Every family is fascinating in its own way . . . and few are more so than the heirs of Emma Harte. When Barbara Taylor Bradford introduced the rags-to-riches story of this Woman of Substance in 1979, she opened the curtain on lives of elegance and glamour sustained for generations. In her newest Harte saga, Unexpected Blessings, Evan Hughes confronts the dicey problem of revealing to her father that dear ol' granddad is not the man he thought. Emma's great-granddaughters face their own challenges: Tessa's beloved daughter Adele disappears and her brutal husband is suspected; Linnet the lioness is called upon to solve Adele's disappearance; and India's true love is in a class of his own well below her family stratum. In this age of chick-lit and video games, the enduring theme of family loyalty ennobles the Harte family saga and raises it to a heartwarming crescendo that longtime fans will appreciate. New readers will relish it as well, thanks to the detailed family tree that keeps all the golden branches straight.

Sandy Huseby reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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