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Book Review: “The Legacy of Us” by Kristin Contino

cover65953-medium Publication Date – TODAY, August 18!

I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my review or my thoughts in any way.

Summary from NetGalley:

Taking readers from 1905 Italy to present-day Philadelphia, The Legacy of Us uncovers how the lives of three generations of women are changed by love, loss and one little necklace. Liz Moretti thought she knew almost everything about her grandmother, Ella, from her love of “The Golden Girls” to the perfect pound cake recipe. But when Ella passes away and Liz finds a cameo locket with a marriage proposal engraved inside (from a man who was not her grandfather), she realizes that sometimes a person’s secrets are discovered only after they’re gone. On top of losing Ella, Liz’s career as a jewelry designer is stagnant and her love life lacks sparkle, too. When she reconnects with the one who got away, Liz thinks maybe things are finally starting to look up. But after a few drinks and a trip down a flight of stairs, Liz wakes up to realize the cameo is gone. Her ex offers to look for it, but so does Justin, the intriguing new guy in her apartment building. While dealing with her feelings for two very different men and generally trying to reinvent her mess of a life, Liz finds answers and solace in Ella’s diary. The story of the cameo, and the relationship between her grandmother and great-grandmother, an outspoken socialite from Italy, inspires Liz to grow up and accept responsibility for her missteps. Eventually she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the promise of something better.


Wow! What an amazing book, seriously! It’s soo easy to fall in love with the story behind Liz, our main character. The parallels between the generations of the Moretti family was pretty cool to read! I never found myself bored or wishing this book to end while I read. The only thing I DIDN’T like though was sometimes it was too over the top in certain situations…but then again, that’s the reason why this book has its hilarious moments. so I wouldn’t generally worry about that too much.

I loved every aspect of this novel, and the story line was adorably tragic, with your classic ending that gave this the whole timeless love story experience (with a hint of Nonna). I love that all generations are a part of this story, and it also gives the reader an impression of what it’s truly like to grow up Italian – believe me, it’s definitely more than real!

Final Grade:

I give this book a solid 9/10 – I generally would not read this sort of genre, but I really ended up liking it a lot! Before this summer ends, you all need to read it because summer is all about falling in love, and this book fits perfectly with the summer theme!

What are your thoughts on this novel?


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