The Lost Bride Trilogy #1
Inheritance by Nora Roberts
Publication November 21, 2023
Taken from Goodreads: 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…
My Thoughts: Sonya has her life changed with one visitor. Collin Poole’s lawyer visits and tells her that she has been left a house in Maine and must live in it for 3 years minimum to inherit it along with everything else. Sonya uproots her life, moves to Maine, and meets the ghosts of the house and Trey. I am hooked. I will now have to read this entire series ASAP, but only book one is available at the time I am reading so I will need to wait.
Everything about this book is phenomenal. The ghostly happenings at the house all have reasons for making themselves known and I found it interesting that every person that entered the house accepted that the ghosts were just part of the house. I would have been freaked out by the slamming of doors, the playing music, the opening of cupboards. The mystery of how they would get rid of the ghost on the 3rd floor kept me riveted. The things that they saw and the way they had to put it together to figure out what needed to be done kept me turning page after page.
My only complaint is that it left on a cliffhanger. I want, no I need, to know what will happen next. Nora Robert wrote another book that I cannot put down and will rave about to all my bookish friends.
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Nora Roberts (taken from her website): Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”