In December I shared my review of The Wild Heart here. That was Book #2 of Celeste De Blasis’ Wild Swan Trilogy. A Wild Legacy is Book #3. I so enjoyed both of these books that I got myself a copy of Book #1 of the trilogy, A Wild Hope .
A Wild Legacy
Lexy Culhane follows in stunned silence as her father bundles her younger brothers onto the train in a midnight flight away from the only life they have ever known. It seems impossible to her that her gentle, loving mother could have shot a man.
Despite the shock, Lexy soon grows to love her new home at Wild Swan, the grand horse farm in Maryland run by her formidable grandmother, Alexandria Falconer. It is from Alex that Lexy has inherited her fiery and rebellious spirit, and which eventually leads her headlong into a career as a crusading reporter during the final days of the frontier wars.
When Lexy meets enigmatic fellow reporter Hawk MacKenna, she feels she has finally found her soulmate. But Hawk’s life is shadowed by a mistake from his youth, and still haunted by her mother’s actions, Lexy struggles to trust him. When her relentless curiosity about his hidden past comes between them, Hawk leaves for the battlefields in the West and Lexy accepts an invitation from distant relations in England. But when she is offered a chance to stay, she faces a test—can she choose between building a new life in this foreign land, or returning to face the pain, and the love, that she left behind?
A stunning, dramatic and heartfelt story by beloved storyteller Celeste De Blasis, set against the backdrop of the most turbulent age of American history. Perfect for readers who love Poldark, Outlander and Daphne du Maurier.
A Wild Legacy was originally published as A Season of Swans.
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Another delightful book for lovers of historical fiction, this book is set in post-colonial US and carries on the story of the descendants of Alexandria Carrington Falconer.
With Lexy Culhane’s mother having shot a man, her father decides to move the family from England to Maryland, US. Leaving behind their life and hiding their family secrets, they attempt to start life anew.
Given her traumatic past, although Lexy feels deeply for Hawk MacKenna, she has a hard time trusting him. Hawk too is hiding secrets of his own. Lexy has some hard choices to make between choosing the land of her ancestors and the man she loves.
The author’s ability to create circumstances, settings and characters of such depth is truly remarkable. I love how the stories flow from one generation to the other through the books. What truly stands out for me in this trilogy is the women who loved deeply, and despite difficult circumstances took charge of their lives and chartered the course of their family through it all.
The Wild Legacy is a great finish to this trilogy that I will remember for a long time.
Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.
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Thank you to Bookouture and Net Galley for the ARC of A Wild Legacy.