A Daughter’s Inheritance

Written by Judith Miller Tracie Peterson
Review by Nancy J. Attwell

Set in upstate New York (Rochester and Broadmoor Island, a fictional island in the Thousand Island region of the St. Lawrence River), this first book in the Broadmoor Legacy series introduces three cousins: Amanda, Sophie, and Fanny Broadmoor. It is 1897, and the family patriarch, Hamilton Broadmoor, has just died. When his will is read, the family is shocked to learn that seventeen-year-old Fanny will inherit one-third of her grandfather’s vast estate when she reaches her majority. Fanny, who longs to renew her friendship with the island boatman, Michael Atwell, is pleased that the family will continue their tradition of holidaying on their private island. While Fanny and her cousins fill their days with picnics and parties, Uncle Jonas (Amanda’s father) schemes to seize Fanny’s inheritance.

The opulent summer homes on the St. Lawrence River, near Clayton and Alexandria Bay, provide a picturesque backdrop for this family saga. Fanny is a delightful heroine, and her relationship with Sophie and Amanda is charming. Be warned, however, that the book ends mid-story, leaving the romance between Fanny and Michael unresolved. If the remaining books in the series are as well-written as A Daughter’s Inheritance, reading the continuation will be a pleasure.