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Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Taylor Bradford
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Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford:

‘The storyteller of substance’ The Times

'Queen of the genre' Sunday Times

‘Few novelists are as consummate as Barbara Taylor Bradford at keeping the reader turning the page. She is one of the world’s best at spinning yarns’ Guardian

‘Memorable and moving…a sure-fire winner’ Express

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Thirty years ago the world was introduced to Emma Harte. Now meet M, a new woman of substance guaranteed to win our hearts all over again. A new era has begun.

When those you love are threatened, there’s nothing you won’t do to protect them… you’ll even resort to Breaking the Rules.

Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a dark beauty flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, 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 top designer Jean-Louis Tremont.

When M meets charming and handsome actor Larry Vaughan they fall instantly in love with one another. Soon they become the most desired couple on the international scene, appearing on the front cover of every celebrity magazine, adored by millions. With a successful career and a perfect marriage, M believes she has truly put the demons of her past to bed.

But M’s fortunes are about to take another dramatic turn when a dark figure from her past, someone who she thought she’d never see again, is back and determined to shatter M’s world forever.

From the chic fashion capitals of London and Paris, to the exotic locations of Istanbul and Hong Kong, Breaking the Rules is an enthralling story of love and redemption, secrets and survival from the bestselling author of A Woman of Substance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007304099
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RUA57Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She started her writing career on the Yorkshire Evening Post and later worked as a journalist in London. Her first novel, A Woman of Substance, became an enduring bestseller and was followed by twenty-four bestselling novels. Her books have sold more than eighty-one million copies worldwide in more than ninety countries and forty languages, and ten mini-series and television movies have been made of her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, television producer Robert Bradford.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good, the bad, and the downright daft 4 Aug 2010
By Shady Tree VINE VOICE
I've been a longtime fan of Barbara Taylor-Bradford's books, but unlike most of my books, don't tend to read any of them more than once, with the exception of "Act of Will" and the "Woman of Substance" series, which I've re-read more times than I care to remember. Chick lit it may be, but as a page turner, "A Woman of Substance" is hard to beat. I had high hopes that "Breaking the rules" would be riveting and well written.

You'll know by now that the story is about a mysterious English girl, named "M", who has fled to New York to seek a career as a model and also to try to exorcise the demons of a traumatic sexual assault. M gets her big break as a model and - somewhat fortuitously - finds love with Larry Vaughan, a devastatingly handsome actor who M has had a crush on since she was ten. Seemingly, nothing can spoil their wonderful life together, until a terrorist attack destroys a catwalk at one of M's fashion shows.

In the second half of the book, M's identity is revealed, and the attacks by suspected terrorists continue in various locations belonging to M's family. If you've read the other reviews, you will know by now that M is part of the Harte family, and while it is wonderful to have a continuation of the Harte saga (particularly as there were several loose ends left at the end of "Just Rewards"), it soon becomes apparent that Barbara Taylor-Bradford needs to sack her continuity editor (since when did Jim Fairley and David Amory die in an air crash?), read back through her previous books, and perhaps spend less time in the States (an English Police Inspector is referred to as "Inspector Yardley" and then a minute later, as "Captain Yardley").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost back to her old style? 27 Oct 2009
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Barbara Taylor Bradford is getting back to her old style - almost. After the debacle of her last book 'Being Elizabeth' I had decided not to bother reading any more of her books. However the synopsis of Breaking the Rules changed my mind. I found the book a reasonable read with a reasonable story but was very irritated by the use of the letter M as the nickname of the heroine of the story and it grated on my eyes. Surely 'Em' would have been better. Barbara Taylor Bradford's latest offering is still not a patch on the the Ravenscar Dynasty nor, of course, on the Harte series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By E. Heckingbottom TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
As usual, Barbara Taylor Bradford provides us with a gripping - if not particularly realistic plot. Changing her name to M, a young girl moves to New York to start a new life after a devastating experience in the UK. Typical of Barbara Taylor Bradford's heroines, she falls on her feet and soon begins to make it as a model; being selected as the new face of a Parisian fashion house. At the same time, she attends a party with two friends and instantly falls head over heels in love with a famous actor whom she remembers having a crush on when she was a child. (See what I mean about the plot?) There is some sort of secret about her background, which she eventually shares with actor, Larry for special reasons - but not with us until we get half way through the book! Who is this mysterious family; who are the sisters that she refers to - the one that she calls `Birdie' and her eldest sister who taught her so much about fashion and style? And who is the brother whom Larry already knew?

However, on moving to Paris to launch the new season's clothes, things start to go a little wrong, and it appears that someone has it in for M! Who could it be, and why? Is it something to do with her mysterious family? Who exactly is she? As she moves to London, the pieces soon fall into place, with some surprising revelations!

The style of writing is typically B.T.B. - a little flowery and complex in nature, making some of the sentences and a lot of the speech appear rather long-winded; however, it is a fairly enjoyable read and a good addition to the collection!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Without a Substance 9 Oct 2009
Breaking the Rules

I bought this new book by Ms Bradford as I still remember a captivating "A Woman of Substance", I liked "The Ravenscar Dynasty" and was amused by "Three Weeks in Paris".
If I only knew what a struggle I would endure to reach the end of this book!

I would have certainly suffered alone (it's not the end of the world), but then I read 5-star review of this book and decided I would have to share my opinion with others who might want to buy the book.

In my opinion, this time the author's endevour to create an image of an anonymous girl "M", resurrected from the depths of humiliation to the heights of glamour, was buried under a shallow plot, uninteresting characters, excessive and tiring descriptions of their appearances, lots of cliches from her previous books, lack of witty and meaningful dialogues - the whole overwritten story does not seem convincing. A book without a substance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull 29 Oct 2009
I've read the synopsis on a cover and decided to buy it to read on the train. I was bored after 50 pages, but forced myself to read to the end, it wasn't easy!
The plot is surprisingly dull, lacking anything resembling depth or sophistication, sense of fun or imagination.

Repetitive glorification of characters does not work as the plot fails to give them anything to do or say.

Thick book poorly written!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
brilliant as usual
Published 1 day ago by Vic McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive reading
As always BTB makes compulsive reading, just couldn't put it down
Published 6 days ago by J. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars BTB does it again
Unexpected but another first from BTB
Published 19 days ago by Anne Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Item as described delivered promptly.
Published 20 days ago by Mrs Julie M Paylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
As always with Barbara Taylor Bradford once I start her books I cannot put the book down. This is no exception.
Published 24 days ago by Flowen
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Thoroughly enjoyable read it kept my attention throughout, without guessing the ending. One of BTB's best books in my opinion.
Published 1 month ago by lea
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
As the last available in the Emma Harte series which,although I had previously read a few, I had never read all and in sequence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mand21
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A book for Barbara TB fans. Twists and turns to keep you guessing. A real page turner. Good holiday read.
Published 3 months ago by Enigma
4.0 out of 5 stars As Expected
Usual BBT read - engaging and a little predictable and full of similar type characters but thats what makes a BBT book
Published 3 months ago by JaninBristol
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Gripping story about the Hartes' and I have a few more to read yet. Can,t wait to read the rest and pass my reads onto my sister and family.
Published 4 months ago by Gordon Rowland
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it was…boring. That’s why he had always moved on, had never married any of the women in his life. ‘You’re staring at me, Larry,’ M said, &quote;
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