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This story moves between Britain, America and Hong Hong, as Paula O'Neill, the favourite grandchild to whom Emma Harte entrusted the Harte retail empire, is confronted by a conspiracy that threatens to destroy her inheritance. This story moves between Britain, America and Hong Hong, as Paula O'Neill, the favourite grandchild to whom Emma Harte entrusted the Harte retail empire, is confronted by a conspiracy that threatens to destroy her inheritance.


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This story moves between Britain, America and Hong Hong, as Paula O'Neill, the favourite grandchild to whom Emma Harte entrusted the Harte retail empire, is confronted by a conspiracy that threatens to destroy her inheritance. This story moves between Britain, America and Hong Hong, as Paula O'Neill, the favourite grandchild to whom Emma Harte entrusted the Harte retail empire, is confronted by a conspiracy that threatens to destroy her inheritance.

30 review for To Be the Best

  1. 4 out of 5

    Theresa (bookbliss925)

    The characters in this series are some of my all time favorites. I’ve read this series several times and I never get tired of spending time with them. I feel like I am part of the family and go through their challenges and rejoice in their triumphs right along with them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    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 first book about Emma Harte, but this one doesn't live up to her legacy unfortunately. I don't like writing negative reviews but in this case, I'm not worrying that my humble opinion will damage BTB's sal 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 first book about Emma Harte, but this one doesn't live up to her legacy unfortunately. I don't like writing negative reviews but in this case, I'm not worrying that my humble opinion will damage BTB's sales one iota!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mirah W

    Good book in the series about Emma Harte...but, I think Woman of Substance is the best of the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Iacob

    I just can’t put this series down. Onto the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lynette Vienna

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book it has been well written l am slowly reading them all and so far enjoyed this one the best

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caroline G'wattage

    I LOVE Barbara Taylor Bradford ! Read Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream, the first two books of the Emma Harte series. I think these two books are a MUST read before you read this book. Starting the first few chapters of the book, was getting familiar with the characters again, and remembering their story, l had to think a little, but slowly it came together, and l was on track again. The main characters l loved Paula and Shane, Mandy and Phillip, Emily and Winston, Anthony and Sara, Alexander, I LOVE Barbara Taylor Bradford ! Read Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream, the first two books of the Emma Harte series. I think these two books are a MUST read before you read this book. Starting the first few chapters of the book, was getting familiar with the characters again, and remembering their story, l had to think a little, but slowly it came together, and l was on track again. The main characters l loved Paula and Shane, Mandy and Phillip, Emily and Winston, Anthony and Sara, Alexander, as well as Paula’s cousin Jonathan and his interesting wife Arabella. Everything is all blissful in the Harte family in the beginning. Paula inherited Harte’ s enterprise, and has great employees. Then we get familiar with the characters, things turn, as any family saga develops, some situations happen you will have tears in your eyes, and also turns in great suspense. We discover the true story of what happens to Anthony’s first wife, we learn of Alexander’s fatal illness, then the story of Maddy is happily married and pregnant, and takes an unexpected turn. Shane is devastated over one of his hotels. So many dramas happening in the Harte family but overall Paula is the one who proves she is Emma Harte all over again. FANTASTIC READING ! Could not put it down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Grissett

    Suspense I have to admit that when I started the book it did not capture my interest. Yet you need to become familiar with the characters in the book. It's mainly about Paula and Shane, Maddy and Phillip, Anthony and Sara, Alexander as well as Paula's cousin Jonathan and his wife Arabella., and more. Everything appears blissful at the beginning. Paula inherited Harte's enterprise, and she has a great team that works for her. Then, when we get familiar with the characters things take a turn, some Suspense I have to admit that when I started the book it did not capture my interest. Yet you need to become familiar with the characters in the book. It's mainly about Paula and Shane, Maddy and Phillip, Anthony and Sara, Alexander as well as Paula's cousin Jonathan and his wife Arabella., and more. Everything appears blissful at the beginning. Paula inherited Harte's enterprise, and she has a great team that works for her. Then, when we get familiar with the characters things take a turn, some of the things that will happen will have you in tears and suspense. We discover the true story of what happened to Anthony's first wife, we learn of Alexander's fatal illness, then the story of Maddy who is happily married and pregnant and takes an unexpected turn, Shane loses his hotel due to a fire, Jonathan is out to take Harte"s away from Paula. Very good read, recommend reading the book to the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    LOVE THE ENTIRE SERIES

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This is a continuation of the Emma Harte saga. Emma Harte was the matriarch of a large family and she amassed a huge fortune with many companies including several upscale department stores. When she passed away she gave her many grandchildren the companies she thought they could manage. This book covers many of the grandchildren but is predominately about her granddaughter Paula who inherited the Harte Department stores and took the place of her grandmother as overseer of Emma's empire. Its a story This is a continuation of the Emma Harte saga. Emma Harte was the matriarch of a large family and she amassed a huge fortune with many companies including several upscale department stores. When she passed away she gave her many grandchildren the companies she thought they could manage. This book covers many of the grandchildren but is predominately about her granddaughter Paula who inherited the Harte Department stores and took the place of her grandmother as overseer of Emma's empire. Its a story of love, greed, tragedy, family loyalty and success. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookscmc

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bette

    Could not hold my interest

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mari Pacheco

    That was a weird read. It has been at least five years since I read the book before this one on the series, and in the beginning I thought that was the reason why I was finding everything so strange. But it's not that. I feel like this book is in a very different writing style, with a lot of time jumps and tangled plot lines. It was hard to understand sometimes and I must say, the amount of ambiance descriptions drove me absolutely nuts. I was getting more and more irritated and had the put the boo That was a weird read. It has been at least five years since I read the book before this one on the series, and in the beginning I thought that was the reason why I was finding everything so strange. But it's not that. I feel like this book is in a very different writing style, with a lot of time jumps and tangled plot lines. It was hard to understand sometimes and I must say, the amount of ambiance descriptions drove me absolutely nuts. I was getting more and more irritated and had the put the book down sometimes, take some deep breaths, and try to focus before move on.The first two on the series are among my favorites books and I really hope that the next one follow more on that line!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Thomas

    Amazing series...will continue to read them! Was loaned the first one and then there was no looking back. Once I started the book I knew I was going to read them all. Brilliant characters and intriguing story line spanning a century.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darlene LEE (Patti Lee)

    Another Winner I'm re-reading these books, having read them as they were originally written and published. Now some 30+ years later I'm enjoying them even more 😍 Page turning life unfolds before your eyes. BRB at her best Another Winner I'm re-reading these books, having read them as they were originally written and published. Now some 30+ years later I'm enjoying them even more 😍 Page turning life unfolds before your eyes. BRB at her best

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read this and the two proceeding books because i actually bought the fourth book not knowing it was a series. This book is really just ok. It's a little bit predictable and cheesy. I read this and the two proceeding books because i actually bought the fourth book not knowing it was a series. This book is really just ok. It's a little bit predictable and cheesy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debra Allen

    Lots of words If you like scenery, fashion, and feelings descriptions, you will like this book. Predictable plotting by this third book in the saga.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie O'brien

    Amazing continuation ....

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori Vieira

    This is going on the DNF list. The characters are obnoxious.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Oyindasola Daniel

    GOOD BOOK

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan Watts

    My favourite of the series so far. Glamour, jewels, international travel, love affairs, loss and treachery. Fabulous escapism.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Booksnack

    It's about Paula, Emma's favorite granddaughter. It's about Paula, Emma's favorite granddaughter.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    3.5 stars A little slow starting but then it gets good. Am going on to the fourth book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juline Anderson

    Loved it

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Heisler

    It’s a huge read, over 700 pages, it didn’t really keep me riveted, didn’t have a great ending either!

  25. 5 out of 5

    dave mccready

    An Enchanting Delight A captivating story of cosmopolitan families, their business empires and the inevitable drama therein. Love the writing of Barbara Taylor Bradford.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maxine Hargreaves

    Really enjoyed this third instalment of the Emma hart series. Next book, bring it in :-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kupperblatt

    Was on the edge of my seat at times! Loved it just as much as the first time I read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Manar

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This excellent book of Barbara's tayolor is so thrilling ans so whelmed with suspense... It never ceases surprising you, even after deceiving you with some predictable events.. This book, is a real thought and emotions provoking, greatly written by a great woman.. She's born to write.. luckily this year... one of the best books Ive read.. well I haven't had the chance to read the first Emmas Harte saga.. I started with hold on the dream and to be the best... so excited to read the other books of This excellent book of Barbara's tayolor is so thrilling ans so whelmed with suspense... It never ceases surprising you, even after deceiving you with some predictable events.. This book, is a real thought and emotions provoking, greatly written by a great woman.. She's born to write.. luckily this year... one of the best books Ive read.. well I haven't had the chance to read the first Emmas Harte saga.. I started with hold on the dream and to be the best... so excited to read the other books of this legendary series

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pratibha R.D.H.

    I loved the first two volumes in the Emma Harte Saga and was excited to read the third one and know more about the characters. How did they handle their grandmother’s business?  Did they find true love or were happily married?  I wasn’t disappointed at all as it carried on the same pace and intrigue as the previous two. The title of the book itself is a motivator and stays in my mind as a reminder to be ‘the best always’ in whatever I strive to do. But this volume was more about family drama and I loved the first two volumes in the Emma Harte Saga and was excited to read the third one and know more about the characters. How did they handle their grandmother’s business?  Did they find true love or were happily married?  I wasn’t disappointed at all as it carried on the same pace and intrigue as the previous two. The title of the book itself is a motivator and stays in my mind as a reminder to be ‘the best always’ in whatever I strive to do. But this volume was more about family drama and emotions than the previous two. I was happy to read about Paula and Emily’s life altogether, especially how wonderfully they balanced their marriages as well as their careers. Their husbands Shane and Winston were friends as well and shared great holidays with their children. Their children shared a good rapport with each other as well as the other cousins of the Harte family. There was more of a cosy sense of family and togetherness in this book. But there were a lot of tragedies too in the family especially with Paula’s brother, Paul, regarding his personal life as well as her cousin, Alexander, in the form of a fatal illness. There was a sense of sadness I felt in this book which hadn’t been there in the other two books. Again the women were portrayed very strongly here and Maddy, Paula’s sister-in-law, was a new addition to this string of strong women. They handled the Harte enterprises efficiently. Paula displayed brilliant business acumen in the end when she saved the company from a takeover bid by her unscrupulous cousin Jonathan Ainsley. Again I got to know a lot about corporate business in the retail sector. A message that we can all take is when Sir Ronald Kallinski, Paula’s elderly family friend, ask her if a modern woman can have it all. Paula answers beautifully, saying yes, provided that she does proper planning and is the master of organisation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    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 was trying to describe what it was about to my sister, and it was actually really hard. It's a family saga about a woman who created a department store chain. And that makes it sound so boring, but it's re 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 was trying to describe what it was about to my sister, and it was actually really hard. It's a family saga about a woman who created a department store chain. And that makes it sound so boring, but it's really a great series of books. This book, like Hold the Dream, focuses on Paula O'Neill, Emma Harte's granddaughter and the current head of the Harte's Department Stores chain (and its attendant businesses). The book begins several years after the last one ended. Paula and Shane are married and have two children of their own. Things continue to go well for the Hartes, O'Neills, and Kallinskys. Until an old enemy rears his ugly head. Will Paula continue the tradition of excellence initiated by the great Emma Harte, or will she make a misstep and cost herself the company? Is a hostile takeover in the future for the Harte chain? This one wasn't my favorite of all the books. I still think the first book was the best. In To Be the Best, there is a more disjointed focus on some of the minor players that kind of took me out of the main storyline. I do understand why those people were introduced, and they played important parts in the later chapters of the book, but it wasn't done very organically, so it felt jarring to me. Overall, though, the book was a good, solid entry in the Harte saga. Four out of five Whatevers. Recommended for folks who are already into this series, for those who enjoy sweeping family sagas, and for those who like stories of corporate intrigue that smack of the 1980's.

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