Beginning with A Woman of Substance, all of Barbara Taylor Bradford's novels have been met with huge success, and her popularity only increases with each new book she writes. Seven of her novels have already been adapted for television, including the Emmy-nominated A Woman of Substance, starring Deborah Kerr and Liam Neeson, and the hit Everything to Gain, featuring Sean Young, Jack Scalia, Charles Shaughnessy and Samantha Eggar.
Stephanie Jardine is the protagonist of this moving novel about family secrets, betrayals, revenge, redemption and the healing power of love. At 47, Stevie is at the apex of her career and life, running the American branch of Jardine's, the prestigious Crown Jewellers of London. Finally at terms with her long widowhood, Stevie now draws emotional strength and contentment from her work and family. Then an unexpected act of violence committed by a stranger on the other side of the world plunges Stevie into turmoil and despair.
In order to save her injured daughter's life and ensure her future, Stevie must go back to her past and confront a devastating relationship. As she battles to save her daughter, Stevie comes to understand both how fragile life really is and how it can be ineluctably changed by others when we least expect it.
As she has shown in the past, Barbara Taylor Bradford has that rare gift of understanding the bonds of family, the immutability of the past and the importance of forgiveness. Power of a Woman is ultimately the story of a woman who at one moment in time is the innocent victim of a stranger's vengeance, yet who manages in the end to triumph through her own inner power as a woman.
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Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and was a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post at 16. By the age of 20 she had graduated to London's Fleet Street as both an editor and columnist.
In 1979, she wrote her first novel, A Woman of Substance, and that enduring bestseller was followed by 12 others: Voice of the Heart, Hold the Dream, Act of Will, To Be the Best, The Women in His Life, Remember, Angel, Everything to Gain, Dangerous to Know, Love in Another Town, Her Own Rules and A Secret Affair.
Of these titles, 10 have been made into television miniseries or are currently in production. Her novels have sold more than 56 million copies worldwide in more than 88 countries and 38 languages. Barbara Taylor Bradford lives in New York City and Connecticut with her husband, film producer Robert Bradford. Her most recent novel, Power of a Woman, is on sale now.From AudioFile:
At 47, Stevie Jardine is a widow, mother of four, and the CEO of one of London's most illustrious jewelry empires. She finds fulfillment from her career, friends, and family, but her happiness is marred by a dark secret. When a random act of violence leaves her beloved daughter in a coma, Stevie must put aside her pride and revisit a painful past. Janet McTeer's performance sensitively explores family mysteries, betrayals, and loyalties. Her voice is whispery and intimate, as if sharing delicious secrets with listeners, leading them into a world of elegant gems, haute couture, and remarkable women. Barbara Taylor Bradford's compassion and understanding of human nature infuse her work with just the right touches of conflict, love, and redemption to satisfy her many fans. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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