The Legacy

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Webb's binary multigenerational epic unfolds in split narratives set in 1900s Oklahoma and the present-day U.K., revealing that secrets long buried still have the power to hurt. Sisters Erica and Beth Calcott return to Storton Manor in Wiltshire, England, to settle their late grandmother's estate, despite the painful memories the location stirs up: decades ago their cousin Henry mysteriously disappeared; the primary suspect at the time was "Dinny" Dinsdale, a local outcast and the first childhood crush for both Erica and Beth. As a girl, Erica was too young to grasp the details of Henry's fate, but 23 years later, now a strong and independent woman, she pleads with Dinny for answers, while older sister Beth, clinically depressed, wants to leave the past buried. Meanwhile, Erica discovers a photo of her great-grandmother Caroline posing with a mysterious baby in America, sparking an investigation into the mysteries of her ancestral history. Webb's (The Unseen) past and present, though equally realized, never intersect with much import; the two threads could easily exist as two independent books. Though the novel is choked with enough tragedy, melodrama, and lost love to make a soap opera dull in comparison, and recalls the work of V.C. Andrews, it will only truly grip fans of the genre. (Sept.)
Prima magazine (UK)
“This is a great yarn, spanning generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending.”
Radio Times (UK)
“‘Has it all—mystery, intrigue, history and a great big old house.”
Woman and Home (UK)
“A haunting novel of betrayal.”
Good Housekeeping (UK)
“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
Booklist (starred review) on The Legacy
“Stunning, unforgettable....Webb’s skillful, urgent writing is impossible to put down and more impossible to forget.”
Historical Novels Review on The Legacy
“An intelligent and addictively readable novel.”
M. L. Malcolm
“Webb winds her way through three generations of women by following the path of grief created by a broken heart, crafting characters you care about and a story you won’t soon forget: poignant and completely engrossing.”
(UK) - Prima Magazine
"This is a great yarn, spanning generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending."
Booklist (starred review) on The Legacy
“Stunning, unforgettable....Webb’s skillful, urgent writing is impossible to put down and more impossible to forget.”
Historical Novels Review on The Legacy
“An intelligent and addictively readable novel.”
Radio Times (UK)
“‘Has it all—mystery, intrigue, history and a great big old house.”
Woman and Home (UK)
“A haunting novel of betrayal.”
Good Housekeeping (UK)
“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
Prima magazine (UK)
“This is a great yarn, spanning generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077301
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 384,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Webb grew up in rural Hampshire, England. She has lived in London and Venice, and she currently resides in Berkshire, England. Having worked as a wait-ress, au pair, personal assistant, potter, bookbinder, library assistant, and housekeeper at a manor house, she now writes full-time.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    A secret will hold a family bound for generations!

    A horrible, deep, dark secret will hold a generation of women to Storton Manor. Not only bound by the memories but also what these secrets have done to the women who lived there.

    Erica Calcott and her sister, Beth, have found themselves the fortunate heirs of Storton Manor in Whitshire, England, where they used to spend their summers. Now returning to the home, Beth remains withdrawn and depressed. Hoping that being back at the Manor might enable her sister to heal, Erica is bound and determine to uncover the mystery of what happened that fateful summer her cousin Henry disappeared from the estate.

    Erica finds clues in her grandmother Caroline's items she comes across in the manor, but what she uncovers in the process will bring more than she bargained for to light.

    In the novel, The Legacy by Katherine Webb, the reader is in for a literary mystery. The story takes place in two time periods, one in the early 1900's and the other in the present. While Erica tries to determine what happened to Henry as she searches through Storton Manor, the reader is taken back in time to what happened that lead to the event described in the prologue and the reasons behind the decision. This is a twist from most novels that either deal directly with a mystery but also tells of a story of betrayal and a heartbreaking legacy that is discovered in the process.

    I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and once I understood where the story was headed, it made it more enjoyable to read. It takes a few chapters to understand that the writer is toggling between the two time periods and where we find ourselves at the beginning of Chapter Two is the present day situation involving Erica and Beth. The story is well written to engage the reader to the point, you'll want to finish this just to see how it all turns out in the end, and Katherine Webb does not disappoint. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Starts Slow But Ends Up Great

    Erica and Beth Calcott face the unpleasant task of moving into their grandmother's stately manor home. Having spent time there as children, their grandmother's will states they must live there together or sell the home. However, living there reopens old wounds including the mysterious disappearance of their cousin Henry. While sorting through things, Erica soon discovers that their great-grandmother Caroline also had some secrets. Covering the mysterious pasts of both Erica and Caroline, this book tells the story of heartbreak, depression, and betrayal, and their affects across multiple generations.


    This book started out so slow. I thought I wasn't going to be able to finish it really. However, I forced myself to stick with it, and I'm glad I did. Once the story picked up, it was awesome. I didn't want to put it down. I think Caroline's story was the most interesting. It took me a while to put together the pieces of that puzzle. It was extremely sad to see that her impulsive decisions twisted her life and her descendants so much. I felt bad for her, but I also was upset with her. I also wondered what would have happened if they had been able to diagnose and treat what I suspect was a case of major depression in Caroline.


    I thought Erica was fairly interesting. She was trying to do the best she could to take care of herself and her sister, and I can see how that could be very trying. I did see the major "twist" or surprise for Erica coming a mile away though. I don't know if I'm just a lucky guesser, or if it was just that obvious. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. So if you think it starts off a bit slow, keep giving it a shot. In the end you are treated to a very complex and interesting tale that is worth your time to read.


    Galley provided by publisher for review.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Beautifully Written Highly Recommend!

    This is a beautifully weaved multi-generational story of family secrets and the people those secrets created. Katherine Webb weaves these stories together so artfully each story told at the perfect pace, with a slow crescendo of curiosity to a very late night of I can't put this book down! The way she shows the path that was chosen, the choices made and the secrets they kept and how it affected everyone in their lives. This is also a story of sisters and mothers and daughters and how each generation affects the next. I cared about all the characters and even had some sympathy for the cruel grandmothers. Our two sisters Beth & Erica were beautifully written, the sadness and the taut tension were palpable. And the childhood friendship that meant so much but was over so long ago the childhood feelings bubble up but so much time has passed is it really still the same. Caroline's time in America was so well written her unhappiness leaked off the page in waves. I really loved this book such beautiful writing and I highly recommend it! If you are a fan of Kate Morton I would give Katherine Webb a try. I look forward to reading anything else this author writes, definitely an author to keep your eye on. Full Disclosure- I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program 5 Stars

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Two stories in one

    The Legacy is two novels in one. The author, Katherine Webb, switches back and forth from present day to the past; weaving a complicated tapestry of familial history and deceptions. The reader learns of lies from both time periods and as the story unfolds, learns how past errors have complicated present day issues.

    The characters showed depth, as the story evolved, their personalities changed based on how the events affected them. I enjoyed seeing an author tackle character development in this way, the changes were there, but the other characters weren't always aware of the circumstances. This showed especially well with Caroline, who was cold and shut off in her later years and her family never knew why.

    The story is unique. The author teases the reader by revealing only bits of information towards the mystery in each chapter. I found the switch in time periods each chapter a bit jarring and had to take a bit to remind myself what had transpired two chapters ago in the time period I was now entering again. Still, it was an interesting novel and well worth reading. It will be available on September 1!

    *Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    The Legacy. captivated me from page one and I am a very avid boo

    The Legacy. captivated me from page one and I am a very avid bookworm!!! Two stories in one reminds me that many of us have two stories in one in our lives. And, I didnt figure anything out, I was surprised more than once. As soon as I finished this, I had to read The Unseen, another dramatic story of secrets, manipulation and wonderful characters. What can I say? I want sequels for both!!! If you are a bookworm like me, you will LOVE The Legacy................................

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Patience is a virtue! I'm so glad I read some of the reviews abo

    Patience is a virtue!
    I'm so glad I read some of the reviews about it starting slow but it being worth the wait, as I would hate to have missed this most remarkable ride. I love historical fiction and this book had the added benefit of knowing what happened generations later in present day. It's really unlike anything I've read before, although it takes some time to get into the swing of that. This was a very satisfying read, and one I'll long remember.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Very touching

    Very touching

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Riveting

    This was a quick read, I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    I really liked this book. I never got to finish it because close

    I really liked this book. I never got to finish it because close to the end an except to the authors next book began. It stopped where Meredith was banished to her room for a week with just bread and water for playing with the Dinsdales I have no idea how it ended..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Quite good

    Love the complexity of characters and plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    To this clans leader

    Please go to the 3 result and read the post that says HELP!!!! In the headline.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Darkwolf

    Wait for bearstar

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    LEADERS DEN

    Leaders den

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly recommended; a must read

    This book is wonderful! I did not want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Fast moving

    This one kept me guessing the whole time. I couldn't resist turning the page to see what happened next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    This book was really tough to get in to. would not recommend

    This book was really tough to get in to. would not recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Legacy

    It's two stories in one. I enjoyed the story of Caroline more than their great granddaughters' but it has a nice umexpected ending.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Highly recommended

    Couldn't put this one down

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    Posted October 25, 2013

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