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Just released, "To Be the Best" is the fascinating final chapter in best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's "Woman of Substance" trilogy. Threatened with losing the Harte empire, Paula O'Neill (Lindsay Wagner of "Scruples" fame) struggles to save her grandmother's legacy while remaining true to her own life. Also starring Academy AwardŽ winner Sir Anthony Hopkins and Stephanie Beacham ("Secrets, Dynasty").
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For those who have relished the first two installments of Barbara Taylor Bradford's beloved Emma Harte trilogy, To Be the Best offers a satisfying close to the story. Viewers should begin with A Woman of Substance, in which Emma, determined to ruin the upper-class family who wronged her, achieves her dream of becoming one of the richest women in the world. Next is Hold the Dream, in which Emma's granddaughter Paula inherits her retail empire and struggles to find balance between her high-powered business dealings and her longing for romance. Finally, in the close of the trilogy, To Be the Best, Paula (Lindsay Wagner) comes into her own as a woman, mother, wife, and businesswoman.
While not as captivating as the first parts of the trilogy, To Be the Best has its strengths, including a standout performance from Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins, who plays Paula's chief of security. Thanks to Hopkins's performance, what might otherwise have seemed like a long-lost episode of Dynasty is also part espionage thriller. As Paula gets inveigled into a series of compromising business situations in Hong Kong, it is her dapper and debonair chief of security who repeatedly saves the day. --Tara ChaceFrom the Back Cover:
Barbara Taylor Bradford's much-loved trilogy that began with A Woman of Substance is made complete with To Be the Best, a tale of love, betrayal and family feud set in exotic Hong King, London and New York. Paula O'Neill - Emma Harte's favorite granddaughter and successor - struggles to save the retail empire built by her grandmother, while also striving to salvage her marriage and family life. When her evil doing cousins threaten to take it all away form her, Paula is determined to continue "to be the best."
Lindsay Wagner (Once in a Lifetime) stars as Paula O'Neill, the determined granddaughter of the heroine of . Also stars Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Stephanie Beacham (Dynasty, Secrets) and Christopher Cazenove (Dead Man's Island).
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