Just Rewards (Emma Harte Series #6)
  • Just Rewards (Emma Harte Series #6)
  • Just Rewards (Emma Harte Series #6)

Just Rewards (Emma Harte Series #6)

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by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman of substance as she battles to modernize the family business. Returning from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet locks horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the

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Linnet O'Neill, great-granddaughter of Emma Harte, finds herself following in the footsteps of the original woman of substance as she battles to modernize the family business. Returning from her honeymoon full of fresh ideas for bringing the Harte empire into the new century, Linnet locks horns with her mother, Paula, in a battle about the future...

Tessa Fairley is ready to start a new life after an acrimonious divorce—which might include rivaling her sister Linnet for the top spot in the Harte business.

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

Evan Hughes, their American cousin, unwittingly brings an enemy into their midst. But Evan's sister Angharad, who tries to infiltrate the quartet of young women, meets Jonathan Ainsley, the deadly enemy of the Hartes.

Together, they find themselves in a web of vengeance whereby no Harte is safe.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
Ambitious…engrossing…the plot is equal parts evil, rivalry, and romance.
The Washington Post
The Harte saga is as much a force of nature as a work of fiction…the issues at stake still compel readers after 25 years. Bradford understood early on readers' hunger for depictions of women who are strong and powerful and whose values embrace family. A quarter-century ago, Emma Harte crossed the no-woman's-land that once divided family and business, and now generations of readers consider her a role model in their own lives.
Miami New Times
Bradford gives her readers more of what she does best—strong, savvy female protagonists who relentlessly pursue great destinies, characters much like the author herself…well-written and full of emotion…completely riveting…the plot, while always complex, has suspenseful moments to keep the pace sharp…good reading…Unexpected Blessings clearly shows why Bradford is still the premier writer of family sagas.
Book Page
The enduring theme of family loyalty ennobles the Harte family saga and raises it to a heartwarming crescendo that longtime fans will appreciate. New readers will relish it as well.
New York Daily News
In her 19th novel, the grande dame of mass-market fiction revisits her first heroine—the indomitable Emma Harte.
Woman's Day Magazine
So many of us turn to novels like Barbara Taylor Bradford's latest, Emma's Secret for our daily dose of amour.
Roanoke Times
Promises to tantalize, mesmerize, and titillate readers of all ages. It has all the Bradford touches: strong and swift plot, hints of secrets about to be revealed…spellbinding… destined to fly off bookseller's racks and be passed around many book clubs. It is a darn good read.
The New York Times
An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death, and passion.
Los Angeles Times
It is easy to want every item Bradford catalogues, easy to imagine wearing it, eating and drinking it, driving it, smelling like it…The geography of Voice of the Heart takes a reader to all the right places.
Denver Post
A wonderfully entertaining novel.
The Daily Express (UK)
It really keeps you turning the pages, wondering just why it is that two beautiful women who were once great friends are now sworn enemies.
Literary Guild Magazine
A rare treat. We guarantee you will laugh and cry with the characters and that you won't be able to put it down.
Pure gold-certain to be a runaway bestseller.
Working Woman
A vibrantly characterized leading lady and a glimpse at the dazzling world of the rich and powerful. A richly woven tale.
This novel continues the Bradford tradition of spirited romances peopled with memorable, self made women…fetching.
Pittsburgh Press
Houston Chronicle
Hello Magazine
A sweeping saga full of passion and intrigue…a gripping read.
The Times (London)
Barbara Taylor Bradford is the storyteller of substance.
Rave Reviews
A novel for everyone…A satisfying, lushly detailed saga.
The Daily Mail (London)
A compulsive read.
Prima Magazine
Will keep you up till all hours reading just one more chapter before you can bear to turn out the bedside light.
The Pittsburgh Press
A master storyteller and character builder, Ms. Bradford again crafts another reader-holder novel…Act of Will is another winner.
San Diego Union
A rich tapestry of love and romance. The surprise ending is both poignant and fitting.
USA Today Weekend Magazine
Bradford's characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better.
RT Book Reviews
Bradford's latest is a truly remarkable conclusion to her beloved Harte family saga. The characters' lives intertwine to create a riveting and intense plot. Not many novels have the ability to completely immerse the reader, but this one draws you into the story from the very first page.
Fans of Bradford will be delighted to reacquaint themselves with tried-and-true favorites from her previous novels.
"Top Pick" RT BOOKclub Magazine
[An] original story with new energy. Emma Harte is one of those characters whom we never want to leave behind, and thank goodness Bradford has brought her back to us with a story worthy of this truly remarkable woman.
The Washington Times
Voice of the Heart is the sort of book I cannot resist, indeed I pray to find.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Another instant bestseller. The men and woman are all gorgeous, rich, well-dressed. There are luxurious descriptions in this perfect page-turner.
The Barnes & Noble Review
Bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford brings her Harte family saga to a close in this engrossing finale, which not only leaves the reader wanting more but -- shhh! -- leaves the door open for still another chapter.

After 25 years, passions, revenge, envy, and unbridled ambition are still taking their toll on the Harte family, this time on Emma Harte's great-grandchildren. There's Linnet O'Neill and Evan Hughes, both with dreams of revitalizing Harte's, the famous British department store; and Tessa, Linnet's sister, who wants her share of power. Waiting malevolently in the wings is Jonathan Ainsley, Robin's son, looking for an opportunity for revenge. Evan's adopted sister, Angharad, has an equally strong desire for payback and is very much attracted to Jonathan.

It's all very Dynasty-like and very delicious. Bradford keeps the pace moving briskly as she takes the reader from one great British house to another and expertly brings the various subplots together in a surprising conclusion. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Can this be, as advertised, the final episode in the Harte family saga? A Woman of Substance (1979), the story of Emma Harte's triumph over poverty and illegitimacy to found England's greatest department store, and its four sequels were huge bestsellers. Now Emma's great-granddaughter, Linnet O'Neill, must defend the empire and family against evil uncle Jonathan Ainsley. But words such as "granddaughter" and "uncle" don't do justice to the complexities. It takes four and a half pages of front matter to enumerate the Harte, Kallinski and O'Neill clans whose intertwining lives drive the saga. Emma's descendants offer a helping hand to new in-laws-and the reader-by uttering sentences such as these: "Through his great-grandfather, Winston the First, Emma is Gideon's great-great-aunt. But she is also Gideon's great-grandmother, because Emma was my grandmother." Weddings and funerals keep the local caterer busy and offer crescendos of activity, if scant emotion. Although Ainsley's malevolence hovers behind the story and leads to near disasters, there's never a doubt that the strong women will triumph-though not without struggle. Series devotees will take heart at the ending, which hints that Ainsley's evil will survive his death and the struggles will continue offstage even if Bradford lays down her golden pen. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The final episode of the Harte family saga (which began with A Woman of Substance) focuses on the travails of four of Emma Harte's great-granddaughters. Newlywed Linnet wants to modernize and lead the family business. Divorcee Tessa also wants to be at the helm of the empire, but she has some personal issues to confront first. Evan prepares to marry and give birth but is put in danger after an unexpected confrontation. India also plans a wedding but has to adapt when her fianc 's young daughter comes to live with them. Throw in some disgruntled people hellbent on wreaking havoc, and you have quite a soap opera! And thank goodness for the juicy storylines because this book suffers from astonishingly wooden dialog that bloats the otherwise readable text. Is this really the end? As always, Bradford kindly prefaces the book with genealogical information on the "Three Clans" (the Hartes, O'Neills, and Kallinskis), and summaries of past important events are woven throughout as necessary. But the number of characters to keep track of is staggering, and newbies may find it difficult to appreciate new developments while trying to make sense of old ones. Still, public libraries should stock up. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/05.]-Samantha Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Weightless entry in the florid Emma Harte saga (Unexpected Blessings, 2005, etc.) follows the machinations of envious grandson Jonathan Ainsley as he plots revenge on the inheritors of a landmark London store. A couple of tidy paragraphs brings us up to date in the story of how matriarch Emma (first seen in A Woman of Substance, 1979) founded the Knightsbridge emporium, the flagship in her business empire that is now run by granddaughter Paula O'Neill. Jonathan, having failed to wrest the business away from cousin Paula in the 1980s, is now facing a new generation of family operators in the form of her redheaded cousin (and boss) Linnet O'Neill, Paula's daughter and designated heir, and American Evan Hughes, pregnant with twins by her lover, Gideon Harte. Linnet has just married Julian Kallinski, scion of a family branch to be exploited in future titles, no doubt. As Linnet cooks up ideas to revamp the store (though her mother is determined to keep Harte in its "traditional mode"), Evan prepares to have her twins while planning for her imminent wedding (postponed so as not to compete with Linnet's). Jack Figg, head of Harte security, naturally worries about the event, since there are jealous, troublesome siblings to deal with, such as Gideon's brother Toby and Evan's crass 23-year-old sister Angharad. Meanwhile, India Standish, Emma's great-grandchild, hopes to wed famous artist Russell Rhodes, aka Dusty, although he has first to deal with the fallout from his previous druggie girlfriend, Melinda Caldwell. Tessa Fairley, last seen recovering her kidnapped daughter Adele, pines for new boyfriend Jean-Claude Deleon, a renowned French journalist posted to Afghanistan. Jonathan and Angharadseal a dark and ominous deal that will certainly come to light in the next installment. Marriages, babies, rivals-and none of it will leave the slightest trace after the book is closed.

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St. Martin's Press
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Emma Harte Series, #6
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Summer 2001

"The name 'petrel' is said to be a diminutive of Peter: when feeding the bird flits and hovers just above the water, often with feet pattering on the surface, appearing to 'walk on water' as St. Peter did in the Bible story."
- Field Guide to the Birds of Britain


Evan Hughes stood in the middle of the fashion floor of Harte's department store in London's Knightsbridge. It was seven o'clock in the morning, and nothing stirred. By eight the cleaners would be moving around this vast space, and by nine a few of the dedicated sales staff would be arriving to prepare for the store doors opening at ten. Now, though, she was totally alone.

She loved this store and this floor in particular. It was her domain. And hers alone. Last week she had been made head of fashion, a big promotion which had thrilled her. But in her personal life, Evan had big decisions to make.

As she moved slowly across the floor, making for the new haute couture fashion displays, she couldn't help thinking about the first day she had walked into Harte's. January 2001. Eight months ago now. She had been very lucky that day. Quite by chance she had met the man of her dreams and found the job of her dreams. She had certainly never thought her dreams would come true that day. But in some ways, they did.

Pausing for a moment, Evan glanced around, her intelligent, light gray-blue eyes devouring everything: the fashion displays under bright lights, the elegance of the whole floor, such an important one in this prestigious department store, considered the greatest in theworld.

Harte's of Knightsbridge had been founded by one of the most famous merchant princes ever known: Emma Harte. She had been dead now for thirty years, and the store was run by Emma's granddaughter Paula O'Neill. Paula, an elegant woman in her mid-fifties, had inherited her grandmother's skills and brilliance as a retailer, and her daughters Tessa and Linnet were following in her footsteps. Both of them worked at the store; Tessa was in charge of the first three floors, which sold cosmetics, perfumes, leisure wear, lingerie, and active sports clothes. Linnet, Tessa's half sister, was in charge of the fashion floors and worked with Paula on public relations.

It was Linnet O'Neill who had hired Evan to be one of her assistants, and for the first few months Evan had helped Linnet put together a retrospective of fashion, which had been a huge success and pulled many new customers into the store.

Linnet. Tessa. Ambitious and complicated, they were now part of Evan's life.

As a reward for all her hard work and dedication, Linnet had given her this promotion...and Evan was in her element.

Evan stood in front of the couture fashion displays which had been finished late last night. They were great, she decided. The display staff had done a good job with the clothes she had selected.

Turning away, she walked down the floor, making for her office. Tall, slender, and dark haired, she was good looking, elegant. Back at her desk she glanced at the photograph of Gideon Harte. She had fallen in love with him, and he with her, that first day when he had bumped into her in the corridor. She had been looking for the management offices, and he had led her there, all the while firing questions at her. And it was Gideon who had told his cousin Linnet about her; Linnet had subsequently interviewed her and given her a job.

Sitting back in her chair, Evan thought about the past eight months and all that had happened.

She had never expected to find a second family in England. Only a year ago the only family she knew were her mother and father, and her two adopted sisters, who lived in Connecticut. But all that had changed because of her grandmother Glynnis Hughes. On her deathbed her grandmother had told Evan to go to England to find Emma Harte, adding that Emma was the key to her future. And Evan had done exactly that, only to discover Emma was dead. But she had fallen in love with the store and decided to get a job there.

And now here she was, working at Harte's, planning a future with Gideon, and struggling to adapt herself to a whole new family... because she herself was actually a Harte. It was Paula who had discovered through Emma's diaries that Evan was another great-granddaughter of Emma Harte's, because Evan's grandmother Glynnis had given birth to a son fathered by one of Emma's sons. And that child was Evan's father.

They had welcomed her, treated her kindly and with enormous understanding, but at times things had been difficult for Evan. So many things to unravel, so much to accept, so many people to get to know. Sometimes it seemed endless to her.

Most troubling of all was the knowledge she had about her father's biological father...which she had been afraid to relay to him. Would her father, Owen Hughes, welcome the information? Would he really want to know that the man who had brought him up was not his father after all? She didn't know, and she continued to wrestle with these questions.

Evan knew she had to come to a decision. Her mother and father were coming to London in a week or so, to spend time with her and have a vacation. Could she look her father in the eye and not tell him the truth? Could she keep it a secret? And should she? Nobody could advise her really. Gideon had told her to do what she thought best, and everyone else had been noncommittal.

The ball was back in her court.

Then there was Robin Ainsley, her new grandfather, the man who had been her grandmother's lover during the Second World War. He had been a pilot in the Royal Air Force, a Battle of Britain pilot, and her grandmother, Glynnis Jenkins then, had been a young woman from Wales who worked as Emma Harte's secretary, in this very store.

Evan liked Robin; her feelings were even stronger than that. And she knew only too well that he longed to meet his son Owen Hughes. But would her father want to meet this "stranger"...a stranger who was his real father? His mother's lover. 'Oh God.'

Evan turned on her computer and after a few moments started to work on it, but within an hour the troubling thoughts about Robin, Glynnis, and her father's imminent arrival began to intrude. Turning the computer off, she made her decision. She would take Linnet's advice and go to Yorkshire after all for a week's rest. And she would go to see Robin Ainsley, still needing to know about his relationship with her grandmother, and most of all to truly understand why Robin and Glynnis had never married.

Copyright 2005 by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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Just Rewards (Emma Harte Series #6) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
eyes4ears More than 1 year ago
this book was so juvenile-ly written and poorly developed. it was worse than watching a soap opera as it was written in exactly the same style as a run down soap... BTB spent the whole book replaying past books that anyone who has never read any of her books just got the whole run down in 464 pgs of wasted time. every time i turned a page all i heard about was the old BS and nothing new enough to call this book a continuation of any saga, just a boring rerun of six previous novels... i have not read the books between A Woman of Substance and Just Rewards, but after having read this one i have saved myself so much money and time. I was really disappointed in this book, i felt like i was talked down to and totally robbed of a story line. are all her recent books this same style, if they are i will never waste another dime on any of her novels...
love2readKB More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book in the Harte Family Saga!!! How does Barabra Taylor Bradford do it??? She is a truly remarkable author.I am losing sleep with this series. Linnett, Tessa, Evan, and India are truly amazing ladies. They all have that Harte strength to succeed. This is a must read book for any fan of Women of Substance or anyone who wants to read a truly great book. Strongly recommend this book. Can't wait to read the last book in this series. I just wish it didn't end with the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How can this book be the conclusion of the Emma Harte saga...one more book at least is needed to take care of Jonathan Ainsley. Please don't leave us hanging!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma Harte has been dead for thirty years, but she rules from the grave. It seems that Emma is mentioned on just about every other page as her myriad descendents, in-laws and hangers-on slavishly follow her 'rules' and talk incessantly about their encounters with her. I found it very tiresome, and it detracted from the story, rather than adding anything to it. Seriously, now, is anyone held in such reverence thirty years after their death? 'A Woman of Substance' was an excellent book, but the five sequels each go further downhill. I don't know why I keep reading them. I guess Emma is ruling me from the grave, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous Harte saga books have been filled with emotion, decent, love, adventure and excitement. This chapter falls flat on its face. The author spends 75% of the time explaining the relationships between people and describing their wardrobe and none of the time developing their characters. She has a wicked villian in Jonathan but fails to use him and his new amour in this story. He just seems to be a matter of convenience to use when something bad happens not the great cause. I wuld not recommend this book unless you need to keep track of the '3 clans' for the next book. But if the next one is like this one you won't need to the author will keep you up to date. Too many characters and not enough substance - back to the first novel!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the way Barbara writes. Her sequels are fabulous and once I start reading them I can't put the book down. I can't wait until the next one comes out.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Platinum penned Barbara Taylor Bradford has written the last in her Harte family series, which began with A Woman of Substance in 1979. Terry Donnelly, who reads the Unabridged version, and Kate Burton, who reads the Abridged edition, should both be dubbed golden voices. Well remembered for her vocal performances of Emma's Secret and Unexpected Blessings, Burton needs no introduction. Daughter of Richard Burton she has numerous stage performances to her credit and delivers Bradford's stories with cool, crisp diction in an enjoyable to hear voice. Familiar to TV audiences through her appearances on Law and Order, The Irish and How They Got That Way, plus others, Terry Donnelly possesses a stage trained voice that is perfectly suited to Bradford's unconquerable women. With Just Rewards we find Emma Harte's descendants, most notably her great-granddaughter, Linnet O'Neill, who despite some family opposition wants to bring the family business up to date. Her hopes are entwined with her sister's attempts to begin life anew after divorce, one cousin is planning a posh wedding, and another introduces trouble. Bradford fans will find the conclusion to this romantic saga irresistible, especially as delivered by Burton and Donnelly. - Gail Cooke
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Positively one of the worst BTB books I've ever read. How many times do you have to read JA is the black sheep or other repetative descriptions? Long, over drawn, tedious, and overall a let down. Couldn't wait for it to end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just Rewards is the best of the recent trilogy in Barbara Taylor Bradford's Emma Harte series. And it is one of her best books to date. For those who enjoy the exploits of Jonathan Ainsley (sworn enemey to the Hartes), this book is packed with tales of revenge plots and a scandalous affiar with one of the family. This is a delicious high-point in which to conclude this series. Though the author does leave open the door for a continuation down the road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It almost seems like BTB is trying to reinvent the wheel. When Emma's diary was discovered it seemed that all the missing gaps in the lives of Emma and Blackie might be filled in. There would be enough fodder there for more books that could continue with the characters and events that the fans loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got my copy of Just Rewards last week from Australia. I blazed through it in two days and am only now recovering from the shocking ending! Without giving too much away, I love how this book is about Jonathan Ainsley (the heavy) and Anharad. Granted, the other characters (Paula, Evan, Linett, Tessa, etc) are all there too. But opening and closing the story with our favorite villian was perfect...and terribly satisfying. A strong sequel. I only hope this isn't the last of the Harte stories. At least the ending is left open just a crack for a possible continuation down the road.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London Linnet O'Neill remains the heir apparent to the matriarchal Harte family business still run by her mother Paula. However, Linnet knows that besides her mom watching her progress, her grandmother Daisy, and her late great-grandmother Edwina look over her shoulders too and rival half-sister Tessa Fairley Longden would love to push her aside. She feels especially good for her assistant, former American sales clerk Evan Hughes, who is carrying twins and has plans with her lover Gideon Harte. --- However, the idyllic times ends when Linnet¿s half-sister Tessa Fairley Longden calls in a panic that her little girl Adele has vanished. Linnet¿s initial reaction is that Tessa¿s estrange spouse Mark abducted their daughter as a pawn to get his hands on billions so with her mother in New York, she calls for a family brainstorming session to decide what to do. All agree that Mark kidnapped the child except Evan who wonders if something more sinister happened to Adele. What to do to save Adele is as important as working the media feeding frenzy, but first Paula must know. --- This is third tale of the next generation mini series starring the powerful four females whom continue the dynasty set forth by Emma. Thankfully there is an opening score sheet that list the myriad of members as their seems to be a zillion of them. The story line takes its time to get into action mode as each of the prime women (that includes Paula) ponder the relative strengths of their gene pool and their wealth. The fears for Adele¿s safety threaten to reveal other secrets as the family tries to come together, which means a fun time for Emma¿s myriad of fans. ---Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLEASE don't leave the faithful followers of Emma Harte and her descendants hanging. Just Rewards would be, indeed, if Jonathan and his paramour/wife would get their JUST REWARDS!