Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Unclaimed Legacy Review



Title:  Unclaimed Legacy
Author:  Deborah Heal                                                                                                                    
Pages:  286
Year:  2012
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
                Have you ever been disappointed in a sequel whether it is a book or movie?  How about the sequel being better than the previous story?  I can tell you that this novel is even better than the first, though the first helps set the stage for the second.  I loved the first book Time and Again and was sad to get to the end.  I always felt like there was more to the story.  Here in Unclaimed Legacy the author delves into deeper to history as well as character interactions.
In this work of fiction, there is time travel, love, forgiveness, and much more.  Deborah Heal does an excellent job of showing the devastating effects on a marriage when the Word of God is twisted.  There are characters who reflect the way to a deeper understanding of others before passing our views on them.  Family is important both in reality as well as in this work of fiction.  Sometimes when family members stray they tend to be cut off or considered to not be part of the family.  This tender issue is handled with kindness and encouragement to forgive, remembering only God knows the whole story.
John is beginning to fall in love with Abby, the tutor, but shows great respect for her even though she thinks he is sending mixed signals.  Abby had dated other guys before, but John’s way of dating was very foreign to her until he took time to explain how he felt about her.  Merri, the girl Abby is tutoring, is shocked when her Dad is arrested in front of her for various drug related charges.  Do you think that this is all there is to the story?  Oh my goodness, not even close!
There is history that deals with family members who go to great depths to uncover their ancestral tree.  Lewis and Clark, the expedition, President Jefferson, and more are historical figures in this novel.  There is more on the Underground Railroad stops, stage coach lines, and the shocking truth about a murder committed more than a century before.  The murderer was thought to be from a certain family because of his actions and the writing in the family Bible had been changed.  What brings the past into the present to change the lives of the “Old Dears”?  Who are the “Old Dears”?  I guess to find out about them, how the murder mystery is solved and its ramifications, the novel that holds the key needs to be read by you!
According to the author, this is book two of her trilogy and I can’t wait for the next one.  It is a fascinating way to make history alive and engaging.  History is not boring and distant, it is alive with stories of lives lived not so long ago.  Historical places have something to show and tell a new generation if we would but stop and look.  Make time to shut off technology, and step back in time to view and experience history that affects our todays as well as tomorrows.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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