A review by Maria.
First off I’d like to thank the author of Langston’s Daughters, Juliette Harper, for allowing Fangirls Read It First to read and review her book.
Langston’s Daughters was a quick, easy and very entertaining read. It’s about three sisters returning home for their father’s funeral, but once all of them discover the circumstances of his death, they know their father was really murdered. The terms of his will stipulate in order to inherit his money and land, they must live there together for the remainder of their lives. Yep, that’s right, for their whole lives. The sisters, Jenny, Kate, and Mandy finally come around to those terms but living together and in a small town is far from easy.
Mandy was the youngest, lighthearted and carefree; she was the daughter most favored by their father. Mandy struggles with feeling guilty about that and also with how much money she spends. Kate was the one always trying to prove herself to her father. She strived to show him that she could run a ranch from the ground up, and hoped to make him proud so he would really see her. Jenny was my favorite. She distanced herself from her sisters and father. She blames her father for treating their mother terribly while she was alive and she’s never forgiven him for that.
This book was a heartwarming story about sisters at its core. It was about sisters coming together again and becoming friends after time apart. All of them were treated terribly by their father growing up and they needed to deal with that baggage and come to terms with it. Each of them tries to forgive their father and move on, but at the same time none of them believe his death was a suicide. As they dig for clues, suddenly their lives are in danger too, but along with that danger comes startling insights and the sisters find they never knew their father at all.
While living together and merging their lives, Jenny, Kate, and Mandy also all have opportunities in this novel for romance and love. Their romances weren’t the focus of the book, but were a wonderful side benefit to the story.
This novel went fast and was addicting. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
About the Book:
Langston’s Daughters (The Lockwood Legacy #1) by Juliette Harper
Kate, Jenny, and Mandy. Langston Lockwood’s daughters. His tyranny drove them away. His suicide draws them home. They inherit his land, his millions, and his mysteries. Meet the women of the Rocking L and the men who come into their lives. Together, they begin the journey to discover the truth about The Lockwood Legacy. From the pain of the past they find the strength to build a dynasty.
About the Author:
Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of
Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies.
Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.
“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”
“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”
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