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Product Details

  • Series: Revised Author's Edition
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Books; Revised edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931513155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931513159
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,304,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Legacy of Love delves nicely into the tension between desire and connection, highlighting trust as the essence of intimacy. -- Lisa Shapiro, The Lesbian Review of Books

Mirrors is a very fine novel, well worth your time and treasure. -- Deborah Peifer, The Bay Area Reporter

The romance is based as much on trust and intelligence and shared sensitivities as it is on lust... -- Sandra Richards, The Wishing Well

This is undoubtedly one of the finest...The sparring between Bristo and Deanne alone makes it worth reading. -- Ravigo Zomana, Our Own Community Press

From the Publisher

Marianne K. Martin has been a public school teacher, a photojournalist, a high school basketball and softball coach, and a collegiate field hockey coach. She currently resides in Michigan, with an eye on the southern sun.

More About the Author

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Ms Martin taught in the Michigan public school system for twenty-five years, has worked as a journalist and professional photographer, and coached both high school and collegiate teams as well as amature ASA teams. Her coaching career produced many Tri-County and MHSAA championship softball and basketball teams, and championship ASA softball teams. She was the founder of the Michigan Women's Major Fastpitch Association and its president for ten years. In 1973 she won the precedent-setting case in a Michigan court establishing equal pay for women coaches.

Ms. Martin is co-owner of Bywater Books and currently splits her time between writing and publishing.

Customer Reviews

I cant put the book down once I start reading your words.
Lc!
I love their characters, Sage, strong woman, very direct about what she wants yet there's a soft side of her that she doesn't show to people.
Anaria
Because this author is one of my favorites, I give this book 5 stars without the benefit of reading it!!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I'm looking for Sage Bristo!!!! I'm spoiled now. I am wishing I had a woman who would talk to me like that! Realistically, when I feel the need I guess I'll have to read Legacy again. First, though, I'm waiting impatiently to get my hands on the sequel Never Ending.
But to say only that Legacy of Love and the main character is sexy doesn't do the author justice. Marianne Martin is a fine writer and this book I hesitate to call merely a romance. Martin moves her readers quickly through a gamut of emotions with bright dialogue and just the right amount of tension. She has a writing style that keeps you reading hungrily and characters you won't forget.
I am about to devour her other two books, Love in the Balance and Dawn of the Dance, while I'm waiting. Marianne Martin is now at the top of my 'must read' list.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Yes, finally! A main character that's all of that-succesful, lesbian, and Native American! And not only that. She is developed in a wonderfully well-written tale of love. As a Native American I have suffered for years without a heroine I can claim. Martin has written me a treasure.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on August 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sage Bristo's grandmother recently died and left her a good sum of money. However, her homophobic father kept the will tied up in court, trying to discredit her grandmother and keep the money for himself. A final decision from the judge lets the will stand. Sage uses the money to establish a trust fund for Seneca girls and to build a retirement community in Michigan in memory of her NaNan.

Sage already has a reputation as a "Don Juanita" among her friends in New York. The rep follows her when she moves to Michigan and she does little to dispell it. One night, a few months after she moves in, she meets Deanne. Sage is immediately attracted to Deanne and repeatedly tries to get a date. Their friends also think they would make an attractive couple. However, Deanne knows Sage's reputation and isn't willing to get involved.

Through a series of events things finally work out, and both women do a lot of maturing as their love does the same. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. In fact, I started it when my plane took off, was almost done when we landed three hours later, and sat in the airport to finish.

The characters have depth, the story is plausible, and women like this do exist. I'm looking for the sequel 'Never Ending,' but will probably have to wait until it is re-released in Feb-06. Until then... I have other Martin books to read. This one doesn't disappoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AY Lim on April 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book because of all the good reviews. Alas, it was really awful for me. This is the first book that I ended up returning. I truly could not finish it. It's very dry with a lot of unnecessary plots. The dialogues were lame. Just didn't do it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book because of the number of 4-5 star reviews that it got. I started reading it and was excited to know that part of the story is a woman who have Native American roots and beliefs and actually applies it to her life. As I turn page after page, my interest in this book started to wane. Even though it's a surprise for me to finally find an ebook in which I do not have to worry about spelling and sentence structures as it was nicely written with prose that flows like water, I realized this novel is not my cup of tea. I will fairly blame it on my preference. I did not find Sage Bristo appealing and Deanne Demore is actually annoying with her projections just so she could say no to the supposedly confident Sage. I couldn't find myself being drawn to Sage's story. And I would say the summary in which it says "For the first time Sage Bristo fears the power of another woman" was a very misleading statement because Deanne Demore is a very insecure woman who only wants to live her life on the safe side.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rubiereader on August 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Oh, yeah! The sparring between Sage and Deanne is so worth the price of admission. I loved the rejection on page 83. Martin's a master at setting it up with the little jabs and delivering that right hook. Loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia P. Lynde on April 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the first novel from Martin that I have purchased. I read it pretty much straight through, and I just bought several more of Ms. Martin's books.

There were a few things that left me troubled from this novel. I didn't understand why the court would order the victim to undergo psychotherapy. That bothered me, and I would have liked an explanation for it. I also would have liked a little more closure concerning the violence that occurred. Given the results, I think a resolution would have been more likely.

These were minor issues, but they served as distractions.

I definitely liked the portrayal of Sage's grandmother as well as the attitude she instilled in Sage. There were lessons there for me to learn: I have a hard time dealing with some of the issues Sage takes so readily, and I find myself hoping I can incorporate some of her attitudes.

As I said -- I just bought several more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brussell66 on January 15, 2013
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It is so hard to find a decent author in this genre. Martin is among those rare finds. The books are well written, the characters well developed and the stories keep my interest. Well done!
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