Book Review - The Heirs by Susan Rieger
Before I get down to business with my book review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger, I have a special offer for my loyal readers: a giveway! Enter here for your chance to win $100 gift code toward your purchase of a JORD Watch. One lucky person will win, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25 once the contest ends (you have until July 2, 2017 to enter!) I'm a little weary of giveaways, especially as a blogger. But I chose to partner with JORD Watches for two reasons:
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Okay - back to business - and the reason why you clicked on that link! My review of The Heirs by Susan Rieger. This story is a beautiful portrait of the Falkes Family, a mother and father with five boys. They are a complex, flawed, but a loving family. After the death of the father, Rupert Falkes, another woman comes forward claiming he fathered her two boys and they are rightful heirs to his inheritance. Susan Rieger beautifully reveals information in ways we least expect. Every character is flawed (as all humans are) but have redeeming qualities as well. I fell in love with the Falkes family and I think you will, too.
This is one of the more eloquent books I've read in a while.
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