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The Legacy

The Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Webb
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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This is a great yarn, spanning several generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending. (PRIMA)


This is a great yarn, spanning several generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending. (PRIMA )

A bit of a saga that has it all - mystery, intrigue, history and a great big old house. (Amanda Ross RADIO TIMES )

A haunting novel of betrayal (WOMAN & HOME )

'Brilliant and absorbing drama" (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING )

A hauntingly beautiful saga which has it all - mystery, intrigue, and history - with clever twists and turns, and a surprise ending. (HENLEY STANDARD )

A real page turner of love, hate, empathy and how dealing with the demons can free you to face up to your fears. A great read. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (22 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409117162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117162
  • ASIN: B003VTZ39A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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KATHERINE WEBB was born in 1977 and grew up in Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives near Bath, UK. Having worked as a waitress, au pair, personal assistant, bookbinder, housemaid, library assistant and seller of fairy costumes, she is now a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Legacy, won the popular vote for the TV Book Club Summer Read 2010 and was shortlisted for Best New Writer at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards. Her subsequent novels The Unseen, A Half Forgotten Song and The Misbegotten were all Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers, and her books have been translated into 26 languages around the world.

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271 of 282 people found the following review helpful
The story centres around sisters Erica and Beth Calcott who inherit the family seat, Storton Manor, from their cold, unloving grandmother Meredith. From the blurb I expected it to be a run-of-the-mill dual-timeframe 'woman inherits house and discovers family secrets buried within' type story, of which I've read quite a few lately, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It's streets ahead of a lot of the genre in terms of the quality of the writing, the originality of the historical setting and sheer page-turning readability.

In the contemporary story, Erica is dealing with her sister's depression, her rekindled feelings for her childhood friend Dinny and the fall-out from the disappearance of her cousin Henry who went missing during a family holiday at the house in the balmy summer of 1986. At the same time she starts to delve into her family history, discovering a cache of old photographs and letters in the attic which causes her to question her heritage and her family's links to the travellers who have lived on their land since the beginning of the last century.

The historical thread involves Erica's aristocratic Great-Grandmother Caroline, someone she remembers only vaguely from her childhood as a fierce, matriarchal figure. Caroline comes alive as her story is told, from her early years as a New York debutant under the thumb of her domineering Aunt Bathilda, to her life as a rancher's wife in the wilds of Oklahoma. A tragic event causes her to flee to London and make a new life for herself as Lady Calcott, bringing with her a terrible secret for which she has to atone for the rest of her life.
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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fanatastic read! 25 Jun 2010
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What you have to understand about this book is that it is so far out of my normal choice of reading as to not even be on my horizon. Normally limiting myself to Sci-Fi or Fantasy I will, however, read a book if recommended by a trusted source, and so this is how I came to "The Legacy".

The author has an amazing skill, strong, believable characters, who are weaved into a beautifully crafted and intriguing plot. The historical portions of the tale are clearly well researched (without the author falling into the trap of "I've researched all of this so you will get every single detail of everything I know", but that research is used as the framework to hang a tale of adventure, sorrow and joy. The contemporary portions compliment and dovetail seamlessly into the overall story, and the author allows, on occasion, the reader to correctly assume something later revealed to be true (and therefore feel very smug and clever) and then, later, twist the plot around into something unexpected and yet, once revealed, you know the clues were there all along!

If I could write half as good as this, I'd be twice the writer I am now!


If the author has anything else in the pipeline then it will be on my shopping list.

Why are you still reading this? Go buy the book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unhappy tale 16 April 2011
Erica and Beth Calcott inherit their grandmother Meredith's house, they can keep it providing that they both live there, otherwise it has to be sold the only caveat to them inheriting and missing their mother's generation who was disowned for not wanting to live there. Meredith was a forceful character, embittered and pointed with the way she dealt with her grandchildren and anyone she came into contact with.

Sisters, very different in manner and personality spend Christmas to initially sort out their grandmother's legacy but also underneath to see if they want to go back and live in the house where they spent many of their childhood summers before one summer when tragedy struck and their cousin, Henry a nasty spiteful angry boy goes missing never to be found.

Beth has a secret to hide from that time, and Erica believes by being back in the house she will be able to let go of whatever she is punishing herself with which is making her mental state unstable. Back in the house, Beth feels even more unstable especially when a childhood friend, Dinny one of the travellers allowed to use the land brings past misdemeanours back to the fronts of all their minds. However, Erica being the younger sister cannot piece everything together and she starts to question and push both Beth and Dinny until she finds out the truth.

Erica also has another mystery to unravel when a picture of her great-grandmother, Caroline is found holding a baby, dated 1904 before she was married to Lord Calcott. Katherine Webb takes us back to the beginning of the twentieth century and how Caroline ended up having a picture taken with a child that no one seems to know about or where no records are held.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very good book 8 Mar 2011
By clare
I really enjoyed this book. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and therefore struggled to put it down. I thought it was beautifully written, very atmospheric and the characters were excellently described. I have already ordered her next book and look forward to reading it very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for a winter's afternoon
This is an enjoyable story, keeps you wanting to read and find out what happens. I like The 'Misbegotten' better, I think the writing is much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
This is a really good story that kept me guessing until the end. Well written bad easy to read, a story of a childhood fear not dispelled by the years.
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