To Be the Best (Isis)

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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford has captivated millions of readers with her sweeping saga of power, wealth, and family secrets. Now the legacy of matriarch Emma Harte lives in one woman's inspiring challenge to be the best...

DRIVEN BY LOVE
Paula McGill O'Neill learned the lessons of success from the master―merchant princess Emma Harte, her grandmother, her teacher, her idol. Left to Paula, the legacy of Emma's international empire still thrives as the strong-willed heiress wields control with hard-earned compassion―and well-earned suspicion of every secret threat.

INSPIRED BY SUCCESS
Blessed grandchild, super-wife, and loving mother, Paula has one desire―to keep her grandmother's visionary dream alive, and through sacrifice and ambition carve out an empire of her own. But every move has been shadowed by two families whose fortunes are intertwined with hers―and by an unscrupulous blood enemy moving in for the kill...

CHALLENGED BY BETRAYAL
Once banished from the family fold, Paula's cousin Jonathan has emerged from the darkness to wrest control of everything he wants―and destroy all that Paula has fought for. Now, sweeping across the world, and testing her most intimate fears and emotions, Paula's struggle to safeguard her happiness and her family's future becomes her ultimate challenge.

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About the Author:

Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 25 bestselling novels, including Playing the Game, Breaking the Rules, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman of Substance, in 1979, and it has become an enduring bestseller.

Barbara Taylor Bradford's books are published in over 90 countries in 40 languages, with sales figures in excess of 82 million. Ten of her novels have been adapted into television mini-series starring actors including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Liam Neeson, Deborah Kerr and Elizabeth Hurley. She has been inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America, and in June of 2007, Barbara was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to Literature.

She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford, to whom all her novels are dedicated, and their Bichon Frise dogs, who sit under her desk while she writes.

From Publishers Weekly:

Bradford's trilogy on "merchant prince" Emma Harte and her many heirs began with the runaway bestsellers A Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream. This final book picks up the story a decade after Emma's death, when the third generation has the thriving businesses she started well in hand. Heading up the family is Paula McGill O'Neill, who runs the luxurious department stores that anchor the Harte empire. Super-wife and mother Paula brings a whirlwind of energy to that exacting job; as a result of her near-perfect efficiency, the first half of the book seems rather saccharine. But Jonathan Ainsley, an unscrupulous cousin she had banished from the fold, is waiting to move in for the kill when Paula indulges her desire to carve out a fiefdom of her own, risking everything by overextending her resources. Although this lengthy battle for supremacy is the focal point, a host of dramatic subplots continues the amorous, sorrowful and shady doings of the O'Neills and the Kallinskis, two families whose fortunes are entwined with the Hartes. Despite constant jet-setting between glamorous watering places, these wealthy lifestyles are beginning to be awfully repetitious. Fans will welcome this new installment, but it's impossible not to agree with many of the characters who sigh about the drive and vigor lost along with that elegant pirate Emma Harte. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club dual main selections.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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