By Barbara Taylor Bradford
In get together of its 30th anniversary, the following is the novel that began all of it: big apple occasions bestselling writer Barbara Taylor Bradford’s amazing saga of a lady who dared to dream—and to triumph opposed to all odds. . . . On the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley corridor. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed yet innovative servant lady, received a sensible selection. There, she honed her abilities, found the that means of treachery, realized to outlive, to turn into a girl, and vowed to make her mark at the world. In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to significant wealth because the iron-willed strength at the back of a thriving overseas company. As one of many richest ladies on this planet Emma Harte has nearly every thing she fought so not easy to achieve—save for the dream of affection, and for the eagerness of the only guy she may possibly by no means have. Through marriages, devastating wars, and generations of secrets and techniques, Emma’s remarkable luck has include a value. As greed, envy, and revenge devour these closest to her, the bright matriarch now reveals herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to stand the betrayals of the earlier with an analogous creative unravel that solid her empire.
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She felt an unaccustomed twinge of guilt but impatiently shrugged it off. —to make some coffee please, Paula. ’ The girl looked up. Although she was not beautiful in the accepted sense of that word, she was so vital she gave the impression of beauty. Her vividness of colouring contributed to this effect. Her glossy hair was an ink-black coif around her head, coming to a striking widow’s peak above a face so clear and luminous it might have been carved from pale polished marble. The rather elongated face, with its prominent cheekbones and wide brow, was alert and expressive and there was a hint of Emma’s resoluteness in her chin, but her eyes were her most spectacular feature, large and intelligent and of a cornflower blue so deep they were almost violet.
But there was no joy in her victory, for to Emma there was nothing joyful in a man’s downfall. Satisfied that the papers were in order, Emma put the folder and her glasses in her briefcase, settled back in her seat, and sipped the cup of coffee. After a few seconds she addressed Paula. ’ Paula glanced up from the balance sheets, a look of astonishment crossing her face. ’ she exclaimed. ‘It would be like sending a lamb to the slaughter. ’ As she regarded her grandmother she recognized that familiar inscrutable expression for what it truly was, a mask to hide Emma’s ruthless determination.
She did not want to hurt her grandmother. But in her crafty way she’s known about our relationship all the time, Paula thought. The girl drew in her breath and, knowing herself to be trapped, said, ‘I stopped seeing Jim because I found myself getting involved. ’ ‘I’m not so sure about that,’ Emma said in a voice that was hardly audible. So it went that far, she thought. She felt unutterably weary. Her cheekbones ached and her eyes were scratchy from fatigue. She longed to close her eyes, to be done with this silly and useless discussion.
A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford