Book Reviews

My Daughter’s Legacy

Women of Unfailing Conviction

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day

Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

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From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

4 Stars

There has been something about The Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould that has just sucked me right in. There are so many things to love about this series. The historically rich settings. The contemporary mystery intertwined and connecting the books. The relationships between 4 cousins who once experienced something as young children that has had a lasting impact on their lives.

To be honest, in some ways, the third book is one that may be my favorite of the series, and at the same time my least favorite. Story-wise, it ranks high on my list. The historical aspect of the novel is set during the Civil War and I really enjoyed the heroine. Someone whose beliefs differ from nearly everyone around her. And the contemporary story centered around the cousin who I think has one of the most interesting stories of the four. The thing that brought this book down a notch or two for me had to do with more technical aspects of the book. There were certainly instances where characters made “guesses” about something and were consistently right about. And then there was another instance where another character made an assumption about something with little to know groundwork for it and was completely wrong—yet this played a semi large role in the story. These little things were pet peeves of mine that did hinder my enjoyment just a tad on this book.

Overall, I really did enjoy this novel. Enough that I would recommend, as I would this series as a whole. While I can see where these books could be read out of order or as standalones, I would suggest starting at the beginning. The historical stories throughout are a bit more on the standalone side, but the contemporary story is much more continuous.

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