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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  5,098 ratings  ·  550 reviews
When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 2010)
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Two stories for the price of one!

Historical romance and contemporary romance – all in one book!

Not one but TWO secrets!

Gypsies, Indians, cowboys, aristocrats!

Dead husbands! Missing children!

Wild West! Old English Manor!

And whatever else you can conjure up – all in this i one book about generations of women who like nothing better than to sweep things under the rug and sit on it staring into the space, as if nothing happened. Also, a warning tale – sweep things under the rug, you go mad, just as
Dual stories (one Victorian, one modern day) about the same family. The question of "What happened to Henry?" goes on for a bit too long--or, rather, the conversations consisting of "Tell me what happened!"/"No, it's better that you don't remember!" happened a bit too frequently and had me wishing they would just get to the point in the final conversation before the Big Reveal.

I wasn't actually too crazy about either Beth or Erica, and got progressively a bit more annoyed with them. However, the
Apr 13, 2012 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I read The Unseen first and never thought a book could be better. How wrong I was, thankfully. I was totally and uttery engrossed in this book which was heartbreaking in parts. Lost love, mystery, intrigue and, well, just about everything you would want in a really good book. I literally could not put my kindle down, it was my eyes that kept closing which reminded me I had to sleep at some point! I loved and despised Caroline and Meredith in turns, it's such a roller coaster of emotions I feel c ...more
When Beth and Erica Calcott return to their family home they start to sort through their Grandmother's belongings and forgotten fragments of family history start to break the surface of the present day. Memories of their cousin Henry who disappeared and their Grandmother, a bitter and twisted old woman.

I really like books about different generations of families and this plot had such potential but it really failed to deliver for me. The female characters were so frustrating and I just wanted to
Andreia Silva
Desde que comecei a ler Kate Morton (e não, não estão no livro errado) que descobri um novo tipo de livro que gosto (se bem que eu sou muito eclécica e leio de tudo um pouco): livros com mansões misteriosas que me fazem vontade de viver numa, com famílias grandes e problemáticas, com uma árvore genealógica com muitos ramos... e muitos segredos à mistura. E este livro é um desses livros. Adorei a escrita da autora e o facto de nos deixar sempre com o bichinho da curiosidade. Adorei a história em ...more
I loved this book, with the complexities of its characters, and its many layers and themes.

It opens in England in 1905 with the lady of the manor, Caroline, mysteriously running through the woods.

In the present day, sisters Erica and Beth inherit the old manor house from their grandmother, Meredith. It’s the house they spent their childhood summers in until one hot day in 1986 when their cousin Henry vanished. Erica has no memory of this day, but Beth has been haunted by the disappearance ever s
The Legacy opens in 1905 with Caroline Calcott, Lady of Stourton Manor in Wiltshire, hurredly leaving the house and making her way through the grounds and into the woods, carrying a white pillowcase over her shoulder which (unbeknown to the maids who watch her in surprise from the window) holds a small child.

The story then fast forwards to the current day and passes to Erica Calcott, Caroline’s Great-Granddaughter. Erica and her sister Beth have come back to Stourton Manor after 23 years of bein
Diane Lynn
Really 4.5 stars

Very well written dual timeline story. Actually it was 3 timelines. We get the early 1902-1911 story (mostly) set in Oklahoma Territory. Then there is the current time story set in England which also includes a flashback story set in 1986. All 3 stories are well done with very interesting characters. There are family secrets and repressed memories, an old family manor house and something bad that happened in 1986. Some of the secrets are easy to figure out but the one near the en
Αυτή η ιστορία με μελαγχόλησε πολύ, στο μυαλό μου την έχω βάψει απλώς γκρίζα, καθώς είναι γεμάτη φαντάσματα, πικρές αναμνήσεις, μάταιο παρόν και σκοτεινά μυστικά. Δεν μπορώ να πω ότι βοήθησε και η δυνατή φθινοπωρινή βροχή κατά τη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης, που ήρθε λες κ ήθελε να συμπληρώσει το μελαγχολικό σκηνικό. Παρ’ όλα αυτά είναι τόσο καλογραμμένο, με τόσο ωραίο λόγο και καλυμμένο με πολύ μυστήριο που σίγουρα δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ήταν ούτε κακό, ούτε αδιάφορο σαν βιβλίο.
Lena Papanikolaou

Μαγευτικο βιβλιο! με συνεπηρε!! Άρτιοι δομημενοι χαρακτηρες σφιχτη πλοκή και ενα ακομη ατου του βιβλιου? ο τροπος γραφης του το οτι εκανε αρκετα φλας μπακ που σε βαζουν στο τρυπακι της περιεργειας και της προσμονης....Διαβαστε το !!
Carmo Santos
As primeiras 100/150 páginas foram penosas: descrições aborrecidas, diálogos "de encher chouriços", e uma história que patinava teimosamente no marasmo e não avançava.
Contado simultâneamente em dois espaços temporais distintos, permite encontrar no passado respostas às duvidas e suspeitas do presente.

Foi dificil criar empatia com algumas das personagens; tantos erros, tantas lições de vida desperdiçadas, tanto amor mal aproveitado, tanta teimosia, tanta amargura,...só podia redundar em grande in
Neide Parafitas
Saltitando entre séculos, este livro desenrola-se, na actualidade, através de duas irmãs: Beth e Erica Calcott que após a morte da avó Meredith herdam a mansão da família "Storton Manor" e no passado, mais concretamente no início do século XX, da sua bisavó: Caroline Calcott.

Relembrando o passado, Erica tenta desvendar um segredo relacionado com o seu primo Henry que desapareceu da casa e nunca mais foi visto, tendo deixado a família e, particularmente Beth, num sofrimento atroz! Convencida de q
Rather a lot of words for not a lot happening...And when something did happen, how ridiculous! From the main characters to the 'heartbreaking secret' it was all completely unbelievable. The most surprising thing is that I managed to read it to the end (albeit with many urges not to) so it was weirdly gripping at least!

I'm not sure that Caroline's story added anything to the book especially since Erica's gut feelings (or whatever) seemed to know all the answers anyway. Would have been interesting
The Legacy centers on two sisters Beth and Erica who have jointly inherited their recently deceased grandmother's manor house. They return to the house to sort through the belongings and decide what they should do with the house. Sounds fantastic except that the home holds a rather unpleasant memory, one Beth has been trying to run away from and Erica has been trying to figure out.

While trying to sort out the demons in their own closet, Erica stumbles upon a mystery surrounding her great-grandmo
Marguerite Kaye
Another of those 'two parallel stories' books that I really enjoy and which seem to be popping up in droves at the moment. I liked the premise of this and I really enjoyed the Victorian story and the wild west setting, I was intrigued as to how it linked up with the present-day story. And I was also intrigued by the mystery of the present day story. In fact, up until about 100 pages from the end I had this as 4 stars.

But I was disappointed in the ending. I hate books where some pivotal letter i
The Legacy by Katherine Webb is my kind of book! Anyone who's read this blog for any time now, knows that I love dual time period stories, so dang, this one had me when I read the first page when we learn that in 1905, Caroline Calcott flees Storton Manor with a pillowcase over her shoulder. Caroline turns out to be Erica and Beth's Great-grandmother, a Great-grandmother with a secret.

Author Katherine Webb then fast forwards the reader to the present time, when Erica and Beth return to their Gra
Katherine Webb nasceu e cresceu em Inglaterra numa zona repleta de mansões em muito semelhantes às que descreve nas suas obras. Após estudar História na Universidade de Durham, realizou diversos trabalhos, antes de se dedicar à escrita, como bibliotecária e como vendedora de disfarces. A sua obra de estreia “A Herança” venceu o YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award 2009, tendo sido inclusive finalista do National Book Tokens New Writer of the Year 2010.

“A Herança” tem início quando a avó de Erica e
A dank manor house, dysfunctional family dynamics, and a slowly unraveling mystery made me a happy reader. There are two parallel stories, one set in contemporary times featuring two sisters clearing out the ancestral manor house and discovering long held secrets, and the other set in the early 1900s relating the life of their great-grandmother and why she gave up her Oklahoma plains life to travel to England while concealing a terrible secret.

This book was a nice combo of gothic suspense and wo
É uma história muito interessante, onde as personagens do presente vivem marcadas pelos segredos do passado. Tem personagens muito cativantes, principalmente Caroline que nos provoca sentimentos antagónicos.
Tinha muita curiosidade em conhecer esta autora, porque escreve um tipo de livros, os dual time (histórias entrecruzadas que decorrem em duas épocas distintas), de que gosto bastante. Exemplos de livros deste género que adorei: O Jardim dos Segredos, de Kate Morton ou Sophia’s Secret, de Susanna Kearsley.

As duas linhas temporais deste livro seguem a americana Caroline, no início do século XX, uma mulher de vida moderadamente abastada que se casa por amor e acompanha o marido para o desértico oes
Ryan G
When my roommate saw this book sitting on the kitchen table, he asked me why was I reading a "chick" book. It told him that wasn't what it was, but I don't think he ever really believed me. All he would say was, look at the cover. Based off of that alone, I probably would have agreed with him. With this cover, I don't think I would have ever picked this one up. It's a shame really, because if I hadn't, I would have missed out on an amazing story.

As soon as Erica and Beth step out on the page, yo
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This book *should* be good. It follows several generations of a family, and there is a "mystery" in one generation that motivates you to read through to the end of the book to resolve. As a reader, you do get to enjoy early 1900 New York and Oklahoma Territory, and then England from 1905 onwards.

But... I just didn't love this book. I read and read and read, waiting for it to get GOOD, and I just felt like it never did. Yes, the characters were moderately interesting. I did like Caroline's first
Keilani Ludlow
This is a conditional 3 star. For me, a 3 star is what most books get if I enjoyed them. 4 star means I really enjoyed them and immediately went online with the library to find more of that author's books. 5 star is reserved for those truly above and beyond the norm books. Few make it to 5 star.

The conditional part is this - I enjoyed the book, I enjoyed the bouncing back and forth between the distant past, the recent past, and the present. I enjoyed the little mystery behind the characters. No
Sara Strand
So I would describe this as part historical fiction... part thriller... but mostly as a can't put it down read. Mostly because the book starts off with a young woman abandoning her baby. No kidding. I mean, as a mother I read that part and I'm thinking, "what in the world?!" and from there I couldn't put this book down. I had to know the circumstances around it and why a person would do that. What you find is a web of family history that nobody would be proud of.

But when I say I couldn't put it
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This book kept me up for two nights because I had to know to know how it ended. I had to know the answer to the two mysteries. Sort of literary thriller-ish, the story alternates between two women and two mysteries that tie together in the end.

My favorite character was Caroline, the early 20th-century American beauty who marries an Oklahoma rancher for love, and eventually ends up in England, reluctant matriarch to the Calcott family. I loved her and her mystery and I was desperate to learn the
Foi um livro que não me prendeu de início, tem descrições muito pormenorizadas e acabou por arrastar a leitura.

É uma estória repleta de mistérios, tragédias e dramas familiares que as personagens tentam esconder a todo o custo. Podemos acompanhar em simultâneo, três épocas diferentes, desde o presente, passado pelo início do século e pela infância das duas irmãs. Proporciona uma leitura muito intensa, cheia de grandes emoções e que se torna algumas vezes nostálgica.

Sou uma leitora que prefere te
Kris Irvin
Ugh this book was so boring. I should have loved it. It's the time period I really enjoy, it's got a mystery, it's switching POVs... but no.

The things that bothered me most: There's no rhyme or reason to the switching POVs. It's very random. Erica, as a main character, is not interesting at all. In fact, the whole modern day mystery is stilted and random and weird. And it's pretty obvious what the answer is.

I didn't like that the characters had very similar names. Harry, Henry, Honey. That was
Gostei muito do livro. Embora sejam 2 histórias contadas em estações temporais diferentes, está muito bem escrito e de forma a não baralhar, cansar o leitor. A personalidade de Caroline justifica-se pela falta de amor que teve durante toda a sua adolescência e mais tarde com a morte prematura do homem que amava. Conta-nos como a falta de amor pode deixar uma pessoa amarga e incapaz de amar os que lhe são próximos.
Jose Santos
Uma boa história. Bem contada e com personagens muito interessantes. Por vezes, se pensarmos bem, há aspectos da história que não fazem sentido. Porque é que as duas irmãs, depois de adultas, nunca visitaram a avó e só voltam à casa depois desta morrer? Mas posso ser eu que sou muito realista.
E tudo começa neste ponto. A avó morre e deixa a casa às duas irmãs desde que estas escolham viver ali, mas o regresso à casa vai acordar muitos traumas e muitas histórias do passado que estão à espera de s
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I was born in Kent in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. History remains a passion, and I write character-led mystery dramas, often with historical settings. I love to explore the way past events can reverberate in the present, and I'm fascinated by the vast grey areas in human morality and behaviour.

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