A Woman of Substance: A Dynastic Novel of Money and Power, Passion and Revenge by Barbara Taylor Bradford

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A Woman of Substance:  A Dynastic Novel of Money and Power, Passion and Revenge by Barbara Taylor Bradford is a 755-page hardcover published in 1979 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.  The price-clipped dust jacket is in poor condition, with numerous chips, tears, and discoloration.  Inside, the half-cloth cover has minor bumping to the spine.  Otherwise, the book is in very good condition, with clean unmarked pages and tight, straight binding. 

Book Summary

Emma Harte Lowther Ainsley is seventy-eight years old and one of the richest, most powerful women in the world.  Self-reliant and ruthless, she uses money as a weapon and adversity as a tool.  

In her poverty-stricken youth, Emma exhibited an uncommon amount of initiative and intelligence even as a maidservant on a Yorkshire estate.  Pregnant and unwed at fifteen, she fled her shameful situation to seek anonymity in a grimy manufacturing town.  Here the cogs of machinery would become wheels of fortune for the enterprising young woman.  Her business began as a small food shop of homemade treats and expanded into a major department store.  At the age of twenty-five she was a successful businesswoman, and by fifty she was an international corporate power. 

Emma's ambition, sacrifice, and fearless optimism had built a financial empire deficient in only one commodity--personal happiness.  Between ill-fated romances and discordant marriages she fought death, war, even her own children, plus the haunting memory of her first love.  Only two men--one a friend, one a lover--would tear Emma's mind away from the all-absorbing business with which she tried to fill her empty heart.  One would be a source of strength throughout her days, the other would produce the most devastating crisis of her long life.

A long and satisfying novel of money, power, and passion with contrasting glimpses of the stark realities of poverty alongside the grandeur and opulence of the English gentry.

ISBN:  0-385-12050-8