The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch’s heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is discovered, David’s calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control.
While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate’s assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits. The future of the island–and its traditional way of life–hangs in the balance.
Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D.C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her 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 Michael Phillips’ dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace.
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.