It’s funny, but I realize now how little we really used to interact with people outside Aurelia, outside the family even. We talked, we played, we even made friends with them but nothing concrete, nothing lasting. They were not one of us and we were not one of them. They were in black and white; we were color.
There was a time when to be a Hathaway on Aurelia was to be part of a family that owned one of the most beautiful and prosperous farms in all of Iowa. Lavinia Hathaway dreamt of a farm that would rival all, a dream that eventually tore her family and many others apart. Now at a time in the future when very little of the legacy remains, one family member will return to try and pick up the pieces of a family and time lost in the past.
To begin to read The Legacy of Eden is to become sucked into a story of multi-generational pain and loss. Of hopes, ambitions and dramatic downfalls. It’s a saga of gothic proportions with a curse that seems to hang over both family and land. Author Nelle Davy’s talent of drawing in readers from the very first page is undeniable. It is a book that one might pick up only to find oneself hours later still reading away, engrossed in the stories of the Hathaway family much as Lavinia Hathaway was obsessed with her vision of Aurelia and all it’s glory. Readers who enjoy family sagas and a little bit of gothic with their contemporary works will be the most pleased by this novel. It’s a talented debut of dynamic proportions that I would recommend to most readers who are intrigued by it’s description. But you don’t have to take my word for it…here are many other well known blogs who are all chiming in and revealing pieces of The Legacy of Eden.