An epic, sweeping tale of a dynasty rotten to the core, driven by ambition, lust – and hatred.
For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway’s dream to elevate the family name—no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways—and the once-prosperous farm.
Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died—alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land or the memories.
Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia’s youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family’s -great name.
Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family…and her own part in their mottled history.
What I Though:
I love to read and was extremely happy to get the chance to read this book. Once I started reading, I could not put it down & stayed up all night to finish it. I really enjoyed how Legacy of Eden</> blends the stories of three generations of the Hathaway family, past to present.
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That should have made me sad but it only made me tired. I turned another page. We looked so normal. In many ways we were, except all the important ones.
I flicked the page and saw my aunt Julia, whom I never got the chance to meet. Her hair was still red, before she started to dye it blond. From what I’ve heard from the strands of people’s covert conversations, Claudia was a lot like her.
And then I looked up from the album and saw him standing there, the cigarette smoke separating and spiraling above his face. He was named after my grandfather, who was lucky enough never to realize what his namesake would grow into.
“Are you in hell, Cal?” I asked him.
He laughed at this. “Aren’t you?”
“What do you remember?” I asked, suddenly urgent.
“Same as you,” he said with a sly grin. “Only better.”
“Don’t listen to him, honey,” my father said, lifting his chin in disdain.
Cal Jr. shot him a look of pure hate. “How would you know? You weren’t even there!”
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