Barbara Taylor Bradford was born in Leeds, and by the age of twenty was an editor and columnist on Fleet Street. In 1979, her first novel, A Woman of Substance, was published. That enduring bestseller was followed by fourteen others. Her novels have sold more than sixty million copies worldwide. She lives with her husband, film producer Robert Bradford.
Bradford puts some romance into the war in Kosovo, of all things. After being ambushed with colleagues, including British lover Tony, American photojournalist Val awakens to find that Tony has been killed. What's worse, she discovers at his funeral that he was married. It's time out for Val so that she can discover "where she belongs." Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Injecting her new novel with timeliness, bestselling Bradford (A Sudden Change of Heart) makes her setting war-zone Kosovo, where gorgeous and talented photojournalist Valentine Denning is covering the action with two equally gorgeous men: American Jake Newberg and Val's lover, Brit Tony Hampton. All three are caught in an ambush on the ground, and Tony dies. Val doesn't even have time to grieve for her boyfriend before she discovers Tony lied to her: he was already married. Attempting to cheer Val, Jake takes her to a beautiful villa in Cap-Ferrat, and predictably, the heroine decides that he is really the one for her. The world intrudes on their idyll when they help Fran‡oise, the caretakers' daughter, to escape from her abusive husband. Meanwhile, Val is pestered by calls from Donald, the younger brother she resents because their mother lavished attention on him while ignoring her. Jake and Val jet back to New York, excited about a book project they've thought up, and knowing that Val has to face her family demons. There, Val is devastated when her mother finally reveals the secret of her lack of maternal feeling, and they tangle over who will take over the family cosmetics company. Val and Jake are separated when he goes back to Kosovo, but handsome artist Alexander St. Just Stevens adds intrigue to Val's lonely life. Despite a lively story line and a suspenseful buildup to various revelations, the narrative is formulaic and predictable; each new development is obvious. While this novel will probably satisfy Bradford's more loyal fans, it may not generate excitement for new readers. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Praise for Barbara Taylor Bradford:
'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
'As romantic and thrilling as the rest' Independent on Sunday
'Another great yarn from the ultimate storyteller' The Sun
'The storyteller of substance.' The Times
'A compulsive, emotional read about love, lies and the ties that bind... Taylor Bradford is the most fabulous teller of stories'Daily Mail