Book Review: A Woman of Substance

woman of substance

After having watched the TV production of A Woman of Substance I knew I had to read the book!

I have to confess I am a bit partial to a family saga and this certainly ticks all the boxes for what I love about them. A wonderfully woven family with Emma Harte at the centre.

You would be forgiven for thinking how could a maid go to be one of the richest women in the world. That’s the difference between just watching the TV production and reading the book. Emma is portrayed more selfishly on screen than in the book where she uses more market insight to get her to the top. Somehow Barbara Taylor Bradford makes you feel anything is possible for you to achieve.

You find yourself cheering alongside Emma as she takes more and more from the Fairley family that wronged her as a teenager. What the TV production fails to show is how Edwina grows more resentful to her mother than the other children. Even though Emma had done all this work through her life for her you feel sad that to save her daughter it cost her relationship with her too

I give this book 5/5


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