Emma's Secret: A Novel of the Harte Family

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Written By: Barbara Taylor Bradford

Narrated By: Kate Burton

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: January 2004

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes


The legendary Emma Harte, heroine of A Woman of Substance, returns in Emma's Secret, an audiobook that showcases the storytelling power of Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Paula O'Neill, beloved granddaughter of Emma Harte and the guardian of her vast business empire, believes that everything Emma left to the family is secure. However, beneath the surface, sibling rivalry and discontent flare. Linnet and Tessa, her daughters, are as different as two women can be. One of them wants desperately for the empire to be hers but has a devastating secret that may put her very life in danger.
Into this volatile mix walks Evan Hughes, a young American fashion designer who is looking for Emma Harte. But Emma has been dead for thirty years. And Evan bears an uncanny resemblance to Paula O'Neill. Troubled by Evan's presence, Paula turns to her grandmother's recently discovered wartime diaries to find the truth, and Emma comes vividly back to life.
The decades fall away. It is London in 1940: the Blitz. Emma, working hard under war-time conditions, is also holding her family together as bombs drop, sirens wail, and her sons go off to war. While she struggles with grief, her indomitability, willpower, and strength come to the fore. As the pages unfurl, Paula discovers the secret Emma took to the grave to protect others, a secret whose repercussions inevitably change lives and may shake a dynasty to its very foundations.


  • Lauren

    I thought this was one of the better books in the series. It was easy to follow along with, even though it had many flashbacks to Emma's life. I recommend it.

  • Anonymous

    Having been a fan of Barbara Taylor Bradford for over 15 years, I wasn't too fond of Emma's Secret. Paula was always the one who was so much like her Grandmother but now it's Linnet whose the visionary that is so much like her Gran. What's up with that? While the rest of the clan behaved like spoiled brats. I'm not too anxious to see what the next generation of Hartes will be like; they seem to get weaker and weaker; which is what Emma was not.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the lovely English reading voice and the story was okay, too.

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