The Legacy: A Novel

The Legacy: A Novel

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by Katherine Webb

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“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
Good Housekeeping (UK)

A fresh and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction, Katherine Webb debuts with a haunting novel about a secret family history. Already a sensation in the United Kingdom, Webb’s The Legacy is a treat for every fan of upmarket women’s fiction and


“A brilliant and absorbing drama.”
Good Housekeeping (UK)

A fresh and exciting new voice in contemporary fiction, Katherine Webb debuts with a haunting novel about a secret family history. Already a sensation in the United Kingdom, Webb’s The Legacy is a treat for every fan of upmarket women’s fiction and literary suspense in the vein of bestselling authors Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Diane Setterfield. Taut, affecting, and surprising—a story that ranges from present-day England back to the American West in the early twentieth century—The Legacy embroils two sisters in an investigation into the strange, never solved disappearance of their cousin, a dark mystery that opened deep family wounds that never healed.

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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.)
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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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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Legacy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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.
BookwenchSB More than 1 year ago
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................................
KLS500 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching
librarysusie More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 4 days ago
Was just ok for me. The chapters written in current time just seemed to go on and on with same old repetitious situation with the sisters. The previous generations' chapters were bit more interesting, but not enough where I would recommend the book to others.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Loved this book, held my interest throughout. Found the ending to this book after an insert from another book written by this author.
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astralstation More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised to find excellent prose paired with an engaging story. I am a lover of historical fiction, mainly because I like to get a sense of different time periods. This novel gives a clear picture of several. And its a page turner!
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This was a quick read, I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the complexity of characters and plot
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