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  • Great book

    Wow, I really loved this book. The main character Adrian Rizzo, was abused by her biological father when she was seven years old, which resulted in her being sent to her grandparent's house for the summer, so that she could heal away from all the stress. Her mother, Lina, needed time to sort things out after she killed the father in self defense, while protecting Adrian. Adrian had a great time in Maryland with her grandparents and she made some new friends, one being a boy called Raylan. Lina went on to build up her own brand of a yoga and fitness business and then later in life, Adrian followed in her footsteps and created the same. After meeting up with Raylan in the following years, it was interesting to see how their relationship moved forwards. Adrian was plagued by death threats and evil poems that someone kept sending her over the years. I was excited to keep reading the book to find out who was behind it all. I really enjoyed the characters in this book, the story, the suspense, the romance, the families and all of the emotions that were brought forth. Nora Roberts is a wonderful storyteller and is very good at describing all of the characters and even the places and buildings in the story. It felt so real, like I was inside the book, since she is such a great author. I will look out for more of her work, now that I know how great she is at writing!

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  • Legacy

    Nora Roberts can’t write a bad book! I was on the edge of my seat for a lot of this story. Thank you Nora for another great read that I will come back to on a regular basis.

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  • You can't go wrong with a Nora Roberts book!

    As usual a great read by one of my favourite authors. You always know what you’re getting with a Nora Roberts book, an interesting story, a strong female character, and a bit of suspense thrown in, and this was just that, and even though her books run on similar lines they’re just so readable. The main character of this book was Adrian (female), unusual spelling as this is usually a male name - at least in the UK - but the real stars of the book were the two dogs, Sadie & Jasper, such really funny, faithful, fearless characters who were such wonderful heroes at the end too (and I have to add no dogs died!). Adrian is the daughter of Lina, a single mother and famous yoga teacher, who has increased her ‘brand’ over the years but to the detriment of being with her daughter as she was always flying around the world and wasn’t a very hands-on mother. But did what she thought best for Adrian, at least money-wise. Once Adrian is old enough she strikes out on her own and starts her own brand of exercise/yoga videos etc. With the help of a group of ‘geeks’ from school, who end up being lifelong friends, following a similar path to her mother, but in her own way. Adrian is a lot more family orientated than her mother though, and spends a lot of time with her grandparents in their lovely home and restaurant in Travelers Creek over the years. They were always there for her, especially during an especially hard time when she was young when her biological father attacked Adrian and her mother in their house. The story follows them over the years, along with the suspense of who is sending Adrian threatening poems over many years. We also have the love interest, Raylan (brother of Adrian's best friend), popping up here and there at the beginning of the book and, through a tragedy, he also ends up living in Travelers Creek, along with Adrian and other friends who move there as their lives evolve and priorities are changed as children come in to the mix. Of course there’s the usual suspense running through the story, which keeps things interesting, and eventually a lovely ending. I do love Nora Roberts, you just can’t go wrong with picking one of her books up.

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  • not Roberts best work.

    3.5★s Legacy is a novel by best-selling American author, Nora Roberts. Adrian Rizzo has grown up fatherless: for her first seven years, her father was unaware he had a daughter; when, at seven, her relationship to him was leaked to the press, he died during a violent assault on her mother, after he had attacked Adrian. But Adrian has never felt the lack of him: her mother may be busy building a career and business, but she has always had her nanny, Mimi, and loving grandparents, Dom and Sophia. If her relationship with her mother is a bit cool and unconventional, it has made her independent enough to make her own fitness DVD before she has even turned seventeen. And the private school nerds who were there for the start-up of her business are still her friends. But ever since her first successful exercise DVD, there have been death threats, poems that always arrive in February. Her famous mother tells her it’s the price of being a public figure, but Adrian remains uncomfortable with the annual Ugly Valentines, even moreso when the threat is directed at her grandmother after Sophia joins her for a live-streamed exercise session. Two sudden tragic deaths see a radical change in Adrian’s situation, putting within her radar the now-nicely-grown-up green-eyed boy on whom she had a tiny crush when she was seven. Raylan Wells is the older brother of her best friend Maya, now returned to her grandparents’ home town in Maryland, the location of her idyllic childhood summer vacation. Raylan is a successful graphic novelist, a widower with two young children. When he spots tall lithe Adrian in her running gear, he’s immediately inspired to create a new character. And then Raylan’s dog falls in love with Adrian’s. While it throws a line to comic book fans, this novel is clearly aimed at fitness enthusiasts: there are so many descriptions of exercise routines they will have the eyes of the average reader glazing over. The blurb seems to be somewhat misleading: the reader will probably expect a novel of romantic intrigue, but this is mostly the story of a woman making a career, a life, with family and friends; the romance element, when it finally appears about two-thirds in, is rather perfunctory; fans of this author’s romance novels will find it disappointing. Until the last quarter, the intrigue aspect seems more like an aside than a major part of the story; the reader’s first guess about the poet is probably the right one. The background Roberts lays for the story is syrupy sweet and Hollywood happy, but lengthier than necessary. Good detective action in the final 15% gains it an extra half star. Perhaps a novel trying to be too many things at once, this is not Roberts best work. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and St Martins Press

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  • A Cracking Read

    With a cracking opening line - "The first time Adrian Rizzo met her father, he tried to kill her", I knew I was about to read a tale that would be the commencement of a Big Dipper of emotions. Legacy centres around a young woman, Adrian Rizzo who starts to receive death threats in the form of poems just before her 17th birthday. Having a famous mother, Lina who also receives unnerving mail, Adrian and her mum inform the local police, the FBI and her mum's publicist, Harry but otherwise ignore the threats... Nora Roberts slowly builds up the tension and cleverly drops hints and small clues so I was soon hooked into this compelling story, racing through the pages to find out what happens next. Amongst all the tension is themes of family life, friendships, and love with asides of humour. The narrative between friends and family is joyful. Legacy made me laugh, gasp and cry in equal measures and it’s totally compulsive right up until the final words. Very highly recommended and an extremely worthwhile slow-burn romance with thriller undertones. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Little, Brown Book Group via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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