte. The narrative begins in 1968 when Emma is a 78 year old successful multi-millionaire, and owner of several businesses including department stores, clothing factories, and wool mills. She owns several estates in various parts of the world, and is the matriarch of the Harte family with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Emma is horrified and disgusted to learn that several of her children are secretly plotting to take control of her business empire and sell everything. They are more interested in the immediate cash than preserving Emma’s legacy.

Just when Barbara Bradford captures the reader in the height of anticipation and curiosity, the narrative drops back to 1904 when Emma is 14 years old and working as a house servant for a wealthy family in England. Similar to the popular series "Downton Abbey", it depicts a lot of details about life from the servants quarters, and reveals a side of the wealthy residents that was all too often hidden from public view.

At that young age Emma was required to contribute to her low-income families household expenses. She worked 12 days straight and got every other week-end off to go home. Her duties included running errands, scrubbing floors, serving meals, and assisting the ladies of the house to dress for dinner receiving orders from a some-what sympathetic cook and a sadistic butler. She did it all to her own perfectionist standards, but while she toiled she daydreamed of being a woman of wealth and power. Emma always had big dreams, and was determined to make them her reality.

With hard work, self-sacrifice, scheming and planning, intelligent decisions, perseverance, self-confidence, and a little bit of luck, Emma achieves her goals. Her arduous journey encompasses times of gratification and euphoria, as well as loneliness and heart-break.

While a bit idealistic, and overly romantic - and predictable, the plot is still captivating, the writing style wonderful with vivid descriptions of scenery, houses, clothing and the colorful characters. "A Woman of Substance" was published in 1979 and was received with great enthusiasm which inspired Barbara Bradford to write 6 additional novels about the Harte family.

Rated 4 Stars April 11, 2021 ( )
  LadyLo | Aug 13, 2021 |
I read this years ago and just came across it in my recommendations ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
Emma Harte is an ambitious servant-girl who eventually rises to become a wealthy businesswoman. A little far-fetched at times, but the book was quite readable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
One of the best books in my younger years , I was inspired by the character Emma Harte ( )
  Stellie | Apr 12, 2015 |
I read this book years ago. It has stood the test of time and is my all-time favorite book. I have always credited this book as what prompted my love of reading about powerful and strong women. If you have NOT read this book - you simply MUST. If you HAVE read this book - read it again!

It is the rags to riches story of a British woman who goes from working as a simple maid to becoming 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 a world and age dominated by men. ( )
  edachille | Jan 13, 2014 |
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The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.

--Montaigne, Essays

I have the heart of a man, not of a woman, and I am not afraid of anything...

--Elizabeth I, Queen of England
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