Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Inheritance Book Review

Secrets of the Shetlands
Book One

SUMMARY:  Change is coming to Whales Reef
     The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community o Whales Reef into turmoil.  Everyone assumed Tulloch's heir to be his much-loved grand-nephew David.  But when no will is discovered, David's calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land.  And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control.
     While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate's assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits.  The future of the island - and its traditional way of life - hangs in the balance.
     Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C.  Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity.  Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her grandparents, and wile 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 Michael Phillips' dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace.

REVIEW:  If you like books that tie the past and present together, this is one you need to check out.  While the story does jump back and forth, it does so in an orderly and seamless fashion.  I love how the author includes a family tree because it is very important to keep everyone straight.  I also love how the sections and chapters are laid out.  With a story of this magnitude, it was nice having the table of contents and genealogy to fall back on to for reference.
     This novel grabbed my attention and kept it until the very end, leaving me wanting more.  The author made me feel like I was there, part of the scenery, watching the events as they happened.  It is not a book that you can read quickly.  The intricacies of the past and present narratives, along with the Scottish island dialect, make you slow down.  When you take your time, you will understand and appreciate the small details that play a huge part later on.
     This is one series that I will definitely take the time to savor when the others are released.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House 
for review without compensation.

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction.  Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland, but make their home near Sacramento, California.  Visit Michael's website at

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