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The Inheritance [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Jeremiah
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Book Description

When Emma uses blackmail to force her father into giving her the inheritance owing to her early, it sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of her and her elder sister Kate forever. Although Emma and Kate have grown up on their father’s farm together, they each want two very different things. Emma is fed up with her boring, suffocating lifestyle and longs to break free. Kate by contrast is happy living and working for her father on the farm and can’t understand her sister’s urgency to leave.

With her inheritance, Emma is soon off to London with her wealthy friend Natalie. She begins to live a life of luxury whilst her sister Kate is left hard at work on the farm. But things are not all they seem. Before long Emma is finding that London life is not all roses, whilst Kate is forced to re-evaluate what it is she wants from life. And even though Kate and her father are living in the middle of nowhere, she discovers that a past relationship may pose a present danger to her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESLWOW4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,147 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elaine Jeremiah lives in England with her husband and their golden retriever. When she was young she wanted to be a famous actress and win an Oscar. Sadly for her that never happened.

Instead writing took over. She has written stories from a young age, winning writing competitions at school and praise from her teachers. Growing up she continued to write, inspired by events in her life and even dreams she'd had. In recent years, especially since graduating from university with a degree in English, she has had more time to devote to writing. 'The Inheritance' is her first novel. She hopes it will be the first of many.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential 8 Dec. 2014
By AlisonW
Format:Kindle Edition
There are all the elements of a really good novel in ‘The Inheritance’, fantastic settings in London and Cornwall, potentially intriguing characters - Kate, devoted to the family farm, and her sister Emma, who feels trapped and escapes to London, and the mystery of what really happened to their mother and to Kate’s one and only love, Steven.
There are also moments when the writing works beautifully and you are really drawn in. However, there were also times when the writing was clunky and awkward and when the plot didn’t quite ring true. I won’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but the mystery surrounding Steven just didn’t seem believable and was wrapped up far too neatly. Also, the way some of the characters spoke, particularly when discussing London, seemed unrealistic. I was also unconvinced by some of the side characters. Would a man on a train really tell you all his personal business after sharing five minutes conversation?
Having said that, this book has great potential. There are just a few things that I felt needed a bit more work to make this the great story that it really could be.
3 out of 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new talent to watch out for. 4 Sept. 2013
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The Inheritance is the debut novel by Elaine Jeremiah. I ought to say that I know Elaine through her writing and blog and have seen the novel in draft form. I'm delighted to see it published.

The Inheritance is an engrossing tale of family tensions, sibling rivalry and the fragile nature of people's hopes and dreams. The story concerns the experiences of Kate and Emma, two very different people who happen to be sisters. The author captures well the threads which bind them together, threads which they both want to cut but are unable to.

The characterisation of the two sisters is very effective and done with a light touch. We are given sharp insights into their minds and views. It is a tribute to the author that I found myself veering in sympathy for first one sister and then the other. I could see both their points of view, and be equally supportive and exasperated by them.

I was less sure about the sub-plot concerning Kate's boy-friend. It was entertaining but not as much as the central plot concerning the two sisters and their inheritance.

Elaine Jeremiah's style is fluent and assured. The story is fast-paced and an easy, enjoyable read. She handles the time-span and different locations with an assurance you rarely find in first novels. I was particularly impressed by the way in which Emma's difficulties unfolded in such a relentless yet plausible manner. Yet, although I thought she deserved everything that happened to her I was sympathetic to her plight. Who wouldn't be when she had such awful friends?

I have read many first novels over the years. The Inheritance shows Elaine Jeremiah has a great deal of talent and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut Novel 6 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Inheritance tells the story of Kate and Emma, two sisters who couldn't be more different, one demanding she receive her inheritance early so she can head off to the excitement and bright lights of London, the other opting for a quieter life on her father's farm in rural Cornwall. But as with all good novels things don't quite turn out as either girl hoped for and their lives are turned upside down.

Elaine Jeremiah quickly drew me into the story and my feelings for both sisters changed as the novel unfolded, which was skilfully done. The differences between Emma's life in London and Kate's in Cornwall were vivid and Jeremiah played on the glitz and glamour of London compared to the peacefulness and beauty of Cornwall, yet she also cleverly showed how suffocating life can be in a big city and how lonely life in the countryside got for Kate.

The Inheritance is a story about family and the intricate difficulties that siblings and parents can go through. There is more to the book than just that and I won't spoil the plot by saying anymore but suffice to say I was taken on an emotional journey by both sisters as they struggled against everything that life threw at them.

The Inheritance is a great first novel - enjoyable, engaging, easy to read and I ended up rooting for both characters despite not having warmed to Emma initially. I will certainly read Elaine Jeremiah's next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family tale 8 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given a free copy of this book by the author in return for a review. The Inheritance has two main settings, a farm in Cornwall and London. The story includes sibling rivalry and secrets amongst them. Emma is the daughter whose story is similar to a modern day prodigal son. She longs to escape the back water of Cornwall and the hard graft life on the farm. She is easily led and rather innocent, finding herself amongst selfish friends and finds out the hard way what she values most in life.

Kate is Emma's sister she currently works on the farm having given up sixth form college after the shocking disappearance of her boyfriend. Hiding away on the farm doesn't have all the answers for Kate either, so it was good to see her return to her studies.

There is a mystery surrounding the death of the girl's mother whom they both call "Meredith" because she failed to live up to the maternal needs of the girls. Their father was forced to lie about Meredith's death in order to protect his children.

Secrets; Kate doesn't tell her family about Steven, Steven doesn't tell Kate the truth about his family. The past catches up with Kate soon enough when she returns to college to study evening classes. She meets Steven's Guardian and soon fears she is being stalked.

This book sprinkles a little mystery, a first romance, a moral story and a big happy ever after ending.
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