Monday, May 2, 2016

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips - REVIEWED

About the Book:
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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My Thoughts:
Help me, Lord – help me know what to do.” (p. 353)

Loni Ford’s whispered prayer is born in a rather desperate place.  She finds herself in a position to choose a completely different path that that of an executive  assistant in a large investment firm in D.C. Not only does she discover a rich heritage of loyalty and faith, but she finds herself in the Shetland Islands in a “cottage” left to her as an inheritance. She has no idea that her inheritance sits amid much turmoil!

Michael Phillips is an author who I’ve been reading for decades!  He was my introduction to Christian fiction when it was a fledging genre.  Through the years, I’ve come to know that any time his name is on the cover, I am about to enjoy an epic tale filled with characters who become residence of my heart and mind in a way that makes it hard to put the story down! 

The Inheritance is no exception! In fact, this reminded me why I began reading Christion Fiction all those years ago.  The characters struggle with the timeless things all believers face, and their story is enriched with a deep and fascinating history that is flawlessly woven among the chapters so the reader becomes fully engaged in every aspect of the novel!

This novel begins a tale that leaves many things unresolved, and that makes me happy with anticipation that I will be able to enjoy more time with this fantastic group of characters!  I can’t wait to see what develops as Loni steps into her heritage!  (she has to, right?!) 

I HIGHLY recommend this novel!! 

About 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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