"To understand what it meant to be a Hathaway, you'd first have to see Aurelia."
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.
"Our farm was like the world when people still thought it was flat. And when you left it, it was as if you had simply sailed too far and fallen off the surface into the void."
My first review of The Legacy of Eden
OK, so my first impressions of this book, from my first reading, pretty much still held. Like the whole thing of what people would do for Aurelia. Sure, I'm someone who moved 5 or 6 times before I was 5, and 2 times since then, but still, I can't see how someone could be so devoted to land.
Really enjoyed this family story, of the 3 generations, the grandparents, and siblings, the kids, and then the grand kids. It was creepy, between the scheming and controlling hands of the matriarch Lavinia Hathaway, and how her family played out these plans, knowingly, or not!
Yeah, just the thought that Lavina told her manipulations to Meredith, which just added a lot to the whole family creepiness, that Lavina didn't love Meredith, but she didn't hater her either, which considering how she felt for her other family members, is a good thing? Yeah, not something a grandma supposed to say to a grand child!
The tone of the novel, it's reflective, and pretty sad, considering the history, and yeah, that it ends in just 3 generations, that's a pretty short legacy, in the long run! And yeah, this family really has some bad seeds in it!
Really enjoyed rereading this book, while it's different, and focuses mainly on the 4 main females, it was vastly entertaining! I stayed up till 1 in the morning to read it! And it's song is Style by Taylor Swift!
Author: Nelle Davy
First Read: February 17th, 2012
Read: November 17th, 2014
Reason Why: Sounded interesting, and the cover is very pretty!
Published: January 24th 2012