Legacy of Honor
Series: The Stratton Legacy #1
Published by Wild Heart Books
Publication Date October 13, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
He’s been raised to carry on the legacy.
After her mother’s untimely death, Emma Monroe’s dreams to become a teacher are dashed. She takes a job as maid and cook at the local Stratton Ranch, where she endures humiliation and hardship in order to provide for her ailing father and younger brother. Only Riley Stratton, her childhood friend and heir to the Stratton fortune, sees her heart. When she’s asked to care for Skye, the young half-Indian girl most family members refuse to claim, Emma finally finds the purpose she craves.
Riley Stratton has it all, or so it seems. Growing up as the youngest son of the rich and powerful John Stratton, Riley stands to inherit a legacy of greatness in the Stratton Ranch. On the surface, his family looks like they have it all, but manipulation, deceit, and an ever-present quest for power leave him desperate for change. Yet his father has made it clear: do things the Stratton way, or face alienation and disinheritance.
As Riley and Emma choose between honor, dreams, and expectations—not to mention the love they can no longer deny—their first steps prove how quickly the situation can spin into danger. When their best efforts threaten the lives and hopes of those closest to them, it becomes clear the decisions they make will change the course of their lives forever.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Emma dealt with the grief over her mother’s death. Riley searched for peace.
Emma’s spunk was delightful! When her new employer grossly insulted her, she refused to kowtow and just quit! I loved the way she stood up for herself and for what was right and good!
When Emma met the motherless Skye, her heart went out to her and she knew that it was her mission to love her. It was heartwarming to see how Emma was willing to endure insults and hardship for the sake of this precious little life! One of my favorite moments was when Emma chose to return kindness for insult, knowing it was the right thing to do, even though it was the hardest thing to do.
Riley’s struggle was so difficult! Following God meant turning his back on his family and everything they stood for. He agonized over this and my heart went out to him as he saw the enormity of the consequences of his choice.
I loved seeing the author’s love for the Lord shine through as Emma and Riley learned about the love of God for them. Despite bad things that continued to happen and the consequences of following the right path set before each of them, they were able to see the best choice was to live in a way that was honoring to God above all else. It was so beautiful!
Legacy of Honor was a lovely story. I appreciated that the author didn’t make the choices easy – they had to work for their happy ending. And things weren’t all happy in the end but they were realistic. I am looking forward to seeing which characters the next story in this new series will be about!
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I’ve been writing this book for more than a decade!
In 2008, my dear friend and writing mentor, Chip Ricks, shared a book idea with me. Loosely based on her own family history, she wanted to write a story about two brothers—one who chose to live for Christ, the other who didn’t. She wanted to follow that family through the generations, to show the impact of that one choice, on the people who came behind.
She just had one problem. Chip was a brilliant writer, but she wasn’t a fiction writer. “Will you help me write this book?”
Now, Chip was in her 80s at the time. She was a mother, a grandmother, to me in the faith. If she’d asked me to paint the moon pink, I’d have given it my best shot. For several years, Chip and I worked together on several versions of the book. We only ever got through the first few chapters, and we’d change our minds about the characters or the situations. Finally, one day she smiled at me. She said, “You know, Renae. This is your book. I know I whispered the idea to you, but I always wanted you to be the one to write it. I’m getting too old to work on this . . . please take it. It’s your story.”
Soon after, she moved across the country to live with her daughter. We stayed connected via phone calls and Facebook, until eventually, she stopped responding. We lost touch. I continued to write the book—Chip’s book. Now my book. I’d work on it a while, then put it away for several months, even a few years at one point. In 2017, I finished what would become the first final draft. I fiddled with it more, here and there, but I hung onto it until I met Misty Beller, my publisher at Wild Heart.
I submitted the book to her, and she accepted it, right away! Then the editor got hold of it. God bless Erin Taylor Young! She was brutal, in the best possible way. I spent weeks (months?) making the suggested changes, and each one made the book so much better. The day I turned in those final edits to my publisher, I opened up Facebook. There, on Chip’s FB page, was a note to all her friends.
From one of her children.
She’d gone to see her Heavenly Father.
I sat there, frozen, looking at my screen, big fat tears tracking my cheeks. How was it possible that on the day the book was complete, I learned of her death? She was so instrumental in my walk of faith, and in my path as a writer. It was almost like the Holy Spirit wanted me to know . . . this particular journey was now complete.
I hope you enjoy this book, book one in a trilogy, for it is very close to my heart. And I hope you learn from the actions of two brothers, so many years ago, that our choices have an impact on our own lives, and on the lives of those who follow us.
—Renae Brumbaugh Green
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