“THE LEGACY OF EDEN” by Nelle Davy
“When New York sculptor Meredith Pincetti receives a letter from a law firm, alerting her to the death of her cousin, she is suddenly confronted by her disturbing past—a past she successfully escaped and buried seventeen years ago.
Informed that Aurelia, the once-grand Iowa estate and farm where she was raised, is to be sold at auction to settle her late cousin’s debts, Meredith resolves to return to her family homestead and collect the few possessions that belonged to her parents.
In doing so, Meredith recalls the spectacular rise and disastrous fall of the Hathaway family beginning with her grandfather, Cal’s, dreams and ending with his utter disappointments. We experience her grandmother, Lavinia’s, iron will and ceaseless machinations to ensure that her vision of Aurelia comes to pass. As Aurelia thrives, becoming the largest farm in the county, behind the veneer things are crumbling. Dissipation, brutality and betrayal find fertile ground in the next generation of Hathaways. Seemingly idyllic childhoods precede the exile and return of Hathaways from multiple generations—including Meredith.
And, as Meredith returns to Aurelia, she is forced to confront her own role in her family’s tortured fall from grace. What part did she play in the events that took place during her adolescence two decades earlier? How does her festering relationship with her sisters mirror similar connections between her father’s and grandfather’s siblings? What secrets did she leave behind when she fled Iowa for New York?
Though founded and overseen by male Hathaways, it is the women—Lavinia and her sister-in-law, Piper; Julia, Cal’s daughter from his first marriage; Meredith and her sisters, Claudia and Ava—who play pivotal roles in shaping the events that occur at Aurelia. And, ultimately, it is they who reveal its unspeakable secrets.”
“THE LEGACY OF EDEN” took me a bit to get into. There was a lot of story going on but never finishing. But once I got into this book I couldn’t put it down and when I did put it down I was thinking about the book and even dreaming about it. The author Nelle Davy really did an amazing job laying out the background of the Hathaways and their home and farm land, Aurelia. She lays it all out and really draws you in.
The story is told from the view point of Meredith, the granddaughter of Lavinia. A lot of her stories come from the stories she heard from her grandmother, plus some memories she had living on Aurelia.
When I finished this book I told my family/friends that this book was “Amazing, Twisted and crazy, The family in this book will make your family seem normal.”
While reading this book I kept hoping the author would come out with another book about this family. But they way she ended it changed my mind. I think this family needs to be at peace and rest. As much as I would love to hear some more crazy family stories I also was so into this book and had so much feelings for this family that I don’t know if I’d want to feel the hurt for them anymore. I know that sounds crazy but this book really drew me in that much.
I LOVED this book and think if you’re someone who loves reading drama and reading about family history, then you will love it too. Please be aware this is not a Christian book, like some of you are use to me reading. there is very little swearing in it and some sexual innuendos but not a crass book.
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