Legacy by Nora Roberts
Legacy by Nora Roberts is a novel
involving Lina and Adrian Rizzo. When
Adrian is seven years old, she meets her father for the first time when he arrives
at their home angry and drunk. He ends
up injuring Adrian, Lina, and Lina’s friend, Mimi before his death. This violence jump starts Legacy. I thought Legacy was contained good writing
with relatable characters. I liked the
mystery portion of the story. While it
is easy to identify the guilty party, it gave the story more depth and interest. I did feel that Legacy was more women’s
fiction than romantic suspense, mystery, or thriller. The story centers around the relationship
between Lina and her daughter, Adrian.
Lina is a woman lacking in maternal instinct. She does, though, have great business acumen
which propels her to create an empire. Lina’s
life and actions shape Adrian’s life (her goals and relationships). There are some great secondary characters. I loved Adrian’s grandparents. They were such sweet, loving people who lived
in a charming town. I also liked Adrian’s
“nerdy” friends: Hector, Teesha, and
Loren. Adrian and her friends developed
a special friendship that evolved into so much more. I did feel the story was too long with 435
pages. The story became bogged down in
places with too many details. I enjoy descriptive writing, but I felt this went
a bit overboard. The story could have
easily been edited down. I was turned
off by the foul language (there is so much of it). Even a ten year old uses foul language. Nora Roberts, at one time, never used this
type of language in her stories. I did
feel the story lacked suspense (for a romantic suspense). While Legacy had some good parts, I felt this
story missed the mark. This will not, though,
keep from reading this author’s books especially since I have been reading them
since I was a teenager. I appreciated the ending which nicely wrapped up the story.
Legacy is a interesting tale with yoga
poses, ominous poems, fine friends, a motivated mother, gracious grandparents, nutritious
noshes, and an alarming menace.
The Avid Reader
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