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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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Wonderful and Exciting by Bookish Bakes on 2/3/2017

I want to first thank Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read The Cottage in return for an honest review. I did not realize that this book was the second in a series. However, the storyline is easy enough to figure out as you read along. I would not recommend reading this as a stand-alone though. As I read about the past events I realized that there is a lot that, I missed out on by not reading the first story. In the front of the book, you will find a family tree and a map, which helps a lot in figuring out the characters and the setting. The book is an easy read that is perfect for wintertime. The Cottage at first glance seemed like a smaller book, but when you open the book, you will find that the print is small making the book a lot longer than I expected.
From the moment the story starts, there is conflict and excitement. We meet some wonderful characters that really pulled me in with only a few pages. The author changes points of view constantly, which can be a good thing. However, the constant changes did not work for me or the small chapters. Why not just cut the scene and make it one large chapter? I know that it is a matter of opinion, bur as a reader; it felt choppy with so many short scenes showing characters that we probably would not see again. There were scenes that lagged, and I found myself wishing things would move quicker. I even had to reread a few scenes, because I was confused at which character was taking a turn. I am not a fan of writing out words as someone says them aloud, because a lot of the time I cannot understand what they are trying to say. There were times in the book, when I did not know what a character was saying, because he wrote out their thick accent. Luckily, he does not do it too often, and when he writes about David, his accent is clear. Sometimes the characters become a bit stereotypical, but the good this is that all the characters act that way not just the Americans. Overall, I did not like the way it was laid out for the reader, but it was a good storyline and plot overall.
Now moving on to what I liked about the book. I really enjoyed how it flashed back in time so that we could see the small town in modern day and in the past. I found myself dying to know more about Loni’s family and past as she discovers it for herself. I could imagine myself perfectly in her old house with all of its books, the fireplace, and her lovely tea times. The two main characters are amazing, and I loved the chemistry between them. The author really had me fangirling over David who is not only compassionate but also a great leader and wonderful man. The book gave me a lesson on what it is like in Scotland, considering I have not read anything prior to this book about their culture. I also learned a lot through this book about Quakers and their religion. The many characters that Loni meets in the small town are not only relatable, but they are fun and sometimes blunt making them a treat to read about. It was definitely a new experience, and I really enjoyed the people in his story.
The book is very different from the Christian Fiction novels that I have read. It has a lot more action and does well in staying realistic with the events that revolve around Loni and her inheritance. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a book that has some romance between the characters but is not overwhelmed by just a relationship. The author does a wonderful job at slowly revealing the past and the characters secrets keeping me wanting more all the way to the end. I plan to read the last book in the series, (assuming that it is the last book) The Legacy. I want to thank Bethany House again for allowing me to read this wonderful and cozy read.

—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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