Meredith Stratton, at forty-four the owner of six elegant international inns, is about to celebrate her daughter's engagement. At this seemingly happy time in her life she begins to suffer from a strange illness that baffles everyone. Her doctor cannot find a physical cause for her debilitating symptoms, and desperate for answers, she seeks the help of a psychiatrist. Through therapy, Meredith peels back the layers of her life to discover the truth behind her most careful creation -- herself.
Determined to get well, Meredith traces her roots back to another country, where she learns about childhood experiences that dramatically changed her life. What she discovers is the key not only to the past but to her future happiness and fulfillment as a woman.
Told with the power, drama, and emotion found in her previous bestsellers, Barbara Taylor Bradford addresses the universal themes of love and loss, passage and renewal, and the inexplicable twists of fate that shape our lives. She has once again created a memorable character with whom readers will empathize and admire -- a woman who has always had the courage to live by her own rules.
Moving from the Connecticut countryside to the busy streets and suites of London, Paris, and New York, to the pastoral beauty of a chateau in the Loire Valley, Her Own Rules is an exciting and suspenseful novel about secrets, survival, redemption, and love.
Performed by Lynn Redgrave
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A successful, talented woman's search for her true identity is at the heart of Barbara Taylor Bradford's suspenseful new novel, Her Own Rules. As always, the bestselling novelist, beloved the world over, has captured expertly the soul of her accomplished strong-willed heroine, while infusing her page-turning narrative with unexpected events and taut psychological surprises.
Meredith Stratton us, in many ways, a self-made woman. As the hardworking founder of Havens, Inc., a group of luxury inns in New England, England, and France, she heads a thriving multinational company that is poised for further expansion. A single mother now in her forties, Meredith has raised two gifted children, Cat, an illustrator, and Jonathan, a law student at Yale. But, despite her achievements, Meredith is haunted by an unhappy childhood, much of which she no longer remembers.
As usual, Barbara Taylor Bradford seamlessly weaves extensive research into her narrative to lend her story an unequaled verisimilitude. Focusing on her native Yorkshire, the author recreates a world that holds special meaning not only for her characters, but for the novelist herself. Her Own Rules is vintage Barbara Taylor Bradford -- an enduring story of a remarkable woman.About the Author:
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and was a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post at sixteen. By the age of twenty 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, ten 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.
Lynn Redgrave has had an extraordinary career, encompassing two Oscar® nominations, two Tony® nominations and one Emmy® nomination. She has starred in such films as Gods and Monsters, Shine and Georgy Girl.
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