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My Daughter's Legacy

(Cousins of the Dove #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  272 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Women of Unfailing Conviction

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of her family owning slaves. When her wealthy grandfather dies during the Civil War, leaving his slaves and estate to Therese's widowed mother, Therese flees to Richmond. There she works as a tutor by day and a nurse by night. But when trouble befalls her family, how can she reconcile her
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Harvest House Publishers
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Melissa Henderson
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From spies to war to family obligations and dedication, to possible love, a murder mystery and more, this story is so great that I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to keep reading and find out what would occur next. A wonderful action packed story that concludes the mystery that started in the first book of the Cousins of the Dove series. The story is told from the characters in Virginia 1864 and Virginia present day. The way the two time periods are related is amazing. Great story. I recei ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This conclusion to the Cousins To The Dove series will have you page turning right to the end as answers begin to unfold.
When this book opens we are with Nicole as she has completed her college year and is heading home to again live with her sister, and life is looking so much brighter.
The story in all three books are about strong Talbot woman, and this like the former books spans generations, with one being current time and the other during the Civil War.
As we span the centuries we are caught u
Cheryl Baranski
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Daughter's Legacy is book three in the Cousins of the Dove Series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. This book is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Take a visit back to 1864 in this captivating story. Then travel back to modern times. Be sure to order your copy of My Daughter's Legacy today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars! ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I ended up LOVING this book! It did start out slow for me and it took awhile for me to really get into the characters and the story. But the more I read the more I wanted to read!

I admired both women in this story. Therese faced so many challenges to her values. As well she faced so many frustrations and loss. Although I wanted to slap her mother around more than once, I understood her fear and how it is easy to slip into the familiar. Therese on the other hand stood firm in what she believed. I
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Daughter's Legacy is the final book from the Cousins of the Dove series. In this installment, Therese is living in Confederate Virginia in 1864. She is fighting against her family over their beliefs of being slave owners. I was fascinated with this story and was hoping she was able to overcome everything she endured to do what was right.
Fast forwarding 150 years, brings the reader to recovering drug addict, Nicole, who is working at a horse therapy facility. I have personally volunteered at t
Karen R
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to a fascinating series! Book three begins a year and a half later, featuring Nicole's story in another dual timeline setting in Virginia. An ancestor from the Civil War era and a priceless missing heirloom add to the mystery, as the Talbots continue to search for the truth in the cold case investigation begun in book one. To fully enjoy this series, it is best read in order, though a nice recap is included.

Written in the first person point of view from Nicole, the presen
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
I love these two authors and their work, and I was excited to see where this book went. And honestly, while I loved that these authors came together and created a captivating story, I was a little lost in some of the areas of the story, so I'll definitely be going back to read the first two in the series.

That said, these characters, both present day, and historical, are beautifully chiseled. Told between two points of view, the authors take the reader on a whirlwind ride through history and cont
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of the Cousins of the Dove series this is by far my favorite! The modern day story of the Talbot family flowed seamlessly, and blended with the family history of their ancestors through Civil War times.

Nicole's story is a difficult one, plagued by memories from her past, and the battle against alcoholism in recent years. Her character is well defined and the experiences she encountered were so descriptive that my emotions took several turns. The events delineated in her family life were very wel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Daughter's Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a Christian contemporary and historical mystery romance and I loved it. It is the third book in the Cousins Of The Dove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The action alternates between present day and 1864, as secrets in the past are unearthed today. The two stories are linked by common ancestors, a love of history, old photographs and the desire for truth. Both have similar themes in their different time periods.
There is the t
Lisa Johnson
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: My Daughter’s Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)
Author: Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
Pages: 397
Year: 2017
Publisher: Harvest House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
After meeting Nicole in book one and reading about her continued trouble with addiction in book two, now readers get to hear her story in book three of the series. She has just completed her first year of college successfully. She has been substance free for the whole time and has no intention of going back to her former life. She
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an impressive dual timeline My Daughter’s Legacy was. Written by two authors I was taken back to about three years into the Civil War and I received Therese Jennings story. She was against slavery but still loved the South, in which she was raised, and did not want to see her state of Virginia lose its power. Looking forward to meeting her long time secret love, Michael Talbot, she becomes disappointed in him and the way his views seemed to have turned. Adding to that she has met his very h ...more
Edward Arrington
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed the Cousins of the Dove series with the Talbot cousins. In each story, the authors have woven together the stories of ancestors from specific eras that tie them to the modern-day cousins. The cousins have been close since childhood and enjoyed many fun times together but one experience was very traumatic to them and has remained unsolved for almost twenty years. Nicole is the key character of this story which opens with her returning to Richmond for the summer after her first year ...more
Debora Wilder
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredible conclusion to a fantastic series!

This is part of a “true” series. To understand the contemporary story you have to read the series in order.

This book has dual time periods. Part of the story is set in 1864 Virginia. The other part is contemporary. I really like how the authors weave the stories in such a way that you flow back and forth between them smoothly.

I absolutely love the characters in this wonderful book! There is an amazing depth to them that really captured my interest.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great dual storyline, that unites a young recovering addict with the story of a distant relative from the Civil War as she uncovers the final clues to an unsolved mystery. Nicole Talbot suffered a traumatic experience when she was very young. As more details of this experience come to light, the Talbot family realize this is somehow tied to a valuable missing heirloom. Aunt Cissy has spent much of her life researching the family history. Details of Renee Jennings' struggle during the Civil War ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Third book in the cousins of the Dove series and they just keep getting better! This one stars Nicole in present day Richmond, Virginia (she is the youngest of the 4 Talbot cousins) and Therese Jennings in Civil War Richmond. I thought it was neat that both young women often were at the same location but over a 100-year difference in time, which not only affected the topography of the location but also their attitudes. Once again, the authors beautifully weave a story flowing back and forth ...more
Vik Arch
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story unites two distant relatives in one beautiful tale… Nicole Talbot and Therese Jennings.

Nicole Talbot is in sobriety program, and free from the forbidden liquid for a year. Keeping her promise to her aunty, she does even more than she signed for. But when she receives such a precious gift on her graduation day, a car, yet it threatens to stop her from the telling one heavy secret she carried her whole life… Would be she able to spill the beans and loose the car, or will she keep the sec
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
My Daughter’s Legacy # 3 Cousins of the Dove
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

Virginia, 1864…Richmond, Virginia…Therese Jennings, governess by day, tends to wounded soldiers at night and prays for this dreadful war to end. She is drawn to one of the doctors attending the wounded soldiers, but her heart grieves over the change in a childhood friend, James Talbot, now a soldier, who she had given her heart to long ago. Therese’s heart aches for those who are enslaved and hopes to help free th
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Awesomeness from two well-known storytellers!

My Daughter's Legacy is the third, and final, installment in the Cousins of the Dove. The entire series is an excellent read, with this final book being a perfect ending to a fantastic story. I'd love to see the entire series as a movie or made for tv short series. you have secrets? Are they good secrets or not so good secrets? What if you kept a secret your entire life only to find out that things were not quite what they seemed when you
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eeeep!!!! Dual Timeline alert and I'm in a tizzy of reader euphoria. This conclusion to the Cousins of the Dove series is that exceptional!

First off, if you haven't read My Brother's Crown and My Sister's Prayer, you won't have a problem reading this one as a standalone BUT it will spoil some of the mystery in the present day timeline so reader beware if you plan to play catch up with the first two books.

Love how the two timelines are presented and how they mesh together by the end. I'm not sure
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading My Daughter’s Legacy, which is the satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series written by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould.
If you like historical Christian fiction, then you won't want to miss this book, or the Cousins of the Dove series.

This book is the story of Nicole, the youngest of the cousin group you get to know in the modern-day chapters. She’s made some huge changes in her life, and come a long way from the girl she was in the earlier books. I couldn’t help
Rachel Lundy
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels, 2017
My Daughter's Legacy is the third, and final, book in the Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. Each book follows two stories, one historical, and one modern day. The historical story is new in each book, but the modern-day mystery is woven throughout all three books. Fans of the Cousins of the Dove series will appreciate this final book and the exciting way the past and present combine in the solving of the decades-old mystery.

Enough background information is given
Becky Lewis
Stunning Conclusion...

If you like Christian historical fiction, in particular franco- american fiction(the Huguenots, Colonial Americal, Civil War); all entertwined with equally suspenseful contemporary fiction, DO NOT miss this brilliant series!

Clark and Gould bring their amazing franco-american Cousins of the Dove series to a stunning conclusion in this final book, My Daughter's Legacy. Told from two different points of view, one hundred fifty years apart, this is a book and series not to be m
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although i didn't read the first two books in the series, it didn't make any difference to my enjoyment. I love stories based around the Civil War and slaves. I shall definitely read the first two books and will be watching out for more books by these two talented authors. I do highly recommend, and unlike myself, i do suggest that you read in order.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers. This is my honest review.
Stella Potts
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finally the #3 book in Cousins of the Dove Series. Although I thought the #2 book was a little slow Clark and Gould made up for it in this final book of the series. Wrapping up a 20 year old mystery in modern day Virginia and finding love under difficult circumstances in 1864 Virginia. This book encompasses Civil War Richmond and the trials of a southern woman who does not believe in owing slaves with a modern day woman who tries to unravel the mysteries of her past while dealing with the presen ...more
Vickie McDonough
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book because I'm not a fan of first person stories, but after reading just a few pages, I was sucked into the story and curious to see what happened at the cabin so many years earlier. I especially enjoyed the historical subplot. My Daughter's Legacy is a fabulous tale of family secrets, traditions, and heritage. ...more
I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is such a wonderful book to read. I was so glad that I have read the other two books so the characters back stories were easy to think back too each sentence and chapter I read. It gives you closure on an incident that was described in the first novel but also about the history of families that lived through all kinds of tragedy. It was great to see how each has grown in t ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always, Mindy Starns Clark out does herself!! Intrigue, romance, suspense - a real page turner! Make sure you read all three of the Cousins of the Dove series!
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Daughter’s Legacy was an amazing story with the time slip and how the characters' lives were intertwined. This book was a page turner with all the history and characters that kept me spellbound while reading. The connection of ancestors and solving a mystery added depth along with an intriguing plot. Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould are a great team together. This is the first book I've read in the Cousins of the Dove series, which is actually the final book in the series. Now I must go ba ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very satisfactory ending to the Cousins of the Dove series begun in My Brother's Crown, set in in 1685 and the present day. The series continued with My Sister's Prayer, set in 1704 and the present day. And now we come to the conclusion, which answered all the questions readers have had since Book # 1. The story begins in the present day with Nicole Talbot, who has gotten her life back on track after years of substance abuse. She is finally ready to share a quite shocking secret with h ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Talbot is doing so well in her post-addiction life. She has kept a secret since she was a little girl and feels that to totally heal she must let it out to the rest of the family. Nicole is working with horses at a therapy farm for the summer before she returns to school in the fall. She is worried about talking to the family but soon realizes she is not the only one with secrets.
Teresa Jennings, Nicole's great, great, great grandmother is so against slavery and is trying to convenience h
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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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