Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Born in Britain, she began her career as a typist at the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of sixteen, later serving as the fashion editor of Woman's Own Magazine and a feature writer at the London Evening News. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and became one of the top ten bestselling novels ever written.


Bradford has written 28 subsequent books that have sold over 89 million copies in more than 90 countries around the world. Several of her novels have been made into television miniseries and movies. In 1999, she became the first living female author to be featured on a postage stamp; in 2003, she was awarded a place in the Writers' Hall of Fame of America, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Order of the British Empire.

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Barbara Taylor Bradford Harte Family Saga: A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream, To Be the Best

Encompassing Barbara Taylor Bradford’s bestselling novel A Woman of Substance, the Harte Family Saga details the generations of strong women who built an empire, only to have to defend it from threats within their own family.
A Woman of Substance: From the servants' quarters of a manor house on the brooding Yorkshire moors to the helm of a profitable international business, Emma Harte's life is a sweeping saga of unbreakable spirit and resolve. There is only one man the indomitable Emma cannot have--and only one she yearns for.
Hold the Dream: As the founder and head of the indomitable business empire Harte Enterprises, Emma Harte is a woman of purpose. She has sacrificed everything to make sure her granddaughter, Paula McGill Farley, inherits her wealth and her corporation. But Paula has already inherited Emma's unbreakable will, and she has dreams of her own.
To Be the Best: The heiress to Emma Harte's international retail empire, Paula McGill O'Neill has grown to fill her legendary grandmother's shoes. But unbeknownst to her, new threats and old are converging to threaten everything Paula has fought for, and shake the very foundations of her grandmother's legacy.

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Act of Will

Bridging three generations, this sweeping saga from renowned bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford tells the story of three extraordinary women, and the acts of will that shape their lives.


Orphaned at a young age and later working as a servant to a wealthy suffragette, Audra Kenton finds the love of a lifetime—only to have it ripped away in an unforeseeable tragedy. Now she lives for only one reason: to give her daughter Christina, a gifted artist, everything she needs to succeed in life. But headstrong, vibrant Christina refuses to follow the path her mother has set for her and builds a global fashion empire in the heart of Manhattan. Soon a mother herself, Christina wants nothing so much as for her own daughter, Kyle, to lead the company when she’s gone. From humble beginnings to the heights of wealth and success, these three women face love, heartbreak, and betrayal—each to emerge triumphant in her own way.

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Hold the Dream

The continuation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s bestselling sensation A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream continues the saga of Emma Harte, a sweeping tale of heartbreak and triumph.


As the founder and head of the business empire Harte Enterprises, Emma Harte is a woman of purpose. She has sacrificed everything to make sure her granddaughter, Paula McGill Farley, inherits her wealth and her corporation.


But Paula has already inherited Emma’s unbreakable will, and she has dreams of her own. In taking on her grandmother’s mantle of power, Paula must face professional and personal challenges Emma could never have predicted--or protected her from. Beset by greed, jealousy, lies, and betrayal from those closest to her, Paula must ensure the security of her future--and shelter the true love she’s held secret for years.

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