For the 30th anniversary
of A Woman of Substance, Bradford has written a marvelous spin-off with all the drama, glamour and romance readers expect. With a 21st-century woman of substance and characters from the Harte series, this nonstop read has it all.

After an attack forces a young woman to flee England, she reinvents herself as a new person known as M. Determined to succeed on her own, M struggles as a model, eventually becoming muse to a famous fashion designer and finds her soul mate in actor Laurence Vaughn. As M's star rises, an old enemy plots to destroy her and everyone she loves. Unwilling to play by the rules, M, like her namesake, Emma Harte, is willing to tackle the situation head on, protecting those she loves even at risk to herself. (ST. MARTIN'S, Oct., 500 pp., $27.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin