A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


The Legacy of Eden written by Nelle Davy is published by MIRA a division of Harlequin. Merideth gets a letter from  a law firm informing her of the death of her cousin and telling her that he died in debt and his farm and all property was being sold to pay off those debts.Merideth and her two sisters had been raised on the farm and none of them have fond memories of the place. Merideth is the only one that feels a sense of duty. She decides to travel to Iowa and go through the house and see to things before the farm is sold.The ghost of her family appear to her now and memories long buried come bubbling to the surface.The story is told in flashbacks as Merideth remembers her talks with her grandmother. The farm - Aurelia- is the center of the lives of Hathaway family. Lavinia, Merideth's grandmother, begins the story of their family back when she was child and how she came to marry Cal Hathaway.The story switches back and forth between the past and present as Merideth faces the past and comes to terms with the present and her future.This family's history is mired in scandal and tragedy. Lavinia is a stong willed, manipulative, controlling woman that took charge of the farm and the family once she and Cal were married. Her need to have everything her way spreads resentment, kills relationships, and has far reaching effects on the family for generations to come.This is a dark family drama that sort of leaves you to decide if Merideth is able to make peace with her ghost and move forward or is she accepts her fate as one of Hathaways. The books is very absorbing. There is something that Merideth is leading us to that we know will explain everything, but we also know it won't be all that pleasant. But, I couldn't seem to tear myself away from the book until I knew what the worst secret of all might be.This book was published by Harlequin MIRA and usually in my mind I equate that with romance of some kind, maybe women's fiction and romantic suspense. However, this book seems to defy any set genre.So, be forewarned, this is not a romance novel. This is a family saga with the theme of forgiveness interwoven through out. I'm not really sure what to make of  Merideth's end story. I would like to think that she was both accepting of who she was and who her family was, but also that she was able to put her demons to rest and let go of the past and go on with her life, whatever that might be.From a personal standpoint my three star rating has more to do with the book not really being the type of book that I really like to read. It was still a good book and I'm glad I read it because I really enjoyed the writing and I think the author has talent. I think the book will appeal to  fans of literature and drama. Over all a B-/C+

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