Friday, October 7, 2016

The Cottage

        BOOK REVIEW:  Is the future of Whales Reef in the hands of an outsider?  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 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 Whales 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....

         MY REVIEW:   THE COTTAGE is the second book in Michael Phillip's "Secrets of the Shetlands" series. The first book is about the death of the laird of Whales Reef, and all the commotion of the inheritance. This book comes in with Loni Ford, an American who is the closest heir.
        One of the things I like about the book is the Scottish accent. It's really fun to read. For example: "Nae, mum, we haena the likes o' sich here. Ye'll hae tae gae tae the pub, ye ken?"
        I wouldn't call this book a mystery novel, but somehow, with the way it is written, it reminds me of one, especially with all the controversy between Loni and her third cousin, Hardy, who thinks he should be the rightful heir. It is a very good book, I think, and I am glad I got the chance to read it.

  This book was given to me by BETHANY HOUSE in exchange for my honest review. 

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