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When they first met sixteen years ago, Ali was convinced Ryan was a man who grew up like she did: poor, struggling, and orphaned. They married quickly and headed for the Midwest to complete college. Sixteen year later, Ryan has an independent law practice, Ali is an ER nurse, and the couple has the perfect life. Yet when Ryan leads a class action suit against a toxic indus ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Angie Dokos
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Everything seemed to turn out a little too perfect, but it was still great. I wish I could be more like Ali. I think I'd be way more pissed off than she was. She handled everything perfectly. It would be great if all families could have the trust and faith in each other like Ali, her husband, and their children. I don't think this situation would play out so well in reality, but it sure does make for a great fiction novel.
Jennifer Chow
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I was first hovering at a 3.5 stars but changed my mind to a solid 4.) Here are the reasons why: This book starts off a bit confusing. I would have liked the timeline of the story to just take place in present day instead of hopping around. Also, I had a hard time really investing in the relationship between Ali & Ryan when I didn't know enough about them in the beginning.

The narration of this novel switches between protagonists, which can be confusing. At first, I thought the chapters wou
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Ali took a big leap of faith when she agreed to marry Ryan after a strange set of events happened to him that he never explained. Now, sixteen years later, life isn’t perfect for the Prescotts, but Ryan and Ali feel blessed to share a strong and loving marriage and to be the parents of a well-adjusted son and daughter.

When Ryan, an attorney, takes on a large business magnate who is trying to force through a community development project, the battle seems a little too personal. Ali and Ryan’s liv
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Jessica Wren-Wilson
This book is highly reminiscent of The Sun Also Rises, so Hemingway fans would probably enjoy it. It would be a fantastic Lifetime movie. Legacy Discovered is about a man who took on his dying friend's identity to escape from his domineering father to lead the life he chooses with the woman he loves. I wish Reis hadn't saved the best parts of the book for the end; it makes the plot imbalanced. While it is true that the plot is somewhat predictable and there is only one major plot twist (towards ...more
Lynda Kelly
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this. I did get a little bogged down with some of the legal terminology regarding building regulations, etc......but not enough to pack it in. There were only a couple of errors I spotted too so that made it a pleasure in itself !!
The story is about a guy going up against his father and his father's ideals and how this relationship works. His son chose to live somebody else's life for 16 years in preference to being his father's son. However, the whole truth is revealed......I
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Patricia
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*** Spoiler Alert ***

Ryan has a deep secret . . . even his wife of 16 years doesn't know it. He is a well-respected and hard working lawyer whose personal and professional life starts to unravel after a visit from an investigator hired by a big shot real estate developer to "persuade" Ryan to stop opposing plans for an industrial park/condo complex to be built in his community.

The revelation of his secret threatens Ryan's comfortable life and the lives of those he loves. Parts of the story are b
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pianogirl05
This was a well written story about a son trying to become his own person. I loved the fact the author chose to make Ali and her husband a united front instead of having drama between them. Ali played a very supportive role and was a strong anchor for him. Ali's husband is a strong character who is not afraid to show emotion and that says a lot about him. I really enjoyed reading this story. It has enough of the "what's going to happen next" feeling that keeps you wanting to turn the page.
Anne Bannon
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a charming and sweet book - not gooey sweet, but the kind that just makes you feel good when you're done reading. A perfect romance for those of us who like romance but not the overwrought angst of most modern romance novels.

Based on a wonderful "what if?" scenario, Aly discovers that the man she married isn't the man she thought. So she has to get past the betrayal to find that he's still the same guy.
InD'tale Magazine
4.5/5.0

A sweet, family-focused work of fiction with a hint of mystery.

Read full review in the 2014 February issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Virginia
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a tender, poignant and heartfelt look at a family's dynamics as they struggle to make peace with their past.
Linda
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great family ties

Some people don't have wonderful family ties and this story helps those people realize that their futures can be different from what they have known.
Carmen
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous!

Very emotional and touching story of family, lost and found. I couldn't stop reading. I recommend it. Truly an unforgettable story.
Arborgate Media
Light read, if you like Sentimental: This was an ok read. Ali is an ER Nurse, Ryan is a lawyer driven to serve the best interests of his community. Together they have built a life, but it will all start to unravel when Ryan’s past resurfaces. The structure of the story and plot was ok, except for Charles Jr.’s business mission to take down his father’s company. Not exactly an unconscious pursuit-that would be conscious. So his wanting to erase his other life, while creating an inevitable confron ...more
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Kerry Reis was born in Oregon and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in motion picture and television arts. He worked for ABC Television for twenty eight years and became the associate director of digital broadcast communications for the Disney ABC Television Group. He has travelled wi ...more