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The Heiress of Pittsburgh

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This book was sent to me by Netgalley for review…family dynamics…widower…teenage daughters…the setting is Pittsburgh…the story is intriguing although moves slowly  at times…enjoy
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This was a really delightful read. Having grown up around Pittsburgh (and still having lots of friends and relatives there) made this one jump off the shelf for me. This recalls the days when the 'burgh was a smoky steel city then the narrative moves forward--bringing the city with it--to today. Descriptions are spot on as is the uniqueness of the Pittsburghese dialect. 

The city serves as a colorful backdrop for the mystery and trial that unfold. We see issues from the past and the present surface here. The characters are also wonderfully drawn. If you have any familiarity with Pittsburgh, I think you'll really like this one. If you don't, then read this and get an idea of what Pittsburgh is like!
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I will admit that I was drawn to this book because Pittsburgh is in the title and that is my birthplace and I still have relatives there. The description was intriguing, so I decided to read it. I am half a generation younger than the main character Shawn, so I found the book educational about life growing up near the steel mills along the Mon versus my family mostly living in the North Hills. The Serbian and Croatian immigrants in Pittsburgh were a surprise. I only knew about Irish, German, Polish, and Swedish ones, but I was six when we moved away.

The story is mostly told from the perspective of Shawn, but we do get some other perspectives to help tell the back story, since some of it is from before his time. There are lots of wonderful details, like the mention of songs playing in the background over the years. The main plot is about a case being presented in the Orphan Court regarding a claim against the trust of the alleged father of Shawn’s former girlfriend. The storytelling is compelling and has you rooting for it all to work out. Definitely worth a read.

I received a free copy of this book to review through NetGalley.
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Pittsburgh is not my favorite place. Nonetheless. this is a pretty interesting legal story. I liked it overall.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!
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The Heiress of Pittsburgh offers two components: a nostalgic look at the city of Pittsburgh and its places and diverse people and a captivating family legal story. Once readers work through the lexicon of Pittsburghese is the first few chapters, Yinzers will understand the lingo of the Steel City. Then there are the destinations: the Strip District for food shopping, Islay’s for Whitehouse ice cream and Chip-Chopped ham or maybe Jumbo, Kennywood Park for amusement rides, and the incline to see the view of the city from Mount Washington. The legal plot involves a baby girl born to a 15 year old girl and her family’s attempt many years later to challenge if the now grown woman and her aging mother have rights to the father’s estate. Recommended for legal thriller fans and readers who enjoy novels with distinct settings.
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This book was provided to me by Sunbury Press, Inc. Milford House Press  and #NetGalley for my honest opinion. 

The Heiress of Pittsburgh was a little different from my normal reads. I liked branching out and finding a new author in Ken Gormley.
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