Legacy

  • by Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This compelling, centuries-spanning novel brilliantly interweaves the lives of two women - a writer working in the heart of modern academia and a daring young Sioux Indian on an incredible journey in the 18th century. The result is an unforgettable story of courage in the face of the unknown.
At the age of 38, Brigitte Nicholson has a job she likes, a man she loves, and a book on the women’s suffrage movement that she will finish - someday. Someday is Brigitte’s watchword. Someday she and Ted, a rising star in the field of archaeology, will clarify their relationship. Someday she will have children. Someday she will stop playing it so safe....
Then, on a snowy day in Boston, Brigitte’s life is jolted. Suddenly, everything she counted on has changed and she finds herself questioning every choice she has made along the way.
As she struggles to regain her balance and plot a new course, Brigitte agrees to help her mother on a family genealogy project. In Salt Lake City at the Family History Library, she makes a stunning discovery - reaching back to the French aristocracy. How did Brigitte’s mysterious ancestor, Wachiwi, a Dakota Sioux, travel from the Great Plains to the French court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette - and into the arms of a French marquis? How did she come to marry into Brigitte’s family? What is the truth behind the tantalizing clues in the fragmented, centuries-old records?
Following the threads of Wachiwi’s life, Brigitte travels to South Dakota, then on to Paris, irresistibly drawn to this brave young woman who lived so long ago. And as she comes closer to solving the puzzle of Wachiwi’s journey, her previously safe, quiet life becomes an adventure of its own. A chance meeting with a writer of historical fiction, a new opportunity, and a difficult choice put Brigitte at last in the forefront of her own story.

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What the Critics Say

"[An] inspiring story about a frustrated woman who rediscovers her passion for life during a genealogical quest.... Steel splices in passages from Wachiwi's life--abduction by a Crow war party, traveling to France, surviving the French Revolution--to create a doubly absorbing romantic adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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I Was Left Wanting

I fully wanted to love this book, having just completed the 18th century historical novels in the Outlander series. Legacy takes place in the same time periods, and covers some similar topics, but perhaps through no great fault of it's own, doesn't seem to go into either the Sioux or French 18th century history as much as I'd hoped.

Legacy skims the surface of both of these interesting cultures without spending enough time in either the past or the present to feel as if you've had your fill of either of the main protagonists and their situations. This may be due to my comparison to the 'Outlander' novels by Diana Gabaldon, which at a staggering 48 or so hours each, give detail free reign. Even the 'Lord John' novels, which are for length at least on par with Legacy, contain a great deal more detail and flavor of the period.

In the end, you're left a bit wanting, both for the color of the background environment (so much seems to have been skimmed over after the 18th century heroine arrives in France) and the relationships, both of which were supposed to be the driving force in the book.

Of the audio experience itself, I must say that I've been spoiled by the likes of Loreli King, Davina Porter and James Marsters who bring characters and events to life. The narrator of Legacy has a clear and pleasant speaking voice, but lends no flavor to the personalities or events he is reading. Which is to say, he might as well have been reading the phone book with his precise and pleasant pronunciation.

In the end, what I remember of this book is that I wish it had been more.
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Legacy

Absolutely predictable plot lines. My ears began to bleed as the hapless heroine began to figure out what to do with her life. - The heroine, who according to the author's description was very bright, working on her advanced degree and writing a book on woman's voting issues only appeared to this reader that she hadn't a clue about reality. - I should have been aware that the author only pumps out the same cookie cutter story lines. Only the names get changed.
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- catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-28-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio