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The Inheritance (Secrets of the Shetlands Book 1)  by Michael Phillips.

Little description: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.

Genre: Historical History/ Family Saga/ Scottish Heritage

Find the book on Amazon here.

My thoughts: 5 stars out of 5

Despite the direct lineage for the lairdship and chieftainship,  the House of Tulloch is divided in pursuing of the true heir for the power and the lands. To their surprises, Master Hardar and Master David sworn to rule their people their own way, but stopped by a new candidate to the heir position. 

Loni Ford never knew her heritage will hunt her and bring her to Scotland and Whales Isles. The secrets and mysteries unraveled for her the more she spends time to learn about her history. She hoped to sell the inherited cottage the minute she landed there, but the more she spends with the people, immersed in the culture the more she feels at home… connected.

I’ve got to warn you: it has a slow beginning, but the more you read the more it becomes intriguing. The language kinda heard to read, especially when the lads and lassies talk in Scottish/ Celtic accent.

Provided by Bethany House as a complementary copy for my opinion and review.