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The Inheritance [Kindle Edition]

Elaine Jeremiah
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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: 316 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ESLWOW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,940 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful debut 4 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Score one for setting in this lovely book by Elaine Jeremiah. She did a beautiful job with her descriptions, making this book an easy one to fall into and not leave until the last page was read.

I enjoyed Kate's story and the mystery that surrounded it, but I have to admit that my heart lie in Emma's portion of this tale. The author did a brilliant job of blending the various story lines together and making this novel a joy to read. I particularly found myself fascinated by the story of Stephen. I could never quite figure out exactly what was happening with that part of the book until all was resolved. I like it when I can't guess right.

This story begins after some startling and important events have already happened and offers the reader a chance to know well established characters that are both interesting and fully formed.

The dialogue is written well and the story has a nice pace that is not too rushed, yet not too slow either.

Overall this was an enjoyable book with a lot of excellent qualities to make me comfortable with recommending it. If you are looking for a charming book by a new author, this is one you should consider.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author, all opinions are my own.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly gripping 8 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read The Inheritance in a few hours. It is easy reading and a familiar story, but even though you know the ending, there is enough suspense to draw you in. My only criticism is that although I believed in the characters, I couldn't quite believe in the locations. I think a farmer's daughter would be able to describe the countryside and the view from the farm in very specific terms. In a sense it doesn't matter, because the story is a parable and could happen anywhere, but since it is set in England in the present day it would be nice to have more of a sense of place.

Ok, one more thing. Do farms have 'hired hands' nowadays? I think they would be called 'casual labour' or 'Summer fruit pickers'.

But these are very small niggles, about an otherwise enjoyable book. I look forward to reading Elaine Jeremiah's next novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever reworking of The Prodigal Son 23 Sep 2013
By Louise
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The Inheritance is a clever reworking of The Prodigal Son parable. Set in contrasting London and rural Cornwall, it focuses on the clashing personalities of two modern day sisters with some original plot twists.

Elaine is a great storyteller and it was a really enjoyable read. I found it hard to put down (and felt sad when I'd finished it!)

In short, a great first novel and well worth a read. I look forward to reading Elaine's next novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 23 Sep 2013
By Marsy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book on the recommendation of a friend, who is a personal friend of the author.

I found The Inheritance to be very compelling reading, a modernised take on the story of the prodigal son, with one or two departures. It was well written with believable characters who the author developed well as the story progressed . I kept wondering what was going to happen and how she would bring things to a resolution.

I think that in the end I was mildly disappointed because the conclusion seemed a bit 'easy' and perhaps just a little undeveloped, leading to a feeling of anticlimax. However this is a minor weakness in what was otherwise an exciting and compelling read.

An excellent first novel and I'm glad I took my friend's advice and downloaded it. I look forward to reading more of Elaine Jeremiah' s work in the future.
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