Book Review: THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title in white on blue with
Genre: Thriller
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 5 stars
Series: yes - second book of trilogy



Book cover for THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY: title in gold on hallway

After a bombshell revelation, heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions – including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons.

As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture – by any means necessary.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


This series is so much fun. I’m so so glad I joined that blog tour last year, because I might not have gotten into this series otherwise.

It’s such a twisty mystery – and not just one mystery, but a half dozen stacked on one another. The characters, particularly the brothers, are a all jagged edges and tangled emotions after betrayals. Money and privilege has done nothing but ruin the family. And everyone around them.

THE HAWTHORNE LEGACY spends more time on Thea, Rebecca, and Max. After the first book being heavily about the brothers (who are still VITAL to this book), it was so nice to balance the scales and bring the girls to greater prominence. Thea and Rebecca’s relationship is rocky, full of guilt and the chaos the Hawthornes gave wrought on them. Max steals scenes every time she enters the page.

It’s so hard to put these books down as I want to keep reading to find out what happens next – and what the solution to the mysteries are. The chapters are so short (only a handful of pages) and each end on some sort of new revelation, unsettling event, or new problem. It’s a brilliant design for keeping you hooked.

And the mysteries! This book is about the missing uncle, who everyone thought was dead until the end of the previous book. You’re kept guessing the whole way through, and truths turn out to be false thanks to great twists that fit the feel of the book perfectly. As everything you think you understand about the family is upended (again), it isn’t irritating, but rather in keeping with everything that’s come before.

One last book to come!

Read my reviews of other books by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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