Barbara Taylor Bradford returns with a novel that chronicles the life of the legendardy Emma Harte, whom we first met in A Woman of Substance. It also brings to life the Harte family -- the loyalties, the betrayals, and the passions of a dynasty. Emotion, drama, suspense, intrigue, and passion fill the pages in a spellbinding novel that only Barbara Taylor Bradford could write.
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St. Martin's Press
January 05, 2004
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Excerpt from Emma's Secret by Barbara Taylor Bradford
It was a blustery morning.
The penetrating wind blowing in from the North Sea was laden with moisture, and the dampness was heavy on the air, and icy. Linnet O'Neill felt as though it were seeping into her bones.
She huddled further into her thick, loden green wool coat and tied her scarf tighter around her head. Then, thrusting her gloved hands into her pockets, she trudged on, doggedly following the winding path which would bring her to the crest of the moors.
After a moment she lifted her head and glanced up.
Above her, the arc of the sky appeared hollowed out, resembled the inside of a vast, polished bowl. It was the color of steel, its metallic grayness relieved by a few scudding clouds, pale and wispy in the clear, crystalline light so peculiar to these northern climes. It was an eerie light that seemed to emanate from some hidden source below the horizon.
When she'd set out to walk up into the high country which soared above Pennistone Royal, Linnet had anticipated rain, but the massed black clouds of earlier had been scuttled by the gusting wind.
Since she had lived here all her life, she knew about the weather and its unpredictability, knew that the skies of Yorkshire were ever-changing. By lunchtime the sun could easily be creeping out from behind the grayness to fill the heavens with radiance, or rain might be slashing down in a relentless stream.