Cousins Amanda, Sophie, and Fanny Broadmoor are as close as sisters, but when their grandfather dies, the terms of his will just might destroy their bond. Seventeen-year-old Fanny has never put much stock in the conventions of society. In fact, she has given her heart to Michael, the family boat-keeper. But when she receives a surprising inheritance, she discovers just how oppressive society can be . . . and that she may be trusting the wrong people.
Dare she follow her heart and risk going against her family? What if she loses everything she’s ever known? It all comes down to one choice: What does Fanny Broadmoor want her legacy to be?
Title: A Daughter’s Inheritance
Series (if applicable): #1 in The Broadmoor Legacy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre(s): Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Historical Romance, Christian, Fiction, Christian Romance
Recommended Age: 12+
You know you’re blessed when you have a Grandma who owns shelves of wonderful Christian books to read. I was able to borrow The Broadmoor Legacy series by Tracie Peterson from her, and I’m glad I did!
Tracie has this style of writing that I have loved every time I’ve read one of her novels. It might be kind of odd considering her books tend to be a bit slower, and that’s normally not my preference. In this case, she had been able to draw me into the story and keep me reading every time so far. The main reason I decided to pick this one up was because of the synopsis. Or rather, the forbidden-love aspect of this book. That just always seems to be intriguing to me, and it probably always will be.
This book was mostly from Fanny’s point-of-view, but her cousins had a little of the spotlight at times… and the uncle. Ugh, I was getting so mad at him.
Going back to Fanny, I was really overwhelmed with feeling for her. Imagine losing someone dear to you, then having everyone hate you because of greed, and then realizing you might not really be a part of the family after all. And falling in love with someone who is below in society certain makes everything harder, right? That’s one thing I never liked about this time in history, that dowries and titles were more important than matters of the heart. Seriously, I can understand how hard it was for Fanny to be in lots of sudden change.
The uncle was interesting. I’m not sure why he has despised Fanny’s existence, other than the fact he didn’t agree with her parent’s marriage. He certainly was having financial problems, and that can drive a person to do things they may regret later. Seriously was frustrating the way he was controlling Fanny for her inheritance and neglecting his other daughter.
I see many people complaining about this book, how the characters are two-dimensional and flat as well as how the book is not satisfying. I suppose certain areas do need a bit of work, but the characters were realistic enough for me and I was interested enough in the plot to finish the book. The ending probably would not satisfy the reader (especially because I needed some more closure on Michael and Fanny), but that is just because you have to keep reading the rest of the books in the trilogy, and that’s something I would need at times to help me keep going.
This book certainly had more romance than the other book I’ve read by Tracie, but it didn’t really bother me since it was cleaner than most romances in books today. I would recommend it to those who are about at their teenage years since it does have some death as well very subtle suggestive comments.
I saw the next books were about Fanny’s two cousins, Amanda and Sophie. That ought to be interest, reading about Sophie the party animal.