The Inheritance - Michael Phillips - GIVEAWAY!

3 Stars

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.

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. 

This was a nice, sweet, easy flowing book. But as a big fan of Michael Phillips' books, this was not my favorite. It was very slow for me and I had a hard time getting into it. Even towards the middle when it did start picking up - I had already lost interest in it. I did keep reading it though and it was not terrible, just not great. Definitely the last half of the book is much more interesting than the first half.

I really liked the main character, Loni- she was a strong, dedicated professional with a great personality. Although the characters were likeable and believable, I couldn't develop an emotional interest in them.

This book took turns with the POV, which I love. And it went back and forth a bit from present (2005) back to the early 1900's. And I liked the Scotland setting. It all just wasn't enough to hold my interest  :-( 

I normally love Micheal Phillips as a writer and I am sure this will not deter me from reading more of his books.

I received this book from Litfuse for my honest review.

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