Intelligence, Wit and Emotion in Equal Measures: Read a Review of The Family Inheritance by Tricia Stringer

Intelligence, Wit and Emotion in Equal Measures: Read a Review of The Family Inheritance by Tricia Stringer

Sometimes an ending is really a beginning…

Felicity Lewis’ 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…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started counting days in the leadup to a new Tricia Stringer novel being released. She is, quite simply, a fabulous storyteller. Her novels draw you into richly depicted families, with all their dramas, quirks and secrets. Her female driven novels are filled with complex and compelling characters. Reading one of her novels is like catching up with old friends, and you miss the characters after you finish that final page.

The Family Inheritance is all that and more. It is 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.

The story opens with Felicity’s birthday party, being held in her newly renovated, picture-perfect home. Tricia introduces you to the characters, and very quickly the dominos start to fall: Felicity’s mother Hazel calls – Felicity’s father has just died. Turns out he won’t be as missed as one would expect, and we quickly see why when the will is read, and he continues to control his wife (and family) from the grave.

Without giving away spoilers, Felicity, especially hurt by the reading of the will, returns home to her husband Ian expecting some support, but instead he’s waiting with his bags packed and tells her he’s leaving.

By this stage, the reader is only a couple of chapters in, but 100% involved in this family, these women, and their story. And every single one of the character arcs is interesting. All the Gifford women are great. I especially liked Felicity’s 24-year-old daughter Greta, who holds the older women together.

This is a polished family saga dealing with themes of emotional abuse and adoption, all delivered with intelligence, wit and emotion in equal measures. The only problem with the book is that I’ve now finished it and need to wait another year for Tricia’s next marvellous story.

Treat yourself this weekend: a glass of wine, some relax time, and The Family Inheritance. Perfection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                        Publisher details

                        The Family Inheritance
                        Author
                        Tricia Stringer
                        Publisher
                        HarperCollins
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        07 October, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        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.
                        Tricia Stringer
                        About the author

                        Tricia Stringer

                        After Tricia Stringer’s fortieth birthday party she still had two things left on her 'to do before forty' list – write a children’s novel and parachute from a plane. She gave up on the parachuting idea but not the writing and has since published several books. Queen of the Road was her first book with Harlequin and she is very excited that it went on to win the RWA Romantic Book of the Year for 2013 as well as be one of the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down in the 2013 Get Reading campaign.A country girl through-and-through, Tricia grew up on a farm on South Australia's, Eyre Peninsula. With a brief stint in the city for secondary education and teacher training she has always lived in rural communities and is currently not too far from the beach in the Copper Coast region of South Australia. Here she shares a rambling old farmhouse with her husband and assorted animals - only some of which are pets!Some people would think that being an IT coordinator, teacher, librarian, wife, mother and grandmother would be enough to fill your days – yet somehow Tricia still finds the time to write. Inspired to create local history stories for the children she taught, Tricia honed her writing skills via courses, classes and lots of practice. While awaiting the publication of those early children's books she began dabbling with an adult short story for a writing competition with a rural theme. The short story became a full length novel and went on to become the first of her rural romances.Tricia likes to create convincing characters in realistic situations. Her novels always have a rural setting and explore themes particular to Australian country life, which of course include romance - where would we be without a little romance in our lives! Her latest book, Riverboat Point, is her sixth rural romance.As for parachuting – she’s done that too. There’s something special about jumping out of a plane high over Queenstown, New Zealand. What a view!

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