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The Cottage #2, in the Secrets of the Shetland Islands series, by Michael Phillips
Loni Ford finds out she inherited property with a cottage on Whale's Reef, one of the Shetland Islands of the North Sea. Her first thought is to sell it. She is pleasantly suprised to find "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected. Most of the islanders believe David Tulloch is the rightful heir and are quite shocked that it is an American woman. There is something about him that doesn't sit well with her. Hardy Tulloch is David's cousin who is backed by oil investors and wants to control the island. Is Loni's life in danger?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands
When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.
The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman--and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place--and the character of its most prominent citizen--that soon gets under her skin.
Beneath the peaceful surface, however, change is threatening the island of Whale's Reef. David's cousin Hardy Tulloch, whose claim to the inheritance now in Loni's hands was backed by oil investors, has not been deterred in his aim to control the island. But his co-conspirators have plans of their own, plans that put Loni's very life in danger.
Jen PenMidwest4 Stars Out Of 5Vivid descriptions combined with a good storyline and strong characters...November 27, 2016Jen PenMidwestQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Loni Ford discovers she is to become a laird due to an inheritance of a cottage, buildings, land and livestock on the island of Whales Reef, in the Shetlands. As an American far from home, Loni soon finds herself questioning her own life direction as she is determined to fight for the property and protect the people of the island. Full of beautiful landscapes, authentic food and well researched culture, The Cottage provides authenticity along with quite the mystery
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a new author for me, Micheal Phillips convinced me he is an experienced author. With exquisite details of the Shetlands, an unfamiliar place to me, the vivid descriptions were impressive. Though perhaps a bit of the dialogue was difficult to follow and the Quaker information a touch too rich, the storyline and characters were well developed. Easily read as a stand-alone novel, I wonder if I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read book 1 in The Secrets of the Shetlands series, The Inheritance. All in all, a good introduction to a new author for me.
4 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of The Cottage from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
JanetTemple, TXGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Anchored in History and Full of Maturing CharactersNovember 24, 2016JanetTemple, TXGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Cottage by Michael Phillips is one of his best books yet. The second book in his Secrets of the Shetlands series, it is a fairy tale of sorts. From out of the blue, American Loni Ford has inherited an island off the coast of Scotland and must decide what to do with it. In making her decision, she will learn about duty, destiny, heritage, and community. As she moves into her future, she'll learn to value her past. And of course, she'll have to learn where to turn when others threaten to destroy what she's been summoned to preserve.
As with many of Phillips's books, The Cottage is rich in Scottish history. The Quaker movement plays a significant role as well. Readers will also learn more about George MacDonald and his teachings about the Fatherhood of God.
If you enjoy deeply thought out Christian fiction anchored in history and full of maturing characters, you will want to read the two-book Secrets of the Shetlands series. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Worth The Read!November 22, 2016rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Cottage by Michael Phillips is book two in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. It picks up with Loni Ford-an American who has just discovered she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands. She flies to the islands in order to put papers in order and sell anything of value, only to discover things are much more complicated than they first appeared. Suddenly, she is an outsider in a culture of long-standing traditions she knows nothing about. And there are those that would like to take her inheritance for their own desires. Will she be able to determine the best course of action for herself? And, as she begins to care about those inhabiting the island of Whales Reef, can she decide what is best for them too?
My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well-written, and has a very interesting plot line. The story has great characters, wonderful friendships, and plenty of twists and turns. I also really enjoyed reading about the culture and traditions of the area (as well as the culture and traditions of Lonis Quaker past)-very interesting stuff. It is not necessary to have read book one (I hadnt, and was able to follow the story just fine), but is a good enough book, that it makes you want to go back and read the first. This is a great book, and will definitely be going into my collection. I highly recommend this one-especially if you are interested in Scottish and/or Quaker history and traditions, and enjoy a nice romance!
As always, a big thank you to Bethany House for sending me a free copy of this book-I enjoyed it very much!
Sandra Burson4 Stars Out Of 5Great BookNovember 18, 2016Sandra BursonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed reading Michael Phillips novel "The Cottage". I had a little problem at first reading the Scottish brogue, but picked it up after a bit. I loved the descriptions of the Shetland Island. I just wished there was more details. I have been to Scotland and it brought back wonderful memories. I thought the characters and story line was well developed. The small town people seemed a little standoffish and not trusting Americans. The character of the Texan is a good example why, not that there is anything wrong with Texans or Texas. But traveling, I have learned that Americans do not always have the best reputation of being terrible friendly. Our fast paced lifestyle is so different from theirs may be one reason. I can't wait to go back and read Michael's first book to Secrets of the Shetlands "The Inheritance". I received a copy of this novel from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review. These are my honest thoughts and opinion. Thank you Bethany House for this opportunity.
Laura of Harvest Lane CottageCarthage, MOAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Drips with wisdom and intrigueNovember 16, 2016Laura of Harvest Lane CottageCarthage, MOAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I new before I opened The Cottage that I wouldn't be satisfied when I closed it. Why? It's the second book in a trilogy. That means cliffhanger. Well, I was wrong! I was not only satisfied, I was happy.
I read the first book, The Inheritance, and enjoyed it. Reading The Cottage was like visiting old friends and just enjoying their company. Michael Phillips has a way of drawing you into a story that makes it seem real... as though you could just pick up the phone and call Loni or David or any of the other characters.
I loved the way Mr. Phillips gently addressed social issues within the story, he educated the reader on Scottish history, he addressed church politics, he counseled the reader in inner healing, and left no doubt that Jesus is indeed the answer. All this was woven into the story in a very natural and even necessary manner. I loved this book. It was full of wisdom. Yes, I am hungry to find out just how the third book resolves issues, but there was no frustrating cliffhanger... just a drawing into the next book in the series. Transition without frustration... a great way to end this second book in the series. You can be sure I'll be reading the next one when it comes out!
No inappropriate language, innuendos, intimacy.
There was a tiny bit of violence, but it was not described in detail.
Safe for a teen, but 405 pages, probably more suitable for an adult.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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 Commissions Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.