8155 “A Woman of Substance,” by Barbara Taylor Bradord, is one of my all-time favorites.  I first read it reluctantly…a friend loaned it to me and said “here is something you might like.”  Very casually.  So I didn’t think too much of it, but then I picked it up.

And wow!  I couldn’t put it back down.  I read it once, then again later…and I read all the sequels.

Of course, it’s a story of a dynasty, in a sense, and it’s about a young girl growing up poor in the English villages—a girl who is pushed into a corner by circumstances and has to make it on her own—and then she does.  She makes it big!

What happens after, with all the subsequent drama, love, loss and eventual satisfaction and fulfillment…ah, it’s the stuff of dreams.

So, to answer a challenge from another blogster on this Monday morning—the question of my all-time favorite book—this one is it!

Here’s a link to Sheila’s contest:



  1. Thanks for responding…I just now found the comment! Now I know where to look, as apparently we have to approve the comments before they appear after the item.

    Learning something new everyday!


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