After a chance meeting at the age of sixteen, Sam leaves behind her father and her reformed alcoholic mother and moves to Northern Ireland to set up home with a man she barely knows. The two of them continue to practice the religion they were both raised in but scratch below the surface and life’s not what it appears. This story documents her battle with depression, abuse, the aftermath of suicide, a troubled marriage, and most of all her disastrous involvement with the Jehovah’s Witness church. It’s a journey that cost her dearly and as many of her readers have already discovered, Not Your Legacy is far more than just a series of real life events. It retells the story of one woman’s metamorphosis of mind, body and soul.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne to start early in the day, or be up to the wee small hours to finish!14 Jun 2014
‘A compelling read from a soul revealing author…Samantha holds back nothing in this riveting read, she reveals the flaws in a mostly unhappy marriage but also remembers the good times, few and far between though they were…I think a lot of people can relate to this story if only in parts and will gain the knowledge that however bad things in life are, it is possible to come out of a dark tunnel and know survival is achievable…A candid no frills look at life through the authors’s eyes had me enthralled from the first page.’
This book will give hope to many…5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning book, powerfully honest and very brave., 18 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Not Your Legacy (Paperback)
‘This is an unflinchingly honest, powerfully written and emotionally raw chronicle of the author’s journey through a troubled and abusive marriage that left her totally isolated, both from friends and relatives, and from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in whose shadow she spent most of her life. Samantha J. Wright chronicles the cruelties and neglect that so many women are subjected to, compounded by the rejection of a church that in the end appeared to care more about its own image than the real needs of its members. What sets Not Your Legacy apart from similar confessional memoirs is the sheer strength of the writing, and the author’s refusal to give in to self-pity. Instead she resolutely re-assembles her life, surviving her journey’s darkest moments to emerge far stronger than before. To say it’s unputdownable (I finished it in one sitting) would perhaps belittle the book, which clearly took a massive amount of courage to write. It should certainly leave the vast majority of readers stunned by its content and the frank no-nonsense clarity of the writing.’
Life in the Hebrides in the year 1844 is as harsh as it is beautiful. In the mind of 16 year old Lorna McFadden the only prospect of making something of herself lies on the other side of the Firth of Lorne, in the town of Oban on the Scottish mainland. To embrace her destiny she must risk incurring her father’s wrath and the possibility of losing everything she has. Can she survive in the real world on her own? And are the sacrifices worth making in the long run? Find out in this story of love, gold and providence.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read7 Jun. 2012
By As Matner
‘Historical fiction is a genre I read from time to time. My preferred stories tend to be those set back further back in the past & abroad. However I very much enjoyed the setting for this story. It’s engaging & it was easy to feel the plight of the main characters, especially during the prison ship voyage.
If I had to have one criticism (which it isn’t really) I wish it was a bit longer.
For the author’s debut novel, she has created compelling setting & characters who’s tales are interesting. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel Night Chorus.’
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and full of surprises, 30 July 2013
This review is from: The Sands of Carsaig (Kindle Edition)
‘I don’t normally read a romance but this novel had me hooked, unable to put it down. This is a beautiful descriptive read, the story has some unexpected events, but love finds a way. A truly heart-rendering romance. I shall be reading the authors next novel Night Chorus.’