Book Review – The Legacy by Alison Knight

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I was lucky enough to receive this book from my publisher as part of a joint book launch event, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I wanted to share my review with you.

5* – A fascinating story following two characters whose expectations from a legacy are reversed. James, a gambler, was expecting to be able to pay off his debts, and Charlotte, a teacher, was looking forward to just having a little extra cash in the bank.
However, when the will stipulates that James will receive only a paltry £5000 and the rest will go to Charlotte, the consequences are significant, far-reaching, and at times, unpredictable.
I loved this book. Alison Knight brings her characters to life, and inspires the reader to empathise even with the unpleasant and selfish James. I’m refraining from spoilers, so I won’t say any more except that I highly recommend this book.


London, 1969.
James has his dreams of an easy life shattered when his aunt disinherits him, leaving her fortune to her god-daughter, Charlotte. He turns to his friend, Percy, to help him reclaim his inheritance – and to pay off his creditors. But when their plans backfire, James becomes the pawn of Percy and his criminal associates.
Charlotte is stunned when she is told of her windfall. After an attempt at cheating her out of her inheritance fails, James tries to intimidate her. But she is stronger than he thinks, having secrets of her own to guard, and sends him away with a bloody nose and no choice but to retreat for now.
Resigned, James and his spoilt, pampered girlfriend, Fliss, Percy’s sister, travel across France on a mission that promises to free James from the criminals for good. But James isn’t convinced he can trust Fliss, so he makes his own plans to start a new life. Will James be able to get away, or will his past catch up with him? Will Charlotte’s secrets turn the legacy into a curse?

About the Author:

Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. In her 40s she went to university and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA from Oxford Brookes. Her first book was published a year after she completed her MA. She runs Imagine Creative Writing with Jenny Kane. Teaches creative writing, runs retreats and works as a freelance editor. A member of Society of Authors and Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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