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The Inheritance
     

The Inheritance

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by Michael Phillips
 

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Dramatic New Series from Fan Favorite Michael Phillips

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales 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

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Dramatic New Series from Fan Favorite Michael Phillips

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764217487
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
Secrets of the Shetlands Series , #1
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
227,042
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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The Inheritance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
Like Davis Bunn a.k.a. Thomas Locke I have been reading Michael Phillips' books since my early teen years and Phillips has always been a favorite author of mine. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up one of his novels in a very long time and that is to my detriment. Phillips has a quality that I honestly cannot explain. I have felt this way about his books since I was a teen. As a book reviewer I know it isn’t very helpful that I can't name or even really explain what that quality is. Sorry about that! The closest that I can get to an explanation is that his characters are more thoughtful, more fully understandable, deeper and richer than the norm. In the books description Phillips is called a master storyteller. That sums it up. Do you feel the same way about his books? Can you explain it? A great part of the joy of reading for me is learning new things. The Inheritance introduced me to the Shetland Islands, an area of Scotland that I am unfamiliar with. It was interesting to learn of the joint Scottish and Norse heritage in the Shetlands. Michael Phillips also introduced me to the song Leaving Lerwick Harbour. It is beautiful. A bit haunting yet peaceful. The Inheritance is a story of clashing times and forces. History verses modernity. Selflessness verses selfishness. Self-understanding verses a lack of identity. Kindness verses unkindness. There is a moment towards the end when mysteries and events are converging. Following is a quote describing the Whale’s Reef church steeple. "In a location such as this, where sea mists, driving rains, and incessant winds were the norm, a steeple must be strongly anchored to keep from being battered to bits. This one was. It had survived, with repairs, for three centuries. Its topmost spire, however, was often shrouded in fog or slanting torrents, thus providing an even more fitting symbol of that unknowable and veiled Presence to whom it pointed. Its disappearance into the nebulous unseen heavens, even if only fifty feet above the ground, created a numinous aura of mystery in keeping with its avowed purpose." The quote speaks to the essence of the book. History, heritage, respect, and most importantly reverence of God are valuable and worth seeking and sharing. My favorite character in The Inheritance wins by a landslide. He is a chauffeur by trade and a minister by calling named Dickie Sinclair. Dickie is colorful, truthful, and wise. He has a short part but his impact is long-lasting. Phillips paints beautiful scenery.  His descriptions of the Shetland Islands and the community of Whales Reef in particular are very detailed and lovely.  He shows the value and an understanding of the culture and history of the island. The Inheritance extolls the blessings to be found in a families heritage that I find distinctly lacking in America.  I know that I am much the poorer for it.   The Inheritance is definitely not a stand alone book.  I love the story but the ending was abrupt.  As was intended you are left waiting impatiently for book two.  Fortunately the sequel, The Cottage, releases this October.   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
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Lots of lovely details about life in the Shetlands. I felt it went a bit slow and, for me, I found the particular print size/font difficult to read quickly. I will have to read the sequel - because the book leaves us with some unanswered questions. I particularly liked the character of David Tulloch.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: On a small island of the Whales Reef is a little community whose link to the past still carries on through the bloodline of one family. The Tulloch's. David is expected to be the heir, the next in line to "be in charge" and look over the small community, but an unexpected twist is brought to light and the unruly cousin may actually be next in line for the coveted title as chief. Thousands of miles away is an orphan young lady who was raised in the Quaker community by her parents that is wrestling with who she actually is and where she's from. Slowly, these two stories, separated by thousands of miles intersect in the most unique way. Pro's: The intricate detail of how this book is written. There are so many bloodlines to follow, and having the family tree in the front really helps! It was almost like reading a fiction history lesson. Very well written, very well thought out. Con's: That this story was not wrapped up in this book! It seemed long in some parts, but picked back up in most others. Recommendation: If you enjoy a splash of history, intertwined stories and wondering how in the world two plots will come together, you will enjoy this book. Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
The Inheritance, by Michael Phillips, is set after the death of Macgregor Tulloch. His death turned the world of Whales Reef upside down when the will is contested. David was very loved by Macgregor but his cousin, Hardy, is contesting it. Hardy has plans for the money. While the courts examine the case, the Island is in a state of turmoil. Loni Ford, an orphan, has had many questions concerning her life. Then she received a mysterious letter and each of these people's world become intertwined. I loved this book. The setting and the culture of this part of the world fascinates me and this story made me feel like I was actually there while reading it. Michael Phillips has written many bestsellers. This first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands is destined to be another one. I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much.
AmeliaAnn More than 1 year ago
Michael Phillips latest release “The Inheritance,” takes a reader on a journey to the Shetland Islands. Filled with a deep story and mystery this book will be a success. However, I was not as impressed with this read as I have been with his others. This was a very slow story to get into but the historical accuracy was great, and I look forward to the second book. If you are a fan of Michael Phillips and his style this book is for you. Not a fast read but an intriguing story line that will keep you turning the page. Be sure to add this one to your summer reading list, and I am interested to read the next installment. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my review.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
About the book . . . Dramatic New Series from Fan Favorite Michael Phillips 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. . . . What I though . . . This was an interesting book for me. My first time reading any of this author's work. I found it a bit of a challenge. It is a long book 92 Chapters in 428 pages. Some of the chapters were long some only a couple of pages. The author did an excellent job of immersing the reader into Scottish history and culture. The story is filled with twists and turns and takes you backward and forward from the past to the present (2006). I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.
PamlaK More than 1 year ago
This book is rich with legacy from family and God.I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons on how to love and diffuse anger and gossip. There were several strong personalities with the type of problems that we often face in our everyday life. I had a little trouble following some of the lineages and getting the names straight but, the book gave me a desire to know more about my own ancestors and the legacy they have passed down to me. I would recommend this book and it leaves you at a point where you want to know the next chapter. I received a copy free from Bethany House for review.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
The Inheritance by Michael Phillips is the first book in his Secrets of the Shetlands series. It follows the branches of the Tulloch family and their quest to protect their family's inheritance at all cost. The inheritance means different things to each one, but each is bound and determined to be declared the rightful heir. I really enjoyed this book though I had a bit of trouble with it at first. The author added loads of charm to the story by writing in broken dialect in certain parts of the book that would resemble the way the Shetland people would speak. It took quite a bit of getting used to but once I got the hang of it I felt it was a wonderful addition to the story. Loni Ford is a self made woman. Raised by her grandparents in their ultra conservative Quaker faith, she chose to make her own way at the age of 17 and attend a local junior college. From there she changed her name from Alonnah to Loni, majored in business and never looked back. It's not that she is looking to forget herself, quite the opposite in fact, she's longing for a place to belong. She never really fit in with the fellowship her grandparents belonged to. Often the victim of bullying by classmates, as well as the teacher, Loni wondered if her grandparents were really her grandparents. Nothing about her fit in and she wanted so desperately to feel as if she did. Just as she's on the fast track in the business world a mysterious letter comes telling her of an inheritance and a family she knows nothing about. David Tulloch has been a resident of Whales Reef of the Shetland Islands most of his life, except for his brief time at college. He is the resident Chief and beloved by many. He is always ready to lend a hand and his infectious laughter has raised many a spirit. No one can quite understand the relationship he has with his notoriously grumpy uncle, and resident laird, Macgregor Tulloch. David tries to see the best in everybody and Macgregor is no different. He is like a father to David, since David's dad passed away when he was 13. Everyone assumes when Macgregor passes David will be both chief and laird of the Shetlands but things aren't always what they seem. Money makes people do crazy things. Thus is the case of Hardy Tulloch. A fisherman by trade, he can't resist the allure of riches that North Sea oil offers. He would never drill for it himself, he's a fisherman but he would be willing to do just about anything for a quick buck. He's not respected by many but feared by most, known for his nasty temper Hardy just wants to make a name for himself. He wants to be rich and married to the girl of his dreams, but she has eyes for another. The author does an excellent job of describing the islands, you can picture them in your mind and almost smell the sea! I want to visit the Shetlands and visit the Tulloch clan, well, except for Hardy. I want to browse the shops and enjoy pastries in Coira MacNeill's bakery. The Inheritance is a wonderful tale of love, intrigue, family and sacrifice. It gets its hooks in you and won't let go. The characters are colorful and lively. The story ends with a cliff hanger and I'm eagerly awaiting the second book. I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
It’s been many years since I’ve read a book by Michael Phillips but the storyline of his newest book, The Inheritance, drew me in. I’m so glad for this opportunity to reconnect with this author for he is a gifted storyteller. The Inheritance tells the story of the Tulloch family through the generations who have lived on the fictional island of Whales Reef which is part of the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Following the unexpected death of laird Macgregor Tulloch the fate of the Tulloch legacy and fortune hangs in the balance while the courts determine who the rightful heir is. The community of Whales Reef is impacted as well as everyone awaits the news of who will be their new laird. How will their village be affected? Will their way of life continue on and be protected or are changes coming their way? How does a young woman over 3,400 miles away in Washington DC factor into the equation? To find out, you are going to want to read The Inheritance. Author Michael Phillips knows how to weave a good story. He starts by unveiling the storyline and weaves in a cast of characters that seem to come alive. After reading this story I feel like I could take the ferryboat from Lerwick and step on to the island of Whales Reef and walk down the street and see the people I’ve been reading about. The author takes the time to develop the characters. He really captures the unique way of life on the Shetland Islands and the accent was captured when the characters spoke. I liked the character David Tulloch and thought his character was well developed. David’s interaction with people seemed to reflect a genuine Christian faith, but he didn’t speak about it, pray, read the Bible or go to church. I would like to have better understood the character of Loni. The reader learns about how she was raised, but faith doesn’t seem to be evident in her current life. Towards the end of the story she expresses an interest in the Christian faith and shows appreciation her family heritage. The other character I would have liked to have seen better developed is Hardy who seemed rather one dimensional. One character who did openly share his faith was Sandy Innes as he prayed and interacted with Loni. I loved this character. A Christian author is in a unique position and has a huge opportunity to share the soul saving message of the Gospel. I wish that had been done in this book. I struggled somewhat because the Christian faith and church were distorted in the beginning of this book because of false teachers that were part of the story. The characters just seemed to stop going to church altogether. Another concern I have is that some of the thoughts and feelings expressed don’t line up with Biblical theology. An example is when David was recalling an incident from his youth (page 251), “His quest for the great Fatherhood of the universe had begun.” I recommend The Inheritance by Michael Phillips for its rich storyline and interesting characters; not sound Biblical theology. The story starts out a little slow, but it’s worth pressing through. I look forward to reading additional books in this series. Michael is very adept at writing historical fiction and draws the reader in. I would like to thank Litfuse and Bethany House for the opportunity to read The Inheritance in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many of Michael Phillips books in the last number of years, but fondly remember that he is a master storyteller, weaving history and character in his plots. Michael is definitely a heart whose stories are poetic and lyrical. I was immediately drawn into the story from the beginning and loved that he started with the early history of past generations. Although I haven't been to Scotland, his descriptions of the Shetland Islands took me back to the green hills dotted with sheep that I saw in Ireland. I was intrigued by the current day lives of both David and Loni and wondered how they would intermingle. Michael Phillips books have never been ones that you want to rush through, because they take you on a journey to another time and place. There were a couple of deviations in the plot that I felt could have been left out, but all in all it was a captivating book. I loved the way it ended and can't wait for the next book in the series which comes out in October. I will definitely be following up on this series. If you like stories that are historical and have depth to them, you'll like this one. On a 1-5 scale with 5 being the highest, I would rate this 5. I was provided this book free as a Bethany House Blogger review and received no compensation for it, other than my honest review.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I thought this author did a great job with the historical part of this book. He did his research to make this book really show the time period he was talking about. He also did a good job of capturing the language/dialect so you could almost here the characters talking to you. I fell in love with the story as a whole from the first page. The Shetlands sound like a charning and beautiful place to live or visit. I thought the characters were well developed and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. There was a bit of a mystery with the lost will which I thought added to the story line. All in all the whole story was good to me and left me wanting more. This is the first book in a series and let me tell you I can't wait for the next one as the author left us a cliff hanger and you will want to know what happens next.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Michael Phillips. His writing is very lyrical and he seems to paint a picture with his words. He definitely brings you into the Shetlands and you can see it clearly. I read a post recently that said if you don’t like a book by chapter three you should stop reading. I don’t know if I agree with that entirely but I can see some truth in that. This book didn’t grab by chapter three but I kept reading, hoping and wanting to like the book but I never got into it. There would be moments where I thought, okay I am can get into this and then I would loose my desire. This is not a fast-paced book at all and that might have been my issue. I really like things to clip right along and this book is definitely a slower paced book. Like I said, Michael paints a beautiful picture and it really is like watching someone paint a picture, it doesn’t happen quickly. If you are looking for something like that then this might be the book for you. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, April 7, 2016 The Inheritance by Michael Phillips, ©2016 Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1 My Review: As the music drew her, Loni Ford came to an antique furniture shop. Somehow it soothed her. Calling to her deeper than she had ever felt before. To a homeland of the heart. "Welcome to you all!" David called out. "Especially to you who have come from throughout Shetland to join us, and also from mainland Scotland and England. As chief of our small but proud island clan, I extend hearty greetings on behalf of the people of Whales Reef. May you find the warmth of our hearts refreshing to your spirits, and may your parting be no longer as strangers but as friends." --The Inheritance, 244 As the long winter and spring have passed, entering into summer and the annual June solstice activities, David Tulloch longed for an end to the hold of finances resulting from the lack of a will at laird Macgregor Tulloch's passing. As clan chief, he oversees the people and holdings of the island. The main source of employment is the woolen mill, especially for the widows of fishermen lost at sea. Generations back the composing of lairdship and chief rested upon one person. Because of the absence of an elder son, the duties and responsibilities were divided between two remaining sons, and trickled down between following heirs. This generation, the question is who is the continuation going to be through? This is the first book I have read by Michael Phillips and I look forward to the series following in book 2, The Cottage. I especially liked the history of the generations, placing each one, and the follow-up discovery of their lives. This will carry over well into the second book. David Tulloch has wisdom beyond his years in knowing what is worthy and attainable to be spoken of, when to speak and when to be silent. I thought the book flowed very nicely, interweaving between Loni's story and the island happenings. There is a family tree and a map of Whales Reef in the front I found very helpful in sorting out heritage of generations. I would like some recipes from the bake shop! This book was a hit with me, and... I would give it a ten rating. ***Thank you to author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Inheritance, Book 1 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** Michael Phillips Continues His Sweeping Shetland Islands Saga Book 2, The Cottage, releases in October 2016