The Inheritance

A Book Review

The Inheritance

The Shetland island of Whales Reef clings to the old ways, but when their clan patriarch dies without a will the whole community is in danger of collapse. What’s worse, a North Sea oil investor is willing to do anything to get his hands on the island and its resources – even disrupt the assumed lineage of the inheritance.

Will the money of a big oil investor ruin life forever for those on Whale’s Reef? Or will, by some miracle, the whole inheritance question be settled without a court fight? A fight the tiny island can’t afford.

The Inheritance gives us a glimpse into the past as we try to understand what is happening in the present. I love the weaving of the two time periods throughout the novel. It is like a mysterious puzzle where the full picture is not understood until all the pieces come together.

One thing I didn’t enjoy was the unanswered questions left at the end of the novel. However, I’m left longing to read the next book in the series (The Cottage releases in the Fall of 2016), so that isn’t a terrible thing at all.

If you enjoy books set in Scotland, I think you’d enjoy The Inheritance.

Back Cover

The InheritanceChange Is Coming to Whale’s Reef

The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Macgregor Tulloch’s heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when it is discovered that Macgregor left no will, 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 is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C. 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 Michael Phillips’ dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace.

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

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