Emma's Secret (Emma Harte Series #4)

Emma's Secret (Emma Harte Series #4)

by Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Emma's Secret (Emma Harte Series #4) by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Paula O'Neil has inherited her grandmother Emma Harte's dream for success-a magnificent business empire in London shared by Paula's daughters, Linnet and Tessa. Yet their future is far less secure than any woman imagines. For beneath the dazzling surface, flares a rivalry and discontent that leave them vulnerable to the dreams of others.

Into the fray arrives enigmatic American fashion designer Evan Hughes seeking employment. But her interest in the Harte dynasty is a personal one. Bearing a striking resemblance to the Harte lineage, Evan's arrival begins to unravel a mystery that hides in the family's shadows, and that waits to be revealed in Emma's long-lost diaries.

Now as the past unfolds, so emerges an extraordinary tale of money and power, passion and revenge, and survival and triumph at any price-one that will irrevocably change the lives and loves of four women and shake an empire to its very foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312985738
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Series: Emma Harte Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 4.30(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Yorkshire, England

Education:

Christ Church Elementary School and Northcote Private School for Girls in Yorkshire, England

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Emma's Secret (Emma Harte Series #4) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good follow-up to the first three books, but the steamy sex scene does not need to be so graphic and completely descriptive! Did Ms. Bradford intend to write a 'how-to' book? This style of writing doesn't even fit her style throughout the rest of the book. It all but glares from the pages and doesn't really help the story. We have so much blatant sex hitting us in the face from all directions, all the time, couldn't we have expected better writing throughout this book, in the style of the original trilogy from this author? Having expressed this opinion, I must add that I recommend the reading of this book for all those Emma Harte fans out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma's Secret by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a rare super sequel that lives up to all the hype. If you are a fan of Bradford's books, you will be so satisfied with getting a bonus glimpse at the Harte and O'Neil families from A Woman of Substance. If you are a first-time reader of Barbara's, this isn't a bad book to begin with, though you might want to get familiar with this series by reading the earlier 3 books, or watching the DVD's of the movies. Thanks for bringing back Emma!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the original Emma Harte books and disappounted not to see books 1 - 3 offered for purchase for my nook. Rate the original series as 5 star. Holding off purchasing others to reread the original 3!!
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love2readKB More than 1 year ago
Barbara Taylor Bradford has done it again. This is another page turner in the lives of Emma Harte's heirs. The book is truly amazing. I loved the book. Evan is a great add as a new character. Emma's great-granchildren are just as amazing as her grandchildren. I love this book just like the other three. I strongly recommend this book to anyone.
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CherryBlossom More than 1 year ago
Just happened to pick up this book by accident, and loved every minute of reading the book. I was fascinated by the story unfolding about three families united by friendship and love. Emma's Secret is wonderful and endearing and still full of surprises. The characters are beautifully depicted and the generations of struggle to make their world successful is mind-boggling. The story is full of passion and yet full of intrigue to keep any reader from never wanting to put the book down. I did not read Barbara Taylor Bradford's, "A Woman of Substance". I will go out and see if it is still available to read. I am looking forward to reading her next book "Unexpected Blessings", depicting a further study of this family and their struggles. I read the excerpt and I am longing to get my hands on this book as soon as possible. A must read to be sure!
I give "Emma's Secret" a thumbs up in all the rating categories.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma¿s Secret is a terrific follow-up to The Woman of Substance series, and in some respects it¿s like checking in with old friends or with family that you have lost contact with. Set some thirty years after the death of matriarch Emma Harte, we are introduced to the clan¿s newest generation, and discover a long buried secret from a previously untold chapter in the Emma Harte saga. My only disappointment with the story was with the treacherous family scion, Jonathan Ainsley. Reading, I was led to believe that this sociopath was hatching some truly murderous revenge against the family that just never seemed to fully materialize. Well, perhaps in the next installment¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Barbara Taylor Bradford's books. They have ranged from outstanding to mediocre. One of the best books, in my opinion, was her first -- 'A Woman of Substance.' She wrote, in great detail and meticulously researched, of Emma Harte, a poor servant girl who rose to become one of the world's richest women. The story was spell-binding and I loved it! However, she has milked Emma's story with three sequels, each of which tells of Emma's descendants and extended family, and each of which is less compelling than the previous. They are watered-down versions, none of which have the power or interest of the original. Although she's probably made millions by doing this, I think Ms. Bradford should have stopped with the first. I think the three sequels have deteriorated an extraordinary story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author never lets you down.. an awesome read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really goes nowhere...although it's not that bad, it left me hanging as there was no real resolution with the 'bad' cousin. Perhaps a sequel is in the works? Definitely not as good as A woman of Substance!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The trilogy of bestsellers that began with A Woman of Substance is tough to equal. Unless, of course you are Barbara Taylor Bradford, bestselling novellist and the First Lady of Fiction. Fans and readers may argue over wheter or not it was a good idea for Mrs. Bradford to bring back the legendary Emma Harte for another chapter in the saga. But if there existed any concern, they needn't have worried. Emma Harte is not brought back from the dead, but rather through the pages of her hidden diaries, discovered by her great grandchildren. The entire middle chapters of the book give us new insight on Emma and her life during the Second Wolrd War. It is almost like you could stick these pages in the middle of A Woman if Substance, making that classic novel even more enjoyable. But Emma's Secret is really about Paula O'Neil (Emma's favorite Grandchild) and her children who now run the Harte family empire. These characters are more modern that the earlier generations, but they also fit into the modern day storyline. Readers who have not read the earlier books in this series will still enjoy Emm'a Secret. There is enough background description to satisfy those unfamiliar. However, this new book will be most appreciated by those who have grown up admiring Emma Harte for nearly three decades.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are under 40 years of age you will enjoy this book. I sure did
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma's Secret is the 4th book in this sizzling series by BTB and what a book it is. 'A Must Read Romance' !!