Emma's Secret

Version: Abridged
Author: Jennifer Enderlin , Barbara Taylor Bradford
Narrator: Kate Burton
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (3)

Emma's Secret

Written by Lauren on July 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Emma's Secret

Written by Anonymous from Dallas, TX on April 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

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.

Emma's Secret

Written by Anonymous on April 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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

Author Details

Author Details

Taylor Bradford, Barbara

"For twenty years, Barbara Taylor Bradford has been one of the world's most cherished storytellers, selling more than 60 million books in 39 languages in 89 countries. It all started in 1979 when Doubleday published the novelist's saga of the indomitable Emma Harte, which stayed on The New York Times bestseller lists for 15 months. A Woman of Substance was followed by 13 other bestsellers, including two sequels about the Harte family. Her 15th book, A Sudden Change of Heart, now available in paperback, marks the author's return to Doubleday as well as the 20th anniversary of A Woman of Substance.

Like the leading characters in her books, Barbara Taylor Bradford is a strong, hard-working woman who has risen to the top of her profession. For three years in a row, the London Daily Mail ranked her as #1 on the list of highest-earning British women (excluding Queen Elizabeth). In February 1998, the upscale British glossy Harper's & Queen, afforded her the same distinction.

A New Yorker since her marriage to film producer Robert Bradford 35 years ago, Barbara Taylor Bradford continues to maintain her down-to-earth Yorkshire work ethic and sense of humor. When the only child of Freed and Winston Taylor announced at 16 that she wouldn't go to the University of Leeds because she wanted to get on with her writing career, her parents were concerned about her future. They needn't have worried.

Barbara Taylor began her career as a typist at the Yorkshire Evening Post. ""I was promoted to cub reporter in six months, probably because I ruined lots of their expensive paper with my bad typing,"" Bradford says. By age 18 she was the newspaper's Women's Page Editor (the youngest one in all of England), and two years later she worked in London as Fashion Editor of Women's Own, a leading national magazine. Then Barbara Taylor became a reporter, covering every beat from crime to show business, for London's Evening News.

Despite her early decision to leave schooling behind, Barbara Taylor Bradford now holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leeds. The University's Brotherton Library also houses her original manuscripts which are displayed next to those other famous Yorkshire writers, the Bront‰ sisters. She also holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of Bradford in Yorkshire and Connecticut's Teikyo Post University.

Barbara Taylor Bradford serves on the Board of PAL, the Police Athletic League, a charity for underprivileged children, and is on the Council of the Authors Guild of America. She became an American citizen in 1992. She and her husband now share a Manhattan home complete with two adorable fluffy white Bichon Fris‚s, Chammi (Champagne) and Beaji (Bijoux)."

Holmes, Steena

After writing her first novel while working as a receptionist, Steena Holmes made her dream of being a full-time writer a reality. She won the National Indie Excellence Book Award in 2012 for her bestselling novel Finding Emma. Now both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Steena continues to write stories that touch every parent s heart in one way or another.