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A Second Legacy Mass Market Paperback – 6 Aug 1993

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 509 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; 1st Paperback Edition edition (6 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552139173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552139175
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Harvey is the pseudonym of Joanna Trollope, the highly acclaimed author of bestselling contemporary novels. The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector’s Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South and Second Honeymoon are all published by Black Swan. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters. As Caroline Harvey she has written several historical novels including Legacy of Love, Parson Harding’s Daughter, The Steps of the Sun, Leaves from the Valley, The Brass Dolphin, City of Gems and The Taverners’ Place, which are all published by Corgi Books. Joanna Trollope was born in Gloucestershire, where she still lives. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is in two halves, telling the story of a mother and her daughter and is a continuation of Legacy of Love. In the first half, Alexa is a child of the sixties, living with rather neglectful parents in a stuffy house in London. Her mother works tirelessly for the underpriveledged in Lambeth and her father is a doctor in a London teaching hospital. Always an underachiever, her heart is at Bishopstrow House in Cornwall with her maternal uncle James and his wife Mary. Here she can really be herself. The story starts when she leaves school. She has a job with two rather bohemian ladies in Chelsea who run a curtain making business in their basement. Here Alexa begins to find that she has great organisational ability and, as a result, the business starts to boom. At the same time she is swept off her feet by young medical student Martin Angus. The couple marry but within a short time Martin leaves her for an old flame who is expecting his child. Unknown to him, Alexa is also pregnant. When the time comes for the baby to be born, Alexa returns to Bishopstrow and in due course Carly is born. James makes Alexa a present of a decaying scottish castle, Berwick, which used to be the family home but has been a neglected boys shool for many years. Alexa arrives at Berwick with Carly, several suitcases, a sewing machine and enough money to tide her over for a short while. After a somewhat shakey start, Alexa turns Berwick into a highly successful award winning hotel, one of the first of its kind in Scotland. She also meets and falls in love with her neighbour, taciturn scot Duncan. The first half of the book comes to a marvellously thrilling climax when true love conquers all.
In the second half of the book, Carly is now grown up and leaves the castle to make her own way.
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By J. Clarkson VINE VOICE on 22 April 2011
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Absolutely loved this book, it takes you from Scotland to London and Afghanistan. It is about a family of women from the 1800's to the 1960's. How each one has lived and is still living their lives. Armchair comfortable, and yet you didn't want it to end.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Vicarious Travel and A Generational Saga 30 Sept. 2002
By Mamalinde - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A generational study of following one's heart, beginning with the mother coming of age in the 60s and the daughter in the 80s. With very different perspectives and the usual mother/daughter drama, this is a very richly readable book that reminds me a lot of Pilcher and Binchy. The dialogue is a little muted, but this is intellectual (as in "use your imagination") non-bodice ripper kind of romance. An amazing weaving into a very enjoyable book that will take the reader from the Cornish Coast, to swinging London, to Scotland and ... then on to Afghanistan. The timing of this book makes the story all the more interesting in light of current events.
There is another generational novel entitled LEGACY OF LOVE which, if you are a more orderly person than I, you may wish to read first. Apparently that book leads up to this one, though I have to say this one stood quite well on its own. I do intend to read the earlier book, for I truly enjoyed this author.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the time to read this excellent book 2 Oct. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
London swings like a pendulum in the sixties, but Alexa Langley feels more like a fish out of water. Unlike her successful parents who thrive in the mod climate, Alexa feels shy and unworthy. Everyone concludes that Alexa is a classic underachiever who could do better. Even in marriage she fails though betrayal by her spouse is a more apt description. Alexa finally flees London with her infant Carly for a family owned Scottish castle that has been neglected for years. Will Alexa find the inner strength that flows in the blood of her female ancestors or is she the skipped generation?

In 1988, Carly finds an extraordinary journal that describes the adventures of her great great grandmother in Afghanistan (see A LEGACY OF LOVE). Unable to resist, Carly retraces the steps of her ancestor while not knowing what she seeks or what she will find as she treks across the war-scared landscape.

A SECOND LEGACY is actually two novellas in one book. Caroline Harvey, better known as Joanna Trollope, (both names appear on the title page - duh) provides her audience with the tales of two women. The story lines are similar yet quite different. Alexa's tale is a character study of someone struggling to find contentment and her self worth. Carly's plot centers on finding a place in the world too, but is more of a romantic suspense drama. Still each story engages the reader who feel empathy towards the heroines and shows why this writer is a highly regarded best selling author.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not like Joanna Trollope's other books 10 Jan. 2002
By Elizabeth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I just found this dissapointing. But then I am a big fan of Joanna Trollope writting as herself. This book was just to lite for me. A romance, a family story, but without the zing that her other books have that makes them something more than just a fun read.
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