by Deborah Stitt
By Margaret Hodapp
Looking for love, deceit, adventure, mystery and even a bit of a ghost story? Then Hidden Legacy might be the book for you. This historical novel starts off in late 18th century Ireland and then quickly moves to Virginia. Tessa O'Donnell, a poor 40 something Irish widow, discovers her husband had planned to leave her and go to America when she finds a ticket in his belongings after his untimely death. Deciding to use the ticket herself, Tessa befriends a well-to-do English woman named Melissa Duncan during the ocean voyage to Virginia. Melissa takes Tessa under her wing. As a result, this friendship changes Tessa's life forever. In America Tessa finally gets a life she could only dream about but she will lose it all if she does not overcome some very difficult challenges.
Hidden Legacy will give you a glimpse
into the life of women in the late 1700s in America and the
hardships they had to endure to survive. This book is a departure
from many historical novels that feature sweet young things
as the heroine. It shows that women over 40 can live an exciting
life, be in love, handle adversity, enjoy the love of a child
and be beautiful too. Amen to that.