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The Inheritance, by Michael Phillips
Macgregor Tulloch was clan cheif of Whales Reef of the Shetland Islands community. He loved his nephew David. When Macgregor passes away, everyone assumes David was the heir to the estate that controls most of the island's land. However the will was nowhere to be found. Hardy is another Nephew who decides he should claim the inheritance. He is involved with an oil invester who will pay quite a bit for that kind of control.
Many of the locals become financially burdened when the assets to the estate are frozen while the courts investigate the claims.
Loni Ford was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandparents. She now works for an investment firm in Washington, DC. What happens when a mysterious letter is delivered from Scotland?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands
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.
Marge5 Stars Out Of 5The InheritanceSeptember 16, 2016MargeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had no idea what to expect with this book and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, I've already ordered the sequel to see what happens! Great read! Holds your attention to the end.
Zoe @ Blessed and Bewildered4 Stars Out Of 5If you find value in heritage and Godliness read The InheritanceAugust 25, 2016Zoe @ Blessed and BewilderedQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Like Davis Bunn a.k.a. Thomas Locke I have been reading Michael Phillips' books since my early teen years and Phillips has always been a favorite author of mine. Unfortunately, I havent picked up one of his novels in a very long time and that is to my detriment. Phillips has a quality that I honestly cannot explain. I have felt this way about his books since I was a teen. As a book reviewer I know it isnt very helpful that I can't name or even really explain what that quality is. Sorry about that! The closest that I can get to an explanation is that his characters are more thoughtful, more fully understandable, deeper and richer than the norm. In the books description Phillips is called a master storyteller. That sums it up. Do you feel the same way about his books? Can you explain it?
A great part of the joy of reading for me is learning new things. The Inheritance introduced me to the Shetland Islands, an area of Scotland that I am unfamiliar with. It was interesting to learn of the joint Scottish and Norse heritage in the Shetlands. Michael Phillips also introduced me to the song Leaving Lerwick Harbour. It is beautiful. A bit haunting yet peaceful.
The Inheritance is a story of clashing times and forces. History verses modernity. Selflessness verses selfishness. Self-understanding verses a lack of identity. Kindness verses unkindness. There is a moment towards the end when mysteries and events are converging. Following is a quote describing the Whales Reef church steeple.
"In a location such as this, where sea mists, driving rains, and incessant winds were the norm, a steeple must be strongly anchored to keep from being battered to bits. This one was. It had survived, with repairs, for three centuries. Its topmost spire, however, was often shrouded in fog or slanting torrents, thus providing an even more fitting symbol of that unknowable and veiled Presence to whom it pointed. Its disappearance into the nebulous unseen heavens, even if only fifty feet above the ground, created a numinous aura of mystery in keeping with its avowed purpose."
The quote speaks to the essence of the book. History, heritage, respect, and most importantly reverence of God are valuable and worth seeking and sharing.
My favorite character in The Inheritance wins by a landslide. He is a chauffeur by trade and a minister by calling named Dickie Sinclair. Dickie is colorful, truthful, and wise. He has a short part but his impact is long-lasting.
Phillips paints beautiful scenery. His descriptions of the Shetland Islands and the community of Whales Reef in particular are very detailed and lovely. He shows the value and an understanding of the culture and history of the island. The Inheritance extolls the blessings to be found in a families heritage that I find distinctly lacking in America. I know that I am much the poorer for it.
The Inheritance is definitely not a stand alone book. I love the story but the ending was abrupt. As was intended you are left waiting impatiently for book two. Fortunately the sequel,The Cottage, releasesthis October.
I received areview copyin exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.
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Lynn Wilson3 Stars Out Of 5Not my favorite Michael PhillipsJuly 15, 2016Lynn WilsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3A wonderful story teller and historian, Michael Phillips is thorough as well as artistic in his descriptions. This book dragged a bit because it was heavy with geneology which got burdensome towards the end of the book. Then the end came suddenly leaving the reader to come to their own conclusions. I found myself wanting to rush through the last few chapters so I could know the ending. So, for that reason, The Inheritance does not rank as high in my estimation as the other books Michael has authord which I have read with great delight.
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1May 24, 2016ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Inheritance, by Michael Phillips, is set after the death of Macgregor Tulloch. His death turned the world of Whales Reef upside down when the will is contested. David was very loved by Macgregor but his cousin, Hardy, is contesting it. Hardy has plans for the money. While the courts examine the case, the Island is in a state of turmoil.
Loni Ford, an orphan, has had many questions concerning her life. Then she received a mysterious letter and each of these people's world become intertwined.
I loved this book. The setting and the culture of this part of the world fascinates me and this story made me feel like I was actually there while reading it.
Michael Phillips has written many bestsellers. This first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands is destined to be another one.
I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful Prelude to a Story to ComeMay 21, 2016JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Its been too long since Ive found the time to read a Michael Phillips book. He remains one of my favorite authors, and his newest book, The Inheritance, reminded me why. This author is a master at creating memorable settings, and his characters within them are deep. Phillips takes us right inside their heads as he draws us into each carefully crafted scene. He reveals needed information at just the right time. The story moves slowly, but precisely, to reveal essential Truth.
The Inheritance is set mostly on Whales Reef, one of Scotlands Shetland Islands. When clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch dies unexpectedly and without a will, the entire community is thrown into uncertainty. To make things worse, an obnoxious oil tycoon attempts to manipulate the situation in his favor, hoping to purchase the island, remove its inhabitants, and exploit its resources for himself. Only events set in motion more than sixty years before have the unexpected potential to save the islanders way of life and to restore what matters most.
As I reached the end of this book, it seemed to me that the whole thing was actually a prelude to the real story to be continued in the next book of this Secrets of the Shetlands series. Im looking forward to reading it, hopefully soon! I recommend this book to fans of George MacDonald, Scottish historical fiction, and Christian fiction with a powerful take-away message for life. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.