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The Cottage (Secrets of the Shetlands Series #2)

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The Cottage (Secrets of the Shetlands Series #2)

The Cottage is the second book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series by Michael PhillipsWhen 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 N... Read More

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The Cottage is the second book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series by Michael Phillips

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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764217494
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Publish Date: Oct 4, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764217496

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—the seashore, the moors, and cliffs— by Kathleen E. on 10/28/2016

Friday, October 28, 2016
The Cottage by Michael Phillips, © 2016
Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 2

—the seashore, the moors, and cliffs—
My Review:
What a beautiful story of trust and hope. Both the island's laird and chief find out where their heart's lead. The people of Whales Reef finally become aware they are cared for and do not need to worry about themselves and their outcome. The author has made these people come alive. I would like to meet the village baker and have some of her oatcakes and tea. I was glad she and Alonnah Ford were able to come to an understanding. A new person indeed takes a time to know and be known; thankfully without a word spoken comes rest. This is the first series I have read by Michael Phillips and I am so looking forward to Book 3 in this series!

The scenes are so beautifully written as each segment of the story unfolds. I especially liked Loni's meadow and David's place of solitude. They are beautiful in their descriptions of where they have come and to where they are going. Faithful in being understood and their conversations confidential unto themselves. A deep friendship of earnest exposure of self and the freedom to exercise this little by little.

Truth prevails and comes to the surface. I would like to have a wrap from Loni's special sheep. What a beloved land and people, encouraging and forthright in expression, I have continually enjoyed meeting them.

Whoever has the loudest voice is not always the right voice. The story expands very fluidly. A great read!

***Thank you author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Cottage, Book 2 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

awesome read! by Mark on 10/12/2016

I had one just one complaint about The Inheritance, the first book in this series: it left you hanging. Thankfully, it wasn't the normal year or more for a sequel that most authors do. This book came out 5 months after I read and reviewed the book it follows.

The Cottage picks up right where The Inheritance left off. Like the book it follows, the setting is both Scotland and America, though most of the book is set in Scotland. I had not read a Micheal Phillips book in years until I read book one in this series, and I thought it the best I had ever read by him. That was matched or better in this book. I already knew from book one how the chief and laird stuff worked, so that made this book even easier to get into. There was more action and even some suspense in this one.

One intriguing part of this novel is the dialogue about spiritual matters between the two main characters. Phllips does an excellent job on dialogue as it is, but there is some deep theology that comes through the dialogue between Lonie and David. I love a Christian fiction book that makes me think, and I appreciate an author who isn't afraid to be Christian in his content.

This novel flowed well, and was one that pulled me into it right away and that I did not want to put down. The story is fascinating, and though it isn't a murder mystery, it is the type of book that had me reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next.

There were some surprises, and though the book didn't end on the cliffhanger as its predecessor did, it did leave me eager to find out what happens next in the third and final book..... which I hope comes as quickly as this one did.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Loni Becomes Allonah by Mary Y on 10/12/2016

As Loni is breathing in the moist air of the Shetlands and meeting all kinds of new people, she realizes that she is becoming "Allonah", her true given name. The connection to her family that she has been searching for is beginning to appear through hearing, reading and observing. The cultural, language and geographical differences throw her a real curve as she enters this new world. She can hardly believe she is loving oatcakes and Tea! When she realizes this acquisition of land and monies is as much of a duty as inheritance she begins to look at everything in a new light. But what about her "kind of a boyfriend", Hugh, and her high-rolling boss, Maddy in DC? She's a long way away from her Quaker roots and her big business occupation. She doesn't count on some new emotions that hit her head-on. What is it really that will encourage her to bond to this land of enchantment? You must read this installment of "Secrets of the Shetlands". Another great one by Michael Phillips.

This book was provided to me by Bethany/Baker Books. All opinions are my own.
Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID

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