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 REVIEW-Michael Phillips is an author I have enjoyed. But this book was a little hard for me to get into. For some reason the first half of the book just seemed to drag with a lot of details and such. I know it is the first book in a series and many times the author has to get everyone acquainted, but this one just seemed like too much.
Once you get about halfway in, the story does pick up pace. I found the history to be intriguing and learned a lot about the Shetland Islands. I would probably read the second book so I could find out what happens and just hope that the story starts off a bit more interesting :)
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