Monday, April 25, 2016

The Inheritance

GIVEAWAY

PHILLIPS, MICHAEL
THE INHERITANCE

Change is coming to Whales Reef

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 grand-nephew 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 investory 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.

My Review:

A sweeping family saga set in Scotland. There are things I adore about this book and other things I struggled with. First for the adoration:

Love the descriptive prose, the way the author immersed me in a different culture. He uses dialect in measured doses which really created a special ambiance. (I began to think in a Scottish brogue for a while!) Love the complexity of the story -- the way seemingly random scenes eventually meshed together into something of epic proportions. And David, solid, dependable, decent -- I loved all his interactions. A truly noble man facing a tide of trouble with grace and faith.

The slow reveal of Loni's past intrigued me. She's at a crossroads in her life -- feeling like she doesn't quite belong anywhere and on the verge of making decisions that will affect her future. On opposite sides of the Atlantic, David and Loni are connected by an inexplicable thread that runs through generations. And I do so love an ancestral story steeped in mystery!

But having said all that, I struggled with a few aspects of this book. First is the point of view.  It read like an oral storytelling which, while lending a certain Scottish charm to the tale, made me feel more like an observer than an active participant. I much prefer slipping into the skin of a character and feeling my way through a story.

 Second, I found the pacing quite slow at the beginning of the book. A lot of short scenes with a myriad of characters, places and names to remember. Most of them seemingly not related to the others. That's sorted out much later in the story and I ravenously read a huge chunk of it at the end, when things started to pull together. But alas, just as I reached the point I'd been waiting for with bated breath it was over. Which brings me to my third lament. That last chapter could have actually been the first. This isn't a cliff hanger. It literally stops mid-stride.

I was some miffed, let me tell you, but intrigued enough to search out when the next book releases. The Cottage comes out in October of this year and the back blurb has me salivating for more because it promises what I thought The Inheritance would deliver. So frustrating but I'm committed to the Tullochs enough to make sure I get a hold of a copy of Book Two in the fall.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Inheritance please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 1 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  2. Oh, I love Michael Phillips! This one has been on my TBR list since I heard it was coming out. :-) Please enter me in the giveaway: aliciagraceroque (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks! :-)

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    1. You're entered, Alicia. Good luck.

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  3. Thank you for your review, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  4. I like Michael's writing enough to read this one for myself. Thanks for the warnings on what you didn't like, those are some of the things that make me not relate to the book as much as I love to. Since the next one is in October, I could always get a hold of a copy to read. The anticipation would make me want to come back for more! :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I'll have to check out some of his earlier work from the library and see what I think. Good luck, Trixi.

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  5. I have a few of his books on my Kindle but haven't read them yet. Thanks for the chance to win this one.

    dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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  6. I love family sagas!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  7. It's always good to know that a story ends on a cliffhanger or with the knowledge of there will be more to follow. I'm not a reader that dislikes cliffhangers, but I will hold off reading until the next book is closer to releasing. I don't want to feel like I need to re-read anything in order to get into the next book. Thanks, Kav for the honest review and helpful information. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Terrill. I'm the same way -- as a rule I don't like reading a 'continuous' type of series. I don't mind some overlap, but I want some closure at the very least. This one. None. It's like a prelude for the main attraction which seems to be what the second book will be...I hope. :-) Good luck!

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  8. Thanks for the honest review! I read some of his books many years ago, but I hardly remember them... maybe a series he wrote with someone else.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Apparently his Stonewycke series has rave reviews. I'm going to try that one next. Good luck, Patty.

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  9. This book looks really good. I can't wait to open the cover and dive in!

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  10. I love the cover. And I love Scotland.
    Somehow I am drawn towards this book...

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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