The Inheritance by Michael Phillips is an interesting book. Phillips takes his time introducing the main characters over the beginning of the book. Each short chapter is quick to read but packed with background and history for each character. We also learn a lot of about the land - The Shetlands - which is the main setting of the story. It's way of live weaves through the characters. I have to admit this book is a bit slow to start. I truly believe that is part of it's beauty. Today many books are written for the masses without much effort. Meaning the language and story isn't quite mature. This book is not like that at all so you will have to take your time reading it to absorb all it's value. I love that. It is a great read for those lazy day's of summer. I also love that this is the start of a series. Series are always wonderful because you get to dive into the setting and characters you've grown to love once again.
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.
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