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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ESLWOW4
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #671,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done Elaine. A very enjoyable read. I look forward very much to your next book. Pat xxxPublished 23 months ago by Pat Bryan
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. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by alison Clarkson Webb
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... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by Louise
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