“Ambitious…engrossing…the plot is equal parts evil, rivalry, and romance.” Washington Post Book World
“Bradford's characters are so real, readers clamor to know them better.” USA Today Weekend Magazine
“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.” RT Book Reviews
“Fans of Bradford will be delighted to reacquaint themselves with tried-and-true favorites from her previous novels.” BookReporter.com
“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.” The Washington Post
“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.” Miami New Times
“The exploits and adventures of Bradford's indomitable heroines continue to make for lusty escapist fiction in this robust fifth novel in the series.” Publishers Weekly
“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.” Book Page
“Readers who loved A Woman of Substance will enjoy Emma's Secret.” Denver Post
“In her 19th novel, the grande dame of mass-market fiction revisits her first heroine--the indomitable Emma Harte.” New York Daily News
“So many of us turn to novels like Barbara Taylor Bradford's latest, Emma's Secret for our daily dose of amour.” Woman's Day Magazine
“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.” Roanoke Times
“It will be…appreciated by those with an irresistible desire to follow the further adventures of the Harte clan.” Publishers Weekly
“[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.” RT BOOKclub Magazine, "Top Pick"
“An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death, and passion.” The New York Times
“A long, satisfying novel of money, power, passion and revenge, set against the sweep of 20th century history.” Los Angeles Times
“A wonderfully entertaining novel.” Denver Post
“Voice of the Heart is the sort of book I cannot resist, indeed I pray to find.” The Washington Times
“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.” The Daily Express (UK)
“A rare treat. We guarantee you will laugh and cry with the characters and that you won't be able to put it down.” Literary Guild Magazine
“Meant to be read in a peignoir on a chase lounge whist nibbling scented chocolates.” Cosmopolitan
“A rich tapestry of love and romance. The surprise ending is both poignant and fitting.” San Diego Union
“Barbara Taylor Bradford is back with a new, vibrantly characterized leading lady and a glimpse into the dazzling world of the rich and powerful…[A] richly woven tale.” Working Woman
“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.” Los Angeles Times
“A captivating work filled with glamour, intrigue and ironic reversal…Richly textured, highly entertaining.” Booklist
“Engrossing…Stunning.” Pittsburgh Press
“Readers who shared the trials and tribulations, and successes of the indomitable Emma Harte in A Woman of Substance will find this sequel equally engrossing. Attractive, intelligent, and capable, Paula McGill Fairley proves a worthy successor to her grandmother's domain.” Booklist
“Another instant bestseller. The men and woman are all gorgeous, rich, well-dressed. There are luxurious descriptions in this perfect page-turner.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A deeply involving story of women of power and wealth and substance.” Publishers Weekly
“Fascinating.” Houston Chronicle
“A sweeping saga full of passion and intrigue…a gripping read.” Hello Magazine
“A vibrantly characterized leading lady and a glimpse at the dazzling world of the rich and powerful. A richly woven tale.” Working Woman
“Barbara Taylor Bradford is the storyteller of substance.” The Times (London)
“A novel for everyone…A satisfying, lushly detailed saga.” Rave Reviews
“A compulsive read.” The Daily Mail (London)
“Will keep you up till all hours reading just one more chapter before you can bear to turn out the bedside light.” Prima Magazine
“A master storyteller and character builder, Ms. Bradford again crafts another reader-holder novel…Act of Will is another winner.” The Pittsburgh Press
“Pure gold–certain to be a runaway bestseller.” Cosmopolitan
“This novel continues the Bradford tradition of spirited romances peopled with memorable, self made women…fetching.” Booklist
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
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.
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.
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.