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Legacy by Nora Roberts
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 25, 2021
Genres: Life Fiction, Romantic Suspense
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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…
Legacy is more Life Fiction than Romantic Suspense to me. It covers childhood to present in the main character’s life, Adrian Rizzo. She had some challenges with a detached single mom but luckily had supportive grandparents. We get her thoughts as well as some others throughout the years.
Adrian is strong and smart; she knows herself and the life she wants to build. She pursues it but with the circle of amazing friends and her grandparents. She is kind, caring and hard-working. Adrian never really has a serious relationship but she has a support group I envy.
The “suspense” revolves around a stalker who sends Adrian poems. I could guess right away who this might be. The details were interesting as they played out.
The romance was also clear to me from the start but life fiction is also about the journey. All aspects of the story were predictable. It is a longish book and the pacing felt rather slow at times. I loved the characters and their connections. Even the children were well developed characters. Legacy is a heart-warming, comfortable read, not thrilling, which I enjoyed.
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