To Be the Best

New York Times bestselling authorBarbara Taylor Bradford has captivated millions of readers with her sweeping saga of power, wealth, and family secrets. Now the legacy of matriarch Emma Harte lives in one woman's inspiring challenge to be the best…


Paula McGill O'Neill learned the lessons of success from the master--merchant princess Emma Harte, her grandmother, her teacher, her idol. Left to Paula, the legacy of Emma's international empire still thrives as the strong-willed heiress wields control with hard-earned compassion--and well-earned suspicion of every secret threat.

Blessed grandchild, super-wife, and loving mother, Paula has one desire--to keep her grandmother's visionary dream alive, and through sacrifice and ambition carve out an empire of her own. But every move has been shadowed by two families whose fortunes are intertwined with hers--and by an unscrupulous blood enemy moving in for the kill…

Once banished from the family fold, Paula's cousin Jonathan has emerged from the darkness to wrest control of everything he wants--and destroy all that Paula has fought for. Now, sweeping across the world, and testing her most intimate fears and emotions, Paula's struggle to safeguard her happiness and her family's future becomes her ultimate challenge.

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By Joanne (Darwin, NT, Australia) · ★☆☆☆☆ · May 19, 2012
Memories of "Woman of Substance" led me to pick this one up from my mum's bookshelf, but after 50 pages I gave up. None of the characters had engaged me by then, and the plot didn't either. The lengthy and seemingly pointless detail about clothing and decor was still there though.

I enjoyed the f... ...more
By Lexi (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · January 03, 2015
Final book of the year! I finished this one tonight, just squeaking it into the 2014 totals. I'm pretty sure I Mooched my copy, as it is a used book, and about the only place I get my used books is from BookMooch, so...

I was reading this book while staying with my family over Christmas, and I wa... ...more
By Bookscmc (Mesa, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · June 16, 2009
I was anxious and excited to pick up this book to continue the saga.

Still the first of the trilogy, A Woman of Substance, rings true as my favorite of them all.

I did enjoy this one though as well. ...more
By Karen (The United States) · ★★★★★ · September 16, 2014
The Harte Family bats all their runners in!!

I Love family epics! This book filled all my expectations! Barbara Taylor Bradford is a pro with these novels!! I plan to read the entire series with hanky in hand. The characters are so real, you will mourn them for a long while, but just when you thin... ...more
By Joanne (Monument, CO) · ★★★★☆ · August 03, 2014
Im so glad to discover this series so many years after i first read a woman of substance! Ill begin the next book tonight! ...more
By Kristy (Kathmandu, 00, Nepal) · ★★★★☆ · March 26, 2015
Absolutely perfect. A great combination of love, family honor and the dedication to uphold it. ...more
By Lisa (Alpharetta, GA) · ★★★★★ · March 06, 2015
an girl-power series ...more
By Patti (Saskatoon, SK, Canada) · ★★★★☆ · March 06, 2014
This was the 1st book of her's that I have read. It was the last book of a trilogy. I felt like I hadn't missed anything. Well written, well laid out with the characters. Lots of foreshadowing, but lots of unexpected surprises with the characters. I loved it. ...more
By Anne Marie (Tappan, NY) · ★★★★★ · October 19, 2012

Loved this third book in the series too. I really want to buy the movies! Still noticed a lot of drinking, and also wanted to mention that it still bothers me that Anthony and Emily had to marry their cousins. Is this an English thing? Is this normal? I think new characters or existing non-relat... ...more
By Emma (The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 11, 2011
A have to read (in that you want to know what happens next) if you have read the two pre-quels to this. However, too corporate, too much of remixing what's happended before.

Still a good read bu not as good as the other two. After this she should have stopped. ...more