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Loni finds she is enjoying her real estate inheritance in the conservative community of Whales Reef in the Shetland Islands. She has a fondness for David Tulloch and the simple way of life there. When a local resident turns up dead, the community suspects the Tulloch family. David and Loni must work together to get through this difficult time and help the community preserve its special way of life.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands
Heart on the Line, Ladies of Harper's Station Series #2Karen WitemeyerBethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 72 Reviews
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Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whales Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider--and a woman, at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.
What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.
But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island's most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.
lesacap12625 Stars Out Of 5A dramatic, exciting, and satisfying conclusion to the Secrets of the Shetlands series!October 28, 2017lesacap1262Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm a huge fan of Michael Phillips and an even bigger fan of this series! I loved the first two books in his Secrets of the Shetlands series (The Inheritance and The Cottage) and have been waiting to read the final book three! Now that it's out one can read all three in succession - no need to refresh the family tree and history as you read the next one!
I thank him for providing the family tree and the map as I referred to them often to refresh my memory and assure myself I was on track!
What I love about this series is the generational span - and how the characters are connected to each other and the land! Such a great historical fiction piece - and enjoy the flipping back from past to present as we discover Loni's great-grandmother's journal!
This being the third book I was wondering what could happen next - it seems in the first two we introduced the characters, discovered much about them, learned about the island of Whales Reef, and met it's people. After a sketch start in the eyes of the residents it seems that Loni was on track to earning their trust and their friendship! David, the chief of Whales Reef and Loni have now formed a friendship and a bond, after a rocky start!
So what drama could befall book three!
I loved how the story flipped back and forth and told the story and explained the connection to the island for Loni. Her story is finally clear, her history finally discovered, and how she became the one to inherit Whales Reef! I also appreciate and love the Christian Fiction genre and love how this book includes God, his purpose and how we are all connected through him!
Not all easy, not without drama - but enjoy the ride - it's a great series and one of which you don't want to be interrupted!
Thank you to Bethany House and Baker Publishing for the free copy to read and review through their Blogger program! The opinions and thoughts here are 100% my own!
Quiltingbee25 Stars Out Of 5The LegacyOctober 20, 2017Quiltingbee2Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed all three books in this series. They are all a good read. They introduced me to the extremely interesting Shetland Islands and its people. I was not familiar with the Shetlands before. I own several of Michael Phillips books. I am a history buff and always am fascinated with that aspect of Mr. Phillip's books.
Puddintame4 Stars Out Of 5I enjoy the detail and story-tellingOctober 12, 2017PuddintameQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoy Michael Phillips' books and can usually anticipate most of the ending. But I love the detail in his writing; the research he puts into each book is worthy of my read. He follows in the vein of George MacDonald, who is great! Sometimes circumstances are just too coincidental, or tidy, as the characters amazingly cross paths with select people throughout the story. But God's providence is amazing! The book may seem slow to some; but I found it so enjoyable, I didn't want it to end.
rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not GreatSeptember 20, 2017rkokesAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Overview: The Legacy by Michael Phillips is the third and final book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This book is the continuation in the story of Loni Ford-an American that inherited a large estate in the Shetland isles, and David Tulloch-the local chieftain. This book provides some of the backstory behind Lonis ancestors, as well as a continuation of Lonis acclimation to the local village, as well as the villages acclimation to her.
My Thoughts: I have to say I was disappointed with this book. I reviewed the second book earlier this year, and I thought it was wonderful. I have always enjoyed reading books by Michael Phillips, and I think he has a wonderful, and most detailed writing style. This book however, just seemed to be irrelevant to the story line. I will admit, that for the first time in all of my book reviews over the years, I did not even finish this book. I read about 100 pages, and felt like nothing really new had even happened since the previous book. There was a little bit more backstory detail about Lonis relatives, but I felt it had pretty much been covered in the previous book. It was mostly her wandering around the island, visiting people, and reading a family journal every once in a while. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but I finally just gave up. If nothing had happened by page 100, then I was ready to be done. I actually feel bad, because I WANTED to like this book, especially since I am a fan of the author, but I just couldnt do it.
I would not recommend this book, unfortunately. But, I do recommend the previous one, and I do want to thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for my unbiased review. Thank you.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The very best! Loved this seriesSeptember 3, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saturday, September 2, 2017
The Legacy by Michael Phillips, 2017
Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 3
a long anticipated read of ~ The Legacy ~ the third and final book in the series
Over the years Ernest would discover that the hunger to write one's inner biography on the hidden tablets of the heart was rare even among Christians.
At length he became more circumspect in sharing his journey with others. He realized that the hunger he felt could not be transmitted by enthusiasm or even by example. It must be birthed from within. Why such hunger had come alive in his heart in the years of his youth, when most young men were chasing much different dreams, was a mystery he had still not successfully answered. Whence came the hunger to know God?
--The Legacy, 154
This tale is so riveting, so introspective as to take it on as your own discovery of intent of the heart. I love the history recounted as it was made, the current flow of life amid the Shetlands, and the people becoming so dear. This is the third book in the series and begins with discovering the previous generations and their longings. It flawlessly brings you up-to-date with the happenings of the first two books, without interrupting the current story needlessly. For those new to the series, as well as those continuing on, there are hints to dreams of the lasting remnants the Shetland area of Whales Reef has left with them.
I am fascinated with the village life ~ the cottage shops, with the women selling their wares from their homes; the fish and chips ~fried potatoes~ served inside newspaper; the ways and livelihood continuing from generations before them, and most definitely the roles of the laird and chief handed down.
I loved the women from nowaday's Loni and the telling of her great-grandmother, Emily, as each arrival from the United States is a reckoning to the older and younger inhabitants of Whales Reef who mainly have not been away from their beloved homeland. I especially liked the meeting between Emily and the Herb Woman who includes her in a special way by inviting her into her home.
I thoroughly enjoyed the history and personage of these people from a land I will but read of in books. Very enJ*O*Yable. The painted word picture of their daily lives came alive on the page. As you may sense, I loved this series!
***Thank you, author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Legacy, Book 3 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***