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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Inheritance

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today's reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald's original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.  Connect with Michael on Facebook.

The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)

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.

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My Thoughts:
The Inheritance was my first book to read by Michael Phillips.  The synopsis of the book was intriguing and I was excited to join the tour sponsored by Litfuse for the book.  If I'm completely honest, the read was a little disappointing.  I understand this is the first book in a new saga, Secrets of the Shetlands by Phillips, so there were a lot of characters to introduce, but they all became a bit confusing to keep up with.  The story also drug by very slowly in places that made it a little difficult to continue reading.  The Celtic dialect made for a clumsy read in places as well.  With this said, I am not willing to give up completely on Phillips and will be looking for the next book to continue the story.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reading Ya'll,