Inheritance

Inheritance

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by Victoria Wilcox
     
 

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The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to the author of Gone with the Wind. Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday.

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The name Doc Holliday conjures images of the Wild West and the shootout at the OK Corral, but before he was a Western legend he was a Southern son, born in the last days of the Old South with family links to the author of Gone with the Wind. Now this amazing story is told for the first time in a trilogy of novels entitled Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday. The story begins with Inheritance, set during the turbulent times of the American Civil War, as young John Henry Holliday welcomes home his heroic father and learns a terrible secret about his beloved mother. His only confidant is his cousin Mattie, his childhood sweetheart who shares his memories of plantation life and better days before the War. But Mattie isn't around to comfort him when tragedy strikes and John Henry's young hero-worship turns to bitter anger. As the Confederacy falls, John Henry becomes a troubled teenager and joins in with a gang of vigilantes trying to chase the Reconstruction Yankees out of their small Georgia town. But when a murderous plot brings threats of military prison, he vows to change his reckless ways and leaves Georgia to attend dental school in Philadelphia, hoping to come home as a respected professional man worthy of asking for his cousin Mattie's hand. However, when he returns from two years in the North to begin dental practice in Atlanta he finds his courtship beset with challenges. There are family intrigues, lies and revelations, rivals for Mattie's affections and a violent encounter that changes everything. Inheritance is the first novel in an epic tale of heroes and villains, dreams lost and found, families broken and reconciled, of sin and recompense and the redeeming power of love.

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"As a biographer of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, I can only be envious of Victoria Wilcox’s telling of his story. The facts of a life so intriguing—and the gaps in the facts—are cruel dampers to the historian, limited as he is by the record. Wilcox pursues the truth in a powerful and moving novel that is not tainted by the legend of its central character, trapped by the documentary evidence of his life, or tempted to ignore history. She tells his story with an intimate voice that is surprisingly fresh and compelling. Here, Doc is alive and his world real—wonderfully so.'"
Dr. Gary Roberts, bestselling author of "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend

"'This wonderfully written novel brings together one of the great stories of the American Frontier. Author Wilcox has done a superb job through fiction of creating a sense of time and place and giving us an intriguing look at one of the most controversial figures in the West—Dr. John Henry Holliday.'"
Casey Tefertiller, Author of "Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend"

"Through her intimate, firsthand knowledge of Doc Holliday, his youthful environs and his living relatives, Victoria Wilcox has discovered and distilled much of Doc's actual history, weaving it in with passed-down family folklore. This firsthand account of Doc's travels and acquaintances rivals other historical novels like Gettysburg and Killing Lincoln. Although much of Doc's life is shrouded in mystery, Wilcox's Inheritance is the best book yet that traces his life, entertainingly mixing known historical facts with educated guesses. It is a must read for anyone searching for a seamless Doc Holliday biography."
--Don Weber, New York Times Bestselling author of Silent Witness

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781908483560
Publisher:
Knox Robinson Publishing
Publication date:
12/04/2013
Series:
Southern Son: The Saga of Doc Holliday, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
875,878
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
"As a biographer of John Henry "Doc" Holliday, I can only be envious of Victoria Wilcox’s telling of his story. The facts of a life so intriguing—and the gaps in the facts—are cruel dampers to the historian, limited as he is by the record. Wilcox pursues the truth in a powerful and moving novel that is not tainted by the legend of its central character, trapped by the documentary evidence of his life, or tempted to ignore history. She tells his story with an intimate voice that is surprisingly fresh and compelling. Here, Doc is alive and his world real—wonderfully so.'"
Dr. Gary Roberts, bestselling author of "Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend

"'This wonderfully written novel brings together one of the great stories of the American Frontier. Author Wilcox has done a superb job through fiction of creating a sense of time and place and giving us an intriguing look at one of the most controversial figures in the West—Dr. John Henry Holliday.'"
Casey Tefertiller, Author of "Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend"

"Through her intimate, firsthand knowledge of Doc Holliday, his youthful environs and his living relatives, Victoria Wilcox has discovered and distilled much of Doc's actual history, weaving it in with passed-down family folklore. This firsthand account of Doc's travels and acquaintances rivals other historical novels like Gettysburg and Killing Lincoln. Although much of Doc's life is shrouded in mystery, Wilcox's Inheritance is the best book yet that traces his life, entertainingly mixing known historical facts with educated guesses. It is a must read for anyone searching for a seamless Doc Holliday biography."
—Don Weber, New York Times Bestselling author of Silent Witness

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