Just Rewards - Barbara Taylor Bradford
The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers continues where Unexpected Blessings left off, charting the varying fortunes of the ...
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This is the final book in the Emma Harte saga written by Barbara Taylor Bradford.Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds and by the time she was twenty years old was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. A Woman of Substance was her first novel and she has written many others. Her books have sold more than 75 million copies worldwide in over 90 countries and have been translated in 40 languages. As a result some have been made into mini-series and even TV movies.
I have to say, I am not normally a fan of books like this. I am a fantasy fan through and through, and the only reason I even picked this up was because I had nothing to do and my mom said this would be the perfect distraction. And it was.The cover is attractive in a girly sense (which I suppose matches the book. I would be surprised to see a man reading Taylor Bradfords!) The photograph on the front is by Jean Francois Talivez and is accompanied very simply by the title, name of author and caption "The Story Of A Woman Of Substance Conclude" at the bottom. At the top its says "THE INTERNTIONAL BESTSELLER".
This is however, a complicated story, and it follows a lot of people's lives. If you haven't read at least the previous book in the series (Unexpected Blessings) you will most probably be lost with all the characters you meet. Taylor Bradford writes it as a sequel in the way that she doesn't re-introduce old characters, as it isn't necessary if you've read the other books, so I'd recommend you read up on the prequels to this first.Linnet O'Neill is the heir to the huge Harte stores chain, and she knows the only way Harte's is going to keep at the top of the food chain is if it is dragged into the 21st Century. However, her mother and current MD of the Harte stories, Paula, thinks Harte's is fine the way it is. However, after manya arguements about this drastic revamp, Paula falls ill with a life threatening brain haemorrage, and Linnet is left to look after Harte's on her own. The question is, is she up for the challenge?
We also find out more about Evan, the newest member of the Harte clan, who only found that she was a Harte very recently. However, Evan's adoptive sister Angharad means trouble, and she begins to stir up trouble amongst the Harte's, and even goes as far as putting them in danger by palling up with he black sheep and sworn enemy of the family Jonathan Ainsley. Although Jonathan is part of the Harte family, the only thing he wants to do is inflict pain and trouble upon them, and he will do anything to get what he wants.Tessa is in love. The question is, will she give up her dream of taking over Harte's one day so that she and her daugher can live a happy famiy life?
This book doesn't really have a plot. Its more of an overview of the lives of the extended Harte family, and there are a lot of lives to hear about. However, Taylor Bradford does it in a way which makes the story interesting, and I really enjoyed the book.Some of the events which occur are a car accident, several deaths, a few births, some dangerous illness, heated arguements and some very complicated love lives.
However, be warned not to give this to your eleven year old. Taylor Bradford doesn't hold back on sex scenes, and they are in this book in abundance. However, apart from that I would recommend this to any fan of romance novels.
Product Information : Just Rewards - Barbara Taylor Bradford
Manufacturer's product descriptionThe new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers continues where Unexpected Blessings left off, charting the varying fortunes of the great-granddaughter of Emma Harte - the original Woman of Substance - and the powerful Harte clan. Love, passion, duty and honour collide as the members of this extraordinary dynasty try to protect their family name at all costs. The spirit of Emma Harte lives on in Linnet, her great granddaughter who has inherited all her business flair. Barely thirty, Linnet is lined up to take over as head of Harte's. But the business is troubled and she believes radical change is needed. Her aunt, Paula, disagrees. A bitter falling-out creates a rift - one that Linnet has no time to heal before tragedy strikes. She must dig into the past, and discover how Emma herself faced adversity to build her empire, in order to survive the challenges that lie ahead of her. Her cousins, Emma's other great granddaughters, are supportive, but Tessa has left her husband and fallen in love with a Frenchman, and India dreams of a new life in Ireland, so Linnet can no longer rely on them to help with the family business. Evan, Emma's newly arrived American great granddaughter, has concerns of her own: her sister has formed an alliance with a dangerous enemy of the Harte clan. A bitter divide threatens the security of the entire family.
Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford
Title: Just Rewards
ISBN: 0007197586; 0007197594; 0007197608; 0312307063
Listed on Ciao since: 03/08/2006