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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Jan. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312307020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312307028
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #742,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I loved the first three books and didn't realize the saga continued. Was looking for a woman of substance to reread and happened upon the continuation of the story. Looking forward to the finale
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read A Woman of Substance and the next two books which had strong female characters, and was very happy with them. I was highly disappointed in the last three books that made this series - they reminded me of cheesy Harlequin novels! No encores for this set please!
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By A Customer on Dec 30 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read a woman of substance many years ago and again in 1999 and loved it all over again. As a business woman and one that loves to see other women succeed I passed it on and on. Unfortunately I missed all of her sequals up to Emma's secret. I picked Emma's secret up on a business trip and fell right back under the spell of Emma's family. I actually stayed awake and read it through in quick time. I loved it and am buying the rest to catch up on the family. It's better than desperate housewives and I think that's a hoot!
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By A Customer on June 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was very disappointing. So many things could have been developed to make it exciting but none of them ever were.
The book doesnt seem to really have any ending. It felt like the last chapter must have been left out. I have read Bradford before and this has got to be her worst.
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By A Customer on June 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Emma Harte so much that I have been compelled to follow the stories of her offspring. I was incredibly disappointed to read Bradford's description of Evan's mother who struggles with bipolar illness. Her perspective of this condition is extremely negative and shows very little comprehension of the illness. Because of this glaring incongruity, it would be a real strain for me to continue to accept Bradford's credibililty. What else has she presented in a totally skewed manner? My reading of Bradford novels has come to an end.
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Format: Hardcover
With "Emma's Secret," Barbara Taylor Bradford returns yet again to the world of the Hartes. This story centers around the mystery of Evan Hughes, a young American woman who is somehow connected with the Hartes. Interspersed with this story is a look at how Emma, Blackie and the other original characters got through World War II. Compared to the other section of the book, this one just shines, making me wonder if perhaps this was cut from the original manuscript of "A Woman of Substance."
The rest of the story, I'm sorry to say, was just tame. The characters are a bit flat. and a lot of the original conflict and spark is leached out of the story. The ending also appears rushed. We get cameo appearances by Jonathan Ainsley, who is still sociopathic and evil, but never actually DOES anything, except lurk and make menacing speeches. Sarah Lowther also reappears, but it seems that she is now a sympathetic character, without a hint of rancor about how Paula summarily tossed her out of the family several years earlier. I found that incomprehensible. I also found the conflict between Tessa and Linnet somewhat unrealistic. The mystery never really held my interest and the open ending seemed rushed (or an invitation to buy the sequel?).
I'm giving this two stars for the great Emma Harte excerpts.
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By A Customer on May 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read Woman of Substance for the first time MANY years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I've read it several times since then... The sequels (i.e., Hold the Dream and To Be the Best) weren't as captivating as the original but they were 'good reads' nonetheless...
Emma's Secret is not of the calibre of those books. There isn't much of a story ... Emma's "secret "isn't really anything big or shocking... I think the only thing that I did enjoy was knowing more about Emma's family
The things that really bugged me about this book:
- It ends abruptly. When it ended, I actually flipped through it to make sure that I didn't miss any pages.
- For a sequel, it has SO MANY inconsistencies with the other books that you have to wonder if B.T.Bradford ever read her own books.
For example... they mention that Paula's father fired Jonathan and Sarah (they say it more than once) ... but we know that it was really Alexander ... someone finds a picture of 'Big Jack' and Winstor Sr.... and winston was wearing his 'navy uniform' .. but Jack and Winston never met after winston ran off to join the navy...
anyhow, there are numerous such inconsistences that really make it difficult for a 'fan' of the original books to take this book seriously
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Format: Hardcover
I read this one first! I loved it, and how tight the families were was a great story line. In this book Bradford puts a family tree of the Harte Clan which comes in very handy no matter which one of the books you're reading. Definitely on my Best Of Books of the year.
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