Inheritance is the first in The Lost Bride Trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts―a tale of tragedies, loves found and lost, and a family haunted for generations.
1806: Astrid Poole sits in her bridal clothes, overwhelmed with happiness. But before her marriage can be consummated, she is murdered, and the circle of gold torn from her finger. Her last words are a promise to Collin never to leave him…
Graphic designer Sonya MacTavish is stunned to learn that her late father had a twin he never knew about―and that her newly discovered uncle, Collin Poole, has left her almost everything he owned, including a majestic Victorian house on the Maine coast, which the will stipulates she must live in it for at least three years. Her engagement recently broken, she sets off to find out why the boys were separated at birth―and why it was all kept secret until a genealogy website brought it to light.
Trey, the young lawyer who greets her at the sprawling clifftop manor, notes Sonya’s unease―and acknowledges that yes, the place is haunted…but just a little. Sure enough, Sonya finds objects moved and music playing out of nowhere. She sees a painting by her father inexplicably hanging in her deceased uncle’s office, and a portrait of a woman named Astrid, whom the lawyer refers to as “the first lost bride.” It’s becoming clear that Sonya has inherited far more than a house. She has inherited a centuries-old curse, and a puzzle to be solved if there is any hope of breaking it…
Oh my, what a great story. Nora Roberts knows how to pull her readers into the tale from the first page.
I love the present-day characters. Sonya MacTavish is a courageous woman. I love how she deals with finding her fiancé in bed with her cousin. She takes the high road, but the ex and co-worker is a jerk and tries to make her look bad. Sonya decides to have a trial stay at the home her uncle left her in his will. As soon as she moves in, she encounters ghosts from generations past.
Cleo is Sonya's best friend. She is the best friend we all want and need. Cleo is another strong, independent woman. It is impressive how she builds Sonya up and supports her whenever she needs it. She also has a "white" witch in her Louisiana family. Connections are always positive.
Oliver "Trey" Doyle is the son of the lawyer representing Colin Poole's (uncle) estate. There is an immediate connection with Sonya, but it isn't acted on immediately. Trey is concerned that he might move too quickly after Sonya's breakup. However, he is very familiar with the house and the ghosts that haunt it. His connection brings him to the Manor whenever Sonya has questions.
The manor ghosts are interesting. They are all women who died young. They are sweet and welcoming to Sonya, except for one. Hester is the evil witch ghost who adds suspense and villainous vibes to the story. She is so hateful I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves in the future.
I could not put the book down. I knew each page could introduce harm to Sonya, and I worried each time Hester Dobbs made her presence known. I love the way Nora develops her characters, especially the women. Inheritance is an entertaining nail-biter. Nora makes the story amusing, atmospheric, and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Now I need the next book to see what else will happen at the Manor and see if more sparks fly for other characters in the story. I'm so grateful that Nora Roberts is a prolific writer. I am confident that she won't make me wait long.