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Book Review - 'Terms of Inheritance' by Michelle Upton

What do you get when you have four very different sisters, a millionaire tycoon mother who is dying, and four very different terms of inheritance? A fantastic read.

Michelle Upton’s debut novel tells the story of four sisters, each with very different lives. All with their own complex relationship with their mother, Jacki.

The four sisters find out that they will have to work to receive their inheritance from their mother. None of the sisters are exactly thrilled to receive their ‘terms of inheritance’. There is also a catch. All of them must complete their tasks successfully within the set time frame, or no one receives anything at all. If they fail, all the money goes to charity.

Isla must discover who she is deep down without her money or wild success, Rose must realise her dream of publishing a children’s book, Mel must complete a gruelling marathon, and Jess must show she can remain in a committed relationship for more than 3 months.

The girls need to work together and support each other in order to achieve their tasks, with many entertaining bumps along the way for the reader.

Many life lessons and soul searching follows, not only for the sisters, but their mother too.

This book explores the themes of complex family dynamics, a mother’s love for her children, and personal development. It tells the reader that we all need to step out of our comfort zone at times to experience personal growth.

The story is engaging and kept me turning the pages. The characters are well developed, and the reader gets to join them on their journey of self-discovery. There is also a delightful dash of humour which I am a big fan of.

The side characters are also well developed. Jacki’s best friend, and confidant to the girls was my favourite character in the story and played a pivotal role in all of their journeys throughout the book.

What a cracker of a debut. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy.

I give it five stars

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