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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Inheritance (Secrets of the Shetlands book 1) by Michael Phillips

Back in high school, I had read a series by Michael Phillips called The Secret of the Rose.  It was one of my favorites and Michael Phillips quickly became a favorite author.  I was so excited to see that he has written a new series called Secrets of the Shetlands!!  Read below to find out what I thought about his first book in this new series called The Inheritance.

About the book:

The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)

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.

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My Review:
I loved this book!  I will say that this book is not easy reading.  It is a story that uncovers past secrets and you'll have to put your "thinking cap" on to keep it all straight.  But by the time you get to the end of the story, you'll feel like you've met some life long friends and learned a lot about the Tulloch family history.  The story has many twists and turns making you wonder what way the author will take the story.  I enjoyed seeing the stories of multiple people fitting together like pieces of a puzzle.  Michael Phillips has a way of engaging his reader and making them a part of the story.  I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in this series and continuing the story of the Tulloch family.
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About the author:

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today's reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald's original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.

***I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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