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naomi5 Stars Out Of 5new favorite seriesOctober 19, 2017naomiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been a fan of Michael Phillips for years, but this was probably my favorite book yet :) It moves a lot quicker than some of his others...
PWB5 Stars Out Of 5Highly recommendMay 26, 2017PWBQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Book 2 in a series of three. Books 1 & 2 were excellent and am patiently waiting for Book 3. Michael Philips is a great author.
Cari5 Stars Out Of 5The CottageApril 7, 2017CariQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a wonderful, insightful, "made you think" book. The characters have come to life!! I can't wait until #3 comes out in July!!!
Bookish Bakes5 Stars Out Of 5Exciting, Cozy, RomanticFebruary 3, 2017Bookish BakesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I want to first thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read The Cottage in return for an honest review. I did not realize that this book was the second in a series. However, the storyline is easy enough to figure out as you read along. I would not recommend reading this as a stand-alone though. As I read about the past events I realized that there is a lot that, I missed out on by not reading the first story. In the front of the book, you will find a family tree and a map, which helps a lot in figuring out the characters and the setting. The book is an easy read that is perfect for wintertime. The Cottage at first glance seemed like a smaller book, but when you open the book, you will find that the print is small making the book a lot longer than I expected.
From the moment the story starts, there is conflict and excitement. We meet some wonderful characters that really pulled me in with only a few pages. The author changes points of view constantly, which can be a good thing. However, the constant changes did not work for me or the small chapters. Why not just cut the scene and make it one large chapter? I know that it is a matter of opinion, bur as a reader; it felt choppy with so many short scenes showing characters that we probably would not see again. There were scenes that lagged, and I found myself wishing things would move quicker. I even had to reread a few scenes, because I was confused at which character was taking a turn. I am not a fan of writing out words as someone says them aloud, because a lot of the time I cannot understand what they are trying to say. There were times in the book, when I did not know what a character was saying, because he wrote out their thick accent. Luckily, he does not do it too often, and when he writes about David, his accent is clear. Sometimes the characters become a bit stereotypical, but the good this is that all the characters act that way not just the Americans. Overall, I did not like the way it was laid out for the reader, but it was a good storyline and plot overall.
Now moving on to what I liked about the book. I really enjoyed how it flashed back in time so that we could see the small town in modern day and in the past. I found myself dying to know more about Lonis family and past as she discovers it for herself. I could imagine myself perfectly in her old house with all of its books, the fireplace, and her lovely tea times. The two main characters are amazing, and I loved the chemistry between them. The author really had me fangirling over David who is not only compassionate but also a great leader and wonderful man. The book gave me a lesson on what it is like in Scotland, considering I have not read anything prior to this book about their culture. I also learned a lot through this book about Quakers and their religion. The many characters that Loni meets in the small town are not only relatable, but they are fun and sometimes blunt making them a treat to read about. It was definitely a new experience, and I really enjoyed the people in his story.
The book is very different from the Christian Fiction novels that I have read. It has a lot more action and does well in staying realistic with the events that revolve around Loni and her inheritance. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a book that has some romance between the characters but is not overwhelmed by just a relationship. The author does a wonderful job at slowly revealing the past and the characters secrets keeping me wanting more all the way to the end. I plan to read the last book in the series, (assuming that it is the last book) The Legacy. I want to thank Bethany House again for allowing me to read this wonderful and cozy read.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A beautiful & moving story from a master storytellerDecember 20, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Cottage
Secrets of the Shetlands #2
By Michael Phillips
Two weeks ago Alonnah "Loni" Ford found out that she was the heir to property in the Shetland Islands. But the Cottage is more than just a quaint Scottish home and the majority of Whales Reef is part of her inheritance.
Will the people ever accept an American as their Laird? And learning that the island is now in the hands of a woman might be more than the people of Whales Reef can accept. And when Loni hears that the Chief is not fond of Americans she's uncertain that she wants to meet the man the community feels she usurped.
With everyone having an opinion about her fitness to determine the future of Whales Reef Loni herself becomes uncertain of her next step. Does she accept her inheritance and the responsibilities that come with it? Or does she decline it allowing the courts to decide the island's fate?
Before she can make a decision Loni must confront that which has held her hostage all her life - secrets have defined her life and now she must peel back the layers that have made her who she is. Can she discover who she is before it is too late?
In typical style Michael Phillips's book takes place in different times as the past of Whales Reef is revealed in connection with the current upheaval the island and community now faces. The past is taken from a journal that belonged to Loni's great-grandmother and is easily identifiable in the reading as it is in italics. I personally love this back and forth format that slowly reveals the back story. Also fun is allusions to previous series Michael Phillips has written (I quickly identified the Stonewycke and Heathersleigh Hall series character references). It is not necessary to read the first book in the series to be able to enjoy this (somehow I managed to miss the first book and yet still thoroughly this book, but now I want to know what happened earlier).
I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.