REVIEW – The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

Dive into a lovely new saga by master storyteller, Michael Phillips as he takes you to Scotland’s Shetland Islands

TITLE:    The Inheritance (Secrets of the Shetlands #1)
AUTHOR:    Michael Phillips
INFO:    Paperback/eBook, Fiction, 432 pages
PUBLISHED:   Bethany House, 2016
SOURCE:   Received from Litfuse in exchange for review


FROM GOODREADS:   The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch’s heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David’s grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And while Hardy doesn’t enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate’s assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island–and its traditional way of life–hangs in the balance.


Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .


Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips’s dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.


MY TAKE:  This is a lovely start to a new series that I am looking forward to continuing (in October).  Michael Phillips is a master at putting the reader into a scene and making them feel a part of the story. I could envision myself in Loni’s shoes as she learned of her past and explored her future.


This is a very detailed book, especially in regards to the setting and scenery. While it does jump around a bit in the beginning and is full of information, the story picks up quickly and becomes an easy read to get into and enjoy.


I recommend this book (and most likely the rest of the series to come) to readers who like the mix of modern and past as well as characters that help you understand the life and history on the tiny island of Whale’s Reef.


Out of 5 JEWELS, I give it 3.5/5:


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