The Inheritance, by Michael Phillips, is set in Whales Reef which is part of the Shetland Islands. Life in Whales Reef has been overseen by a clan for centuries. The story opens in 1924 and then jumps ahead to 2005 which is where we meet the protagonists. After the current head of the clan, Macgregor Tulloch, dies it is learned that he didn’t leave a will. It was commonly thought throughout Whales Reef that his estate would automatically pass to his beloved grandnephew David. David is respected, admired and trusted. David’s abrasive cousin, Hardy, not so much. Hardy quickly files claim to the estate. While the estate is in probate there are no funds coming forth and the financial stability of Whales Reef is threatened. The residents know that if David is named heir their way of life will continue. If Hardy is named heir, the village has well founded fears for their future. At the same time readers are introduced to Loni Ford, who lives in Washington, D.C.. She was orphaned at a young age and she was raised by her father’s parents. She was told very little about her parents and as a result she has struggled to understand who she really is. Loni knows nothing about Whales Reef, but unexpectedly that changes and with that change comes the possibility of a new life.
I found this book to be elegantly written. It is a powerful story about family, buried secrets, heredity and the power of legacies. The characters are well drawn and through them the reader is placed into their very special world. Highly recommended!!
I received this book for free from Bethany House and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.