Book Review: Leath’s Legacy by Anne Ashby

leathAfter years of financial struggle Leath Robson and her brother are ecstatic when they’re willed a property in northern New Zealand. It gives them some much needed/highly sought after security. But who was this old lady who’d left them so much? Leath struggles with guilt when discovering their benefactor had spent her last years in a nursing home.

Kirk Buchanan had left the family farm years ago to make his fortune. Summoned home he’s devastated to find his father suffering from Alzheimers. Hearing his dad likes to visit his childhood home, Kirk resolves to buy the place to ensure his safety. It’s not much but he has to do something.

Unfortunately the property has new owners who keep refusing his generous offers. He must have his father’s birthplace. Obviously a more personal approach is called for.

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A complimentary copy was received in exchange for an honest review.

I love stories that take me to a place I’ve never been and allow me to feel as if I was there. Leath’s Legacy easily achieves this feat. Set in the countryside of New Zealand, Anne Ashby does an incredible job of drawing you into the story and allowing you to visually picture each scene as it unfolds. Whether it’s the shoreline of the beach, a walk through the bush or the meanderings around the property, you get a feel for the lay of the land without ever realizing she’s taken the time to describe it.

While the trope of inheriting from an unknown benefactor isn’t new, Leath’s Legacy puts a new spin on it with the mystery of finding out the relationship to the benefactor. It’s a mystery that keeps you turning the pages, one after another, hoping to figure out the connection. Leath and Kirk’s characters were both solid, well intended and genuinely good. It takes a bit to get into the romance aspects of the story, as the beginning is mostly about the renovations of the property, but I didn’t mind that part and enjoyed seeing Leath and her brother’s ideas come to life. I felt the romance was on par and believable in every day life and liked the added touch of Kirk dealing with his father’s disease.

Although there are no explicit sex scenes, Leath’s Leagacy does contain a fair amount of sexual tension between the two main characters. At times this can be quite spicy, but in my opinion it still remains true to a clean romance.

4/5

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