Title: The Legacy of Beauregarde
Author: Rosa Fedele
Age Classification: Adult
Publisher: Moshpit Publishing
Release: July 9, 2018
A dark tale surrounding the history of a Seminary located in Sydney, Australia, the Beauregarde women that have lived in the cottage next to it for four generations and a wealthy family with a dark secret.
The story is told through multiple POVs – Marcela, Dan, Claudia, Gordana and Ratty -which I found a little confusing at first as some of the characters did not have any obvious connections at the beginning. Dan and Marcela seemed like kind-hearted people who get wrapped up in other people’s messes, Claudia seems to be a troubled young woman, Gordana is a selfish woman who relies on riches to feel worthy and Ratty very much suits his nickname.
What I did like was the characters all having their own flaws or issues clearly lined out and it was interesting to see how they developed and went into more detail as the story progressed. However, I found a lot of the behaviour displayed by these characters to be cringeworthy. There was obvious deception, intent to cause serious harm and intentional criminal activity. While I was not keen on the personalities and values of many of the characters, I did think they were presented well. I could picture what they looked like, how they interacted with others and get an idea of why they were doing the things they were.
As for the plot, it was a puzzle to put together the history of the Seminary and the Beauregarde family as well as work out what was going on in the present time of the novel. It was interesting to see how one element related to another and how all of their paths came to cross. I also found elements of the mystery quite intriguing. Why does the lady in the tower start to become more and more unhinged? Why is the Irish man so obsessed with Marcela? Why is the nephew of a wealthy Sydney family forced to work in terrible conditions to make ends meet?
This was a good book with a solid foundation and a brilliant web of mysteries, I just was personally not fond of the multiple POV execution and did not particularly like the characters involved.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
While I did not enjoy the book as much as I had hoped to, it does have some positive elements and fans of puzzle-like mysteries may like this book.
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