Legacy of Truth by Christy Nicholas
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Length: Full (358 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Popppy
Set in late 18th century Ireland, Esme must grow up quickly in small, isolated northwestern town. Her parents are leaving for America, abandoning her and her sister to fend for themselves. As she struggles to find her place, she finds it difficult to keep hold of what’s left that’s precious to her.
Once married and in a new town, Esme’s only friend, Aisling, helps her through difficult times, as her Traveler husband stays away longer and longer plying his trade.
While Esme has had some comfort in her small family, she must now find comfort on her own, as her treacherous sister tries stealing the family heirloom to sell, a brooch reputed to have mystical powers, which had been left to her by her grandfather. Esme must learn to cope with her dwindling family and growing despair in order to keep the brooch safe.
Richly detailed and well written, Legacy of Truth is a treat for fans of historical fiction.
This is not a book for someone looking for a light read. The author has loaded up this story with a remarkable amount of historical details. I found I could only read a few chapters at a time and then needed to stop and give my poor brain a rest! I was fascinated by the tale, though, as I’m not overly knowledgeable about the time period in Ireland (like the fact that Catholics couldn’t buy land at one time, for instance). I really enjoyed the learning that went along with the plot.
There was a very slight paranormal twist involving a magical brooch, but for the most part this is just really historical fiction. I admit I struggled to get involved at first. We meet the family and not much happens for the first few chapters. Truthfully, I have a low tolerance for books that take time to find their footing, and had I not been reading this for review, I might have stopped. I’m glad I didn’t–and if you enjoy historical fiction, I suggest you continue on, too!
The author does a good job investing the reader in the characters, but I was surprised how my opinions of just who was “good” and who was “bad” changed as I turned the pages. So well done! I did struggle a little with the ending, because I really prefer a truly happy one, but this turned out the only way it could have, I think, and it wasn’t exactly unhappy either. Times were difficult then, and the author injected a certain amount of realism in her story.
All in all a satisfying historical read. If they made history in school this interesting, everyone would pass with flying colors!