“The Cottage” ~Michael Phillips~ Review



Michael Phillips Continues His Sweeping Shetland Islands Saga

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.

TheΒ Author:

Michael Phillips is a bestselling author who has penned more than 70 books, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. Over the past 30 years, his persistent efforts have helped reawaken interest in the writings of nineteenth century Scotsman George MacDonald. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California. Visit Michael’s website at http://www.macdonaldphillips.com.



Great book! I love the fact that it is on a tiny island surrounded by so much history! This is my dream vacation spot!! The characters are quaint and a little saucy. I love the plot of the story but the overall writing was a little frustrating to say the least. I understand that the author was trying to convey to the reader the difference between the American lead character and the residents of Whales Reef but wow…. It was so hard to read the sections of conversations with the local residents. I stumbled through it, often times reading it more than once and found myself still not knowing what the heck they said. The accent was not necessary for the story to be understood.

This little snafu is the only thing I didn’t like about the book. It really made it so difficult to get the complete story because it wasn’t a fluent read. When I have to read over and over again snippets of a book, I tend to get frustrated and quit reading altogether. I did stick it out until the end on this one because it did have such a great plot but I will not be looking for more works by this particular author. I believe that the story would have been just as great with out the crazy writing to make up for the accent.

An example of what I’m describing:

“If ye be who I think ye are, ’tis right comical for ye tae speak o’ payin’ for the likes o’ a telephone call. Ye’re likely the owner o’ my daddy’s whole inn!” “Ye are the lassie frae the States, I take it, who’s come tae inherit frae the laird?”

Sooo yea….super annoying…. But anyways good plot, weird writing. If it’s up your alley, check it out πŸ™‚ Won’t be recommending it. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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