By Katherine Webb
$14.99, William Morrow Paperbacks
What the publisher wants us to know:
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.
What I want to tell you about this book:
The Legacy by Katherine Webb is my kind of book! Anyone who's read this blog for any time now, knows that I love dual time period stories, so dang, this one had me when I read the first page when we learn that in 1905, Caroline Calcott flees Storton Manor with a pillowcase over her shoulder. Caroline turns out to be Erica and Beth's Great-grandmother, a Great-grandmother with a secret.
Author Katherine Webb then fast forwards the reader to the present time, when Erica and Beth return to their Grandmother Meredith's home after her death to sort through the house and its contents.
As Webb takes us back and forth in time and the sisters make the decision to live in their "legacy" home, old secrets and webs of betrayal are uncovered. Webb deftly moves us from story line to story line, past to present and back again as slowly but surely the well plotted mysteries are revealed. The elements of a good and engaging story are all here in The Legacy, envy, betrayal, secrets and deceptions. All there, just waiting to be pieced together.
I've said that I enjoyed this book, but I want to really stress that The Legacy is one of the best, and most engaging book I've read all year!
5 out of 5 stars!
I received this e-galley from the publisher through NetGalley at my request, and that in no way affected my review.