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Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

As the chief of the clan, Macgregor Tulloch was a man beloved by the whole town. When he suddenly passes away, the town grieves but rumors also begin to circulate as to who will be the next chief. David Tulloch is who the town believes will be the next chief and they treat him as such, but a distant cousin, Hardy Tulloch, is convinced that he has a right to the title. Shortly after Macgregor passes, David finds out that Macgregor never made out a will. Therefore, all of his assets are frozen while his estate (and the fate of the whole island) goes through probate. A part of the probate process will determine who is the rightful heir to be clan chief. Because of the way Macgregor had things set up financially, David’s finances and also the finances of the local mill are tied together and therefore frozen in probate.

Loni Ford is an administrative assistant working in Washington DC. As a former Quaker, she is deeply rooted in her faith, but has stepped away from it to live a life that she chooses. Loni has always felt a bit odd…out of place…and always searching for something beyond what she can fully understand. Orphaned at a young age, Loni was raised by her grandparents and always felt like something was missing from her life. When she receives a registered letter from a lawyer in Scotland, she has to wonder if the time has come for her to truly find out what her legacy is.

The Inheritance starts out s-l-o-w. And a bit confusing. There are so many characters that have to be introduced that each one gets their own chapter in the beginning. As a result, the first 15 chapters of the book seem really disjointed and hard to follow. The book has 92 chapters. 92!! And for it to start out slow was enough to make me question whether I’d be able to really make it through the whole thing. If it were any other book that I just randomly started reading (and didn’t have to finish for this review!) I probably would have stopped reading early on. Michael Phillips is an author I’m aware of but have never read. About half way through the book, I finally felt like the story was coming together to the point that I was truly interested to find out the ending…and then to find that Phillips left us with a cliffhanger and never resolved the issue! I don’t know if I would seek out the next book in the Shetlands series on my own, but if offered the chance to read it I would probably pick it up just to find out the conclusion of the matter.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.