Barbara Taylor Bradford is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Born in Britain, she began her career as a typist at the Yorkshire Evening Post at the age of sixteen, later serving as the fashion editor of Woman's Own Magazine and a feature writer at the London Evening News. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and became one of the top ten bestselling novels ever written.
Bradford has written 28 subsequent books that have sold over 89 million copies in more than 90 countries around the world. Several of her novels have been made into television miniseries and movies. In 1999, she became the first living female author to be featured on a postage stamp; in 2003, she was awarded a place in the Writers' Hall of Fame of America, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Order of the British Empire.
The continuation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s bestselling sensation A Woman of Substance, Hold the Dream continues the saga of Emma Harte, a sweeping tale of heartbreak and triumph.
As the founder and head of the business empire Harte Enterprises, Emma Harte is a woman of purpose. She has sacrificed everything to make sure her granddaughter, Paula McGill Farley, inherits her wealth and her corporation.
But Paula has already inherited Emma’s unbreakable will, and she has dreams of her own. In taking on her grandmother’s mantle of power, Paula must face professional and personal challenges Emma could never have predicted--or protected her from. Beset by greed, jealousy, lies, and betrayal from those closest to her, Paula must ensure the security of her future--and shelter the true love she’s held secret for years.
The third book in Barbara Taylor Bradford’s The Emma Harte Saga, To Be the Best continues the story of Emma Harte, which began with the bestselling novel A Woman of Substance.
The heiress to Emma Harte’s international retail empire, Paula McGill O’Neill has grown to fill her legendary grandmother’s shoes and become the woman she has always wanted to be. Coming into her own, she now keeps her grandmother’s vision alive with firm, confident control.
But unbeknownst to her, Paula faces threats from every side. Two families watch her carefully, each hoping for their own chance at the reins of power, and an old enemy lurks in the shadows, alert to any sign of weakness. When Paula’s unscrupulous cousin Jonathan returns, even more determined than ever to wrest away everything Paula has fought for, she must marshal all her strength and fortitude to defend her fortune and her family.
Nicky Wells is a driven and successful television correspondent who will go anywhere to get her story, even into treacherous war zones. But Nicky isn't as fearless as she seems. The love of her life, her fiancé Charles Devereaux, died in a drowning incident believed to be a suicide. Three years later, Nicky is still haunted by his death.
Clee Donovan is a successful photographic journalist, and a man who harbors an undeniable attraction to Nicky. Amidst the protests in Tiananmen Square, the two come together in sizzling passion. Following Clee to Provence, Nicky finally lets herself believe in a life after Charles.
But while watching a television news report of a fatal shooting in Rome, Nicky spots a familiar face in the crowd--Charles. Consumed by the belief that her fiancé may still be alive, she pursues a series of enigmatic clues across Europe, relying on every journalistic skill she has to get to the bottom of a dangerous mystery.