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Review: My Daughter’s Legacy

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Review: My Daughter’s Legacy

My Daughter’s Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
Reviewed by: Pam Graberl
Genre: Historical/Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: July 1, 2017

What a wonderful finish to the Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould! I love how they juxtapose the contemporary story with a story from the Talbot family history.

Nicole Talbot is finally clean after years of substance abuse. She’s out to prove to her grandmother that the money she spent on her rehab was not wasted. She has a year of college under her belt, maintained a 4.0 GPA, and starred on her intramural volleyball team as a spiking specialist nicknamed, Rocket. Best of all, she has new purpose. She wants to finally come clean about the secret she’s been keeping, the secret that led her to substance abuse in the first place. What if her secret makes everyone doubt the honor of the most honorable man she every knew, her grandfather? Will coming clean be worth it?

Therese Jennings grew up the daughter of the local schoolmaster. Prior to the War Between the States, her father wrote articles and spoke on abolition. While he wasn’t allowed to teach it in his classes, he was able to get his point across to many of his students. When he died and Therese’s brother went off to war, she and her mother were left alone in their cottage on the school grounds. Therese stood firm against the pleas of her plantation owner grandfather, refusing to live in a place where slaves were held. When he also dies, she is horrified when her mother refuses to free the slaves still held at River Pines. She knows she can’t stay at their old cabin alone but she cannot throw aside her father’s ideals. Learning of a teaching position from her friend, Polly Talbot, Therese leaves her mother for a job in Richmond. Can she help the cause of emancipation while remaining in the background where she is safe?

This third book in the series ties up the loose ends left open in the previous books. It also brings the “history” another century closer. The series started in France in the 17th century, moved to the colonies in the 18th century and finishes with the Civil War in the 19th century. Each story deals with the Talbot ancestors, their paper mill and how they remained true to their faith. When that faith is then transferred to the modern day Talbots, it is no surprise to find that their strength is rooted deeply in the faith they were born to.

Historical fiction readers will love this look at the Civil War. I knew it was a bloody deathtrap for the soldiers who fought but I had forgotten the huge number who went home permanently maimed, limbless, or otherwise disfigured. I can’t imagine being a nurse, as Therese and Polly were in this story, and having to stand by as doctors amputated without anesthesia – not because they didn’t know how to use it but because there just wasn’t any. In addition, there is enough romance in both the historical and the contemporary sections to satisfy the most romantic heart.

I absolutely recommend this book. While it can be read as a stand-alone novel, I have to say it was so much better, having read the other two books first. Start with My Brother’s Crown, move to My Sister’s Prayer and finish up with My Daughter’s Legacy. You’ll be glad you did!

Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased.

 

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