Inheritance: Judith Michael
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: When their parents pass away, Laura and Clay Fairchild are taken in by their step brother Ben, who trains them in the art of thievery. Ben formulates this plan to set up the owners of a hotel chain in order to avenge his father. Unfortunately Laura strikes up a friendship with Owen, the family patriarch. Owen takes Laura under his wing and is rewarded with her undying devotion. Laura finds everything she is searching for; including the love of a good man, Paul. When contesting the Owen's will Felix Salinger (a family member of Owen's therefore owner of the Salinger hotels) tries to use Laura's dark past as a thief to thrust her out of anything Owen may have left for her.
In order to regain her reputation and legacy, Laura strives to make her own hotel chain that rivals the Salinger chain. Ben does a little more to make his mark among the family, though his means are not as noble and honorable as Laura's may be. A sudden twist of fate changes everything and threaten to ruin everything they have worked towards. Is Laura going to lose everything she has ever loved and desired throughout her life? Will she be able to regain the love of an extraordinary man?
Review: I found this novel on my mom's reading shelf. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read a romance novel my mom had, somehow that seemed a little creepy. But I decided to read it anyway, and boy am I glad, it helped begin my love for romance novels. It isn't the typical romance novel that centers around sex, it is one that centers around the actual relationship between two people. I also love that Judith Michael is actually a husband/wife team.
There are times when the plot seems to be predictable, but it is a good kind of predictable. The characters and setting are so vivid and precise that it seems as though you are there beside Laura as she goes through her trials, happiness and lose. You will not want to put it down because it is so eloquently written. We witness Laura's character literally change from a young woman willing to do anything to survive, to a strong woman willing to do anything to remain devoted to her legacy and honor. She does everything in her power to overcome her dark past to rewrite her future. This writing team does a amazing job at creating a main character the readers both love and hate. There are times when you cheer and root for her, but then they are times when you just feel so disappointed in her actions and choices.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this novel some are expected some are not. It will have you awake at night turning the pages not wanting to put it down. It leaves you wanting more from all the characters not just Laura, Ben and Paul. Granted it is a novel that was published several years ago, but it is also one of those novels that are timeless and will continue to entertain readers for years to come.
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