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Kerry Lee Reis

Legacy Discovered


A woman learns her husband is not the man she married. Instead of an orphaned foster child like herself, he is the scion of a billionaire. In order to avoid a family legacy, he faked his own death. When they first met sixteen years ago, Ali was convinced Ryan was a man who grew up like she did: as a foster care orphan. They married quickly and headed for the Midwest to complete college. Sixteen years later, Ryan has an independent law practice, Ali is an ER nurse, and the couple has the perfect life. Yet when Ryan leads a class action suit against a toxic industrial development by billionaire Charles Barnett, all hell breaks loose. During the case discovery, Ali learns that Ryan is really the sole son and namesake of real estate magnate Barnett who faked his death by disappearing off his sailboat near the Massachusetts coast sixteen years ago. His real name is Charles Barnett Jr., and he pulled off his deception in order to avoid the pressure of the family legacy and to marry Ali who came from a lower social status. He took the name Ryan, assuming the legal identity of a college roommate who died young. This searing novel demonstrates the strength of love and the power of class to haunt our lives while serving as a moving meditation on how to redeem the past. As Ryan says to his teenage daughter, “Status does not determine character. Character determines status.”

Book Bubbles from Legacy Discovered

Chapter One

The first chapter is always the most important for the reader to decide if a book is worthy to be read. In Legacy Discovered, it begins by inviting us to join Ali in remembering her first meeting with Ryan in college, a moment of caring and attraction. As the memory of the day ends, we are brought back sixteen years later with Ali setting aside the single rose as husband Ryan and their two children enter for breakfast. All seems like a normal family morning. However, later in the day, when Ryan receives a visitor at his independent law office, an associate from a large firm representing the wealthy developer of a major project in Ryan and Ali's Midwest town, Ryan inadvertently unveils a clue that will unravel a major deception in his life and marriage with Ali.

Disappeared and Found

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Was She Adopted or Kidnapped? A young woman's search for her biological family opens up a mystifying nineteen-year-old cold case of a mother and her baby daughter disappearing while on a walk, a development that arouses interest and surprise from a couple of television programs, local and federal law enforcement, and a splintered family.

Book Bubbles from Disappeared and Found

The Story Crux

In Disappeared and Found, the first three chapters brings readers into Dorothy's path of why she started to search for answers, but chapter 4 is the main crux where the mystery turns in a totally unexpected direction, opening a new investigation by many new parties.

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