Unexpected Blessings

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9780312307042: Unexpected Blessings

The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers delves into the life of Emma Harte--the original Woman of Substance--and the ambitious, passionate, and volatile women of the next generations.

Evan, Tessa, Linnet, and India: four remarkable women. Three generations of Hartes. One indomitable family whose loyalty binds them together and whose enemies want to tear them apart.

Evan Hughes, Emma's American great-granddaughter, is trying to integrate into the powerful Harte family. She is caught between her estranged parents, her new family, and her new love. But a dangerous enemy hovers in the background.

Tessa Longden, Evan's cousin, is battling her husband for custody of their daughter, Adele. When Adele suddenly goes missing, Tessa is forced to seek help from her half-sister Linnet-a woman who has been her rival all their lives.

Linnet, the most brilliant businesswoman of the four great-granddaughters, is desperately trying to show that she is the natural heir to her mother, Paula. But her glittering future at the helm of the vast Harte empire means many sacrifices, perhaps even the loss of her sister's fragile trust.

And India Standish, the traditionalist in the family, falls in love with a famous British artist from a working-class background. Madly in love, India is determined to marry him, no matter what her family thinks.

It is Evan who finds new perspective about her own life from the revelations in letters that Emma wrote to Evan's grandmother decades ago. But they may come too late....

As conflict and danger swirl around the Harte women, someone is pulling the strings to make sure none of them finds happiness. Who among them will rise to the challenges as only a true Harte can do? This latest dramatic story in the ongoing saga of an extraordinary family dynasty is full of love, passion, jealousy, and ambition. It is Barbara Taylor Bradford at her inimitable best.

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Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford...

"Barbara Taylor Bradford is the storyteller of substance."
- The Times (London)

"An extravagant, absorbing novel of love, courage, ambition, war, death, and passion."
- The New York Times on A Woman of Substance

"Pure gold."
- Cosmopolitan on Act of Will

"Legions of readers will be satisfied by the romantic fortunes of the cultured, wealthy, and powerful people she evokes."
- Publishers Weekly on The Women in His Life

"Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world's best at spinning yarns."
- The Guardian (UK) on Dangerous to Know

...And Emma's Secret

"A page-turner!"
- New York Post

"Readers who loved A Woman of Substance will enjoy Emma's Secret."
- Denver Post

"Promises to tantalize, mesmerize, and titillate readers of all ages. It has all the Bradford touches: strong and swift plot, hints of secrets about to be revealed...spellbinding."
- Roanoke Times

"It will be appreciated by those with an irresistible desire to follow the further adventures of the Harte clan."
- Publishers Weekly

"You're certain these are living, breathing people."
- USA Weekend

--A Main Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club--

About the Author:

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by nineteen others, most recently Emma's Secret. Her novels have sold more than seventy-five million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten miniseries and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.

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