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The Legacy of Eden
The Legacy of Eden
Author: Nelle Davy
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...  more »
ISBN: 419055
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 365
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Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Meredith has created her own life, without a past. She's changed her name and the way she lives. She wants to forget it all, but that is hard to do when she receives a letter from a lawyer. She calls her sister but she is shocked and angry that Meredith is even contemplating calling the law firm. But Meredith isn't finished with her past and so she calls. The law firm is willing to sell the property and the land but they want someone in the family to come and inventory - see if they want anything. Meredith is that person and she agrees. But as she comes to that revelation, she begins to see the ghosts of her ancestors and speaks to them. Is she going crazy or is she coming to her own self-realization?

Her memories take the reader back into the past of Ann Marie Parks, who would later become Meredith's grandmother. Ann Marie is a cold woman but she has a reason for everything she does, and her actions have dire consequences. The reader begins to become acquainted with the family; her grandfather Cal, her sisters Claudia and Ava, her Aunt Piper and Julia. The farm, once golden, is harboring deep dark secrets and Meredith slowing reveals them, and the part she played in them.

The Legacy to Eden is a mixture of an epic family saga and a Gothic mystery, with tendrils of shadow looming waiting for the reader to open the drapes and let the sunshine in to reveal the secrets. The characters are all diverse and Davy does an impeccable job of slowing peeling back the layers of each one to give more clarity to the reader. I found myself immersed in their world and turning the pages, wanting to know more. A highly recommended read!