I read quite a lot of steamy mushy romance of late, so Legacy came as a fresh breeze, though it’s not a breeze at all. The book takes the readers to the post-war Germany. It starts with the year 1945 and ends in the year 1999. So much so, in a short book like this is something that only a talented writer can do. Wilde has done full justice in portraying the aftermath of World War II.
When it comes to the fiction element, the book is an alternate history, a history that is far away from what we all know and that is if Hitler left an heir.
The main protagonist Peter Fritsch is an orphan raised by his grandparents. Peter’s portrayal of a mentally and emotionally weak person and then his transformation to a strong-willed aggressive Right Wing Speaker is vivid and realistic. All the characters including Michael, Kurt, and Wolfgang seem realistic and have strong presence throughout the entire read. Character development is strong and vivid, something that I always look for in a book.
I liked the conversations between various characters especially the conversation about women that takes place between Michael and Peter. I loved the subtle fragrance of romance with the appearance of Ola, a young female left-wing journalist.
I did want to read more about Ola and Peter’s blooming relationship and wanted to see it mature over a period of time, but the book ended on a tragic note.
That said, Legacy is a detailed and well-written book set in the Post-war Germany. I highly recommended this book to all alternate history lovers out there.