A Woman of Substance

By Barbara Taylor Bradford,

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The unputdownable multi-million copy bestseller charting the rags to riches story of Emma Harte

With new Foreword from Fern Britton.

In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she…

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2 authors picked A Woman of Substance as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is a spellbinding story that follows the extraordinary journey of a poverty-stricken, young, ambitious woman who worked tirelessly, sacrificed endlessly, endured being used by the unscrupulous, and numerous other sufferings, eventually becoming one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.

It made me feel empowered and gave me the courage to confront and be victorious over many of my own adversities. I think every woman who reads this book will be inspired and strive to be a woman of substance.

From Patricia's list on women who confront societal norms.

This book took me into the heart and mind of a woman in a transparent way that made me feel as if I was there with her, as a young girl working as a maid to the high-powered woman she became, when women weren’t supposed to have power! It was a true saga the way I believe they were always meant to be written, where every dramatic scene and experience of the heroine’s life are rich and multidimensional. This story had truly unusual and unforgettable characters who never did or said exactly what you expected!

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