The McCalister Legacy by Nicole Hurley-Moore. (2020).
**3 out of 5 stars**
As a child, Berry’s family was torn apart by shocking violence. 11 years on she returns to the small town of Harlington, determined to confront the past and make a decision on the family farm. Complicating her desire to leave is her attraction to childhood crush, Nate, who feels the same way now. Berry begins to question the long-believed story of what happened to her family. Will she ever find out the truth? And can one old rumour shed light on the real events of that terrible night?
I was so looking forward to this one after loving the author’s previous novel (Lawson’s Bend). While I can say that I didn’t mind this one, it definitely did not live up to my expectations. To be honest, and this may sound petty, I didn’t agree with Berry’s age. Maybe if she had been older it would have worked better for me, but I felt like she didn’t think or act like an average 21 year old woman and that irritated me for most of the book. I also picked the couple of big twists way before they happened so it felt a bit predictable for me, although others may not see said twists coming and thus be surprised. I did appreciate the light romance aspects of the book and some of the side characters were lovely and entertaining.
Overall: I liked this story but it wasn’t great in my opinion. It’s got pretty high reviews across the board though so might just not have been my cup of tea at the time of reading.