Legacy by Jeanette Baker
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402255837
- ISBN-13: 978-1402255830
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
"Tantalizing...Ms. Baker kept me intrigued and enthralled...
a thought-provoking novel not to be missed."
The last of the Murrays...
Christina Murray is elated to inherit her family's ancestral home in Scotland. But upon her arrival she is confronted by her breathtakingly handsome new neighbor, Ian Douglas...and an ancient family curse that comes with the castle.
A violent legacy of passion...
Seduced by Ian's easy Scottish charm by day, Christina dreams at night of three raven-haired beauties, ancestors who fell victim to the curse one generation after another: Katrine, the fiery Jacobite supporter who lost her heart to an Englishman; Jeanne, an accused witch; and Mairi, who shared a forbidden passion with the King of England.
Now it's Christina's turn to lie in that cursed bed... and loving Ian might just cost her life.
Review: A story rich in romances over years of history.
Christina is a beautiful mature woman who is recovering from a painful divorce. She is a historical research expert but has no idea when she responds to an invitation to visit a hidden Manor in Scotland that it is the home of her ancestors. She is even more shocked to learn that she is to inherit the place. As soon as she arrives, Christina starts dreaming of women of the past, their strong loves and tragic deaths at the hands of enemies. Then the dreams move to visions and even threaten to take her back in time.
Ian is Christina’s sexy, charming and easy going neighbor. Slowly he begins to explain some of the family history to Christina, including the curse that dooms the family women. But he fails to reveal his own family connection and the enemies that Christina needs to protect herself from.
Through Christina’s visions the reader enjoys the passionate loves of three young Scottish women: Mairi who is loved by the King of England, Jeanne who is accused of witchcraft and Katrine who falls in love with an enemy Englishman. Each of the women have similar health issues and their own political struggles. They each find an unexpected love but suffer tragic and brave deaths.
Christina grows stronger and begins to embrace her new relationship with Ian. But will lies tear them apart? Will Christina survive a lurking enemy or die a tragic death which is the legacy of her ancestors?
This is a wonderfully engaging story and it is a bonus that the reader gets to share four romances that are passionate in love not just sex. All of the characters are well developed and I was fully engaged by the excellent tales woven with the rich emotions of each of the women as their own story unfolds. Although this isn’t a true “time travel” I recommend it to those who love romance in time travel genre, historical romance, paranormal and contemporary romance. It has mystery and some suspense too in a gothic type of presentation.
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