Book Reviews of Legacies

Author: Janet Dailey
ISBN-13: 9780316172059
ISBN-10: 0316172057
Publication Date: 9/1/1995
Pages: 394
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Little Brown Co
Book Type: Hardcover
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A new dynasty-the Stuart and Gordon families. This story is set against the backdrop of the Civil War. A part-Cherokee man and a Union officer's daughter find themselves drawn together.
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Historical romance set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Tells the tale of a part-Cherokee man and a Union officer's daughter.
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A story of sweeping emotions set against the background of the Civil War. An exciting and griping novel.
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From Publishers Weekly: "Despite its predictable love story, this Civil War saga provides a fascinating look at Cherokee Indians as plantation owners and slaveholders, and at the conflicts that arose within the Cherokee Nation as a result of the war. This sequel to The Proud and the Free opens in May 1860 in Springfield, Mass., as 19-year-old Diane Parmelee, a blonde, blue-eyed army brat, encounters a former childhood friend, the darkly handsome Cherokee Lije Stuart, now a Harvard University law graduate. Old passions flare, but Diana refuses Lije's marriage proposal when he insists that they live in the Cherokee Nation Indian Territory. Returning to his family's plantation, Lije runs into Kipp Gordon, his mother's brother and the bitter enemy of Lije's father, The Blade. At age three, Lije witnessed Kipp and other masked men kill his grandfather, Shawano Stuart, who had signed an unauthorized treaty that surrendered all Cherokee land in the East to the federal government. Because The Blade also signed the treaty, Kipp and his son, Alex, still consider him a traitor. Lije, The Blade, Kipp and Alex all join the Confederate Army during the Civil War, but soon enough Kipp and Alex desert to the Union, a scenario that gives the Stuarts and the Gordons the opportunity to settle their old scores on the battlefield. Although the on-again, off-again romance between Lije and Diana is as predictable as it is contrived, the fierce intrafamily feud and background material on the Cherokee Nation keep the narrative lively and interesting." Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Civil War romance by one of the best romance authors
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Legacies, by Janet Dailey, is set in 1860 and revolves around events created by the Civil War. Handome, part-Cherokee, Harvard educated, Lije Stuart & debutante Diane Parmalee have a tragic legacy. The wealthy Stuart family burned with the memory of the government's forced march of the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Now, as the nation exploded in the civil war, Lije's family split in a violent feud, driving Lije to do the one thing Diane could not forgive-fight for the South. The lovers' only hope was another legacy: a passion strong enough to reunite them before betrayal and death claimed their hearts.......
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really good
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Janet Dailey creates a new dynasty - the Stuart and Gordon families - telling their story in a grand, sweeping novel colored by history and emotions. In this breathtaking work set against the explosive backdrop of the Civil War, a part-Cherokee man and a Union officer's daughter find themselves drawn together by a desire as wild as the hot summer wind ... and torn apart by a heritage of passion, feuds, and unbending pride.

Two lovers--Lije Stuart, a part-Cherokee Indian with a law degree from Harvard, and Diane Parmalee, his childhood sweetheart and the daughter of a U.S. army officer--must fight to stay together as their respective families take opposite sides during the Civil War. But is their love strong enough to save them before betrayal and death can claim their hearts? Sequel to The Proud and the Free.
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Absolutely one of her best!
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The most interesting thing about this Civil War era romance is its background in the Cherokee Nation and the devastating effects of political upheaval, most of which has been pushed off history's main pages.