The Inheritance of Beauty is set in the Low Country of South Carolina. It walks the reader through the lives of four people: George, Magnolia, Ash, and Joe Stackhouse. Maggie, as they called Magnolia, was Ash’s sister, and she later married George. The story jumps back and forth between the past and the present. Through the time, you see George’s deep love for his wife even in her old age where a stroke has left her helpless and speechless. The characters experienced a very traumatic event eighty years ago, and the story unfolds to help them come to peace with what happened before they pass on. When you think all the plots have been resolved, one twist at the end makes the whole story even more magical.
I have not read a fiction book in quite some time, so I was a bit hesitant especially since I did not begin this book on the recommendation of any others. The book started out a bit slow, and I found the jumping back and forth between characters and time to be a bit confusing. However, around the 15th chapter of 54 short chapters), I could not put the book down. I took it everywhere trying to figure out what happened to George and Maggie. How did Ash and Joe play into the mix? As I saw the love between George and Maggie, I kept telling husband and myself that I wanted to be such a wife that my husband loved me as much as George did in those last days. His wife could not speak to him. She could not even kiss him or hug him, but he loved her dearly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read and an enjoyable plot.
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