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Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, 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 designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming andFollowing a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, 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 designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming and handsome actor, Larry Vaughan in New York they fall instantly in love and marry. Soon, they become the most desired couple on the international scene, appearing on the cover of every celebrity magazine, adored by millions. With a successful career and a happy marriage, M believes she has truly put the demons of her past behind her. But M’s fortunes are about to take another dramatic twist. A series of bizarre events turn out not to be accidents at all, but assaults on M and her family. The dark figure from M’s past, a psychopath with deadly intent, has made a vow: to shatter M’s world forever. But M also makes a vow: she will do everything to keep them all safe. When those you love are threatened and at risk, there’s nothing you won’t do to protect them… you’ll even resort to breaking the rules! Moving from New York to the chic fashion capitals of London and Paris, to the exotic locations of Istanbul and Hong Kong, this new tale from a renowned storyteller is a genuine pageturner...

Title : Breaking the Rules
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ISBN : 9780312578060
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Breaking the Rules Reviews

  • Tilly
    2019-01-21 08:08

    I feel like I'm going to shoot myself. I cannot not finish a book, so I'm still going, page 276 and no, it is not getting better.My issues are plenty... Considering it is set in this day and age, the characters and their dialogue is completely ridiculous! No one thinks or talks like these people. She kept trying to make the main character, M, the model, seem smart and 'well bred', but instead made her seem pretentious and unbelievable... Not to mention none of the supposed facts about her life / career make any sense. Why did I pick up this book.. I needed a third for a waterstones 3 for 2, and based on the summary, I stupidly thought M sounded a lot like myself. I was wrong.

  • Melodie
    2018-12-27 14:55

    I have been following Emma Harte and her descendants for many years now. I was fascinated by and lovedA Woman of Substance and all the books that came after. But life moves on and I thought the saga was finished. So when I saw this pop up, I was tickled. More excitement with the Harte clan! I don't know if I have outgrown BTB's writing style or if I have outgrown the Hartes. But this book left me flat. The first part of the book follows "M",grand-daughter of Emma, as she strives to make it in the tough world of modeling. The second half of the book picks up the rest of the family's goings on. There is romance and intrigue and family squabbles.I struggled to finish the book and breathed a sigh of relief when I turned the last page. Enough said.

  • Maryann
    2019-01-20 14:53

    This was hands down the worst book I've ever finished. (I can count on one hand the number of awful books I couldn't finish, so I'm not all that picky).I got this at a used book sale for about 50 cents and I overpaid. Let's start tearing this book apart!First off, the premise: a woman has a terrifying experience in England so she runs away to New York City, uses an alias and becomes a supermodel. Yeah, no one will find her now (rolling my eyes).Next, she goes by "M". Just one letter. Yet over and over again she tells people her name is "Marie Marsden" and in school everyone called her M&M so she shortened it to M. Stupid!So this supermodel resembles Audrey Hepburn, but she doesn't want to overdo it so she fixes herself up to look like "half an Aundrey". This is so freakin' idiotic and is repeatedly stated in the book to the point where I wanted to puke. I can't imagine that a 23 year old in 2007 had any clue who Audrey Hepburn was anyway.The most glaring problem with this book is that nobody has a personality, or they all have the same personality (or is it non-personality?). I never got to know M, Larry, Geo, or anyone else because there was no character development whatsoever. I can't believe Barbara Taylor Bradford is a best selling author! Does she honestly think Americans go around saying things like, "that would be splendid, darling". Um, no.The repetition was exhausting. I never want to eat chicken soup again after reading half a dozen times in the first third of the book about "chicken in the pot". And Good Lord, if one more person in this book drank pink champagne I was going to throw the book across the room. Honestly, who the heck drinks that nasty stuff? Does the author honestly think that's what rich people drink all the time?Stupid, stupid, annoying book. I only finished it so I could see how bad it was. Save yourself the aggravation and skip this one.

  • Becky
    2019-01-22 07:14

    Thought this was a new Barbara Delinsky book at a quick glance-over - didn't realize it was Barbara Taylor Bradford until I started reading it.I don't think I've read Bradford before, and I quickly realized there is a reason for it. Perhaps her earlier books are better, I don't know, but Bradford is not a strong author. Her characters and her dialogue are very weak; almost childish sounding at times. Every main character is beautiful; every main character falls in love with another beautiful character - it was like eating a piece of cake with way too much icing. The pacing of the book is strange - the first half of the book is spent getting to know the main "main" character, M, a beautiful Audrey Hepburn look-alike, delving into her background and present. Then, quite abruptly, with only a little foreshadowing, the book goes into an entanglement of black sheep family members who are out to get everyone. Almost like Bradford started the book as a romance novel but her agent told her she needed to include some mystery and intrigue so halfway through she threw some in the mix. Wouldn't recommend it although for readers who like fluffy books they might well enjoy this author.

  • Mindee
    2018-12-29 12:59

    This book was horrible. It started out good and got my attention, then it went about 50 pages of nothing. I almost just stopped reading it (which I should have) but I hate not finishing a book I start. Then something else interesting would happen and I thought, Okay, now it will pick up. Boy was I wrong. Their were so many characters that the author would go into detail about for 20 pages or so, and then they weren't in the book anymore. The book is over 400 pages and in the 300's or so it introuduced new characters. Seriously? I liked the topic of the book and it could've been a good story, but it was so poorly written, with lots of filler. Don't waste your time with this book like I did.

  • Phyllis Sommers
    2019-01-05 09:06

    Either I've become a more discerning reader or this author's writing has significantly deteriorated. I always enjoyed the Emma Harte stories and felt they were very well-written. However, this novel seems far removed in quality from most others I've read by Barbara Taylor Bradford. "Breaking the Rules" is a very contrived story, written with extremely stilted, simplistic and trite dialog. The story doesn't flow with ease as do Taylor Bradford's other novels. M is the professional name chosen by the mysterious young woman who moves from London to New York with designs on becoming a famous fashion model. It is clear to others that she comes from a privileged upbringing, but she keeps her background under very tight secrecy. When M meets the famous actor, Larry Vaughn, it is love at first sight for both of them. As they begin their life as a couple, they learn of each other's families and of the many problems that might exist because of them. The main part of the story revolves around the development of M and Larry's relationship and the portrayal of their families and their familial relationships. It is basically a story of fluff, with a slight bit of intrigue over who M really is. Perhaps a fun read for a lazy summer vacation at the beach, but not much more than mindless reading to pass some free time.

  • Helen
    2019-01-21 10:12

    Years ago, I read Barbara Taylor Bradford's first trilogy of books about Emma Harte and her family. I loved them! 'A Woman of Substance' in particular was fabulous! An epic, gritty and passionate family drama of great depth, full of characters you really cared about. It's a novel I'm really fond of and have dipped into many times over the years. And so I'm sad to say that this latest Harte instalment is very disappointing. I shouldn't have been surprised because I've read the other recent Harte books too and they were just the same. It's as if they've been written by someone else. 'Breaking the Rules' is the story of Emma's great granddaughter and her ambitions to be a supermodel. A good half of the novel is, for want of a better word, boring. It perks up a little bit when the family is threatened by an enemy from the past but not much and it all ends in a very anti-climactic way. The whole novel feels shallow,the plot is virtually non-existent,the characters like cardboard cut-outs and the dialogue very false. It's such a shame after what's gone before. I don't understand it.

  • Laurel-Rain
    2019-01-15 13:07

    When a young woman flees to New York after a terrifying encounter in the English countryside, she reinvents herself and embarks on a journey that will lead her to fame, love, and good fortune. But just when everything is finally coming together for her, the mysterious "M" is about to encounter a dark figure from her past--a psychopath with deadly intent who has vowed to shatter her world forever. As we finally learn M's true identity and understand the complex dynamics of her famous family, we are intrigued by her history and captivated by the unfolding drama. Will M find the strength to overcome her past once and for all? And will her unusual family dynamics give her the courage to fight? What seemingly began as a fluffy, fashion story turned into a mystery, full of conspiracies and dramatic intrigue. We find in "Breaking the Rules" another masterpiece from the beloved Barbara Taylor Bradford.

  • Bookish Enchantment
    2019-01-20 06:53

    I have to admit if I was actually reading this book I would have quit. However as I was reading it as audio book I found it was at least palatable and I could zone out whilst listening whilst I worked.The story was rather lame and did not really give anything of substance until just over half way through. I have never read books from this author before and I am sincerely hoping that this is not the style of all her books. Yes she has a massive following and judging by the reviews I may be standing quite alone.If you want a book that is a little bit more captivating or even chewing you best avoid this one. It just is ho hum.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-30 08:13

    I don't know quite what to say about this book. I was bored for the first two-thirds of the book because everything seemed to just go right for everyone in the book. Though that may sound odd, when every new character that appeared I was looking for something sinister about them because it was just weird that there wasn't any conflict in the book. The story wasn't bad, but it was all a bunch of fluff and I probably would have been happier spending my time reading another book.

  • Abbie Meyer
    2019-01-02 09:52

    What an awful book. I made it to Chapter 38 and I couldn't follow it any longer. The first 25-30 chapters are completely boring, unrealistic and full of filler writing. Once the book FINALLY gets into the "mystery" part it becomes extremely hard to follow. All of a sudden, a million new characters are thrown into the storyline! Many of them had little to no purpose. This is the first book I have read of Bradford's and I am not very impressed.

  • Lissette
    2019-01-01 13:14

    I have read all of the Emma Harte books.....and I've enjoyed them all mostly due to the very strong women characters. But I have to say I did not enjoy this one. I felt the story never developed. It was more of the same thing......The strong woman character was not there. It was disappointing.

  • Heather
    2018-12-28 08:10

    I can't believe I read this! It was all kinds of awful. Such a shame, as "A Woman of Substance" was actually a good book . . .

  • Kristina
    2018-12-22 07:17

    I wish I could give this book no stars. I made it to page 30 and then shut the book. Life is too short for bad writing. I mean the main chick is called M. And just the way the characters talk to each other...? Are we 12 or older? I mean grow a pair. Note to self: never finish this book.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-05 09:03

    This book started out so promising with characters I could really relate to and like with a hint of mystery and all of the sudden the book turned into 3 different kind of books in one and all over the place. The beginning and the end did not even mesh.

  • Nan
    2018-12-30 11:17

    Great Series.I really want to find the rest of them

  • Sherry
    2019-01-05 08:18

    a good read

  • Rhoda Campbell
    2019-01-06 15:07

    The book is fabulous. When she writes a book like this you feel like you are part of the story. It was very hard to put this book down, it was a wonderful story. I love reading her books, especially the stories of Emma Hart, her family, and their lives.

  • Sidna
    2019-01-10 08:08

    Years ago I read "A Woman of Substance" by Barbara Taylor Bradford about a young girl in England named Emma Harte, who worked a maid in a wealthy home. She managed to found a great department store empire in London named Harte's and amass a fortune. Along the way she married two or three husbands and had several children. The book was not great literature, but it was a good story.Since then Bradford has written six more books about Emma and her heirs. None of them has been as good as the first one. I have listened to several of them on tape while I was driving somewhere because they were lightweight books.I happened to pick up this book because it was on sale at a store that is going out of business. I thought it might be about Emma's family. It is an odd book. The main character is a woman who calls herself M. In the Prologue, she is raped. When we meet M, she has recently moved from London to New York because she wants to become a famous model,although she is trying to hide from the men who raped her. I'm not sure why someone who is trying to hide wants to become famous. She is mysterious about her real name and her family. I had a feeling she was related to Emma. About halfway through the book, we find out that she is one of Emma's youngest grand or great-granddaughters (couldn't figure out which) who was named for Emma. Her family called her Emsie. I remember her from another book. She just uses the initial M to hide her identity, but her last name is O'Neill, not Harte so the pretense does not seem to be necessary. Of course, as soon as M hits the runway, she becomes an internationally famous model and she and the actor become the newest power couple.One of the things about Bradford's books after the first one is that every woman is absolutely gorgeous and all the men are handsome. They are all wealthy and she carries on and on about what great taste they have. Their clothes are exquisite and their homes and furnishings are fabulous. Bradford makes that point over and over about their wealth and great taste until it is nauseating. M meets an actor who is several years older than she. She has admired him as a fan since she was a child. They meet at a party and leave together. The first day they meet, he asks her to marry him. Although neither of them have been married before, they both know immediately their love will last forever. Even though her family owns a department store and she could have anything she wants, she carries an old Hermes bag. Bradford makes a big deal out of the actor buying her a new Hermes bag to show how much he really loves her. Of course, he also buys her a fabulous engagement ring.There is a soap opera twist to the villian of the story. In fact, this entire series has taken on a real soap opera quality. I'm not sure why I read the entire book, except that I like Emma's family members and I wanted to see what happened to them. If real life were only like the Harte's lives!

  • Fryke Koegler
    2019-01-04 14:12

    Oh. My. God. This is a bad book. And I do not normally say that.I started on the train, very excited to be reading something in English again, and to just be reading a lot again really. So the beginning was not spectacular, and a little slow, but a lot of books have that and they tend to speed up later on, so I was not too worried.Then, that afternoon, I added the book to my 'currently reading' list on Goodreads and saw a few reviews which stated that it was a horrible book and that they did not finish it. Again, there are a lot of different people out there, and some simply do not like books that others adore, so I tend to not take those extreme reviews too serious.But today was the day that I landed in the tenth chapter. I could not read any further than the first few of its pages. It was horrible, and I had to admit defeat. For the first time in my life (as far as I am aware), I did not finish a book because it was just so bad. The blurb sounded quite alright, and the first couple chapters were not so bad. Especially when you think of the blurb and the dazzling storm it would probably turn into in not too many pages. Sure, there are some cliché, too-good-to-be-true moments that fit perfectly in fiction, and most readers secretly long to read: aspiring model gets hooked up by a painter friend who knows some famous photographer, said photographer is completely over the moon with her and decides on the spot that he will be the one to launch her super duper awesome career (I unfortunately do not know how that one will end). It makes you question what all the modeling agencies she has signed up for have missed... But it is all thrown far over the top and to the far extremes when chapter 10 starts. She meets the man of her dreams, quite literally. Anyway, I do not know how it ends. But all I can say is that I do not recommend this book. Ofcourse, you are all free to choose to read whatever you want, so if you want to give it a go, you can find my version of this book somewhere in a thrift shop because it will NOT be going back in my bookcase...

  • Susan
    2019-01-17 14:02

    Standing the test of time is what I’m thinking as I close this book – my fourth Barbara Taylor Bradford read. Breaking the Rules is a book that I wouldn’t have bought for myself. However, when my son saw that it was on offer (along with a book his fiancee bought), he thought of me. He remembered my disappointment when I couldn’t make it to a BTB event with the best-selling author herself.I remember reading A Woman of Substance back in the ‘90s, closely followed by owning the dramatisation featuring Jenny Seagrove and Liam Neeson. I devoured the intial trilogy written about the Harte family before I returned to my own writing dreams. I haven’t read any further BTB’s until now.Initially, I was disappointed because Breaking the Rules didn’t live up to my memory/expectations of a Barbara Taylor Bradford read. However, I stayed with the book and read it as a reader (as opposed to an aspiring writer) and began to like the story and the protagonist ‘M’. I’m so glad that I never gave up on the story because I was in for a surprise. *Warning* I’m not going to review the plot BUT I’m about to give a spoiler about who Breaking the Rules is about, so you may want to stop reading this review now.Halfway through the book I realised that ‘M’ is in fact a member of the original Harte dynasty. From this moment I was wowed by BTB. I loved the way she kept this crucial connection as a surprise to the reader. The author could have so easily traded on her former success of the Hartes but she chose not to. Instead Barbara Taylor Bradford allowed the reader to get to know ‘M’ independently, without any prior judgements being made. For this reason it also works as a stand alone novel. Breaking the Rules is a story filled with love, mystery and excitement. I didn’t find the story predictable or contrived. For this reader, Barbara Taylor Bradford has excelled herself (I LOVE surprises!), and to repeat myself, this author has truly stood the test of time.

  • Jencey/
    2019-01-16 09:04

    Breaking the Rules by Barbara Taylor Bradford (BTB) is supposed to be the finale of the Harte Family series. This novel is different from the others in the series. The plot twist is different than the normal BTB novels.Synopsis: M. has come to New York to start her career in modeling. It is off to a slow start until her friend Geo introduces her to Frankie a fashion photographer. His death seems to put M.’s career on hold until his protégé Luke takes over. He discovers and helps launch her career. Shortly thereafter she meets actor Larry Vaughan and marries him. All of the sudden accidents start happening around M. Who could possibly be behind them? Will her family survive these attacks? What will M. do to protect them?My Thoughts: Before I share my thoughts on Breaking the Rules, I thought I would share about the Harte Family series. I had did read some other reviews as I listened to the novel. I have read the series up to now. I probably had the same questions of what happened to Paula and her family? Many fans had this question. Enter the next set of novels Emma’s Secret, Unexpected Blessings, and Just Rewards. Fans wanted to know what happened to Johnathan Ainsley. Breaking the Rules was supposed to answer this question. I liked the novel but had a hard time understanding the purpose of the M. character. Or how would Johnathan Ainsley meet his demise? The first half you the reader are given vague references as to who M. is. Her character is basically built through the first half. If the point was she is to stand alone and work hard for the career she desires then the author is a success. For me the part of the novel I didn’t like was the plotting. I felt that there were too many questions in the beginning. Such as who is M.? I was satisfied with the ending. Then I vaguely remembered from reading Just Rewards that Paula had another daughter Emma. Once I made this connection it was an Aha moment for me. I also was not a fan of the narration of the novel because it did not distinguish the characters separately very well.

  • Süësëttä Advöcäätä
    2018-12-28 11:56

    Following a terrifying encounter in the quiet English countryside, a young woman flees to New York in search of a new life. Adopting the initial M as her name, and reinventing herself, 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 designer Jean-Louis Tremont. When M meets the charming and handsome actor, Larry Vaughan in New York they fall instantly in love and marry. Soon, they become the most desired couple on the international scene, appearing on the cover of every celebrity magazine, adored by millions. With a successful career and a happy marriage, M believes she has truly put the demons of her past behind her. But M’s fortunes are about to take another dramatic twist. A series of bizarre events turn out not to be accidents at all, but assaults on M and her family. The dark figure from M’s past, a psychopath with deadly intent, has made a vow: to shatter M’s world forever. But M also makes a vow: she will do everything to keep them all safe. When those you love are threatened and at risk, there’s nothing you won’t do to protect them… you’ll even resort to breaking the rules! Moving from New York to the chic fashion capitals of London and Paris, to the exotic locations of Istanbul and Hong Kong, this new tale from a renowned storyteller is a genuine pageturner

  • Melissa Lee
    2018-12-26 09:15

    DNF After an attack on her life, a young woman flees London home for New York City. There she reinvents herself in the style of Audrey Hepburn and becomes a model by the name of “M”.There was something in the way the conversations were written that irked me. They just didn’t come across as realistic, nor did the direction the plotline was going. I wanted to continue on to discover the mystery of why “M” was attacked, but the more I read, the more I became irritated. Around 120 pages, I decided that it was best that I put this book aside and move on to something that interested me more. Breaking the Rules is the second book that I have read by Barbara Taylor Bradford and when I began I didn’t realise that it was part of a series. The first book was A Sudden Change of Heart, which was an alright story. I won’t rule out reading other books by this author however I won’t be continuing with the Emma Harte series.

  • Jen {Stay to the Lights}
    2019-01-13 15:10

    I preferred the second half to the 1st. The first half didn't feel like part of this series. I knew M was a harte. Maybe I should have refreshed myself on the characters because when it was revealed who was who, I had trouble remembering .The Woman of Substance changed my life. It made me want to pursue writing after reading it in 2005.

  • Ellen
    2019-01-12 14:13

    Fairly entertaining for a while, but got to a point near the end (I think disc 9 or 10 of the 11) where I started to seriously wonder what exactly the plot was (and doubt that there was one), and what this story really was about. It went on and on about M's life, love, and fame. Then the story started being about bombings, attacks, and revenge. The two were not meshed together well, leaving a lot of gaps. The details, background, and personification of the villain was WEAK. Nothing in the first half of the book was really ever mentioned in the second half. They really were like two separate stories. And then everyone met and quickly fell in love with, then married, their one true love, and nothing else mattered in the world except then. Ugh. Gag me. The sheer number of times this happened in this book made me want to smash it into tiny pieces.

  • Diane Fogel
    2018-12-27 13:01

    Might be ok if you are in you are early 20's and don't know much about the real world as of yet, and have no access to any type of media.I just found the book silly and childish at times, almost like it was aimed at a young teen, except for the sex scenes. Which to be honest where unnecessary to should that they where in love. There where too many players introduced late in the game to keep track of them. I found myself going back pages and trying to figure out who this person was and why they were coming in so late in the game. Only a few of the late comers were recalled enough to see the point of their being there. And Dacx really didn't have much of a roll. I was surprised he was at the end. I had almost forgotten about him, until he was mentioned again at the end, and than it was why was he even a part of this story. He really wasn't or he would have been through out the book.

  • Laura
    2019-01-04 07:12

    This was a good book, and a nice sequel. Now I really want to go back and read A Woman of Substance again, which is one of my all-time favorite novels. I felt the first part of the novel started slow. Even though I love fashion, I wanted to get to the characters that I've grown to know and love. I always kinda forget how formal BTB's writing can be, so it usually takes a little bit for me to jump into that world. In the end, though, I'm always glad I do. If you've read the previous installments of the Emma Harte series, you should definitely read this one. Familiar characters are brought back, and lovely people are introduced. The plot thoroughly picks up later in the book, and has it all - romance, mystery, intrigue, etc. I can't tell if there will be an eighth book -- it was left open-ended to a sense, but also tied up nicely. We'll see. If there is, I'll definitely pick it up.

  • Diana E. Young
    2019-01-22 11:48

    I was really looking forward to this book, as one of my all-time favorites is Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance”. This book, sadly, was a let-down.The plot was good; however, I found the novel too wordy, when it could have been edited down. Seemingly insignificant things were drawn out, while an important romance was unveiled in one paragraph.I did enjoy the many references back to Emma Harte – the heroine of “A Woman of Substance”. I’m not sure if I would’ve been as disappointed in this book, if my expectations weren’t so high. In fairness, it was a quick easy read.Diana Young- World Traveler – currently sailing in the South Pacific for six months and #1 Amazon Best-selling author of Financial Fitness for Beginners.

  • Heidi
    2018-12-30 10:04

    I didn't love this book. It was okay but... M (protagonist) is too perfect, too confident, too smart - invincible. The fact that she was disturbed at all by the rape is hard to believe because everywhere else in the story, she's a superwoman. She was difficult to love because she had no vulnerability.The story jumps around, swapping points of view often between at least ten characters. The author goes off on tangents, sharing details about a very secondary character when we've had no other information on them up to that point and nothing after. The scene itself becomes unimportant to the reader because we have not grown to love that character, we don't care about them. In the third section, I felt the story really dragged. It was a whole lot of build-up to a disappointing climax.