Inheritance (Secrets Of The Shetlands Book 1)-Soft [Paperback]
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In Scotland''s Shetland Islands, a clan patriarch has died, and a dispute over the inheritance has frozen an entire community''s assets. When a letter from the estate''s solicitor finds Loni Ford, she is stunned. Orphaned as a child, Loni has always wanted a link to her roots. She sets out on a journey of discovery, but is this dream too good to be true?
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|If you value heritage and Godliness read The Inheritance Aug 25, 2016|
|Like Davis Bunn a.k.a. Thomas Locke I have been reading Michael Phillips' books since my early teen years and Phillips has always been a favorite author of mine. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up one of his novels in a very long time and that is to my detriment. Phillips has a quality that I honestly cannot explain. I have felt this way about his books since I was a teen. As a book reviewer I know it isn’t very helpful that I can't name or even really explain what that quality is. Sorry about that! The closest that I can get to an explanation is that his characters are more thoughtful, more fully understandable, deeper and richer than the norm. In the books description Phillips is called a master storyteller. That sums it up. Do you feel the same way about his books? Can you explain it? |
A great part of the joy of reading for me is learning new things. The Inheritance introduced me to the Shetland Islands, an area of Scotland that I am unfamiliar with. It was interesting to learn of the joint Scottish and Norse heritage in the Shetlands. Michael Phillips also introduced me to the song Leaving Lerwick Harbour. It is beautiful. A bit haunting yet peaceful.
The Inheritance is a story of clashing times and forces. History verses modernity. Selflessness verses selfishness. Self-understanding verses a lack of identity. Kindness verses unkindness. There is a moment towards the end when mysteries and events are converging. Following is a quote describing the Whale’s Reef church steeple.
"In a location such as this, where sea mists, driving rains, and incessant winds were the norm, a steeple must be strongly anchored to keep from being battered to bits. This one was. It had survived, with repairs, for three centuries. Its topmost spire, however, was often shrouded in fog or slanting torrents, thus providing an even more fitting symbol of that unknowable and veiled Presence to whom it pointed. Its disappearance into the nebulous unseen heavens, even if only fifty feet above the ground, created a numinous aura of mystery in keeping with its avowed purpose."
The quote speaks to the essence of the book. History, heritage, respect, and most importantly reverence of God are valuable and worth seeking and sharing.
My favorite character in The Inheritance wins by a landslide. He is a chauffeur by trade and a minister by calling named Dickie Sinclair. Dickie is colorful, truthful, and wise. He has a short part but his impact is long-lasting.
Phillips paints beautiful scenery. His descriptions of the Shetland Islands and the community of Whales Reef in particular are very detailed and lovely. He shows the value and an understanding of the culture and history of the island. The Inheritance extolls the blessings to be found in a families heritage that I find distinctly lacking in America. I know that I am much the poorer for it.
The Inheritance is definitely not a stand alone book. I love the story but the ending was abrupt. As was intended you are left waiting impatiently for book two. Fortunately the sequel, The Cottage, releases this October.
I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
For all of my reviews visit my blog at www (dot) blessedandbewildered (dot) com
|Love this Scottish story! May 10, 2016|
|MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK|
For me, The Inheritance was slow going at first, but I am glad I stuck with reading it, because it turned out to be a very good read! David made sure his uncle, MacGregor Tulloch was cared for, and everyone knew that David would be the heir of the estate and the next clan chief . But when cousin Hardy comes into the picture claiming his uncle’s inheritance, tensions started flying everywhere, as well as questions from everyone on the island. There was news that Hardy wanted to start selling of things on the island, closing down the main workplace, things that would destroy the income of people there. What would happen to their small Scottish Island now that things are so up in the air.
This is the first book my Michael Phillips that I have read, and it took me a little time to get use to his writing style, and I will say, I will be looking for more Michael Phillips books in the future! The Scottish language threw me off for a bit, but after I started understanding it better, I actually enjoyed it. It is fun to pretend to be inside a book with the characters, and this was a great book to do that. The characters were wonderfully created and well developed, those some of them really got on my nerves. David and Hardy are completely different. With completely different motives. One we like, and one we dislike. And just about the time I was hoping for some confirmed answers to the story, the book ended! So now its wait until Book 2 of this series, and I can hardly wait to read the next installment of this story. This is an awesome read, and I am very impressed with the writing style of Mr. Phillips.
I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
|Deceit, Treachery, Mystery and Romance Apr 29, 2016|
|Michael Phillips in his new book, “The Inheritance” Book One in Secrets Of The Shetlands series published by Bethany House Publishers introduces us to the community of life of Whales Reef.|
From the Back Cover: Change is coming to Whales Reef
The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch’s heir to be his much-loved grandnephew 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 while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is, until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .
Welcome to the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef. Get ready to become engrossed in the lives of David Tulloch and Loni Ford in particular, and in the blend of the past and the present, and become anxious to find out how the Court Case with David and his cousin will resolve. Past and present collide as Mr. Phillips presents us a story of generational legacies that extends in both directions. Deceit, treachery, mystery and romance fill the pages of “The Inheritance”. Mr. Phillips has given us quite a story and it is filled with the wonder of the Islands that I have not been to in a different set of times. I liked this book and am really looking forward to the next book in this series
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
|Harbors of the Heart Apr 7, 2016|
|Thursday, April 7, 2016|
The Inheritance by Michael Phillips, ©2016
Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1
As the music drew her, Loni Ford came to an antique furniture shop. Somehow it soothed her. Calling to her deeper than she had ever felt before. To a homeland of the heart.
"Welcome to you all!" David called out. "Especially to you who have come from throughout Shetland to join us, and also from mainland Scotland and England. As chief of our small but proud island clan, I extend hearty greetings on behalf of the people of Whales Reef. May you find the warmth of our hearts refreshing to your spirits, and may your parting be no longer as strangers but as friends."
--The Inheritance, 244
As the long winter and spring have passed, entering into summer and the annual June solstice activities, David Tulloch longed for an end to the hold of finances resulting from the lack of a will at laird Macgregor Tulloch's passing. As clan chief, he oversees the people and holdings of the island. The main source of employment is the woolen mill, especially for the widows of fishermen lost at sea.
Generations back the composing of lairdship and chief rested upon one person. Because of the absence of an elder son, the duties and responsibilities were divided between two remaining sons, and trickled down between following heirs. This generation, the question is who is the continuation going to be through?
This is the first book I have read by Michael Phillips and I look forward to the series following in book 2, The Cottage. I especially liked the history of the generations, placing each one, and the follow-up discovery of their lives. This will carry over well into the second book. David Tulloch has wisdom beyond his years in knowing what is worthy and attainable to be spoken of, when to speak and when to be silent. I thought the book flowed very nicely, interweaving between Loni's story and the island happenings. There is a family tree and a map of Whales Reef in the front I found very helpful in sorting out heritage of generations. I would like some recipes from the bake shop! This book was a hit with me, and... I would give it a ten rating.
***Thank you to author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Inheritance, Book 1 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Michael Phillips Continues His Sweeping Shetland Islands Saga
Book 2, The Cottage, releases in October 2016
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