Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
Lose Yourself in the History, Opulence, and Elegance of the Thousand Islands
Cousins Amanda, Sophie, and Fanny Broadmoor are as close as sisters, but when their grandfather dies, the terms of his will just might destroy their bond. Seventeen-year-old Fanny has never put much stock in the conventions of society. In fact, she has given her heart to Michael, the family boat-keeper. But when she receives a surprising inheritance, she discovers just how oppressive society can be... and that she may be trusting the wrong people.
Dare she follow her heart and risk going against her family? What if she loses everything she's ever known? It all comes down to one choice: What does Fanny Broadmoor want her legacy to be?
Review comments from Mary
A Daughter's Inheritance was not my introduction to the writing team of Peterson and Miller. I read both series, The Bells of Lowell and The Lights Of Lowell they had previously penned, and could not put any of those books down until they were completed. Because of this experience, I approached the Broadmoor Legacy with enthusiasm.
The storyline seemed to drag at many points, but the writing was so interesting, I didn't want to skip ahead and risk missing anything. I am also a morally driven person that believes those who intentionally wrong others, will eventually succumb to their own misdeeds, like a hunter who is trapped by his own device. I did not see that happen with Jonas. I disliked his character very much, and wanted to see him served justice, and it didn't happen. At least not in this novel. Perhaps the second in the series, An Unexpected Love, will prove to be where the score is settled. It is a testimony to the excellence of writing that I even care. It proves readers become invested, and that single aspect alone should sell a novel.
There is a strong theme of serving the underprivileged in the community, and not becoming enraptured by social status. I had to smile to see those points so delicately and eloquently pursued. They are truly the essence of my worldview, and I strongly believe more novels should approach servant hood with little relevance to social status more often.
In An Unexpected Love, the cousins leave the Thousand Islands, and that makes me a little hesitant. So much of who the Broadmoor family is depends on life on the Thousand Islands. Can Peterson and Miller carry this second in the series as strongly without the support of this paradise? I will let you know.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (January 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 12 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches