The Legacy by Katherine Webb narrated by Claire Wille
Published in audio by Harper Audio, published in print by William Morrow Paperback, both imprints of HarperCollins
From the publisher:
When they were children, Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, spent their summer holidays at Storton Manor. Now, following the death of their grandmother, they have returned to the grand, imposing house in Wiltshire, England. Unable to stem the tide of childhood memories that arise as she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings, Erica thinks back to the summer her cousin Henry vanished mysteriously from the estate, an event that tore their family to pieces. It is time, she believes, to lay the past to rest, bring her sister some peace, and finally solve the mystery of her cousin’s disappearance.
But sifting through remnants of a bygone time is bringing a secret family history to light—one that stretches back over a century, to a beautiful society heiress in Oklahoma, a haunting, savage land across the ocean. And as past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two shocking acts of betrayal . . . and the heartbreaking legacy they left behind.
Thoughts on the story:
There was a bit of a slow start to The Legacy. Erica and Beth’s story begins well enough, but it takes quite awhile to figure out how Caroline (the aforementioned heiress)’s story fits into theirs, which I found somewhat frustrating. Because of this it took me well over a week to get through the first half of the book, I just wasn’t engaged enough to make a point of picking it up. Once the storylines began to come together in the second half, however, I became increasingly interested in just what had happened to this family to leave them like this.
I will note that there were a few times when Caroline and those around her in Oklahoma used words that seemed to be British (at least at other times Erica and Beth used the same words). It may be that these would actually have been used in the United States a century ago, but I suspect that they were just Britishisms used by American characters, which distracted me quite a bit.
Thoughts on the audio production:
Clare Wille is a new-to-me narrator, but I would definitely listen to her again. She has a good voice for audio and delivery that allowed me to pay more attention to the story itself than to her narration.
Slow to start, but eventually enjoyable. Not an audio (or a book) to start if you’re feeling easily distracted, but worthwhile if you can concentrate.
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