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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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Beauty, like truth, is enduring. But only one can set you free.
MAGGIE BLACK CAME OF AGE in the lush, fragrant lowcountry of South Carolinaspending her days with her beloved brother and the boy she would grow up to marry. But when a stranger arrived one summer, Maggie couldnt imagine the evil he would bring with him. And though she escaped with her life, the ramifications of that fateful summer would alter all of their lives forever.
Now, some eighty years later, Maggie and her husband George are spending their remaining days in a nursing home, helpless as age slowly robs Maggie of her ability to communicate. When a mysterious package arrives, followed closely by a stranger whose identity haunts them, Maggie and George are hemmed in by a history theyd rather forget.
As the truth reveals itself, George knows he must face the past and its lifetime of repercussions. Its the only way to free himself and his precious wifeif its not too late.
The Inheritance of Beauty is a rich and enchanting story about age and beauty and the ability of true beauty to transcend one's life.
Different characters narrate the book at different points, and the narratives are a combination of flashbacks and current episodes. Each character has a strong voice, and the author brings everything together in a comprehensive whole at the very end, masterfully tying up the loose ends in a bittersweet manner. A single most unforgettable experience is difficult to identify; Seitz grabs the reader by the heart at the beginning of the book and doesnt let go until the end.
This beautifully engaging story is sure to please inspie readers. Told through alternating points of view in the present and 1929, the tale unfolds beautifully and is a gorgeous picture of love and family. 4 stars - Romantic Times
George Jacobs is adjusting to life in a nursing home. His wife Maggie is completely unresponsive to everyone. George has just received news that his cancer is terminal. To add insult to injury, a dark past hed rather forget is coming back to haunt him in the form of a giant picture of a younger Maggie, letters from her long-lost brother Ash, and the appearance of an old acquaintance who destroyed everything they knew the last time they met him. George takes Maggie and a ghost, Joe, back to the town where he and Maggie were born to confront their past and finally to lay it to rest. George is funny, but his love for Maggie is breathtakingly powerful. He and the other characters in the book become real people, and their story is utterly captivating from beginning to end.
This book has the potential to become a literary favorite. Women teenaged and older will love it, though it is not strictly "chick lit." Those looking for a well-written book with three-dimensional characters and a spectacular message should add this book to their to-read lists. Becky Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Mixed NuttsAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Stuff and Substance?December 1, 2012Mixed NuttsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I had high hopes when I started reading The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz, published by Thomas Nelson. The story promised to be a bit of mystery, a bit of love, and a bit of bittersweet as the aged characters, George and Maggie, relived their past in memories. With the book published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing powerhouse, I also expected a story that pointed to redemption through Christ.
George and Maggie reside in a nursing home. Maggie is surrendering to Alzheimer's Disease and George, her adoring husband, can only stand idly by her side, supporting her where he can. One day, a new resident moves into the nursing home, upsetting the balance with his unusual ways. Soon after, a package arrives that causes further distress for George and Maggie.
The memories begin flowing. A mystery is revealed and solved. Heartaches are exposed and healed. Old friends are found and lost.
Overall, I liked the story. Written in a very casual, conversational manner, the story flowed fairly smoothly and the characters were interesting and fully fleshed out.
Unfortunately, though, the promise of a redemption through Christ never materialized. The book is full of feel-good spirituality without the substance of a life changing encounter with and a decision for Christ by any of the characters. The reader is left with a vague, "Well, they'll all go to heaven, right?" feeling, but the stuff and substance of a relationship with Christ is never presented.
Full disclosure: I received The Inheritance of Beauty free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in return for a review. My thoughts are my own.
Ann HolifieldLexington, TNAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 2, 2011Ann HolifieldLexington, TNAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I had trouble with reading the book being 60 years old and knowing that I am starting into that time of life where things start to happen. Cannot say this was a book that encouraged me, but yet was a book well written. Read for a book club. Probably would not have read if not in the book club.
staceArkansasAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good readMay 7, 2011staceArkansasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I recently read The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole Seitz. It is a story that spans the years of a husband and wife and their acquaintances. The story is set in South Carolina and centers on Maggie and George, both in their latter years spent in a retirement home, and through a traumatic shared childhood experience.
Overall, I thought this book to be very well written. The author kept me engaged through sentence structure and a unique usage of flashbacks. Being a Southern girl, I enjoy a good Southern story. Although this was a "Christian book", it didn't have an overt Christian theme. I didn't feel strengthened in my spiritual walk by the end of the book. In fact, I felt like it leaned toward "spiritualism" at the conclusion. I all fairness, I don't think this fact would keep me from recommending this book to others. It was a suspenseful and engaging story that I feel was worth my time.
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Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exceeded My ExpectationsApril 6, 2011Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I feel like any words I say about this book will be so inadequate. It's just that books like this rarely cross my path, maybe because I don't go out of my way to read them. What kind of book is that? Part sadness, part pain, while also moving slowly, but deliberately. Then, when I get my hands on a book like this, it always ends up that I love it or hate it. Hardly does it fall somewhere in between.
The Inheritance of Beauty was a book that definitely fell on the "loved it" side of the equation. And even after I've put it down, I still can't put my finger on what captivated me so much about these characters. They're nothing spectacular. Nobody did anything that changed the world. They were just ordinary folk that were not far away from death's door. In my opinion, George was the main character of the story. He was like an open book; I always knew what was going through his mind. At times, he was complacent, other times a bit hateful, but at all times, he loved his sweet wife, Maggie, in a way that caused tears to come to my eyes. At one moment, he said, "I have loved Maggie since before I knew what love was. She is love to me. Without her, there is nothing for me here." Oh, to have a love that pure, that selfless from one person to another. That, indeed, is a most beautiful thing.
As I read more and more novels, I have come to a conclusion about something. Authors should always write about what they know. When I discover that a particular book is loosely based on real life events, I can't seem to put it down. Just knowing that this book was partially based on a photo of the author's grandmother, and how that photo had been a part of the history of her family, made this story so much more real. I felt like I was peaking into a diary, only to discover that their family wasn't much different than my own. We all have skeletons in our closets; it's just a matter of how much or how little we let them shape the rest of our lives.
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to review this book as I doubt it would have ever crossed my path otherwise. This book had a little bit of a literary flair, which I'm not normally too crazy about, but it worked so well here. I can do nothing but give this book 5 stars, as well as a huge recommendation for people who love deep, and meaningful stories. I know that The Inheritance of Beauty will stay in my mind and heart for days to come, as I'm sure it will for many others.
aearndtSouth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Southern fiction at its bestMarch 18, 2011aearndtSouth CarolinaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved The Inheritance of Beauty, just as I loved The Spirit of Sweetgrass and Trouble the Water. Nicole has a gift for putting you right in the middle of the settings of her novel. I can easily imagine myself swimming in the pond or sitting in the nursing home beside George and Magnolia. I love books set in the South so much so they couldn't have been written anywhere else.
Seitz' villains are exquisitely evil and her protagonists are very complex, no cookie cutter characters in Seitz' books. Although her writing style may take you from childhood to senility within a chapter, it's not hard to follow because her characterizations deepen as you progress in the book. She reveals more and more layers and reasons for their actions in her chapters.
I would recommend The Inheritance of Beauty for anyone who loves Southern novels, women's fiction or literary fiction. I think you'll be very pleased you took the time to read it.