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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: The Legacy by Katherine Webb

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks 
ISBN: 0062077309
Pages:496 pages
Genre: Fiction/Literary/Mystery  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest, bring her sister some peace, and finally solve the mystery of her cousin’s disappearance.

But sifting through remnants of a bygone time is bringing a secret family history to light—one that stretches back over a century, to a beautiful society heiress in Oklahoma, a haunting, savage land across the ocean. And as past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two shocking acts of betrayal . . . and the heartbreaking legacy they left behind.

My Review: 

This is one of the ones I was looking forward to in the midst of my reading marathon of romance and YA. Everyone needs a break from the things they love once in a while.

I had some trouble getting into this book at the start. The pace moved very slowly. It took me a while but once I got into the story I really started to enjoy it. The book follows Erica and her sister, Beth in the present and their great-grandmother, Caroline in the past as Erica tries to decipher the past and figure out the mystery of her cousin, Henry’s disappearance.  Sounds rather complex and convoluted but it’s really very good once you get into it.

I loved this book. I did. I was surprised by how much. I am not usually a mystery fan. At all. It usually takes Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes to get me to read or enjoy a mystery but I really did like this one. I loved how the story alternated between past and present. It was done so well and I really became interested in both time periods. I did have a bit of trouble getting into the story at the beginning because I felt the pacing was a bit slow but once I got into it, I loved it.

This one was a really great break from romance and YA for me. Anyone who loves a good mystery should really pick this one up.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.

1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean about needing a break from your normal reading every once in a while. I'm glad that this one turned out to be the right book for that break!

    Thanks for being on the tour.



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