The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

Disclaimer: The Inheritance, by Michael Phillips, was provided by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

The death of clan patriarch Macgregor Tulloch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whales Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed Tulloch’s heir to be his much-loved grandnephew David. But when no will is discovered, David’s calculating cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And Hardy knows a North Sea oil investor who will pay dearly for that control. While the competing claims are investigated, the courts have frozen the estate’s assets, leaving many of the locals in dire financial straits. The future of the island—and its traditional way of life—hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Loni Ford enjoys a rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, D. C. Yet, in spite of outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is, until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor…

I was so intrigued by the blurb of The Inheritance that I was excited when I received it in the mail. At last, I thought. A book that promises to be different from the run-of-the-mill Christian historical fiction novels. An inheritance up for grabs? An unknown heiress? An old country town? I was ready to dive in and see what the book held in store for me.

I was hoping for something like The Lost Heiress. What I got was a dense, incomprehensible story that meandered to and fro between David’s walks around the island and Loni’s continual refusal to acknowledge the past. I was lost by the second chapter, where some boy and some man sit and look at a dead bird and wax philosophical about it.

I hung on for a little bit, hoping that Loni would get her letter and things would pick up. But, eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore. I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way through. Loni still hadn’t gotten her letter. Skimming ahead, I noticed she doesn’t even get into until about 3/4s of the way through the book, at which point I felt so immensely cheated by the blurb and the book as a whole that my decision to put it down unfinished solidified.

So, yes, I didn’t finish The Inheritance. It badly needed an editor to cut out all those chapters of incomprehensible material, and I am displeased that what made me so excited about the book in the first place, the concept of a “lost heiress” and a woman going to a tiny island without knowing the customs, etc. and having to earn the respect of the people she must take care of, wasn’t even present. The Inheritance simply didn’t deliver.

My rating: 1/5

Warnings: None.

Genre: Realistic, Christian

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