Book Review: The Cottage by Michael Phillips

The Cottage {Secrets of the Shetlands} is the sequel to The Inheritance {Secrets of the Shetlands} by Michael Philips.

The book picks up right where The Inheritance left off with Loni Ford arriving on the

The Cottage by Michael Philips

Shetland Islands and the property she has inherited.

At first she is not well received by the people on the islands, and has to deal with her two cousins, Hardy and David, who were in line to inherit before the heir hunter discovered her existence.

All Loni wants is to return to New York at first, but she is kept on the island when she discovers neither cousin is whom she thought they were.  To make things worse, the situation for the people on the island is much worse than she originally realized.

Now she has to unravel the mysteries and the truth of the Inheritance and who she is.   She also has to deal with the changes threatening the island and what that will mean for the people of the Shetland Islands, as well as for herself.

Michael Philips is a masterful storyteller and seamlessly weaves in the story of Loni’s ancestors to provide more answers about her past.

The Inheritance is the first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series

From the beginning The Cottage was impossible to put down and I was excited to discover what happened next.  Michael Philips keeps the story moving, while providing depth to his characters.  The chapters are only a few pages each, which makes reading the book very easy, especially if you only have a few minutes to read at a time.

Philips weaves in Scottish history and folklore seamlessly, without the reader even noticing how well researched this novel this.

The story reaches it’s masterful pique with intrigue, mystery and deception as Loni searches for the truth, while others strive to mislead her in order to get their own way.

The Cottage is a treasure to read and I highly recommend it.

I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion of this story when The Legacy is released in July 2017.

 

*Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.