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: This is the first book I’ve read by Michael Phillips. I loved the setting for this book and I think the story-line is very interesting, but I felt like the book was a bit too long and for me, it dragged a little. It took me quite a while to become invested in the story and when I did, it was more enjoyable reading, but it was still just a bit lackluster for me.
I really liked the characters of Loni and David and I’m curious to see where the story is going to go as the series unfolds, but I’m not sure if I’m curious enough to continue reading the series. I feel like there are so many books to read, and so little time and I’m just not sure if I’m feeling drawn into this story enough to take the time to invest in it further.
It’s clear that the author is a good writer, and I’m sure this book would be compelling for some, but for me, it was just okay.
*I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than seventy books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly thirty more books. Over the past thirty years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland, but make their home near Sacramento, California.