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My Daughter’s Legacy
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Release Date: July 2017
Page Count: 400
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-6292-6
Case Lot Quantity: 36
Collection/Series Name: Cousins of the Dove
Series: 3

My Daughter’s Legacy

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Women of Unfailing Conviction

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day

Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

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From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last.

Meet the authors

Mindy Starns Clark

Mindy Starns Clark

Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. In addition, Mindy’s plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.

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Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

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A Word from the Author

"It's always so satisfying when the final book in a series comes out! Now that My Daughter's Legacy is available, the whole trilogy feels rich and cohesive and complete. In this age of 'binge watching,' my hope is that those who haven't yet tried the Cousins of the Dove will do some 'binge reading' and devour all three in a row. That could be a lot of fun, especially considering the reader would be taken through one family's story from 1685 France to modern-day Virginia, solving a big mystery along the way. Enjoy!"
Mindy Starns Clark, co-author of My Daughter's Legacy

Editorial Reviews

“Recommend this well-written inspirational novel to readers who enjoy mysteries, romance, and historical fiction.”
Christian MARKET

“The path to love isn’t predictable, and readers will turn pages quickly to see who the characters ultimately choose as their partners.”
Romantic Times Book Reviews

“The masterful interweaving of two time periods makes for a wonderfully unique tale filled with hope and faith through the generations.”

“Clark and Gould are a dynamic writing team, and My Daughter's Legacy proves their skill in penning a book that is impossible to put down!... If you haven't yet given this series a try, then you have been missing out.”


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11/08/18 Gail H.


This was the third and final installment of the Cousins of the Dove series. It yielded an interesting and satisfying ending for me. The two authors did a great job going from 1864 Virginia to present day.

In this conclusion the mystery of the murder and why it was done is told and tied into that of the past. Both women were on the same grounds but over a hundred years apart. I loved how some of the mystery from the past was concluded in the present. I enjoyed all three novels but this one was my favorite.

11/08/18 Becky W.


History, Mystery, and Romance!

I loved this book because it has all three of these genres in it that I love! I love historical fiction, and this did not disappoint! I enjoyed getting a different perspective on how each side of the civil war affected families. I enjoyed the mystery of the lost documents. I enjoyed seeing how romance would develop between different couples of the story! All in all, it was a great read and hard to put down!

11/08/18 Ann M.

My Daughter’s Legacy is the third book in the Cousins of the Dove series. I loved it! It can stand alone, but if you’ve read the first two in the series, you will find some loose ends tied up very nicely.

It contains two story lines in two different times: civil war and modern. There are several parallels in the stories. Both deal with women struggling with personal issues that seem out of sync with some family members. Underlying it all is a strong sense of legacy and how the truth impacts that.

Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark do a masterful job of weaving these stories together and drawing them to a satisfying conclusion. Don’t miss this book!

11/08/18 Mary H.


This conclusion to the Cousins of the Dove series astounded me with so many different pieces woven together in the various story lines to form a satisfying, cohesive whole, not only of the third book, but the entire trilogy.

I enjoyed both the present-day developments, with the mystery and witnessing the characters grow, and the family history portion set during the Civil War. The skill of the authors to pull off such a fete showcases their amazing writing ability. The only part that didn’t quite resonate was the quick resolution of one of Nicole’s relationships. I felt like I was experiencing the situations along with the various persons peopling this dramatic novel. I hope the two writers partner for more books with such depth and authenticity.

07/20/17 Vik A.


I love how the two stories combined in one timeline. The authors have a great skills in storytelling, and there were no confusion on who is who, and what happens when. Two strong women in one bloodline, that’s a power of strong legacy and well-developed character. The details of the plot instantly transferred me into the story time.

Amazing book.

07/18/17 Marilyn R.


My Daughter’s Legacy was an amazing story with the time slip and how the characters’ lives were intertwined. This book was a page turner with all the history and characters that kept me spellbound while reading. The connection of ancestors and solving a mystery added depth along with an intriguing plot.

Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould are a great team together. This is the first book I’ve read in the Cousins of the Dove series, which is actually the final book in the series. Now I must go back and read My Brother’s Crown and My Sister’s Prayer. Readers of historical fiction will find My Daughter’s Legacy filled with action, unexpected events and characters working together for a cause.

07/17/17 Barbara K.


Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have collaborated on a number of novels. My Daughter’s Legacy is the third book in their Cousins of the Dove series. This novel is the story of two women, living decades apart. Nicole Talbot is a recovering addict determined to turn her life around and make something of it. Therese Jennings lives near Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War. They are connected by an ancient manuscript which has disappeared. This novel’s chapters bounce back and forth between Nicole in present day and Therese in Civil War era Richmond. What becomes a murder mystery to be solved by Nicole is strongly connected to the plantation where Therese’s family lives. The interaction between the two time frames is sometimes confusing, but leads the reader to the conclusive end.

This is a very intriguing book.

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