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Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy

Today I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for the book, "The Legacy of Eden," by Nelle Davy.

About The Book:

For generations, Aurelia was the crowning glory of more than three thousand acres of Iowa farmland and golden cornfields. The estate was a monument to matriarch Lavinia Hathaway's dream to elevate the family name—no matter what relative or stranger she had to destroy in the process. It was a desperation that wrought the downfall of the Hathaways—and the once-prosperous farm.

Now the last inhabitant of the decaying old home has died—alone. None of the surviving members of the Hathaway family want anything to do with the farm, the land or the memories.

Especially Meredith Pincetti. Now living in New York City, for seventeen years Lavinia's youngest grandchild has tried to forget everything about her family and her past. But with the receipt of a pleading letter, Meredith is again thrust into conflict with the legacy that destroyed her family's once-great name.

Back at Aurelia, Meredith must confront the rise and fall of the Hathaway family…and her own part in their mottled history.

I have never been a big fan of the "gothic" type of novels.  That being said, I found Nelle Davy's portrayal of life in the Midwest among a family with deep, dark, sinister secrets to be fascinating. She captures the lonely desolation of the farming plains of Iowa and the "cattiness" of small town life brilliantly, and her characters from this wildy dysfunctional family are intriguing.

Fans of stories that give a deeper insight into the lives of those who keep decades of family secrets tightly locked up in their closets, only to find them glaring in the light of discovery will enjoy "The Legacy of Eden."

About The Author:

Nelle was originally born in St George’s Grenada under the name Janelle (which she always hated and immediately shortened when she went to University). She moved to London when she was nine months old because her grandfather was English and her parents supposedly wanted a better life.

She got a scholarship to Sir William Perkins School for girls where she had a wonderful English teacher Mrs. Wells who encouraged her constantly in her love for books. She went to Warwick University to study English with Creative Writing where after swearing she would never marry, she met her future husband.

She did a masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin and then moved back to London in 2007 where she almost immediately began working in publishing. After working at Pan Macmillan she moved to work at a literary agency while also writing and pursuing a career as a novelist on the side.

She is 27 years old and The Legacy of Eden is her first novel. She has finished writing a second novel based on the civil rights movement in Louisiana in 1963. She still lives in London with her husband and still works full time in publishing.

Be sure to come back on February 28th for my "Five Questions With Nelle Davy" blog, plus a giveaway for her book.

My thanks to Book Trib for including me on this blog tour. I received a review copy of this book from them.  I was not compensated for my opinion.


Jess@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

I like the cover and title and it drew me in to this post. It speaks volumes that you normally don't like Gothic books, but loved this one. Right there you made me want to read this book. It sounds interesting. I can't wait for the giveaway! :)

Lindsay Cummings author said...

the cover sucks me right in!!

stop by my review of THE OTHER LIFE? :)


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Oh I love this cover! Fab review!