Mistaken Legacy, Book 1 in the Legends on the Rise Novel Series
1 June – 7 July 1980
St. Augustine, Florida
Juliette’s life is a fairytale come true until a mysterious overseas letter arrives from a cousin she hadn’t met. In his letter, Claude Freedman exposes the truth about her engagement gift passed down through the ages, and a memoir written by her 4th great-grandfather and nobleman, Capt. Françoise J. Reiss III: A man with a nefarious past who lived during the colonial slave trade.
Confronting her mother with Claude’s letter, Adrian insists the Freedman’s are ‘impostors’ and the “captain’s” memoir, Children of the Alliance, is a ‘literary forgery.’ Defying her mother’s wish to forget about their family’s notorious past, Juliette sojourns to St. Augustine, Florida, to meet Mr. Freedman, and to pick up the “captain’s” memoir.
Visiting with Claude in the “Land of Flowers,” and after reading the memoir, Juliette surmises the Freedman descendants from the “captain’s” second marriage might be the rightful owners of her dowry…