This novel navigated turns and twists in the life of one family living on one property, the farm Aurelia in Iowa, beautifully. She calls her sister but she is shocked and angry that Meredith is even contemplating calling the law firm. The letter tells her that her cousin has passed away and that Aurelia will be dissolved and auctioned off to the highest bidders. Cold and manipulative, she rules her husband, sons and hated step-daughter, bending them to her will on a daily basis, whilst cunningly biding her time with her cruellest of strikes. Also, I love books with strong character development, not sure from your review if this book has that or not. The cover has a luxurious feel; soft and full of depth.
It was a place of stunning beauty, a place everyone knew was there, but few had seen. That might have factored into why I was able to enjoy this a little more than when I picked it up. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy which destroyed her family s once-great name. When I first got my hands on this book, I knew it was going to be something special. This is the story of a woman who, after the death of her cousin, returns to the Iowa farm on which she and her sisters were raised, to go through her family's personal belongings before the land is sold off.
I was getting confused with the jumping. The grandmother came across most of the time as the wicked witch of Iowa. The story takes place in the present, but half of the book jumps back to the past. Deep and dark, she tells a haunting tale of regret, guilt and defiance. A good read for fans of Historical Fiction and Family Sagas The Legacy of Eden offers a detailed look into the life of the Hathaway family- a once prestigious clan held in high regard within their community who succumb to ruin. I tried to get into this book but I just was not feeling the vibes.
The end result is a tale that reveals the secrets and history of the Hathaways. And that pride started with the matriach of the family, Lavinia Hathaway. The air was full of the smell of azaleas and the sound of crickets, and I began to think of how much I would miss my home. Nelle Davy creates a complex cast in The Legacy of Eden, and at times I felt like there should be a family tree lurking at the front of the book to avoid any possible confusion. She must finally confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway dynasty. Secrets, as Davy shows, are time bombs waiting to go off, causing ever-expanding ripples of damage.
I would like to think that she was both accepting of who she was and who her family was, but also that she was able to put her demons to rest and let go of the past and go on with her life, whatever that might be. The main issue is that every major incident is signposted with the narrator telling you that something major is about to occur. Ognuno ha una personalità diversa, che contribuisce a formare una famiglia complicata e disfunzionale sempre guidata dagli schemi della matriarca. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name. I swung around and moved off the path, down to the rose garden. For a moment, I was truly scar When I first got my hands on this book, I knew it was going to be something special. We are like islands floating in a sea together but that's all, we are still just an island, so close we can touch each other, smell each other, but always from a distance.
The cover is beautiful if misleading and the book was amazing! There is something that Merideth is leading us to that we know will explain everything, but we also know it won't be all that pleasant. Aurelia is a piece of property that lies on more than three thousand acres of land. Overall, it is an enjoyable read with strong characters and enough drama to keep the reader turning the page. As long as the farm is prosperous and the family's reputation unstained, personal happiness is irrelevant. El legado del Edén es la historia de una familia marcada por la ambición, el orgullo y el ansia de poder.
If only I had never opened that letter. But unfortunately, no matter what she does or what life she leads, those memories still manage to haunt her. We are like islands floating in a sea together but that's all, we are still just an island, so close we can touch each other, smell each other, but always from a distance. This is a dark family drama that sort of leaves you to decide if Merideth is able to make peace with her ghost and move forward or is she accepts her fate as one of Hathaways. Apart from Meredith, the book is divided into sections separated by the way of using three other women in Hathaway history — her grandmother Lavinia, her aunt Julia and her sister Ava.
My favorite characters--the only ones I had any real grasp of, aside from the narrator--were the narrator's oldest sister and the cousin who comes to live with the family. It was clear that Lavinia pulled the strings, even beyond the grave. I really enjoyed this book. Meredith, one of three grand daughters, who had tried so very hard to forget those years living at Aurelia, was located and notified that the farm was to be sold. Meredith Hathaway has spent the last seventeen years pretending to forget. I think the book will appeal to fans of literature and drama.
But Meredith isn't finished with her past and so she calls. Full review: This book took me two years to read or thereabouts. Meredith, the narrator and youngest of the three girl grandchildren of Lavinia, tells the story of their home, Aurelia, the farm that nurtured the Hathaway family for several generations. A family with secrets not discussed, a family envied by all in the county because on the surface they are rich and successful. Sometimes it can get depressing or just plain infuriating. Devo dare merito a Nelle Devy di aver costruito una storia organica che si sviluppa in un grande arco temporale, caratterizzando i vari personaggi in modo coerente e completo. The story is good, thus the 3 stars.
Jumping into Eden held much promise in the first 100 pages, I felt The Legacy of Eden offers a detailed look into the life of the Hathaway family- a once prestigious clan held in high regard within their community who succumb to ruin. And I've decided I don't know how I feel. The motives felt real and everyone was fucked up in their own way — and their cracks were exploited by the matriarch as much as possible for her own ends. Let me say first that Davy is a gifted writer and I know people out there will enjoy her drawn out prose, however for me the hardest part was the pacing, I felt that I slogged through the last half of the book and even with the exquisite style of writing the characters failed to engage or provoke any emotion for me as a reader. She must finally confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway dynasty.