Legacy by Nora Roberts
St Martin’s Press (May 25,2021)
Women’s Fiction/Romantic Suspense
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents Legacy, a new novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat…
Adrian Rizzo was seven when she met her father for the first time. That was the day he nearly killed her—before her mother, Lina, stepped in.
Soon after, Adrian was dropped off at her grandparents’ house in Maryland, where she spent a long summer drinking lemonade, playing with dogs, making a new best friend—and developing the stirrings of a crush on her friend’s ten-year-old brother. Lina, meanwhile, traveled the country promoting her fitness brand and turning it into a billion-dollar business. There was no point in dwelling on the past.
A decade later, Adrian has created her own line of yoga and workout videos, following in Lina’s footsteps but intent on maintaining creative control. And she’s just as cool-headed and ambitious as her mother. They aren’t close, but they’re cordial—as long as neither crosses the other.
But while Lina dismisses the death threats that Adrian starts getting as a routine part of her daughter’s growing celebrity, Adrian can’t help but find the vicious rhymes unsettling. Year after year, they keep arriving—the postmarks changing, but the menacing tone the same. They continue after she returns to Maryland and becomes reacquainted with Raylan, her childhood crush, all grown up and as gorgeously green-eyed as ever. Sometimes it even seems like the terrifying messages are indeed routine, like nothing will come of them. Until the murders start, and the escalation begins…
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A very character driven story. Roberts can really create her characters well, both main and secondary characters. This book is mostly dialogue, which allows you to get to know the main characters through different events and their experiences. Legacy isn’t a typical contemporary romance. It’s the life story of Adrian and Raylan. Both their separate stories and their later, slowly developing friendship into relationship. We see what builds them to the people they are today.
It’s a mother daughter story and their somewhat unconventional relationship. It’s a group of friends who are each other’s family (my favorite type of read). It’s a suspense read though it plays more of a background role until the third part of the book when it intensifies. This was a comfort read for me. I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in a while but I will now seek more out. When I came to the end, my thought was, “Now that was a good book!”.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (May 28, 2021)
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
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