It’s been many years since I read Barbara Taylor Bradford’s debut novel A Woman of Substance with the young, impoverished and unforgettable character Emma Harte, in which many of us including myself have fallen in love with. While Emma’s Secret is good, it is not great like A Woman of Substance, in which kick started the series.
The story starts off in present day with the great grandchildren of Emma Harte who are now in power of her dynasty. Naturally, there are power struggles and not everyone gets along with one another. Somewhere in the middle of the novel it goes back to the war years of 1940 with Emma Harte, which is a good thing or else the novel would not have been as good with Emma Harte’s secret or what happened to Emma during the war years since the secret was never revealed during the war years.
There is a beautiful love letter written by Emma’s love Paul that will reach into the depths of your soul, which you wish you were the recipient of such a letter. However, Bradford could have left out the sleazy sex scenes since it was not necessary to the telling of the story and only deterred from it.
Emma’s Secret is about emotion, drama, mystery and suspense, in which we only expect from a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel that showcases the storytelling power and fills our imagination and leaves us with a taste desiring more. Emma is the caliber of woman we all wish we could become. She is a phenomenon, a plethora of information ranging from haute couture, jewels, great art, French furniture and antiques. A true class act in herself.
For more information on the author Barbara Taylor Bradford, please visit her website at http://www.barbarataylorbradford.com for more information.
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