The Cottage by Michael Philips
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 far more to the man than meets the eye. And 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 Whale's 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.
While this was the 2nd book in a series of books (The Secrets of the Shetlands series), and I have not read the book that comes before, I was intrigued by the story of Loni and David. The give and take between the two was undeniable and refreshing. It was interesting to see their relationship grow and change and come together in a direction that the reader hoped for. The story was historical in nature, which may be a turn-off for some, however, for me it added character to the storyline. Speaking of the story line, the author Michael Phillips managed to keep me intrigued and entertained throughout the entire story- beginning, middle and ending. Like I said, this book is book 2 in a series, however I had no problem following the story even though I have not read book 1 (which is on my to-do list for this year).Overall, I would give this book a very positive review!
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers and the Bakers Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.