Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Greenfield Legacy by Meredith Resce, Paula Vince, Amanda Deed, and Rose Dee

Title: The Greenfield Legacy
Author: Meredith Resce, Paula Vince, Amanda Deed, and Rose Dee
Pages: 247
Year: 2012
Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Historical (back to 1965) and Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Even Before Publishing
Format: Paperback
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     How can one decision cause so much pain? Can it also bring hope?

     Mattie was in love with Billy, but she was too young to wed. When Billy was conscripted to fight in Vietnam, they made a decision that impacted their lives and their future. But so much pain resulted that Mattie never really healed. Every turn Mattie made affected her daughter and her granddaughter in ways she didn’t even realize. But forty-six years later, is it time for things to be set right?

     Navy is a young woman who has never known her family. But what could be a wonderful opportunity is met with jealousy and apprehension from her cousin, Brooke, and her aunt Connie, especially with handsome Aidan around. Each must look past their struggles and find forgiveness and trust, and perhaps even love.

My review:

     This is a thoughtful look at family relationships.

     There is quite a list of characters to keep track of in this book. The main ones were very well developed. To some extent certain personality traits seemed to keep showing up after the initial couple was introduced.

     Mattie made a huge mistake as a young adult. The whole story is about that one mistake and how her relationship with her father was affected by it. The rest is simply a cascading effect that comes back around as the complete consequences of that mistake are explored.

     I thoroughly enjoyed how God was able to use hard times and heartache to bring healing to many people.

     I do want to point out for anyone who lives in the US that this story takes place in Australia and there are many terms and phrases that are different from what we are used to. The story is excellent and well worth taking the extra time to put the effort into understanding them. I am highly recommending this book and giving it a rating of 5 stars.

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