The Legacy

The Legacy

by Melanie Phillips

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Russell Woolfe, a faded TV producer, is struggling with his father's death. Deeply uncomfortable with his own Jewish identity, he is torn between anger with his father--estranged over Russell's marrying a non-Jewish woman--and grief over their failure to reconcile.

At his father's memorial Russell meets Joe Kuchinsky, a Polish survivor who unaccountably latches on to him. Kuchinsky claims to possess an ancient Hebrew manuscript that has been in his family for generations and which he wants to have translated before he dies. Kuchinsky believes fervently that the manuscript contains some important ancient wisdom--perhaps, even, the key to the survival of the Jewish people. Despite his doubts, Russell agrees to inspect the manuscript and tell Kuchinsky what it contains.

Thus begins an international mystery that stretches a thousand years in the past, is wrapped in the tragedy of the Holocaust, and which comes to a startling conclusion that has dire personal consequences for everyone caught up in the saga.

Filled with depth and pathos, The Legacy is destined to become one of the most important historical novels of the 21st century.

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BN ID: 2940159021137
Publisher: Bombardier Books
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 916 KB

About the Author

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. She is the author of Londonistan, The World Turned Upside Down and Guardian Angel. In 1996 she won the Orwell prize for journalism.

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The Legacy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
As usual Michael excels in weaving faith profoundly
lesacap1262 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Michael Phillips and an even bigger fan of this series! I loved the first two books in his Secrets of the Shetlands series (The Inheritance and The Cottage) and have been waiting to read the final book three! Now that it's out one can read all three in succession - no need to refresh the family tree and history as you read the next one! I thank him for providing the family tree and the map as I referred to them often to refresh my memory and assure myself I was on track! What I love about this series is the generational span - and how the characters are connected to each other and the land! Such a great historical fiction piece - and enjoy the flipping back from past to present as we discover Loni's great-grandmother's journal! This being the third book I was wondering what could happen next - it seems in the first two we introduced the characters, discovered much about them, learned about the island of Whales Reef, and met it's people. After a sketch start in the eyes of the residents it seems that Loni was on track to earning their trust and their friendship! David, the chief of Whales Reef and Loni have now formed a friendship and a bond, after a rocky start! So what drama could befall book three! I loved how the story flipped back and forth and told the story and explained the connection to the island for Loni. Her story is finally clear, her history finally discovered, and how she became the one to inherit Whales Reef! I also appreciate and love the Christian Fiction genre and love how this book includes God, his purpose and how we are all connected through him! Not all easy, not without drama - but enjoy the ride - it's a great series and one of which you don't want to be interrupted! Thank you to Bethany House and Baker Publishing for the free copy to read and review through their Blogger program! The opinions and thoughts here are 100% my own!
Debragg More than 1 year ago
The Legacy" by author Michael Phillips is the ending in the wonderful series by this author called, Secrets of the Shetlands. In this book Loni Ford is very surprised to inherit a large home in this community.  She even has a title now. The problem is that the others that have lived here forever do not want anyone new in their group. Will Loni be able to show that she really wants to stay? What happens when someone finds a body. Who will be the suspect? Will Loni be a suspect and will they try to get rid of her? Who can trust anyone? I really like the book that I have read by this author. I liked this series, too. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Bethany House Publishers and all opinions are mine.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
The Legacy" by author Michael Phillips is the ending in the wonderful series by this author called, Secrets of the Shetlands. In this book Loni Ford is very surprised to inherit a large home in this community.  She even has a title now. The problem is that the others that have lived here forever do not want anyone new in their group. Will Loni be able to show that she really wants to stay? What happens when someone finds a body. Who will be the suspect? Will Loni be a suspect and will they try to get rid of her? Who can trust anyone? I really like the book that I have read by this author. I liked this series, too. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Bethany House Publishers and all opinions are mine.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, September 2, 2017 The Legacy by Michael Phillips, © 2017 Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 3 a long anticipated read of ~ The Legacy ~ the third and final book in the series My Review: Over the years Ernest would discover that the hunger to write one's inner biography on the hidden tablets of the heart was rare even among Christians. At length he became more circumspect in sharing his journey with others. He realized that the hunger he felt could not be transmitted by enthusiasm or even by example. It must be birthed from within. Why such hunger had come alive in his heart in the years of his youth, when most young men were chasing much different dreams, was a mystery he had still not successfully answered. Whence came the hunger to know God? --The Legacy, 154 This tale is so riveting, so introspective as to take it on as your own discovery of intent of the heart. I love the history recounted as it was made, the current flow of life amid the Shetlands, and the people becoming so dear. This is the third book in the series and begins with discovering the previous generations and their longings. It flawlessly brings you up-to-date with the happenings of the first two books, without interrupting the current story needlessly. For those new to the series, as well as those continuing on, there are hints to dreams of the lasting remnants the Shetland area of Whales Reef has left with them. I am fascinated with the village life ~ the cottage shops, with the women selling their wares from their homes; the fish and chips ~fried potatoes~ served inside newspaper; the ways and livelihood continuing from generations before them, and most definitely the roles of the laird and chief handed down. I loved the women from nowaday's Loni and the telling of her great-grandmother, Emily, as each arrival from the United States is a reckoning to the older and younger inhabitants of Whales Reef who mainly have not been away from their beloved homeland. I especially liked the meeting between Emily and the Herb Woman who includes her in a special way by inviting her into her home. I thoroughly enjoyed the history and personage of these people from a land I will but read of in books. Very enJ*O*Yable. The painted word picture of their daily lives came alive on the page. As you may sense, I loved this series! ***Thank you, author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Legacy, Book 3 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I understand this is the third book in a series. I have not read to the first two books and I feel like I missed a great deal. I don’t feel like it can be read and truly enjoyed as a standalone. Scotland is some place I would love to visit. The author captured the beauty of the landscape, the historical background, and the heart of the people that live there. While I enjoyed his attention to detail in all aspects, at times it made the reading rather slow and cumbersome. There were points I had to push to get keep going as my interest waned. Loni unexpectedly inherits a small island in the Shetlands. The Scots strongly steeped in tradition and family ties were not happy with an outsider suddenly being thrust upon them in a position of leadership. The resident’s rejection makes Loni’s adjustment even more difficult, causing her to question what path to take. As a unique twist to the story she finds herself falling for the local chieftain, David Tulloch whom the islanders believe to be the true heir. The story switches back and forth between Loni and David’s present day romance and that of her great-grandparents through old journals written by her great-grandmother. I especially liked the latter parts. They were relevant to me for a couple of reasons. I have a diary kept by my uncle that describes my father’s and his life growing up. Also I have a friend doing a genealogy search for me on my family history. There is something special about knowing where you came from and who your past family was. It gives you grounding and a feeling of belonging. I see this in Loni as she reads the journals. The most important thing is finding strength and inspiration from your spiritual heritage. Over all I had trouble sticking to the story, maybe because I hadn’t read the first two books. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I stated are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Another delight from Michael Phillips.... The Legacy Secrets of the Shetlands #3 By Michael Phillips This book is the conclusion to Michael Phillips's Secrets of the Shetlands series which takes the reader on a journey through time and place. This is a story told on two fronts the past and the present and both take place in America and the Shetland Islands. And as anyone who has read Michael Phillips in the past will readily agree his stories are a delight and the reader does not get lost with the changes between time. Loni Ford has come to Whales Reef (Shetlands) because unknown to her she has familial ties to the land, ties that have given her unexpected inheritance. And this inheritance is more than one of monetary gain but rather the gift of knowing the part of her history that has been missing since her parents' deaths when she was but a young child. But Loni's arrival in the Shetlands was not without its drama as the island residents had to come to terms with an American, and a woman at that had inherited what they felt rightfully belonged to one of their own. And some claimants to the inheritance are not best pleased adding another layer to a complex story But time has made Loni a favorite among the locals and her deepening feelings for David Tulloch seem to parallel the very journey her great-grandparents undertook in 1924. But will Loni be forced to choose between the long-held traditions of the Shetlands or the modern life she has created for herself in Washington, D.C.? But in 1924 it was Brogan Tulloch who was faced with choosing the life of the Islands and the role of chief and laird to the village or following his heart to the United States and a future with Emily Hanson. But throughout is a thread of faith in both the past and present, one that binds the stories together in a legacy that has a definitive effect on the Island and those who call it home. Altogether this is a beautiful story that one has come to expect from Michael Phillips. If you haven't read the two previous books please do before starting this one. One can easily read this book on its own but the series as a whole is just some much richer. And don't be scared off by the occasional comments by the locals that tend towards the brogueish tongue - it will grow on you and adds a delightful touch. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
Excerpt: For him the land was life. It was a legacy that had been passed down to him and that was his responsibility to love and protect and pass along to his descendants with the same devotion. It is what he called the Deuteronomy legacy. The land was a biblical symbol for something deeper—a permanent family legacy that can only be passed down from fathers to their sons and daughters. The author narrates this novel with the alternating stories of Emily Hanson, a young American Quaker student, and Brogan Tulloch, a young Scottish gentleman, whose story begins in 1924, and David Tulloch, a young Scotsman and Chief of the island and Loni Ford, an American businesswoman who inherits the position of Laird of the island, whose story begins in 2006. The stories move between the United States and the small island of Whales Reef in the Shetland Islands. The island of Whales Reef is a unique place with a very quaint cast of characters. Both stories incorporate faith and forgiveness, romance and all its difficulties, and a bit of mystery and intrigue thrown in as well. The alternating stories at times felt too different to be incorporated into the same novel. I eventually settled into the differing storylines, but it made for a more complicated read. This is the first novel I have read by this author. I find that while he does deliver a definite message filled with inspiration, he also incorporates a great deal of minute detail. The story is a bit unrealistic in the fact that everyone in both stories winds up marrying the perfect spouse and that an obscure American inherits a Scottish legacy and winds up with a small fortune. I will state that I have not read the first two books in the series. Readers of the first two novels in the series will probably find the tale more interesting. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
Once again Michael Phillips has drawn his readers into this final book in the series, Secrets of the Shetlands. The author has a way of weaving a story that draws you in, experiencing the rich heritage of the Shetlands and her people. The characters are well developed and the story line rich. From the author: Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whales Reef. How can life ever be the same with an outsider--and a woman at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this traditional community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams and wonders whether she's cut out for it. Loni would hardly let herself acknowledge that she's falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some. Or has she merely been seduced by the simple, peaceful way of life that exists here? Yet life in Whales Reef is rarely without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong neighbors, and when a dead body is discovered, suspicion is cast in the direction of the Tulloch family. How Loni and David face up to this challenge will profoundly shape their relationship, as well as the future of the island." I fell in love with the characters in this series in the first and second books. The story goes back in time several generations and you see what happened in their lives and then the plot would tie it into the current character, David and Loni. It even talked about WWII and how Brogan and his father worked for the allies. I will say that personally, while the history of the boats in WWII was interesting, I wanted to get back to the main story line. At times, I felt that it could have been two books. However, I loved the story and am sad to see if ending; I'm sure the author will have more books that are similar. I would rate this 10 out of 10. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required. All opinions are my own.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Loni Ford has inherited an island along with all of it's buildings and inhabitants off the coast of Scotland through ancestors she has never met. Her world is turned upside down with trying to figure out what to do with this very remote place. Over time though, she falls in love with the harsh-weathered island, and it's dwellers, especially one, David Tulloch. In this third and final book of the series, Loni learns more about her past, how it ties to her present and what it means for her future. What I enjoyed: This book was very different than the previous two. I enjoyed the story-line of Loni's great-grandmother and the history of Loni's ancestry. I also enjoyed the side story of Loni's best friend and her journey of a new change in life. I did like the different angle this book took and how the heritage of Loni came to be. Very well written, very descriptive and overall a great read! What I struggled with: All the names of the Tulloch ancestors! So many over decades of time that it was hard to keep straight who was from which era of their family. But, the family tree at the back of the book was a tremendous help in referencing who came from who and had which kids. Would I recommend this book? I would....but the reader is going to want to read the first two books in the series to really understand what is going on. If you try and read this as a stand-alone novel, you will be putting it down in discouragement as it won't make any sense. Bethany House Publishing sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
The Legacy, by Michael Phillips, is the third book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. I have read the second and now the third books and I love them, In this final installment of the series the story of David and Loni continues as does the story of Loni's great-grandparents. It tells of how the latter couple met and then grew to love each other. It also tells why Brogan, the great-grandfather, gave up his position as the next Laird and made his home in America. These stories make me feel like I want to be a part of the story. Once I picked them up, I could not put them back down. Throughout the story, Phillips makes sure to include faith and how faith should be part of the inheritance each person in a family should receive. The work of Phillips is amazing. He is an author, co-author with Judith Pella, of fiction and non-fiction, plus an editor. I loved this series and recommend it and the rest of the series, most highly. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This book may be purchased HERE!!!