Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall Reading Challenge: The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino #FRC2015

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

The book for our Ancestry 101 class is The Legacy of Us by Kristin Contino.

About the book:

Taking readers from 1905 Italy to present-day Philadelphia, The Legacy of Us uncovers how the lives of three generations of women are changed by love, loss and one little necklace...

Liz Moretti thought she knew almost everything about her grandmother, Ella, from her love of "The Golden Girls" to the perfect pound cake recipe. But when Ella passes away and Liz finds a cameo locket with a marriage proposal engraved inside (from a man who was not her grandfather), she realizes that sometimes a person's secrets are discovered only after they're gone. 

On top of losing Ella, Liz's career as a jewelry designer is stagnant and her love life lacks sparkle, too. When she reconnects with the one who got away, Liz thinks maybe things are finally starting to look up. But after a few drinks and a trip down a flight of stairs, Liz wakes up to realize the cameo is gone. Her ex offers to look for it, but so does Justin, the intriguing new guy in her apartment building. 

While dealing with her feelings for two very different men and generally trying to reinvent her mess of a life, Liz finds answers and solace in Ella's diary. The story of the cameo, and the relationship between her grandmother and great-grandmother, an outspoken socialite from Italy, inspires Liz to grow up and accept responsibility for her missteps. Eventually she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the promise of something better.

The Legacy of Us follows three generations of women that are all intertwined with their stories.  This story has different threads to follow that takes you through their times periods of life, love, work and themselves.  You find out that each woman has had some kind of pressure in their life and that they must sort that out to find out who they are.  There are lessons of forgiveness, love, finding strength and about secrets.  Each story line has its own distinct voice and you will not have a hard time distinguishing between all of them.  This book is beautifully written and you will be pulling for each woman in this story.  This is a great read to curl up on the couch with and just get lost in the different time periods!

Buy the book:
·    Parnassus Books
·        Amazon

About the author:

Kristin Contino has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Her childhood love of reading and writing translated into a career as a freelance writer and editor, and her work has appeared in retail, business, and parenting publications. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her family, but dreams of moving to her favorite city, London. The Legacy of Us is her first novel. 

Connect with the author:
·        Facebook
·        Twitter
·       Website

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