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The Legacy Reader Reviews

The Legacy

Clair Chaytors

Perfectly crafted, The Legacy delivers a most unputdownable story about financial wealth pervading grief and the often-churlish way adults behave when it comes to the subject of inheritance.

I knew just a few pages in that I was going to love this book – and love it I did for I devoured it on my weekend off!
A domestic setting it may be, but this is domesticity at its rawest, most brutal, and indeed most honest. This is all about the nitty-gritty of family life and the unpleasantness that unfortunately so many people will experience when it comes to inheritance.
The reading of Jonathan’s will starts you off on an emotional journey – for me more so for what he leaves out as much as what he puts in. You then veer through numerous emotions as a reader from anger, annoyance, and despair until finally understanding the predicament of all the members caught up in this unnerving situation.
Most importantly for me, it offered a different way of thinking about the ‘other woman,’ so to speak, or the mistress, as Megan was referred to in this case. As we went back over Jonathan’s first marriage break down and Megan’s subsequent arrival on the scene, it was nice to see the other side of the story – which there always is.
A compelling read but most importantly an intelligent one, The Legacy looks at how we can often as responsible adults succumb to playing the child when we’re back in the family fold! It was also telling of how much monumental value we place on rank when it comes to distributing wealth after the death of a loved one.
I loved the tying up in the last few chapters of each character. Not a happy ever after ending as such but a good resolution for moving forward. In particular, Lisa’s chapter, though indeed short like her presence in the book, was the pinnacle and truly spoke volumes about the man at the heart of this book - Jonathan Coulter.
Caroline’s writing has a power that hooked me from the very first line and her warts-and-all analysis of her characters kept me glued to the end - and I simply adored this book.

Doreen McKeown

A fascinating story about family ties and tensions, and secrets and lies.

This story begins with the reading of the will of newly deceased Jonathan Coulter in which he stipulates that his three children should jointly decide how his not inconsiderable estate should be dispersed, and in the event of them not being able to reach an agreement, then the whole estate should be donated to his chosen charity.

The three siblings meet for one weekend at their old home to carry out his wishes, but old tensions between them are bubbling beneath the surface, and they are all hiding secrets in their lives, and have very different opinions about the dispersal of his estate. Their decision is further complicated by the fact that their parents had divorced some years prior to their father’s death, and the question of whether their mother and their father’s new partner should be recipients of part of his estate. It’s a story of family ties and tensions, which I found quite fascinating.

The author really brings the characters to life, and it held my interest from Page 1 - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Caroline Highy

Love, loyalty and learning we can't change the past. A poignant and moving novel and one I didn't want to end.

The talented Caroline Bond tackles a difficult and sensitive subject amongst a whirlwind of emotions. With her fluid writing style she vividly portrays the seesawing of family dynamics and repercussions.

The Legacy concerns the final wish of a newly deceased father. Rather than decide himself how his estate should be divided, he leaves an unusual request with his solicitor. When the three adult children arrive at the reading of their father’s will they’re stunned to hear they will be the ones to decide how the estate is to be shared. A final directive adds that until a mutual decision has been reached they cannot hold his funeral.

We are then introduced to those who have been given this enormous task; his three adult children who all must play their part. Liv as the eldest feels most responsibility, Noah with his casual approach and Chloe the youngest still needing nurturing. We also meet Megan, their father’s girlfriend who is bereft with grief and Eloise the ex-wife thanks to Megan’s arrival.

The siblings gather together at the family home over a weekend to work out what their father asked of them. Each personality is faultlessly drawn and the tension in the group situations is palpable. Many words are spoken in anger and hurt through a mixture of past regrets and current grief. Readers are swept along on a tide of emotions as the siblings aim to fulfill one final wish. Will the outcome be a harmonious one and can family rivalry be put aside?

Jayne Burton

A fabulous, moving and engaging story of sibling rivalry

A fabulous, moving and engaging story of sibling rivalry at a time of great loss in an extended family’s life, and how they all come to terms with it and having to deal with the terms of the will.

Lovely to see how all their lives continue when everything is settled - found that very emotional. Often rare to find. A real page turner and a lovely read.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838952822
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: Caroline Bond
Publisher: Corvus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Book Club Recommendations, Books of the Month, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Star Books,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),