Trade Ed. Audio Renaissance 2003
CS ISBN 1559277955 $39.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 1559277963 $29.95 Five CDs
Evan Hughes is told by her dying grandmother to "Find Emma Harte," founder of an internationally famous department store. Once in London, Evan finds the store brilliantly run by Emma's granddaughter but learns Emma died thirty years before. She snags a job at Harte's as a fashion assistant, and it's hard for anyone to miss Evan's striking resemblance to the Harte family. Speculation and rumors dissolve after Emma's diaries are discovered and her secret is revealed. Kate Burton's pleasing voice and impeccable diction precisely capture the mood, convincing accents, and personalities of the ultra-rich and famous. She handles sibling rivalries and romantic intrigues with finesse. While an abridgment doesn't do justice to this sprawling family saga, Barbara Taylor Bradford's fourth foray into Emma Harte's dynasty will doubtless please devotees. S.J.H.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]