The Inheritance by Michael Phillips + Giveaway

"...dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace." (back cover)

Title:  The Inheritance
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1
Author: Michael Phillips
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre:  Christian Contemporary Fiction 


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.



I have not read any of Michael Phillips' books and the synopsis alone of The Inheritance had me intrigued. As you explore through the novel, you are introduced to the past and the present, and what it means for the future. I won't repeat what the synopsis shared, but I will say that this first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands acts merely as an introduction to what will come and become of the community and the Tulloch family, which I presume to be in the upcoming novels to the rest of the series.   What I did enjoy was the depth and complexity of development of the characters. The author's use of descriptive words and native dialogues presents a beautiful landscape of Whales, the community and what we can expect. With that said, the pace may be slow for some and it is only until towards the end do we feel any major anticipation, yet not fully climatic.  With an introduction as such, I believe the next novels will pick up in pace and give us a better grasp on the dynamics of the family, Loni and the community. If you're looking for a strong, or rather an obvious Christian message, I would say it's not as pronounced. The theme of belonging and strength of character will satisfy those seeking for something more, and even though, it's an anti-climatic cliffhanger, the end of this novel gives the impression of hope.  Give this a try and enjoy its abundance of history and human emotions.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.





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.

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  1. I appreciate your thoughts, Annie. I've never read Michael Phillips before and I've seen some negative reviews. But since I love British settings and character-driven stories, I'm hoping this is a book I will really enjoy. If not, it will take me forever to finish!


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