The new blockbuster from one of the world's greatest storytellers continues where Unexpected Blessings left off, charting the varying fortunes of the great-granddaughter of Emma Harte - the original Woman of Substance - and the powerful Harte clan. ...
Love, passion, duty and honour collide as the members of this extraordinary dynasty try to protect their family name at all costs. The spirit of Emma Harte lives on in Linnet, her great granddaughter who has inherited all her business flair. Barely thirty, Linnet is lined up to take over as head of Harte's. But the business is troubled and she believes radical change is needed. Her aunt, Paula, disagrees. A bitter falling-out creates a rift - one that Linnet has no time to heal before tragedy strikes. She must dig into the past, and discover how Emma herself faced adversity to build her empire, in order to survive the challenges that lie ahead of her. Her cousins, Emma's other great granddaughters, are supportive, but Tessa has left her husband and fallen in love with a Frenchman, and India dreams of a new life in Ireland, so Linnet can no longer rely on them to help with the family business. Evan, Emma's newly arrived American great granddaughter, has concerns of her own: her sister has formed an alliance with a dangerous enemy of the Harte clan. A bitter divide threatens the security of the entire family.