Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy

Review: The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy

IN A GLANCE: A breathtaking, beautifully written story about a very dysfunctional Family!

Title: The Legacy of Eden
Author: Nelle Davy
Publisher: MIRA Books
Pages: 384 pages
Format: Paperback (Given to me by publisher for review)
ISBN #: 0778329550
Buy This: Amazon

"To understand what it meant to be a Hathaway, you'd first have to see Aurelia."

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name - no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways - and the once prosperous farm.

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died - alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land, or the memories.

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family... and her own part in their mottled history.

"Our farm was like the world when people still thought it was flat. And when you left it, it was as if you had simply sailed too far and fallen off the surface into the void."


Dysfunctional Family... well that's a polite way of describing the family in this book, really they are well let's just stick with Dysfunctional.  Nelle Davy, created a story around this family going from past to present to paint the whole picture and story to the reader.  I loved that the most about this book, we really get to see it all.

I really enjoyed this book and the way the author did just that, shows it all to us, every little detail.  Yes it does take some time and it is a slow paced book, but I think it had to be for the reader to see the whole story and understand what these characters were going through.  Each character in this book, Nelle Davy, makes them just as special as the main character, even if you end up hating them.

I really ended up loving so many of these characters though, one being of course the main one, Meredith.  I loved being in her head and getting to know and see her family from her perspective.  Meredith had to really make some tough choices in this book and the past really haunts her.

This book really was a great read, but like I said if you are looking for a fast paced read, then this book isn't what you are looking for.  I also really want to say I love this cover so much, it is one of my favorite covers.  It is so beautiful in person and it really depicts the story well.

The Legacy of Eden is a gem of a book and author! Nelle Davy is a new favorite author of mine!  I'm defiantly going to be looking for her next book.


Plot: 19/20
Creativity: 18/20
Writing: 19/20
Characters: 19/20
Ending: 9/10
Cover: 10/10

94 out of 100 = 4 Puppies

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