Welcome to the tour for Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper! This is a sci-fantasy novel that is adult but clean and appropriate for young adult readers.
Alice's Portrait by Juliette Harper
A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies. Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”
“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”
***My Personal Review of Langston's Daughters***
So far I really like this series even though I am not normally a fan of novels with cowboys and cowgirls. But this isn't the normal western novel, it's a story about 3 alienated sisters who come back to the family ranch after their father's death and find out that in order to inherit the land they must all live together. Kate is the one daughter who stayed with their father and worked the ranch and she loves it. So the thought of losing what she has worked SO hard for is devastating for her and she fights to ensure her sisters stay. The whole sibling rivalry theme runs strong through this novel as the sisters start to warm to each other and their new lifestyle. Each sister has a different personality: Kate is strong and has a will of iron and will not back down from any challenge including the one her father gave her; Jenny is also strong-willed but she is a city girl so living on a ranch is NOT the life she had planned for herself; and Jenny is the soft-spoken one who doesn't like fighting and doesn't make waves. Jenny is still a country girl at heart and in some ways I got the impression that she missed life on the ranch. She may not have planned this life but she isn't fighting against it as Jenny is. While Mandy and Jenny are struggling to adjust, Kate is struggling to find out whether her father was murdered or actually committed suicide. She has suspects but will she and her sisters be able to figure out the mystery before they become the next victim? Very well-written novel and the characters really come to life and are so completely different but somehow start to come together. I am working on reading Book 2 so I can't wait to find out what happens!
***My Personal Review of Baxter's Draw***
Once again we find ourselves wrapped up in the lives of the Lockwood girls Kate, Jenny and Mandy. They have all adjusted well to living on the Ranch but the question of whether their father committed suicide or was murdered is still hanging over their heads and it affects Kate in more ways because she was the one who stayed on the ranch with her father. Mandy and Jenny are both in steady relationships and Kate has an admirer ... but is it someone who may have been involved with their father's demise? And the mysterious Baxter's Draw is something that has enthralled Kate for some time and she decides she has to find out what is there. And what IS there is a total shock to all of them and something they never expected. And it could lead to more problems for them than answers. I loved this book just as much as the first one, the mystery of Baxter's Draw was an amazing adventure and I love the way the sisters are being drawn together and relating to each other :) Awesome book!
***My Personal Review of Alice's Portrait***
Even though the Lockwood sisters are finally comfortable with each other and are all starting to plan out their futures on the ranch, their father's haunting past with the mysterious Alice still gets in the way and none of them really know what happened. All they know is that somehow their father and his best friend George Sisk fought over her and whatever happened caused Lockwood Langston to become a recluse for years. Although Kate is more wrapped up in what really happened with her fathers death, Jenny is the one who starts really digging into the past and she also retreats into the secret lair their father had on Baxter's Draw. But is she in danger of becoming like their father? But as the secrets begin to unravel and the past takes form Jenny discovers a secret that could destroy all of them and their blossoming relationships. Will all end well for the sisters or will it tear them apart forever? Amazing ending to this series - I actually wish there were more books to come it was so good! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all three books and can't wait to see what Juliette Harper comes up with next :)
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