Tuesday, May 10, 2016

REVIEW: The Inheritance by Michael R. Phillips

About the Book

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 Review

I have read plenty of books set in Scotland, but never one set in the Shetlands of Scotland. Michael R. Phillips brings to life a multi-generational family saga full of faith, grace, and of course alittle bit of trouble along the way. Essentially we have an ancestral story steeped in a big mystery. I loved being immersed in Scottish culture, which I am very familiar with being part Scottish myself. You can definitely pick up on the Scottish dialect in the story through the writing. Kudos to Michael R. Phillips for that! The descriptions and prose are absolutely lovely. Michael R. Phillips is a true master storyteller. This is a saga I will definitely continue with, "The Cottage" releasing this Fall.

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