The first novel I ever got from this author is her 2010 SAINTS v SINNERS which I still have yet to read. I remember being in Barcelona, caught by its fetching cover and back-cover description and telling myself that this author is right up my alley. I even got the rest of her work when I flew back to my home front. But here we are six years later and still no blog entry about any of her efforts—until now. Oh believe me, I’ve been meaning to showcase some of them, but life sometimes take you on a different path, one that eventually got me to this focused novel.
Formally known as DIVING FOR PEARLS, Katie Agnew’s multi-generational saga THE INHERITANCE (Orion) spawns over 80 years, involving three women on a hunt across the continents to find one precious necklace that has brought wealth, love and peace but also sadness to many individuals. From a down on her luck former TV star on a quest to find redemption, to a Japanese business older woman faced with a troubling past, to a former silver screen star now on her deathbed, all have their own reasons to own these pearls and none will back down until it is finally accomplished. Add an unhappy wife caught in a loveless marriage and a renowned documentarian left by his jilted bride and you’ve got yourself one well-written, emotionally-charged piece that will leave no romance junkie unfazed.
THE INHERITANCE is more than fluff however as the author takes time to dwell into the psyche of her interrelated characters, though one male counterpart could have been more omnipresent than the beginning and the last few pages of this fine novel. The story goes back and forth in time and succeeds in keeping the reader enthralled all the way to the dramatic conclusion which is very well handled but may carry itself a bit too far regarding rose-colored ending. All in all, THE INHERITANCE is a strong book and should definitely be added to your library.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Until next post—Martin