Unexpected Blessings (Emma Harte Series #5)

Unexpected Blessings (Emma Harte Series #5)

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Unexpected Blessings (Emma Harte Series #5) by Barbara Taylor Bradford, Barbara Taylor Bradford

The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers delves into the life of Emma Harte—the original Woman of Substance—and the ambitious, passionate, and volatile women of the next generations.

Evan Hughes, Emma's American great-granddaughter, is trying to integrate into the powerful Harte family. She is caught between her estranged parents, her new family, and new love. But a dangerous enemy hovers in the background.

Tessa Longden, Evan's cousin, is battling her husband for custody of their daughter, Adele. When Adele suddenly goes missing, Tessa is forced to seek help from her half-sister Linnet—a woman who has been her rival all their lives.

Linnet, the most brilliant businesswoman of the four great-granddaughters, is desperately trying to show that she is the natural heir to her mother, Paula. But her glittering future at the helm of the vast Harte empire means many sacrifices, perhaps even the loss of her sister's fragile trust.

India Standish, the traditionalist in the family, falls in love with a famous British artist from a working-class background. Madly in love, India is determined to marry him, no matter what her family thinks.

Evan, Tessa, Linnet, and India: four extraordinary women. Three generations of Hartes. One indomitable family whose loyalty binds them together and whose enemies want to tear them apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312985745
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/04/2005
Series: Emma Harte Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.67(h) x 1.14(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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Unexpected Blessings (Emma Harte Series #5) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emma Harte founded a dynasty of stores, newspapers, and other business enterprises during her lifetime, and though she is gone now, her family carries on in the Harte tradition to maintain her empire. The story here is a continuation of EMMA'S SECRET. Even though Emma is gone, her presence is felt in everything her family thinks and does. In EMMA'S SECRET, we learn that Evan Hughes is Emma's great-granddaughter from America. Bored with her job in New York, Evan came to London to meet Emma on the advice of her own grandmother, Glynnis Hughes. She didn't find Emma, who had died thirty years previously, but she did fall in love with the Harte department stores, applied for a job, and was hired. Now, beginning in UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS: After meeting her biological grandfather, Evan is worried about the best way to tell her father Owen that his father is a Harte and still lives. Owen Hughes has never had much good to say about the Hartes, and this news on top of Evan's own bombshell about her impending marriage to Gideon Harte might be the one catalyst that severs her relationship with her father. Tessa Fairley Longden is in the middle of a messy divorce from her husband Mark, who has verbally and physically abused her for years. When her daughter Adele vanishes (almost before her eyes), Tessa knows that Mark is behind Adele's kidnapping. Will he return their daughter before harm comes to her? Tessa does the only thing that comes to mind in a crisis, she follows Emma's rule: keep it in the family. She calls her half-sister Linnet for help. When Linnet O'Niell arrives at the Pennistone Royal estate, she immediately calls on Jack Figg, Emma's security expert. Jack will know how to find the child before the news can hit the media. Linnet, the granddaughter who looks and acts most like Emma, takes the reins in this family crisis. She will inherit Emma's empire, even at the risk of losing her sister's trust and damaging their fragile relationship. Linnet is engaged to be married to Julian Kallinski, and their upcoming marriage will finally bond the three Harte clans together. India Standish, Emma's fourth granddaughter, has a guilty secret. She has fallen in love with Dusty Rhodes, a working class artist with a tawdry reputation. India is determined to marry Dusty, no matter if her family approves or not, but first she must go to Tessa and Linnet and offer her support in the search for Adele. India follows Emma's rule without thought. Hartes always stick together, even if it means incurring Dusty's wrath when she leaves their love nest to go to her cousins' side. UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS continues the Harte Saga which began with A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, followed by HOLD THE DREAM, TO BE THE BEST, and EMMA'S SECRET. This powerful series still enthralls as Ms. Bradford pens another stunning chapter in the lives of the rich and powerful Harte dynasty. UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS stands alone, and there is no need to read the previous titles, although you will not want to miss out on the entire story of Emma Harte and her descendants. Ms. Bradford is a masterful storyteller, and this book doesn't miss one single beat in the continuing saga. Though I have bought all the books for my collection, I am embarrassed to admit that I have not kept up my reading of the story following HOLD THE DREAM however, I was able to dive right into this book and pick up where I left off. (And to be sure, I am going back to read what I missed!) UNEXPECTED BLESSINGS is a powerful tale of Emma's granddaughters as they manage the business and stay on top of the twists and turns that life hands them. There is danger coming at them from within their own family, and a few secrets that are revealed along the way. Tessa falls in love with an older man, Linnet is planning her upcoming nuptials, India has to face hard decisions about her future, and Evan is privy to family secrets no one else knows. A host of secondary characters ro
Guest More than 1 year ago
For those that gave a lower than a five star rating should start with the first book in the series, there are quite a few to be able to appreciate the complete story. I found the book to be exciting, interesting, captivating and as usual an all night page turner! For the true BTB fans, this is another must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again the author delivers a timeless, moving story. I couldn't put the book down. Everyone should read this book.
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anonymousek More than 1 year ago
Held off buying this and rest of series because I was hoping to get Books 1 to 3 on my Nook to reread before going on. But seems the publishers arent interested. Dont read paperbacks so I guess I will just have to remember.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was nice book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Be sure to read this if you are following the Emma Harte series.
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Enjoyed the book. If a fan of BTB it is a must read.
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love2readKB More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Emma Harte Series is another page turner. It is great to see the trial and tribulations that the great-granchildren go through using Emma as a guide. The story of Evan finally comes totally out. This book was great to see how the younger generation works together to solve family problems. It is a MUST READ!!!!!
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Love this series....hate to see it closed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually started reading Emma's Secret when my son had his appendicts taken out and I had to stay in the hospital with him. I purchased the book in the gift shop and just fell in love with the characters. Once I was done reading Emma's Secret, I flipped to the last pages and saw that this book was part of a saga. Since then I have gone back to the beginning and started with a Women of Substance and I just finished To Be the Best. And I have just ordered my copy of Just Rewards. I am truly excited to read about Emma Hartes great granddaughters and their journeys. I just hope that this is not the last that we hear of the heart women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I consider this a worthy sequel to the Woman of Substance franchise. Some families are always fascinating to read about. The Harte family never seems to dissapoint. Those who have read Emma's Secret will find Unexpected Blessings to be a more action-packed and revealing saga. There is one whopper of a secret revealed in the end that blows away the secret in Emma's Secret.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to read about fancy estates and apartments, and the extremely wealthy who fly from one continent to another on a whim, you may enjoy this book. I found it too full of expansive descriptions of the homes and people, with no plot to carry it along. Everyone in this family is very beautiful and very rich - no substance. This author has written some very spellbinding books. This is not one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was nothing to keep you reading. It just went on and on about nothing. Very disappointed. The other Emma books were so much better. I guess the Emma saga is over. Hurray!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hearing Kate Burton read an audio book is always unalloyed entertainment pleasure. She has the distinctive 'Burton' voice enhanced by a precise, clear diction. This voice and the inflections she uses surely fit the privileged folks who inhabit Barbara Taylor Bradford's latest Harte family saga. Millions of readers will remember Emma Harte, the staunch lady introduced in Bradford's hugely successful A Woman Of Substance. We now meet her decedents, all born into wealth, all facing life altering situations. India, much to the chagrin of her family, has fallen for an artist from not so privileged parents. Evan, another of Emma's great-granddaughters is an American who crosses the ocean to work for Harte's department store. What a shock to discover that her father was not precisely who she believed him to be. And, there's still more woe to come: Tessa is enmeshed in a custody battle for her daughter who seems to have disappeared, and Linnet, the business woman of the group, must learn that she can't have it all. Someone, somewhere is trying to harm all of these women. The question is who and why?
Guest More than 1 year ago
everyone loves a rag to riches story. it was easy to fall in love with emma and the wonderful telling of the novel ' a woman of substance' and returning to emma again in 'Emmas secrets' made the novel somewhat interesting. but this new harte family saga works wonderfully for me at bed time. so far i have fallen asleep 3 times during the first 150 pages of this lackluster plot and am looking foward to further naps!