About the Book
Book: Legacy of Love
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release date: December 8, 2020
Will their love come at a cost?
Escaping Boston to avoid a marriage of convenience aimed at garnering society’s respect for her family name in the shadow of her father’s war profiteering, Meg Underwood settles in Spruce Hill, Oregon. Despite leaving behind the comforts of wealth, she’s happy. Then the handsome Pinkerton agent, Reuben Jessop, arrives with news that she’s inherited her aunt’s significant estate, and she must return home to claim the bequest. Meg refuses to make the trip. Unwilling to fail at his mission, Reuben gives her until Christmas to prove why she should remain in Spruce Hill and give up the opportunity to become a woman of means. When he seems to want more than friendship, she wonders if her new-found wealth is the basis of his attraction.
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About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.
More from Linda
Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery?
Last year, that happened to someone at work. Not millions, but a significant amount of money. As a result, she immediately cut her hours to part-time and began to do things she hadn’t been able to. Her good fortune prompted a lot of conversations among my colleagues about what they would do if they came into a large sum of money.
Those discussions inspired the plotline for Legacy of Love, but instead of winning the lottery my main character comes into a large inheritance. As a result, everyone treats her differently and weighs in on what she should do. Her friendships are affected, and her life is turned upside down. She was happy before the inheritance, however the money would allow her to perform acts of kindness. But at what cost?
I hope you enjoy Hannah’s story.
Linda Shenton Matchett
This is a quick read packed with a cast of wonderful characters. The author is one of my favorites when it comes to historical fiction. Her ability to capture the feel of this time period warrants applause. I was transported back to a time where a small town was thriving and the cafe was booming with business. I have always wondered how difficult it must have been to cook long hours in a place that was busy, hot and at times overwhelming.
Meg is a delightful character who works hard and is content to be away from city life in Boston. Her reason for leaving everything behind is centered on a pre arranged marriage. I liked how she refused to to be married to someone she didn’t love. Her family must have been hurt when she left, but she prays that someday they will understand.
Rueben intrigued me because of his job with the Pinkerton Agency. They are well know to catch bad guys but also find people who others can’t track down. His visit to Meg’s town is met with opposition as he tries to convince Meg to come back to Boston to secure an inheritance. There is a good reason she should go, but her refusal doesn’t quite sit well with Rueben.
The story focuses on which one can prove their reason to stay or go. Rueben at first sees Meg as another assignment , but will sparks fly between the two? Meg is very content where she is working at the cafe and is not interested in anything that involves going back to a place she feels is not home. It was fun to see how these two interact and the struggles they faced. Will love conquer all?
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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