Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Inheritance - Michael Phillips

About the Book

The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch's heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is discovered, David's calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control.

While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate's assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her 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 Michael Phillips' dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace.

My Review

I always find it takes me a while to get into Michael Phillips’ books, but most of the time I’m rewarded with a complex and captivating story line. In this one, I enjoyed being taken to Whales Reef, and to get a glimpse of this small Scottish island. The author does a superb job of giving you a good feel for this place in his description of the scenery, the culture, sprinkled with the local language. I could almost hear bagpipes in the distance. However, I did sometime struggle with keeping all the characters, and the many generations of Tullochs straight. The way the story goes back and forth from a fast-paced American life to the laid-back old world of Whales Reel, is a fascinating contrast. Once engrossed in the story it didn’t take me long to feel the winds of change with the island people and with them I wondered what that would mean for the only way of life they knew and loved. In the end, I was somewhat disappointed that little had been resolved, other than maybe Loni learning more about her family. But that is typical of the early books in a series.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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