In the bitter winter of 2009, following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing Wiltshire house where they spent their summer holidays as children.
When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother's belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood - and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart. Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry - so that the past can be laid to rest, and her sister, Beth, might finally find some peace.
Gradually, as Erica begins to sift through remnants of the past, a secret family history emerges; one that stretches all the way back to turn-of-the-century Oklahoma, to a beautiful society heiress and a haunting, savage land. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal - and the heart-breaking legacy left behind.
The Legacy is an unforgettable, deeply satisfying story that will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
©2010 Katherine Webb (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
I am battling every second of this book. Have progressed to part 2 where an inkling of what may have transpired is just coming to light. The narrator occasionally confuses which character she is relating but overall gives a good narration. The author's time changes are a bit difficult to follow. This is not a "casual" listening book. Hoping the ending is more satisfying than part 1.
Northern CA...love classics, romance, historical fiction, fantasy/sci fi, Diana Gabaldin, Jean Auel!
I did not read the print version so I cannot compare print vs. audio.
Nor had I listened to any of Katherine Webb's books before
I enjoyed Clare Wille's narration of this book, her voice is clear and pleasant, she switched smoothly between characters.
The story was a good one, however, I think I would have enjoyed reading each woman's story separately as (ie Book 1 and Book 2 of a series) There was a lot of information to cover in such a short amount of time. I was totally fascinated by Caroline and Corrin's (sp) story and would have liked to hear more detail about them.
"Excellent writing, story, and narrating"
I throughly enjoyed this book, and was quite sad when it ended, which i think is always a good measure of a novel.
This was the first book i had listened to by Katherine Webb, but certainly will not be the last.
The book takes you seamlessly from 1903 to present day and back again, never loosing a thread, clear explanations of characters and background, with the odd little twist, woven in.
Very clever writing, and beautifully narrated.
Looking forward to the next book.
A delightfully woven story linking two generations a century apart, nicely written and it certainly kept my interest.
I could almost understand why the older lady (Catherine) could be so nasty and unpleasant, but couldn't bring myself to excuse her behaviour ..... but then life was so different all those years ago and there were such different values.
I enjoyed the story and the narration, I feel that I will probably revisit this one.
The way the timelines came together from the past to the present
What really happened to their cousin
Yes the Unseen. It compared well, very well written and thought through again time differences with the past and the present, always searching for the answer
No I wanted to listen to it over different sittings
I have been very surprised to the stories how real they could be, how people would have acted in the ways katherine describes, I have enjoyed them all, I am now listening to the Half Forgotten Song and again I am really enjoying the twists and turns of the story.
"A Great Story"
This is a really good listen, read beautifully by Clarence Willie. Her accents and story telling are warm and convincing. well worth the money.
The story is engaging from the beginning and there are some interesting twists as this family saga is unravelled.
"Great in-depth multi-generational story"
The core underlying mystery about what happened in the girls' childhood is told well and can't easily be guessed. I loved the interweaving with the stories of the previous generation grandmother and mother. The narrator distinguishes the different characters well so that it is easy to listen and to understand which generation you are following. Recommended for anyone who likes stories about the complexity of families and enjoys a good mystery.
Excellent story. I will definitely be listening to other Katherine Webb novels very soon. Thanks!
"Enganging, but overall sad"
I haven't read the print version, so I can not compare.
I did like the mistery and the resolution of it.
I didn't have a favourite character, as I didn't really identify with any.
No, unfortunately it didn't. It was interesting but it didn't stur many emotions.
"Brilliant saga !"
Loved this intricate family saga spread across two continents and over a century.
Well thought out and overall great performance
"Ok book not brilliant."
This was a good listen. But after reading Lucinda Riley books these didn't come close for me. I often found too much detail in the little things iewhat they ate etc...I very much enjoyed the description that was all in America, thought that bit was very good. I was disappointed with the ending as though the writer had suddenly got tired. Without ruining the story for others I didn't believe the ending to the house at all. Narrator was very good.
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