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Legacy: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2011
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Legacy starts out with a woman who works in admissions in a Boston university. She passes up promotions and never asks her boyfriend of 6 years if they're going anywhere. I won't give away any more plot, except to say that if you're not going forward you're going backwards. Life doesn't allow us to stay in one place.
I love books where I learn something, and Legacy teaches plenty. Lots of history, how to research your own genealogy and a lesson on finding your passion. All these lessons are wrapped up in a great story line told by a master story-teller.
What I'm not crazy about in a Steel novel is that her characters are too perfect. She uses the word beautiful to describe one of the main characters as many times as Pulp Fiction dropped the F bomb (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, Pulp Fiction didn't use it that many times). I prefer characters that have faults(not as many as I have or it wouldn't be believable) and who overcome those faults. Steel's characters overcome circumstances, but being as perfect as they are, how could they not?
But again, that's not why I picked up this book, and while perfect characters, just as perfect people, can become annoying, I was able to overlook their perfection and enjoy a great plot-driven novel.
A totally worthwhile escapism novel and up to Danielle Steel's high standards. The kind of book you can safely buy before getting on an airplane and enjoy during a coast-to-coast ride.
Brigitte goes to Salt Lake City to research her ancestry at Family History Library. There she uncovers a strange mystery about her heritage as an ancestor Dakota Sioux princess Wachiwi who apparently traveled to France just before the French Revolution. While there she married a marquis. Wachiwi as the Marquise de Margerac was buried in Brittany rather than the Great Plains. Following clues takes the researcher to Sioux Falls and Paris. In France, Brigitte and Sorbonne Professor Marc Henri meet and are attached to one another. Their encounter and her family project begin to bring back la vivre de joie sprit that Brigitte had lost to complacency.
This is an entertaining tale mostly because of the exciting look at the life of Wachiwi, which is inserted throughout the enjoyable present day story line of Brigitte's research. Fast-paced in two centuries, readers will wonder what lessons Brigitte will take from the stirring life of the Sioux princess as Danielle Steel provides a winner for her fans.
If you love Danielle Steel, buy this book. You will not be sorry. (I was/am so absorbed in this book that when I am away from the novel - I am thinking about the characters in the book. Thank you Danielle Steel!!
Brigitte Nicholson takes on doing research into her family history for her Mom and ends up discovering a love story in her family history that brings a French aristocrat and a Sioux Indian maiden together across miles of land and ocean to fall in love.
Wachiwi is torn from her Sioux Indian family and makes a journey across the country and then across an ocean losing one love and discovering another love much greater than the first.
This is a Danielle Steel story you will not soon forget.
She has a winner with this one.
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Lots of detail, exciting to have both modern and long ago people in story. Recommend highly, very entertaining. Easy readingPublished 20 days ago by lat
A book that will take you to the fantasy of love where Danielle Steele always bring her readers. I love this book.Published 26 days ago by Corazon
As always, I was captivated from the start! Tom toms of the heartbeat! What an awesome story by an awesome authoress!Published 2 months ago by Karen M Jones
I loved this book! It's the kind of book you can't put down and I stayed up way to late reading it! It's a sweet mix of romance and history, which I love to read!Published 2 months ago by Moses
Although the book started off slow it seemed to add to the story of the bored young woman stuck in a rut. That is until her life turned upside down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Knox
I loved this book. It was different than normal and so well written.Published 3 months ago by Helen McCluskey
Great book! Wonderful story line and characters. The seamless way Ms. Steele intertwined both story lines was genius. I laughed and cried. I couldn't put this book down.Published 4 months ago by lauretha brown
I've liked every book that I've read of Danielle Steel. I've read almost all of them and will continue until I read them all.Published 4 months ago by C. Roberts