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The Legacy by Katherine Webb
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Sep 22, 2011

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This book is VERY similar to Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden', where the author intertwines the past and the present, telling two different stories in one. I wouldn't say that I was riveted, but the book was definitely entertaining. I became fascinated with Caroline's marriage to an Oklahoma cattle rancher and how disgustingly frail, feeble, and weak she turned out to be. All things considered, this was a fun story to make the housework go by quicker, but I wasn't excited to listen to it each chance I got - I kind of had to force myself to continue with it at times. However, it's fairly clean - there was one 'love scene' but it was kept to a minimum, and there were a couple of "F" bombs.

I guess the "Legacy" left behind is that Caroline took William from his family; The Dinsdales took Henry from his family; and everybody was miserable because one bad link in the chain - Caroline - was so horrible, weak, and worthless. So much love was lost because she was so weak. Some might have sympathy for her, but I don't. I never did all throughout the book. I did feel bad for her that she couldn't get pregnant with Corrin - that could drive any good woman into a deep depression. I can't relate to any of those emotions, so maybe I could be more sympathetic of her if I really understood the depths of her pain. Regardless, she took Magpie's baby, sailed across the ocean with him, and dumped him off with a nanny; and then with gypsies. WHO DOES THAT?! And then the way she treated her only living child - that is completely disgusting.

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