The Bannaman Legacy Author:Catherine Cookson The Bannaman Legacy begins with the story of Roddy Greenbank. In the autumn of 1807 he is brought to the small town of Langley by his father, but within hours the father meets a violent and mysterious death, and the boy, Roddy, is left with no memory of anything or anyone he has ever known. And so Roddy comes to be adopted and raised by old Kate... more » Makepeace, a family friend, whose special brand of country wisdom sets her apart from the rest of Langley.
When the truth about his father's death is discovered, it leaves Roddy with a terrible legacy of hatred and vengeance, and so he must leave Langley, even if it means passing on the truth of that fearful night to the two people who care for him most - Mary ellen Lee and Hal Roystan. Buoyed by their love for each other and their belief in the future, Hal and Mary Ellen begin a new life together as they attempt to leave behind them the secrets of Roddy Greenbank. But when Kate, their eldest daughter, grows up to marry a man who is a stranger to Langley, the hatred of many years gone by is rekindled, and once again their happiness is threatened. Roddy, Mary Ellen and Hal stand at the heart of this dramtic and eventful novel that spans the nineteenth century. Their lives and the lives of their children are lastingly intertwined with the bitter destiny that is left to all who inherit the Bannaman legacy. The Bannaman Legacy is simply Catherine Cookson at her very best. A totally absorbing story of three generations trapped by the past of one man, this wonderful novel will surely add many new readers to the millions who are already devoted Catherine Cookson fans.« less