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The Legacy Letters: his Wife, his Children, his Final Gift

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Winner of 5 national awards including the Mom’s Choice Award, The Legacy Letters reveals to us the rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children—and his wife. His words of wisdom, interwoven between deeply personal stories and poignantly-told memories, ultimately become the practical, moral, and spiritual guidebook for his children he’d never live to ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 248 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by King Northern Publishing
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Donna Ledesma
Jan 06, 2014 Donna Ledesma rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
It’s like a breath of fresh air, this book.

Upon starting on the pages, I was surprised to immediately feel that this book would resonate with me for the following reasons… First, I believe I am sufficiently passionate for many things (music, words, nature… oh, that gift of youthful exuberance, I think I have it). Second, I love hearing words of delight, of awe and beauty, of positive ions and energy; they’re like music to my ears. Lastly, and especially, I love listening from/about old folks. To
Jan 03, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
In “The Legacy Letters” the narrator is offering a final gift to his twin children and wife. A memento of his mind: advice, lessons lo learn, and the key to a happy life. The book is comprised of multiple letters written to his children, whom he has never met, and a few to his wife recollecting the happy times they had together.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to do something similar with your own children? To have a kind of guidebook of “life lessons.” Something they read throughout their life in hop
Dec 28, 2013 Linh rated it really liked it
As the names of the man behind these letters is unknown to me, I will refer to him as "Papa" in my brief comments about this collection of letters.

I applaud Papa for his ability to remain positive and so wholesome despite his tragic story. Knowing that he will not be able to meet his unborn twins, he sets about writing them letters to leave them a legacy of his thoughts and words. The Legacy Letters is filled to the brim with back to the basics common sense and a wholesome view on life. Unfortu
Sandy Richards
Dec 29, 2014 Sandy Richards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm so thankful that I was introduced to this beautiful story. I had the pleasure of meeting the author at the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards in November 2014. So many of the chapters resonated with me. Having lost a child myself, Mr. Papritz's chapter on "The Losing of Love" hit me right in the heart. How do you explain to young people that loss happens and the journey you are then challenged to travel is a long road filled with tears and "what could have been?" To quote the ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Rose rated it it was amazing

The Legacy Letters: his Wife, His Children, His Final Gift; Carew Papritz's first novel shares profound down to earth wisdom on many things from books to money. The unknown narrator is dying of a terminal illness and is writing letters to his unborn children. He shares his personal wisdom, gained through life experience, to his children as his final gift to them.

The way this book is written sounds like poetry at times. I love the way this book flows beautifully and gives you a picture of the na
Jul 23, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, families
I wanted to believe this book is a true story, and it read like it was. It's instead an amazing work of fiction. I mean amazing. The language in this book is like music, which makes sense because the author is musical as well. It's lyrically written, beautiful language, much of it unusual and personal. It's the story of a couple that separates over something minor (isn't that the usual way?). The wife soon learns she's pregnant with twins but is angry and doesn't tell the husband. He learns he ...more
Jeannie Gianni
Sep 13, 2013 Jeannie Gianni rated it it was amazing
Our 21st Century society has lost a lot of morale, hope and faith from decades of war, homelessness and unemployment. The daily struggles of life has taken away the pure joy of believing. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teenagers, and anyone in between must read this book. Especially for teenagers who watch television and movies not seeing any viable role model out there and think that they have to lose their standards to fit in, you have to read this book to gain some hope and trust in ...more
Blaze Pascal
Jan 15, 2014 Blaze Pascal rated it it was amazing
I just ordered my second copy of The Legacy Letters for a friends birthday, and I'm sure I'll order plenty additional copies. This book is like finding a refreshing glass of water after wandering in the desert for years. Good old fashion, home spun values and wisdom, that we could all stand to review. In a world where yes and thank you have been replaced with shrugs and grunts, this book hits the mark. My advice, take a break from your smart phones this summer, and stick your nose into a copy of ...more
Sandra Nachlinger
Nov 11, 2014 Sandra Nachlinger rated it it was amazing
The Legacy Letters is a fictional story told in letters from a dying man, his last days spent alone in a cabin in the wilderness. He's estranged from his wife, and his letters are written to his children, to be read when they're ten years old. The book's blurb says:

"The Legacy Letters reveals to us the stories, memories, and music of a dying father, which ultimately becomes the practical, moral, and spiritual gift and guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redem
Susan Kaplan
Dec 26, 2013 Susan Kaplan rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.

It is terrible. I cannot understand the awards and positive reviews this book has received.

The format, letters to children from a dead father is contrived, trite, and forced. The messages are pure common sense. I have to admit I read about 20% trying to find something to convince me to read more, and I couldn't. So, while I have marked it as "read," that means I couldn't finish it because it was so unpleasant to read.

Barbara M
Jan 27, 2015 Barbara M rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written and touching true story. It begins with a man and wife separating. Soon after, the man learns that he has a terminal illness and doesn't tell his wife. His wife learns that she is pregnant with twins and doesn't tell her husband. He hears through someone else that his wife is pregnant and goes off to a cabin in the woods to prepare to die. While in the cabin, he writes a beautiful collection of letters to his unborn twins. He shares with them all he has learned ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
After learning he's terminally ill "Papa" also finds out his estranged wife is pregnant with twins he'll never meet. He decides to leave them with a series of letters full of memories, words of wisdom, advice, etc. Papritz's beautiful style of lyrical writing was a gorgeous change in my typical reading repertoire. Although the letters could sometimes seem disjointed (as commented by other reviewers) that would be the case when writing to an intimate audience such as your own children. For ...more
Courtney Wells
Jan 03, 2014 Courtney Wells rated it it was amazing
Paprtiz's prose is lyrical and poetic. His distinct voice keeps you turning the pages so quickly, you'll be shocked how much of the book you've read in one sitting.

The wisdom of "The Legacy Letters" is deeply affecting and you'll find yourself thinking about the advice they offer, and sharing their wisdom with family, friends, and loved ones. Papritz takes the "live last day like it's your last" cliche and gives us the whys and hows through the message the father conveys to his unborn children,
Sarah Bollt
Jan 06, 2014 Sarah Bollt rated it really liked it
Shelves: have, first-reads
I don't quite know how to react to this book. There was a lot -- a *lot* -- in this book that really resonated with me ... advice the father writes to his children about life, love, dreams ... and I think it really had some very poignant things to say.

That said ... I think the writing style didn't seem to match the background story. I mean, this is supposed to be a guy who grew up pounding in fence posts and herding cattle, and yet he uses all this flowery language -- and for a pair of ten-year-
Jun 29, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
This is a book filled with advice from a man that will never have a chance to meet his children. A book filled with spiritual pourings from his heart. A book filled with how to live, how to treat others, and how to connect with God.

I sensed a deep regret and longing in his writings of the loss of his marriage and wife. A man who has had to make peace with both losses.

His straight forward words of wisdom makes him wise way beyond his years. He has lived a life time in a short time.

This is a book
Jan 06, 2014 Person1234 rated it it was amazing
I just won this book in a giveaway, and I can't wait to receive it in the mail! The premise of the book seems super interesting, and everyone says it is AWESOME!!!! I hope they are correct, and I will definitely be updating this review once I receive my review copy and finish reading the book! Thanks again, Goodreads, for choosing me as one of the winners to receive an advanced reader's copy of this book! I'M SUPER EXCITED, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO RECEIVE THE BOOK, READ IT, AND REVIEW IT! AHHHHHHHH! ...more
Kathleen Gardiner
Jun 25, 2015 Kathleen Gardiner rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It doesn't read like fiction, because it isn't. It is a dying man's letters to his unborn children.
He and his wife have separated and he learns he is dying, and she learns she is pregnant with twins.
They find out about each other's dilemma through other people.
It is very touching and moving and I feel it should be read by everyone.
D. Kildonin
Jan 16, 2014 D. Kildonin rated it it was amazing
I've read this book now 7 times and I am always finding something new in it. It's so beautifully written and find myself deeply moved by many of the letters. I've never quite read a book like this that keeps giving and giving and giving me so much to think about life and love and everything. An amazing experience.
Noelle Walsh
Jan 06, 2014 Noelle Walsh rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was such a nice book. Halfway through I think my eyes got teary. By the end, my face was soaked. It was so touching, and so worth reading. It's a definitive must read for everyone! It's just such a beautiful book that touches the soul.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Stephanie Lowry
Oct 12, 2013 Stephanie Lowry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good compilation of letters from a dying man to his children. He expressed his thoughts, tried to teach his children what he knew, and showed his love for his children. It was a country/cowboy story with good little life lessons. I enjoyed it, it was a short, fast read.
Jul 13, 2014 Sabrina rated it really liked it
In The Legacy Letters the narrator is writing letters to his children and wife as a memento of life lessons since he is passing away and won’t be there to see his children grow up or even be born for that matter. In his letters he offers them advice about love, friendship, money, growing old, and just how to basically enjoy life and to never take it for granted.

I didn’t really have any expectations going into this book but I am so glad I read it. There isn’t a plot, climax, or even a resolution
Sep 23, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I had originally ordered this book on my Kindle because my 8 year old son is friends with Mr. Papritz's son and told me I had to read it! My son loves that he knows an author and knows that I love to read so he was excited to tell me about it! To be honest, once I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to dive right in. I purchased it on my Kindle so I wouldn't have to wait for the book to come. I also have a hard back copy of the book and it is gorgeous!

The premise of the book really hooked me from
Lisa Ahlstedt
Dec 20, 2013 Lisa Ahlstedt rated it it was ok
This book is a collection of letters from a man who discovers he doesn't have long to live. In addition, he is estranged from his pregnant wife, so he knows he will never get to meet his children. He decides to leave them letters which discuss the lessons he's learned in life, as well as giving his children some advice on how they should live theirs. The set up for the book has the author retreating to a remote cabin to live out his final days, but leaving instructions to his attorney on how to ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I was given a copy of The Legacy Letters via a giveaway on LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. I appreciate the opportunity.

I found parts of the book to be inspiring, as I expected from the description I'd read. Some parts were amusing, and some were very sweet. When I read the book's description, I was awestruck at the thought of two children receiving such a precious gift from the father they would never meet. I still feel that way. I can't imagine what it was like for the children
Feb 25, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
I received a free copy through Goodreads.
Wow. What can I say? The letters were inspirational and yet filled with sadness at the same time. There are a lot of words of wisdom given in the letters, but it is tinged with sadness because you know that the letters were written by the dying father (known only as Papa in this narrative) who would never get to meet or know his children.

There were lots of moments of silliness and fun, and also wisdom from years of experience and a touch of common sen
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Carol Jayden
Aug 13, 2015 Carol Jayden rated it it was amazing
This is definitely the best book I have read this year (and possibly the last few years). It is beautiful and sad at the same time. It is beautiful in the sense that this father, in his last days, devotes his time in writing to his unborn children leaving them a legacy of letters. I believe it is every parent’s dream to impart some wisdom into their children’s lives and guide them through life. This is what this book is about. It is about love, forgiveness, relationships, humanity and learning ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.

Although I like the concept of the book--letters from a dying man to his unborn children--and although some of the nature imagery in the text is beautiful, the work as a whole did not work for me. This is not to say the book does not work, but I did not feel like I was the intended audience. The man in the story writes letters to be read by his children when they turn ten years of age. The lessons he shares may be appropriate for children of that ag
Evida Suntoyo
Aug 14, 2015 Evida Suntoyo rated it it was amazing
My parents used to tell me that they couldn't leave me a lot of wealth and fortune, and so instead they ensured that they provided enough education for me. Be it in school or out of school. They made sure that I would grow up to be an independant woman and navigate my way through life. I might have taken some bad falls and have scars and bruises to show for it, but I am always able to pick myself up and move on.

This book is about that. The last words in a series of letters from a dying father to
Beth Withers
Jul 12, 2014 Beth Withers rated it liked it
A man leaves his wife over something insignificant, finds out he is terminally ill, learns his wife is expecting twins, and to protect the pregnancy, decides to stay away and die alone. He leaves behind letters for his twins, full of the wisdom he has gleaned from life and the observations he has made. There are many thoughts to ponder in this book; I even turned down a couple of pages to reread. By about 2/3 of the way through the book, I was, however, ready to reach the end. What started ...more
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As a bestselling author of the award-winning inspirational book, “The Legacy Letters,” Carew Papritz thrives on the incurable combination of an undying curiosity and an adventurer’s heart. He truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest.”

Yosemite, Romper Room, & A First Novel—Born in Yosemite National Park, Carew lived the first year of life in a tent cabin; at 5 he appe
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