Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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“THE LEGACY OF EDEN” by Nelle Davy- book review & GIVEAWAY

“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.”

My Thoughts-
“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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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

  1. Leanna Morris says:

    She is 27 and this is her first novel

  2. Jill A. Collins says:

    I learned that as a child she was fascinated with Ireland. Her teacher told her it was called the Emerald Isle, she found the idea that a place could be nicknamed after a jewel, romantic – as if it were something out of a fairytale.

  3. She lived in London and was a English teacher. She didnt like her name Janelle and shortened it to Nelle

  4. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one of the author’s favorite books.

  5. This is her first book. She is married.

  6. Her birth name is Janelle.

  7. Debbie Kennedy says:

    I learned that Matilda is one of her five favourite books

  8. g. l. penrod says:

    about matilda being a fav

  9. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says:

    she wrote her first novel when she was thirteen
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

  10. I learned that the teacher Mrs. Wells was her English teacher and encouraged her in the love of books

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  11. Anita Yancey says:

    She did a masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College in Dublin.

  12. I learned that she just finished writing a novel about the civil rights movement in Louisiana!

  13. She was born in St George’s Grenada

  14. Learned that she wrote her first novel at 13.

  15. She likes to write using her laptop

  16. I learned that she lives in London

  17. sc edwards says:

    she wrote her first novel when she was 13

  18. Nelle is a nickname for Janelle. I like both names. :-)

  19. Rhonda Struther says:

    I learned that she kept trying and didn’t give up to make her dream as an author come true.

  20. learned she was an english teacher

  21. Angela Winesburg says:

    She wrote her first novel when she was thirteen

  22. Her birth name is Janelle.

  23. Michelle Tucker says:

    I learned that she went to “Warwick University to study English with Creative Writing”


  24. She was born in Grenada and is 27. Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Curtis L says:

    I learned she was born in St George’s Grenada under the name Janelle.

  26. Ed Nemmers says:

    She still lives in London with her husband.

  27. She was born in Grenada.

  28. I learned that Nelle is 27 years old

  29. Shirley Pebbles says:

    I learned that she didnt like her name Janelle and shortened it to Nelle.

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