A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Juliette Harper for allowing me to read and review the first three novels in her Lockwood Legacy series. The following is a review of Alice’s Portrait, the third book in the series.
One year has passed since Kate, Jenny, and Mandy came back to The Rocking L ranch to investigate their father’s death and uncover the secrets he kept in life. They’ve been living together on the ranch as their inheritance and have had an eventful time learning to grow again as a family, but also in their lives. Each of the sisters has had to face personal demons inside and in the physical sense. Kate was shot and nearly killed by a hired gun. Jenny had to face an evil man from her past. Mandy had to become the protector of the family when they needed it most. There’s been love, death, and suffering for all three women. Now they’re trying to move on and adjust to their lives together and face what they’re hoping to be a peaceful future of romances, a wedding, and the excavation of Baxter’s Draw. But their troubles are far from over and their father still has a few more secrets buried.
I was very excited for this novel because I had assumed Mandy would be the primary characters as Jenny and Kate had been for the other two books. I wanted to get to know Mandy’s character a little better and also delve more into her romance with the mayor. However this novel essentially featured Kate and Jenny as the main characters, spending equal time with them both. Mandy was even more of a side character in this book and made only sporadic appearances.
I continued to enjoy both Kate’s and Jenny’s characters in this book. Both continued to flourish in strength, courage, and as sisters. Kate struggled with her injury and the hurt she carried from her father. Jenny had a lot of anger for her father and tried to come to terms with it by wanting to paint in his reclusive cave in Baxter’s Draw. Jenny’s love interest, Josh, developed a wonderful friendship with Kate and I really enjoyed their interactions together.
This book wasn’t nearly as dangerous as the other two and instead played out very much as a mystery with the danger and romance kept in the background. Kate and Jenny both try to uncover most about their father’s secrets and end up stumbling upon a network of secrets and the people keeping them.
Like the others in this series, this was a very fast enjoyable read, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book!I
My rating: 3 /5 stars.
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Welcome to the tour for Alice’s Portrait by Juliette Harper! This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers.
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.”