From The back of the book.
The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny
Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed
Tulloch's heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is
discovered, 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 enjoys a rising career in a
large investment firm in Washington, D.C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she
is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she
was raised by her 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
This is my first read by Michael Phillips and I look forward to the other books in this series.
The major characters are David Tulloch and Alonnah Ford who prefers to be called Loni.
The Scottish dialect is used through out the book and I rather liked it; it helped bring the book right to Scotland. Words like dinna, ken, ye, aboot, canna and nae.
The novel begins in June 1924, then late Summer 2005, November 2005, Winter 2005-2006, Summer 2006, July 2006, October 1953 and ends with July 2006.
The book goes back and forth between the Scottish characters and the United States' characters but flows smoothly.
The book is dedicated to Patrick Jeremy Phillips.
There is a map of Whales Reef, Shetland Islands, in the front of the book as well as the Tulloch Clan Family Tree.
I found it an interesting and easy read.
I received a complimentary copy of The Inheritance by Michael Phillips to read and review from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. The opinions are my own.
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I will give this a 5 star rating because of the history and clean book.