Book Review: The Inheritance

The Inheritance is the first in the Secrets of the Shetlands series by Michael Phillips.

The Inheritance begins with the death of Whale’s Reef clan patriarch MacGregor Tulloch.  Everyone expects his grand-nephew, David, to inherit.  However, MacGregor left no will.

David’s cousin, Hardy, submits his own claim to inheritance.  The town does not support Hardy, but the North Sea oil investors do.  The courts have frozen the assets until they are finished with their investigation. The Inheritance

Meanwhile across the ocean in Washington, D.C. Loni Ford is rising in her career in a large investment firm.  Orphaned as a child, she has numerous questions about her family. Then a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor.

Michael Phillips is a master storyteller and weaves the culture and history of Scotland in with the present day. The book is both well researched and well written.

Personally, I love the Scottish language but if you’re not familiar with it grasping the dialect may take a bit to get used to.  However, it’s more than worth it.

The chapters are short with make for easier reading.

I really enjoyed the mystery and feeling as if I were on a journey to the land of Scotland. The story encompasses many themes which will leave the reader with much to ponder and consider.

While I greatly enjoyed this book there were a few times I had a difficult time holding my attention.  Most specifically at the beginning, which takes a while to get into the story. However, by about half way through I could not put the book down.

I’m glad I read the book and look forward to discovering what happens, especially with Loni, Hardy and David.

The book ends with a cliff hanger, which is only natural considering this is the first book in a series.  I am looking forward to reading The Cottage, the second book in the series, which is set to release in early October of this year.

If you love historical romance, Scottish Fiction, Michael Phillips or Liz Curtis Higgs Scottish novels you will love The Inheritance.



I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest book review.

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