The Cottage

The Cottage

by Michael Phillips


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Michael Phillips Continues His Sweeping Shetland Islands Saga

When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir.

The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman—and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place—and the character of its most prominent citizen—that soon gets under her skin.

Beneath the peaceful surface, however, change is threatening the island of Whales Reef. David's cousin Hardy Tulloch, whose claim to the inheritance now in Loni's hands was backed by oil investors, has not been deterred in his aim to control the island. But his co-conspirators have plans of their own, plans that put Loni's very life in danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217494
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Secrets of the Shetlands Series , #2
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 600,451
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than 70 books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. Over the past 30 years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth-century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California. Visit Michael's website at

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The Cottage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phillips has mastered words easily and engrossingly read. Great story. Great wisdom. Excellent “smithing”.
Bookish-Bakes More than 1 year ago
I want to first thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read The Cottage in return for an honest review. I did not realize that this book was the second in a series. However, the storyline is easy enough to figure out as you read along. I would not recommend reading this as a stand-alone though. As I read about the past events I realized that there is a lot that, I missed out on by not reading the first story. In the front of the book, you will find a family tree and a map, which helps a lot in figuring out the characters and the setting. The book is an easy read that is perfect for wintertime. The Cottage at first glance seemed like a smaller book, but when you open the book, you will find that the print is small making the book a lot longer than I expected. From the moment the story starts, there is conflict and excitement. We meet some wonderful characters that really pulled me in with only a few pages. The author changes points of view constantly, which can be a good thing. However, the constant changes did not work for me or the small chapters. Why not just cut the scene and make it one large chapter? I know that it is a matter of opinion, bur as a reader; it felt choppy with so many short scenes showing characters that we probably would not see again. There were scenes that lagged, and I found myself wishing things would move quicker. I even had to reread a few scenes, because I was confused at which character was taking a turn. I am not a fan of writing out words as someone says them aloud, because a lot of the time I cannot understand what they are trying to say. There were times in the book, when I did not know what a character was saying, because he wrote out their thick accent. Luckily, he does not do it too often, and when he writes about David, his accent is clear. Sometimes the characters become a bit stereotypical, but the good this is that all the characters act that way not just the Americans. Overall, I did not like the way it was laid out for the reader, but it was a good storyline and plot overall. Now moving on to what I liked about the book. I really enjoyed how it flashed back in time so that we could see the small town in modern day and in the past. I found myself dying to know more about Loni’s family and past as she discovers it for herself. I could imagine myself perfectly in her old house with all of its books, the fireplace, and her lovely tea times. The two main characters are amazing, and I loved the chemistry between them. The author really had me fangirling over David who is not only compassionate but also a great leader and wonderful man. The book gave me a lesson on what it is like in Scotland, considering I have not read anything prior to this book about their culture. I also learned a lot through this book about Quakers and their religion. The many characters that Loni meets in the small town are not only relatable, but they are fun and sometimes blunt making them a treat to read about. It was definitely a new experience, and I really enjoyed the people in his story. The book is very different from the Christian Fiction novels that I have read. It has a lot more action and does well in staying realistic with the events that revolve around Loni and her inheritance. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a book that has some romance between the characters but is not overwhelmed by just a relationship.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Another masterful tale from Michael Phillips... The Cottage Secrets of the Shetlands #2 By Michael Phillips Two weeks ago Alonnah "Loni" Ford found out that she was the heir to property in the Shetland Islands. But the Cottage is more than just a quaint Scottish home and the majority of Whales Reef is part of her inheritance. Will the people ever accept an American as their Laird? And learning that the island is now in the hands of a woman might be more than the people of Whales Reef can accept. And when Loni hears that the Chief is not fond of Americans she's uncertain that she wants to meet the man the community feels she usurped. With everyone having an opinion about her fitness to determine the future of Whales Reef Loni herself becomes uncertain of her next step. Does she accept her inheritance and the responsibilities that come with it? Or does she decline it allowing the courts to decide the island's fate? Before she can make a decision Loni must confront that which has held her hostage all her life - secrets have defined her life and now she must peel back the layers that have made her who she is. Can she discover who she is before it is too late? In typical style Michael Phillips's book takes place in different times as the past of Whales Reef is revealed in connection with the current upheaval the island and community now faces. The past is taken from a journal that belonged to Loni's great-grandmother and is easily identifiable in the reading as it is in italics. I personally love this back and forth format that slowly reveals the back story. Also fun is allusions to previous series Michael Phillips has written (I quickly identified the Stonewycke and Heathersleigh Hall series character references). It is not necessary to read the first book in the series to be able to enjoy this (somehow I managed to miss the first book and yet still thoroughly this book, but now I want to know what happened earlier). I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no expectation of a review positive or otherwise - all opinions expressed are my own.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend any book written by Michael Phillips. The Cottage is no exception. It is a beautiful romance and a compelling Christian fiction read. As is common in Phillips’ written works, The Cottage is a lesson-filled book. It is a comforting read, a relaxing read, while at the same time a spiritually and morally challenging read... if you are listening. I pray that you listen. I'm going to encourage you now to read The Inheritance, the first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series, if you haven't already and to then read The Cottage. I believe that sharing a few lessons that I picked up from the story and then a couple of great quotes can speak for themselves to the value of the story. Enjoy! Lessons: -You cannot judge character at first glance. -You cannot expect a level of openness from someone that you will not give yourself. -There is honor in not speaking unkindly of another person, even when it may cause great jeopardy to yourself and/or those you care about. This requires character; a portion of which comes from understanding the need to place the entirety of our lives in Gods’ hands. -The value of a legacy Quotes (unless the quote is specifically cited it has been pulled from dialogue within The Cottage): I went up to my study. The familiar faces of my books welcomed me. I threw myself in my reading-chair, and gazed around me with pleasure. I felt it so homely here. All my old friends present there in the spirit ready to talk with me any moment when I was in the mood, making no claim upon my attention when I was not! I felt as if I should like, when the hour should come, to die in that chair, and pass into the society of the witnesses in the presence of the tokens they had left behind them. —George MacDonald “A wise man knoweth when he has contracted foot-in-mouth disease.” ‘Thou knowest what is expedient for my spiritual growth,’ he said in a quiet voice. ‘Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine. Breathe knowledge of your will into my spirit, and give me courage, humility, and good cheer to do it. Make me your pure, dutiful, and humble disciple and your obedient son.’ Kempis’s Imitation of Christ.” I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher. For all of my reviews visit my blog at www (dot) blessedandbewildered (dot) com
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Loni ford finds herself as the sole heir of property in Shetland Islands of which she knows nothing about. Should she sell if off to the locals or forge ahead and try this whole land ownership thing? With two sides vying for her loyalty she has to make a decision as to who to trust and not trust. As the only American on the island full of Scots, she learns a whole new culture and what it means being the laird of the island. But the island soon becomes divided when lies take over and turn the hearts of the island people. Loni finds herself falling for this island, for the people, especially the Chief of the island who is slowly starting to steal her heart. Loni's journey continues in Book 2 of the Secrets of the Shetlands. Pro's: i loved this book! It read so fast despite being longer. Phillips weaves a story like no other where you can feel the drizzle in your bones and want to cozy up next to a fire and drink some tea with book in hand. Con's: It would've been nice to have more side backstory of Loni's ancestry in the notes written by her family members. That could've been a great secondary story throughout the book, but seemed to die off the further the book went. Recommendation: It would be beneficial to read book 1 in this series to fully understand this 2nd book and the characters in it. Otherwise, what a great read that is steady and heartfelt.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, October 28, 2016 The Cottage by Michael Phillips, © 2016 Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 2 —the seashore, the moors, and cliffs— My Review: What a beautiful story of trust and hope. Both the island's laird and chief find out where their heart's lead. The people of Whales Reef finally become aware they are cared for and do not need to worry about themselves and their outcome. The author has made these people come alive. I would like to meet the village baker and have some of her oatcakes and tea. I was glad she and Alonnah Ford were able to come to an understanding. A new person indeed takes a time to know and be known; thankfully without a word spoken comes rest. This is the first series I have read by Michael Phillips and I am so looking forward to Book 3 in this series! The scenes are so beautifully written as each segment of the story unfolds. I especially liked Loni's meadow and David's place of solitude. They are beautiful in their descriptions of where they have come and to where they are going. Faithful in being understood and their conversations confidential unto themselves. A deep friendship of earnest exposure of self and the freedom to exercise this little by little. Truth prevails and comes to the surface. I would like to have a wrap from Loni's special sheep. What a beloved land and people, encouraging and forthright in expression, I have continually enjoyed meeting them. Whoever has the loudest voice is not always the right voice. The story expands very fluidly. A great read! ***Thank you to author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Cottage, Book 2 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
Once again, a timeless treasure has continued the saga of the "Secrets of the Shetlands" by Michael Phillips. Here is a little bit from the publisher: "When Loni Ford is informed that she has inherited property in the Shetland Islands, she laughs. She wants nothing more than to sell it and be done with it. But when she arrives in the North Sea enclave, she is stunned to find that "the Cottage" is not at all what she expected, nor is David Tulloch, the man most of the islanders believe to be the rightful heir. The locals could hardly be more surprised that the heir is a woman--and an American. Loni, in turn, finds the islanders quaint and a bit behind the times. Expecting David to be as provincial as the rest of his clan, she discovers that there is far more to the man than meets the eye. And there is something about the peaceful atmosphere of the place--and the character of its most prominent citizen--that soon gets under her skin." I read the first book in the series and was totally delighted; it had been some time since I read any of Mr. Phillips books. Of course, I love all stories that take place in Scotland or Ireland and this second book was no exception. I already felt like I knew the characters and Mr. Phillips continued to embellish his characters in a rich and deep way. This story transports its readers to the place. I loved it, but it left me wanting more; I hope his next book comes out soon. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. I rate it a Diamond Rating and will look for this series to continue. This is a series I will keep for my family and others who love historical Christian Fiction. Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was required; all opinions are my own.
PaperBlossoms More than 1 year ago
The Cottage by Michael Phillips is the second book in the Secrets of the Shetlands. I have not read the first book, but nonetheless was able to dive right into this one. A very engaging, enjoyable story! I liked all the journal entries and I really appreciate the short chapters as I don't always have a lot of time to read but could at least squeeze in one or two on my busy days! I give this book a solid 4 stars and will keep an eye out for book 3. **I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.**