Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Legacy of Eden *Book Review & Giveaway*


Author: Nelle Davy
ISBN-10: 0778329550
ISBNN-13: 978-0778329558
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Mira
Publish Date: 1/24/12


Synopsis:

Have you ever loved something so much, with such ferocity, that you put every ounce of passion, dedication, and as the old adage goes, blood-sweat-and-tears into it until it becomes your crowing glory; a symbol of your stature around town and in society? This can be said for the Hathaway family and the farm they've loved throughout generations: Aurelia.

Aside from hard work and determination, however, family secrets, greed, and tragedy also play a much stronger role in Aurelia's upbringing...

Laviana Hathaway grew up unwanted in her own family, and the first chance she had, she escaped that life to something she thought was better. All she ever wanted was to be loved. To be loved and to show everybody who knew her tragic past that she could make something of herself, no matter what it cost.

Taking that line of thinking, she ran with it-Marrying a man whom would give her all she ever wanted and more. With determination and a cold, calculating manor, Laviana Hathaway lied and manipulated her way to the top, building Aurelia's reputation along the way.

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Years after most of her family has died, Meredith Hathaway (now known as Meredith Pincetti) thought she had escaped her scandalous, ghost filled past, having moved to New York City seven years ago to become a sculptor.

Until she gets a letter in the mail one day that brings it all back.

Will she be able to do what needs to be done to put the family secrets and Aurelia to rest? Is she strong enough to go back to her rural roots and face what she left behind?


My Thoughts:

I'm not normally drawn into this type of book; mystery, thriller, and murder are my cup of tea when exploring the bookstore shelves, but the book description that was sent to me immediately captured my attention and I had to read it for myself.

It was a little slow going at first, but I really got into it after the story put the two main characters of the past together. Once that happened, I couldn't put the thing down!

I really love Nelle's writing style and how powerful her writing comes off-It's like your watching a dramatic soap opera unfold before your eyes (leaving out all the cheesy I might add), but instead of watching, your reading and soaking up all Nelle's words like a sponge. You can't seem to get enough of her strong writing style.

The back and forth of the past and the present could have been a little more pronounced in my opinion because a few places I got confused, but none the less I think it added a lot of depth and dimension to the story of the Hathaway family and their family farm.

That's a really good way to describe this book-powerful with a lot of depth and dimension!


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About the Author:
(Taken from the back of the book & her website)




Nelle Davy was raised in London, England, in an Afro-Caribbean household. She is an undergraduate of Warwick University and has a master's degree from Trinity College Dublin in creative writing. She is married and still lives in London, where she works in publishing.

The Legacy of Eden is her first novel and she has finished writing a second novel based on the civil rights movement in Louisiana in 1963.





{The Giveaway}

A Copy of The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy!!
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The Eclectic Element Disclaimer:: I received a free ARC of The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy in order to facilitate this review-All thoughts and opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. This contest is open to US and Canadian citizens only and will run from Thursday, February 16th, 2011 12:01 am central standard time until Thursday, March 1st, 2011 11:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You have 72 hours to claim your prize and send me your shipping information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will choose another winner.


89 comments:

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