The Legacy by Michael Phillips

The Dramatic Conclusion to Michael Phillips's Shetland Islands Saga
Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whales Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider--and a woman, at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.

What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.

But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island's most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.


In January, I reviewed the 2nd book in Michael Phillips's "Secrets of the Shetlands" series, The Cottage.  I was intrigued and excited to be able to review the last book in the series, The Legacy. I really wanted to see how Loni's story would play out and how she would figure out where life would lead her and David as they try to figure out where their places are in the world. 

Michael Phillips did not disappoint when it came to bringing the story of David and Loni together and how they tackled their future. While at the end of book 2, the readers have figured out that David and Loni are falling in love. However, what would be next in their relationship? In The Legacy, Phillips manages to keep the reader intrigued by comparing both Loni and David's story with the love story of Loni's Great-Grandparents (the American Emily and her Shetland love Brogan). The parallels and challenges that her Great-Grandmother wrote about in her journals helped Loni in her own steadfastness about where she belonged. I loved the way that Phillips went back and forth between the legacy of the story of Loni's Great-Grandparents, and the modern day story that was building between Loni and David.  I loved the way that Phillips tied the story up.

The drawbacks to this book were that there were a couple little story lines that I felt needed to be explored further. In the end of book 2, David's cousin Hardy had been arrested for murder and was a main character in the story line. In this book, he is a very minor character and the story line is almost glossed over in that while Loni and David want to get him freed, it is almost an afterthought. I was disappointed in that realm of the story. Maybe it would have been better if Phillips would have concluded that part of the story in the 2nd book.  Also

Overall, I felt this was a good read. I loved the comparisons of Loni's Great-Grandparents' story and the modern day story of Loni and David. In a lot of ways, it pays to say that history repeats itself and love will prevail when we allow it to and trust in it.

I would definitely recommend this book, as well as the first 2 in the series!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and the Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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