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Review by Suze
Sophia has messed things up and her reputation is ruined. She has no place to live, she's single and she's been disinherited by her parents. The only good thing in her life is her best friend Hugo. When she receives letters from her grandmother Tilly, who was once a famous Hollywood star, Sophia gathers her strength to pay her a visit. She hasn't seen her grandmother in quite a while and this is her last chance. Tilly is in a hospice and she's dying. There's one thing she still wants to do. She tells Sophia about her life, about her childhood and the priceless gift she received from her father on her eighteenth birthday.
Tilly has a task for Sophia and she hopes she'll be able to convince her granddaughter to listen to her. She wants her to find her father's precious birthday present, because she hasn't seen it for many years and it's her dying wish to look at it one last time. Tilly's pearls are missing and Sophia is the only person she can ask to find out where they are. With Hugo's help Sophia starts to unravel the mystery of the disappeared necklace.
The Inheritance is a beautiful story about several remarkable women and a stunning necklace that changed their lives. Katie Agnew has clearly done her research and I was intrigued by both the history of the necklace and the general information she gives about pearls. The story gripped me from the start. It's set in several eras and each chapter brings something new and captivating. The adventure begins with the origin of the pearls in Japan before they become Tilly's special necklace. I loved that this history is included. The journey of the necklace is a fascinating one from the start and I enjoyed following it until the end.
Katie Agnew has an amazing compelling writing style. She gives her readers a wonderful view of the world. I fell in love with the pearl necklace straight away and couldn't wait to find out what happened to it. I really liked the vivid descriptions of the settings, main characters and objects, the thorough explanation of each topic, the dazzling lifestyles, the complex family relationships and sweet romance and together they make this story completely perfect.
The pearls have enriched the lives of many women and some of their stories moved me to tears. Because there are a number of owners there are many main characters. One of the reasons I liked The Inheritance so much is that they are all equally interesting to read about. Because of the clear chronological order it's easy to follow the plot and I loved Katie Agnew's surprising twists and turns. I loved the creativity and the originality of The Inheritance, it's a truly enchanting book. I slowly savored the story and loved every single sentence. I highly recommend this delightful sparkling story.