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Breaking the Rules (Emma Harte Saga #7)

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Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, she embarks on a journey that will lead her to the catwalks of Paris, where she becomes the muse and star model to France's iconic designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming and ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Tilly
Mar 14, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm going to shoot myself. I cannot not finish a book, so I'm still going, page 276 and no, it is not getting better.
My issues are plenty... Considering it is set in this day and age, the characters and their dialogue is completely ridiculous! No one thinks or talks like these people.
She kept trying to make the main character, M, the model, seem smart and 'well bred', but instead made her seem pretentious and unbelievable... Not to mention none of the supposed facts about her life /
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Maryann
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was hands down the worst book I've ever finished. (I can count on one hand the number of awful books I couldn't finish, so I'm not all that picky).

I got this at a used book sale for about 50 cents and I overpaid. Let's start tearing this book apart!

First off, the premise: a woman has a terrifying experience in England so she runs away to New York City, uses an alias and becomes a supermodel. Yeah, no one will find her now (rolling my eyes).

Next, she goes by "M". Just one letter. Yet over an
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Melodie
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I have been following Emma Harte and her descendants for many years now. I was fascinated by and loved A Woman of Substance and all the books that came after. But life moves on and I thought the saga was finished. So when I saw this pop up, I was tickled. More excitement with the Harte clan!
I don't know if I have outgrown BTB's writing style or if I have outgrown the Hartes. But this book left me flat. The first part of the book follows "M",grand-daughter of Emma, as she strives to make it in
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Becky
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thought this was a new Barbara Delinsky book at a quick glance-over - didn't realize it was Barbara Taylor Bradford until I started reading it.

I don't think I've read Bradford before, and I quickly realized there is a reason for it. Perhaps her earlier books are better, I don't know, but Bradford is not a strong author. Her characters and her dialogue are very weak; almost childish sounding at times. Every main character is beautiful; every main character falls in love with another beautiful cha
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Mindee
Dec 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was horrible. It started out good and got my attention, then it went about 50 pages of nothing. I almost just stopped reading it (which I should have) but I hate not finishing a book I start. Then something else interesting would happen and I thought, Okay, now it will pick up. Boy was I wrong. Their were so many characters that the author would go into detail about for 20 pages or so, and then they weren't in the book anymore. The book is over 400 pages and in the 300's or so it intro ...more
Phyllis Sommers
Either I've become a more discerning reader or this author's writing has significantly deteriorated. I always enjoyed the Emma Harte stories and felt they were very well-written. However, this novel seems far removed in quality from most others I've read by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

"Breaking the Rules" is a very contrived story, written with extremely stilted, simplistic and trite dialog. The story doesn't flow with ease as do Taylor Bradford's other novels. M is the professional name chosen by
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Helen
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, I read Barbara Taylor Bradford's first trilogy of books about Emma Harte and her family. I loved them! 'A Woman of Substance' in particular was fabulous! An epic, gritty and passionate family drama of great depth, full of characters you really cared about. It's a novel I'm really fond of and have dipped into many times over the years. And so I'm sad to say that this latest Harte instalment is very disappointing. I shouldn't have been surprised because I've read the other recent Harte ...more
Laurel-Rain
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a young woman flees to New York after a terrifying encounter in the English countryside, she reinvents herself and embarks on a journey that will lead her to fame, love, and good fortune.

But just when everything is finally coming together for her, the mysterious "M" is about to encounter a dark figure from her past--a psychopath with deadly intent who has vowed to shatter her world forever.

As we finally learn M's true identity and understand the complex dynamics of her famous family, we a
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Bookish Enchantment
I have to admit if I was actually reading this book I would have quit. However as I was reading it as audio book I found it was at least palatable and I could zone out whilst listening whilst I worked.

The story was rather lame and did not really give anything of substance until just over half way through. I have never read books from this author before and I am sincerely hoping that this is not the style of all her books. Yes she has a massive following and judging by the reviews I may be standi
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Nicole
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I don't know quite what to say about this book. I was bored for the first two-thirds of the book because everything seemed to just go right for everyone in the book. Though that may sound odd, when every new character that appeared I was looking for something sinister about them because it was just weird that there wasn't any conflict in the book.

The story wasn't bad, but it was all a bunch of fluff and I probably would have been happier spending my time reading another book.
Abbie Meyer
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an awful book. I made it to Chapter 38 and I couldn't follow it any longer. The first 25-30 chapters are completely boring, unrealistic and full of filler writing. Once the book FINALLY gets into the "mystery" part it becomes extremely hard to follow. All of a sudden, a million new characters are thrown into the storyline! Many of them had little to no purpose. This is the first book I have read of Bradford's and I am not very impressed.
Lissette
May 16, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the Emma Harte books.....and I've enjoyed them all mostly due to the very strong women characters. But I have to say I did not enjoy this one. I felt the story never developed. It was more of the same thing......The strong woman character was not there. It was disappointing.
Kristina
I wish I could give this book no stars. I made it to page 30 and then shut the book. Life is too short for bad writing. I mean the main chick is called M. And just the way the characters talk to each other...? Are we 12 or older? I mean grow a pair. Note to self: never finish this book.
Nan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series.I really want to find the rest of them
Rhoda Campbell
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sidna
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I read "A Woman of Substance" by Barbara Taylor Bradford about a young girl in England named Emma Harte, who worked a maid in a wealthy home. She managed to found a great department store empire in London named Harte's and amass a fortune. Along the way she married two or three husbands and had several children. The book was not great literature, but it was a good story.

Since then Bradford has written six more books about Emma and her heirs. None of them has been as good as the first o
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Fryke Koegler
Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God. This is a bad book. And I do not normally say that.
I started on the train, very excited to be reading something in English again, and to just be reading a lot again really. So the beginning was not spectacular, and a little slow, but a lot of books have that and they tend to speed up later on, so I was not too worried.
Then, that afternoon, I added the book to my 'currently reading' list on Goodreads and saw a few reviews which stated that it was a horrible book and that they did not
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Susan
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paperback
Standing the test of time is what I’m thinking as I close this book – my fourth Barbara Taylor Bradford read. Breaking the Rules is a book that I wouldn’t have bought for myself. However, when my son saw that it was on offer (along with a book his fiancee bought), he thought of me. He remembered my disappointment when I couldn’t make it to a BTB event with the best-selling author herself.

I remember reading A Woman of Substance back in the ‘90s, closely followed by owning the dramatisation featur
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Jencey/
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford (BTB) is supposed to be the finale of the Harte Family series. This novel is different from the others in the series. The plot twist is different than the normal BTB novels.
Synopsis:
M. has come to New York to start her career in modeling. It is off to a slow start until her friend Geo introduces her to Frankie a fashion photographer. His death seems to put M.’s career on hold until his protégé Luke takes over. He discovers and helps launch her caree
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Melissa
DNF

After an attack on her life, a young woman flees London home for New York City. There she reinvents herself in the style of Audrey Hepburn and becomes a model by the name of “M”.

There was something in the way the conversations were written that irked me. They just didn’t come across as realistic, nor did the direction the plotline was going. I wanted to continue on to discover the mystery of why “M” was attacked, but the more I read, the more I became irritated. Around 120 pages, I decided t
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Jennifer  Ivy
I preferred the second half to the 1st. The first half didn't feel like part of this series. I knew M was a harte. Maybe I should have refreshed myself on the characters because when it was revealed who was who, I had trouble remembering .

The Woman of Substance changed my life. It made me want to pursue writing after reading it in 2005.
Ellen
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, book-on-disc
Fairly entertaining for a while, but got to a point near the end (I think disc 9 or 10 of the 11) where I started to seriously wonder what exactly the plot was (and doubt that there was one), and what this story really was about. It went on and on about M's life, love, and fame. Then the story started being about bombings, attacks, and revenge. The two were not meshed together well, leaving a lot of gaps. The details, background, and personification of the villain was WEAK. Nothing in the first ...more
Diane Fogel
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Might be ok if you are in you are early 20's and don't know much about the real world as of yet, and have no access to any type of media.
I just found the book silly and childish at times, almost like it was aimed at a young teen, except for the sex scenes. Which to be honest where unnecessary to should that they where in love. There where too many players introduced late in the game to keep track of them. I found myself going back pages and trying to figure out who this person was and why they w
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Laura
Apr 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This was a good book, and a nice sequel. Now I really want to go back and read A Woman of Substance again, which is one of my all-time favorite novels.

I felt the first part of the novel started slow. Even though I love fashion, I wanted to get to the characters that I've grown to know and love. I always kinda forget how formal BTB's writing can be, so it usually takes a little bit for me to jump into that world. In the end, though, I'm always glad I do.

If you've read the previous installments
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Diana E. Young
I was really looking forward to this book, as one of my all-time favorites is Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance”. This book, sadly, was a let-down.

The plot was good; however, I found the novel too wordy, when it could have been edited down. Seemingly insignificant things were drawn out, while an important romance was unveiled in one paragraph.

I did enjoy the many references back to Emma Harte – the heroine of “A Woman of Substance”. I’m not sure if I would’ve been as disappointed i
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Heidi
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this book. It was okay but... M (protagonist) is too perfect, too confident, too smart - invincible. The fact that she was disturbed at all by the rape is hard to believe because everywhere else in the story, she's a superwoman. She was difficult to love because she had no vulnerability.

The story jumps around, swapping points of view often between at least ten characters. The author goes off on tangents, sharing details about a very secondary character when we've had no other infor
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Sotteria Wetsch
Dec 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I wasted my time with this book! I was expecting a thriller, with some romance. Basically, this is a story about a family that is beautiful, perfect in all ways, and end up meeting their soul mates. Everyone gets along fabulously. Except for one cousin who is jealous and wants them dead. But that doesn't come out until the last 120 pages. And even the bad guys have women that love them! To revert back to the 80's, "gag me"! These characters were so perfect, it was annoying. Also, ...more
T.A. Munroe
Really bad. This must have been ghost-written and not gone over by a content editor unless it's the worst book BTB has ever written. No NYT best seller inklings here. The MC introduces herself to a dozen people the same way at least 10 times in 100 pages. She's boring, her life is boring or just not written in an exciting manner. The alluded to reason why she left England gets boring because we don't get any clues why. Her love interest is boring and says absurdly lame things. And then I gave up ...more
Nicola
There was nothing really wrong with this book, but I have a hard time giving it three stars. Everything seemed too perfect and too easy for the characters - who were naturally very wealthy, beautiful and famous. All of them! Most of the storyline was fairly predictable. Several characters fell in love basicall at first sight - and it was perfect. I kept waiting for something to happen, but... Even the traumatic events did not seem so tragic under the glamour they were written in. Usually I enjoy ...more
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is the author of 30 bestselling novels, including The Cavendon Women, Cavendon Hall, and The Ravenscar Dynasty. She was born in Leeds, England, and from an early age, she was a voracious reader: at age 12, she had already read all of Dickens and the Brontë sisters. By the age of twenty, she was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. She published her first novel, A Woman ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Emma Harte Saga (7 books)
  • A Woman of Substance (Emma Harte Saga #1)
  • Hold the Dream (Emma Harte Saga #2)
  • To Be the Best  (Emma Harte Saga #3)
  • Emma's Secret (Emma Harte Saga #4)
  • Unexpected Blessings (Emma Harte Saga #5)
  • Just Rewards (Emma Harte Saga #6)

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