There was a heavy snowfall that had started the night before as Brigitte Nicholson sat at her desk in the admissions office of Boston University, meticulously going over applications. Other staffers had checked them before her, but she always liked to take a last look at the files herself to make sure that each one was complete. They were in the midst of making their decisions, and in six weeks acceptances and denials would be going out to the applicants. Inevitably, there would be some ecstatic prospective students and more often many broken hearts. It was difficult knowing that they had the lives and futures of earnest young people in their hands. Sifting through the applications was Brigitte's busiest time of year, and although the ultimate choices were made by committee, her job was vetting applications, and conducting individual interviews when students requested them. In those cases, she would submit her notes and comments with the application. But essentially, grades, test scores, teachers' recommendations, extracurricular activities, and sports contributed heavily to the final result. A candidate either looked like an asset to the school or not. Brigitte always felt the weight of those decisions heavily on her shoulders. She was meticulous about going over all the materials they submitted. Ultimately, she had to think about what was best for the school, not for the students. She was used to the dozens of calls and e-mails she got from anxious high school counselors, doing all they could to help their candidates. Brigitte was proud to be associated with BU, and much to her own amazement, had worked in the admissions office for ten years. The years had flown by, seemingly in an instant. She was number three in the department and had turned down opportunities for promotion many times. She was content where she was and had never been terribly ambitious.
At twenty-eight, Brigitte had come to BU as a graduate student, to get a master's in anthropology after assorted minor jobs post-college, followed by two years of working at a women's shelter in Peru and another one in Guatemala, and a year of traveling in India and Europe. She had a bachelor's degree in anthropology with a minor in women's and gender studies from Columbia. The plight of women in underdeveloped countries had always been a primary concern to her. Brigitte had taken a job in the admissions office just until she could complete her degree. She had wanted to go to Afghanistan for a year after that, but like so many other graduate students who took job sat the university while they were there, she stayed.
Brigitte Nicholson isn’t offended when her best friend urges her to be more passionate about life. Amy doesn’t understand that at 38, Brigitte is content. She has a job she likes, a book she’s writing and someday she and her longtime boyfriend will take the next step. But “someday” has an unexpected outcome when Ted abruptly ends their relationship. Now questioning all her choices, Brigitte decides to forget about the future and immerse herself in the past.
You’ll agree that Legacy is Danielle Steel at her incomparable best when Brigitte, at her mother’s behest, begins to research her family’s genealogy and is astonished to learn she’s descended from French aristocracy. Even more fascinating is evidence of an ancestor shrouded in mystery, a Native American linked to an 18th-century marquis. As Brigitte’s research takes her to South Dakota, then on to Paris, following Wachiwi’s journey from the Great Plains to the French court of Marie Antoinette, she finds she’s inherited much more than her ancestor’s sultry looks. Brigitte realizes that the desire to meet life—and love—with passion is part of her true family legacy, and it changes her forever.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press / Div. of Random House ( September 28, 2010 )
Item #: 12-852374
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.76inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
The best book of Danielle Steel's that I've read in a very long time.
The beginning was so slow... i kept going and am very glad that i did.... loved the story...
way to go Danielle Steele!
I have been disappointed in Steele for quite a while now. This book is truly amazing with a very strong and believable female main character in Wachiwi--and a great development of the overall content. This, to me, was back to Danielle Steele at her very best. This was the best book I have read this year!
I could not put the book down. The middle substance MORE than makes up for what the beginning lacks!1 I was sad that Wachiwi's story had to end!
I think this was one of the best books (out of many) that I have read this year!
I have to admit, when I read the first 40 or so pages, I was totally bored and didn't enjoy the story. But when the story delved into the past, suddenly I couldn't put it down. I applaud Danielle Steel for writing something outside her element--a nice change from some of her other 'wealthy,' 'Hollywood'
type characters. And another strong female character is always a good read!