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The Legacy by Katherine Webb
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Aug 24, 2010

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

I really enjoy dual narrative novels although some can be more challenging than others losing the reader by flitting too much from one story to the next. I am pleased to report that this didn't happen to me during my reading of The Legacy and it was a very enjoyable, light read.

In the contemporary story, two sisters, Beth and Erica inherit a rambling country pile from their grandmother Meredith but the legacy has conditions, the sisters have to decide to live in the house or they lose their inheritance. Such a twist seems typical of Meredith who has never been the most affectionate of souls and her legacy seems to provoke more grief than happiness as Beth is emotionally disturbed and Erica is convinced that the key to their happiness lies in discovering secrets long since buried in the past. Of course things do not go to plan and raking up the past does no good at all!

The other storyline is set in the United States in the 1900s, following the life of the girls' great-grandmother Caroline from her debutant days in New York to her sudden marriage to Corin, a rancher in the Wild West, a life changing marriage which does not bode well as the aristocratic Caroline fails to adapt to the life of a rancher's wife. None of her descendants are aware of this past as she had reinvented herself and moved to England - even more family secrets...

This is a very readable novel and for once I equally enjoyed the contemporary and the historical narratives (I usually have a penchant for the historical). Each chapter deals with a different time period and leaves the reader on a cliff hanger but moves seamlessly to the next story - I really admire any author who manages to gel two narratives together without irritating or losing the reader along the way. At times The Legacy is reminiscent of Kate Morton's The House at Riverton but in style rather than plot - a great summer read, not too taxing.
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Kelly (kel3006) After a false start with it, I left it for a few weeks and staarted it again at the weekend and I am glad that I have given it another go as so far I am really enjoying reading this book

Teresa Glad to hear it, sometimes I'm like that - just not in the right mood for a particular book.

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