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The Inheritance
     

The Inheritance

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by Jacqueline Seewald
 

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Jennifer Stoddard is a 35-year-old widow who has just found out she is the sole heir of her grandmother’s estate, located in the midwest town she grew up in. But there is a catch; she must live in the house for two years before she can claim the estate and someone doesn’t want her there. The threats begin soon after her return. A rifle shot whizzes

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Jennifer Stoddard is a 35-year-old widow who has just found out she is the sole heir of her grandmother’s estate, located in the midwest town she grew up in. But there is a catch; she must live in the house for two years before she can claim the estate and someone doesn’t want her there. The threats begin soon after her return. A rifle shot whizzes through her car window, her brakes are tampered with, and her tires are slashed. Police Chief, Grant Coleman, is called upon to investigate. Unfortunately, the history between Jen and Grant from high school causes them to mistrust each other. However, Grant is a professional and intends to do his job. Together they explore who might want to drive Jen out of the house, while trying to understand their feelings of anger, mistrust and desire for each other. With Jen’s life on the line, will they be able to put the past behind them to work together and save her and her son’s lives?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/12/2016
In this tepid contemporary, Seewald delivers a by-the-numbers courtship story. Jennifer Stoddard is the heir to her family estate, but the legacy comes at a price. She is called upon to abandon her life in New York and her career as a biochemist to take on the renovation of the dilapidated family home. Thrown back into the unhappy society of her childhood and threatened by mysterious enemies, she becomes reliant on the protection of a man who once broke her heart. The central couple lacks chemistry, and their few physical interactions are uninspiring; a secondary romance serves to pad the narrative but offers little substance or intrigue. The plot is well-worn, but does strike the expected notes in time-honored fashion. This love story is suitable for those who prefer a bland courtship over a spicy, passionate affair. (Dec.)
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"Seewald provides an interesting mystery with enough suspects and action to keep the reader turning pages. The characters are interesting and two romances provide additional challenges for them."  —Gumshoe Review
Kirkus Reviews
2016-09-20
A young widow and a handsome cop have a chance to rekindle a fledgling romance from their high school yearsas long as their pride doesnt get in the way.Jennifer Stoddard, still reeling from the death of her husband a year earlier, suddenly has to return to her hometown of Bloomingvale to claim the inheritance her grandmother left hera dilapidated Victorian house and more than $2 million, which she gets only if she agrees to live in the house for two years. Jennifer isnt sure she wants to live in Bloomingvale again. It would mean being near her estranged mother, who was cut out of the will, and uprooting her 8-year-old son, Aaron, from their home in New York City. On top of that, she keeps having run-ins with the chief of police, Grant Coleman, the high school crush who stood her up on their first date. She wants to have nothing to do with him, but when she becomes the victim of several anonymous threats, Grant has to get involved. The book is equal parts mystery and romance, each part being equally predictable. Despite Jennifer's dislike of and attraction to Grant, none of their interactions contain any tension, sexual or otherwise. The dialogue has a stilted quality reminiscent of the old Nancy Drew books, which is great fun for kids but unsatisfying for adults. Jennifer, who hasnt worked as a biochemist since Aaron was born, has too little to do in this book. Even her renovations are being done for her, by Grants nicer brother, Rob. A secondary storyline in which Rob romances Jennifers best friend, Maryann, is only slightly more engaging. The fantasy of inheriting an old Victorian and $2 million has its appeal. Its a shame readers cant vicariously enjoy it through the eyes of a more interesting heroine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940758503
Publisher:
Intrigue Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
12/01/2016
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,332,747
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author


Jacqueline Seewald is a former professor of creative, expository, and technical writing. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in publications such as The L.A. Times, The Pedestal Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and The Writer. She is the author of The Bad Wife, Death Legacy, and The Killing Land. She lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

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The Inheritance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
susancoryellauthor 6 months ago
Jacqueline Seewald’s latest release, The Inheritance, quickly draws in the reader with an enticing premise: Protagonist, recently widowed Jen Stoddard, learns that she is the beneficiary of her grandmother’s extensive estate, but she is required to move from New York into her grandmother’s Mid-western house and live there for two years, uprooting Jen and her 8-year-old son, Aaron. Best friend, Maryann decides to accompany Jen for the first month. Jen finds herself pleasantly at-home home in the friendly, well-maintained town of Bloomingvale where she had spent time as a youth. What a shock, then, when not long after her arrival, she becomes victim of a gunshot through her car window. Though unhurt, Jen is frightened enough to call on the help of police chief Grant Coleman, an old high school flame who had stood her up and humiliated her senior year. Oddly, Grant appears to harbor his own grudge toward Jen. Other attempts to injure Jen point to a plot to keep her from staying in Blomingvale and inheriting the estate. As the story progresses, Maryann becomes attracted to Grant’s brother, Rob, the contractor for the deteriorating mansion. However, Maryann is a career girl who plans to return to the city to take a new job. Though romance seems a possibility for both women, complications keep arising until Jen’s life is truly threatened. A compelling read, The Inheritance delivers with strong characters, convincing rural empathy, and fast-paced action. Author Seewald is at her best here. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 6 months ago
A young widow’s life changes forever when she learns her beloved grandmother passed away. The news came in a letter notifying her she had been named the sole heir in her grandmother’s estate. There was one condition to claiming the estate, however, and it was one that would alter her life as she knew it – she would be required to live in her grandmother’s house for two years. After serious thought, she decided to embark on what would become the adventure of her life. She and her son moved from a big city to a small town in the Midwest where she grew up. Her eight year old son wasn’t for it – at least at first. This decision led to a reconnection with her mother as well as with a man who broke her heart in high school. As sometimes with life, there are those who would stop at nothing to stop Jennifer Stoddard from inheriting the estate. The author, Jacqueline Seewald, never fails to make her characters come to life and this is no exception. A good read.
Patricia Gligor 7 months ago
Once in awhile a novel is so great that five stars doesn't seem adequate. "The Inheritance" by Jacqueline Seewald is one of those books. From the moment I started reading it, I was so drawn into the story that I didn't want to put it down. When Jennifer Stoddard decides to return to her hometown of Bloomingvale to claim the inheritance from her grandmother, she has no idea how that one decision will change her life forever. I highly recommend this romantic suspense thriller!