I have another review quickly following my last. I seem to be flying through books at the moment and can’t get enough of them. I love it when I get into this little rhythm. It definitely helps mixing audio books in. I went for a bit of a change of pace with this book and didn’t regret it.
I’ve always seen Nora Roberts books on shelves and on goodreads and thought I’d like to give her work a try but have just never found the time to slot one in. I’m sure you all know what it’s like when your to read list just seems to get bigger and bigger rather than smaller. Thank you to @HachetteAudioUK and Nora Roberts for this advanced audio copy of Legacy in return for an honest review. Legacy is due to be published on 25th May and you can get a copy here.
At the age of seven, Adrian Rizzo met her biological father for the first time. On that same day, he attacked her and her mother. This was enough to spur Adrian’s mother Lina into taking action and she sent Adrian to stay with her Grandparents for the summer. The Rizzo family home is set in a small and community focused town in Maryland and Adrian spent the summer outdoors, making new friends and recovering from her trauma.
Ten years later, Adrian has followed in her mother’s footsteps and created her own fitness brand that is thriving. Along with the positive attention her business draws, she very quickly learns that there are drawbacks. She starts to receive threatening poems once a year and although she is told to report them and move on, they continue to niggle at Adrian. She decides to return back to Maryland permanently but the poems continue to arrive; and more frequently. A private investigator is employed to help her get to the bottom of the matter, but it quickly escalates when the PI discovers multiple murders that appear to be related.
General Thoughts 🤔
To say I got sucked into the story of this book is an understatement. I was so invested, I couldn’t put it down and devoured the whole thing. I loved the blend of mystery, thriller, romance and comedy. I thought that it was such a well rounded and full story and I loved it.
The relationships between the characters and the way that they weaved together was something I really loved. There’s family, friendship, romance and everything that made my heart feel full. Add into that the tension and danger that Adrian faces, a very exciting story that does make.
I am a sucker for a romance and I fell hook line and sinker for Adrian and Raylan. I don’t think I’m giving any spoilers away as it becomes apparent quite early on that there is something special between the two of them, even from childhood. I loved the gradual progression of their relationship from friends to lovers and when they finally realised this themselves I am not ashamed to admit that I let out an audible celebratory whoop. These characters were perfect for each other and I firmly believe that everyone needs a green eyed Raylan superhero in their life.
Adrian’s grandfather was one of my favourite characters as I thought he was so sweet. He instilled in Adrian the value of family and that that includes both blood relatives and the close friends that you surround yourself with. I also appreciated that this family wasn’t all hugs and flowers. The flaws in their family were also shown which I think helped to make the family feel more realistic.
Writing Style ✍️
I am so glad that I chose to try a Nora Roberts book as I loved her writing style. She wrote characters that felt real and relatable and that in turn kept the story engaging and captivating. Alongside this, she created a mystery that was gripping and had just the right amount of tension. It was a perfect mix of genres.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator January LaVoy did such a spectacular job. She truly brought the characters and the story to life. I can be a little fickle with narrators and I can only imagine how tricky it is to find a narrator that matches the writing so I was pleased that this pairing worked so well.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I really did adore this book and it was such a nice change of pace for me. I could easily imagine this transferring to a drama or a film and being really successful. I will definitely be recommending this and can’t wait for other people to love it as much as I did. Now, off I trot to get adding more Nora Roberts to my to read list.