A toxic will plays havoc in the lives of three generations of women when they discover they have been living a lie. A keenly observed story of the danger of secrets, the legacy of betrayal and the power of family from a bestselling Australian author.
Sometimes an ending is really a beginning ...
Felicity Lewis's fiftieth birthday party in her newly renovated home, loving husband and daughter Greta by her side, is going off with a bang when disaster strikes. Her father, Franklyn, with his usual impeccable timing, has keeled over and died.
For some members of the family, his wife Hazel for example, Franklyn's death is not the great loss it first appears to be. But when his toxic and inexplicable will is read out, it becomes clear that long-buried secrets are about to surface, starting with the astonishing reappearance of Hazel's long-lost sister.
Indeed, Franklyn's death sets in motion a chain of events that will cause three generations of Gifford family women to question everything they hold dear - their relationships, their loyalties, even their identities. Until, that is, they choose to fight back against their dark inheritance ...
A clever, sympathetic and thought-provoking look at how a legacy of lies can seep through the generations and poison all it touches, and how the truth can set you free.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When Felicity’s father dies, it casts a pall over not only her 50th birthday party but her entire family—including an aunt she never knew she had. More shocking revelations stack up when her father’s will is revealed, and soon Felicity’s marriage, and the comfortable life she knew, are crumbling. Such intense life changes may test Felicity, as well as her newly widowed mother and grown daughter, but Tricia Stringer’s novel is actually a heartening tale of resilient womanhood. Spanning weddings, funerals and other life milestones, this far-reaching ensemble drama reckons with the posthumous legacy of a manipulative father while showing how family members can overcome stark differences and move forward together.
A lovely story
This was a lovely story and it was lovely to recognise some of the places I grew up in! A well written story on forgiveness and family dynamics it was hard to put down!
An easy and enjoyable read
Easy and enjoyable, couldn’t put it down
The Family Inheritence
I loved this book.
It’s beautifully written and so in tune with each of the women across their three generations. Totally relatable to most women.
I couldn’t put it down and was sad when I hit the last page.
It would make a wonderful movie or tv series!