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Inheritance (Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, #1)

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The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to the author of Gone with the Wind. Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. The story b ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Knox Robinson Publishing, Ltd
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Until I finished this book, my only real notion of 'Doc' Holliday was of a gaunt, thin, possibly drug addicted gun fighter and cohort of Wyatt Earp. This biographical novel, the first in a trilogy, totally blew my mind and changed that whole perception.

Spanning 1862 to 1873, this book details the early life of John Henry Holliday, the only son of a commanding, unforgiving war vet and a sweet, polished Southern woman. Desperate for his father's approval, but impatient and wild-tempered enough to
Amanda Haugen
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a book! It wasn't a "couldn't put it down" sort of book and it certainly took me a bit longer than usual to read but I adored it. I've always fancied the store of Doc Holliday and just thoroughly enjoyed visiting Doc as a youngster and seeing how his journey began. Super excited to get
My hands on book 2.
Kathleen Kelly
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Most everyone has heard of Doc Holliday and the OK Corral...but what most people don't know ( I didn't) is about his young life. This first book, based on fact, in the series tells the reader about John Henry Holliday from the time he was a young boy to when he leaves for Texas as a young man. We learn about his love for his cousin Mattie. He wants to marry her but she declines and tells him that since they are first cousins and she being Catholic said it was against her religion. John Henry's r ...more
Victor Wilkie
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down, this is the best book I've read in a long time. This biographical novel is the result of 18 years of painstaking research performed by Author Victoria Wilcox, resulting in a work that will hold the attention of anyone who has even a passing interest in Doc Holliday or the old South. Far more captivating however, is Victoria's gift for writing. Reading this book, you feel as though you know virtually every character personally and as though you're face to face with even the ones you d ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This first novel by author Victoria Wilcox introduces us to the legendary John Henry "Doc" Holliday. In a beautifully written story, we meet John Henry as an earnest young boy, who over the course of the novel, grows into a young man set to become a legend. The wonderful sense of place is enhanced by dialogue that truly makes the reader feel as if they are immersed in the world of the post-Civil War South. For readers who love a good historical romance, as well as those who would like to know ho ...more
Ray Ratliff
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Wilcox did a fantastic job of researching for this book. She to me revealed parts of his life that I never knew. I can't wait to start the next book in this fantastic series.
Kelly W.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I became aware of this book mostly by accident - after binge watching Wynonna Earp on SyFy, I became more interested in learning more about Doc Holliday and the Earp Vendetta Ride, and while combing through non-fiction books, I stumbled on this novel. Positive reviews motivated me to give it a try, and I’m glad I did because as a history lover, this book was a perfect blend of research and storytelling that I often find lacking in other historical fiction novels.

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1. Research: Holy c
Sarai Davila
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although I'm slightly biased, I really did love reading about John Henry's life. I had no idea the strange family life he had, nor of the difficulty he had finding a straight and narrow path through life. However, sensitivity warning--the depictions of old southern attitudes about slavery and black people are intense and angry. It's hard to ignore them, and as realistic as they are it's possible they would cause some readers discomfort.
Tara Hall
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose to review this book because I always liked the character of Doc Holliday from the movies about Wyatt Earp and Dodge City. I wanted to know more of how a man who was clearly educated—and a dentist—found himself in the company of rough men, and usually on the wrong side of the law. Inheritance does not disappoint, giving a very in-depth look at John Henry—“Doc’s” real name. The book begins with Doc as a youth of ten, giving vivid details of how the last years of the Civil War together with ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I knew next to nothing about Doc (John Henry) Holliday until I read last year's fantastic book Doc by Mary Doria Russell. If I had not read that book I would not have been interested in reading this one. Learning about the man behind the legend was fascinating. Inheritance is the first of a three book series detailing the man. This volume deals with his life from his early years through his run West after he commits a very reckless act.

His early life was dominated by an overbearing father and a
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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I received this as a free book through Goodreads First Reads.

Not really knowing anything about 'Doc' Holliday other than what has been seen in films etc I was intrigued by this novel and was not disappointed.

It spans the years of his childhood to early adulthood, giving an insight to his foundation through his family influences, the attitude of his father and the love of his cousin Mattie, finishing with this chapter of his life as he moves to Texas.

I found the writing to be concise with excelle
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Southern by choice, as I am since 1978, having lived in Savannah, Charleston and Fayetteville, Georgia, where Inheritance takes place, I adored this book! John Henry Holliday and all of his relatives are vibrant and alive as they tell their story in witty dialogue. Ms. Wilcox did her research and it is evident in the historical details. It is full of anecdotes both simple and complex expounding on the life of this very complicated character. So much went into the man who became the legend and it ...more
Catherine Pendleton
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Wilcox has made Doc’s early years vividly come to life in this first book of her trilogy. I enjoyed reading about his time in Valdosta, Georgia, my home town. Her research into Doc’s life and the times he lived in is on the mark. Toward the end of this book, I could sense Doc’s life spiraling downward because of his illness and poor decisions before he leaves for Texas. Can’t wait to read the other two books.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about Doc Holliday's early years! I must admit, I really didn't know much about him - recognized his name in connection to the Old West and that's about it. The author spent 18 years researching for this book and the other 2 in this trilogy, and you can tell. She seemed to know him personally. Loved her writing. Really enjoyed this, it was hard to put down - and I can't wait for the other 2 books to be released!
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Our book club selected this historical novel, and although I knew the book had won awards and must be well written, I expected it to be dry. I was pleasantly surprised that the story moved along so well, and the characters were engaging. The author does an excellent job of setting the scene and the historical backdrop without too much exposition. I learned a lot about John Henry (Doc) Holliday's early life, and I am anxious to read the rest of the trilogy.
Walter B.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Wilcox and Knox Publishing did a great job in writing and publishing this book. I like western history and this book satisfied by hunger. Details were on the mark, punctuated with a lot of human interest. Vivid descriptions. The research was noteworthy. The style was attention grabbing. The story is worthy of a movie.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have a strange fascination with Doc Holliday and I enjoy historical fiction so this should be a slam dunk. It was ok. I'll read the next to make a clearer decision on it. Kind if slow in parts. A little more civil war drama than I like to read about. But overall not bad.
Mimi Schroeder
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful read for anyone who likes Southern history or historical fiction. I knew nothing about Doc Holliday and it turns out he has several connections to Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind. Very well written and researched.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good book
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly well written book about an enigmatic man. This is a great start to the trilogy. I was so wrapped up in the book I read it in one day. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
May 08, 2013 marked it as to-read
Very curious about the GWTW connection.
George Mashini
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good historical fiction

It focused a little bit too much on the romantic aspects of his life, but the story flowed nicely. It's easy reading.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easy to read. Organized well. Gives a good picture of what life was like in the "Doc Holliday" era.
Marty Smith
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written with drama, comedy, and an obviously studied insight into the early life of Doc Holliday. I could not put it down. A must read. Cannot wait till this author's next.
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Victoria Wilcox is Founding Director of Georgia’s Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum (the antebellum home of the family of Doc Holliday, now a site on the National Register of Historic Places), where she learned the family’s untold stories of their legendary cousin and his connection to the real people behind "Gone with the Wind." Her work with the museum led to two decades of original research, ma ...more

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