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The Legacy

Two sisters. One heartbreaking secret. And a past that cannot stay buried.

The Legacy

Winner of The Channel 4 TV Book Club Summer Read 2010

Shortlisted for the Galaxy British Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2010


In the depths of a harsh winter, Erica and Beth Calcott return to the house where they spent idyllic summers as children.

As Erica sorts through her late grandmother's belongings, strange fragments of family history and vivid memories break from the surface of the present day...Memories of their cousin, Henry, who disappeared one summer long ago, and of their grandmother, a bitter woman, full of a deep, dark hatred.

As Erica sifts through remnants of the past, a secret emerges, reaching all the way back to a beautiful heiress in turn-of-the-century Oklahoma. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal and the heartbreaking legacy left behind.

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Reviews for The Legacy

''The Legacy' is a wonderfully crafted, beautifully written, skillfully interwoven book that is perfect for a summer read. I highly recommend.'

The Book Whisperer

'Honestly, I feel comfortable recommending this book to virtually anyone, no matter what they like to read. It's really engrossing and I was so involved with both storylines that I was excited every time it switched back from present to past and back again.'

'A superb family drama, full of secrets and betrayals, love and resentment. Two sisters return to the house of their grandmother, following her death, and while sorting out the family affairs the uncover secrets long held buried. A really absorbing read and an author to definitely keep an eye on.'

'Webb winds her way through three generations of women by following the path of grief created by a broken heart, crafting characters you care about and a story you won't soon forget: poignant and completely engrossing.'

M L Malcolm - author

'Brilliant and absorbing drama.'

Good Housekeeping Magazine

'A real page turner of love, hate, empathy and how dealing with the demons can free you to face up to your fears. A great read.'

The South Wales Argus

'A hauntingly beautiful saga which has it all - mystery, intrigue, and history - with clever twists and turns, and a surprise ending.'

The Henley Standard

'This is a great yarn, spanning several generations, with neat twists and a surprising ending.'

Prima Magazine

'Webb's well-written romantic mystery spans four generations but, told largely from the perspective of two women... 'The Legacy' is highly recommended.'

Historical Novel Society

'Within a handful of pages was hooked... If you missed it and you enjoy a well-constructed, engrossing family drama, go and hunt for a copy. You'll be glad you did!'


'I loved this beautifully written book. I can't believe I hadn't read it earlier, and look forward to Katherine Webb's next book with anticipation.'



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