I Read Michael Phillips The Cottage in the cozy, rainy last few days. Very appropriate considering the setting for this slow paced tale is the wet Shetland Islands, more specifically Whales Reef. I enjoyed my tea along with Loni and David, the main characters in this sequel to The Inheritance. I read that book several months ago and even though I felt it was a little slow, I found myself checking frequently for the next novel finishing up this story! I have found the pace of these books to be to my liking after-all.
There’s plenty of intrigue and mystery surrounding the complicated family ties, which go back centuries, the inheritance of not only millions of dollars in assets- the entire Island and more, but also title and tradition, duties, and then of course, the people of the Island and responsibilities to them- even if they don’t seem to appreciate the efforts. (at first)
The author has conveyed a real sense of place in his setting descriptions. I would love to visit the Scottish Isles now! He has also given us some believable bad guys, a hero to root for, and…loose ends so we are fit to be tied waiting for the next book. That’s okay because I have found myself getting lost in this place that Mr. Phillips has created. I’m looking forward to another book coming out hopefully soon. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in The Cottage. If you like a long, cozy read in front of a fireplace, you’ll not want to miss The Cottage.
~I received a copy of this book free from Bethany Hose Publishers in order to read it and give an unbiased written review.
About the book:
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 Whale’s 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.