Title: The Legacy
Author: Michael Phillips
Publisher: Bethany House
“This house and land is not just an inheritance, it is a heritage, a legacy … my legacy,” Loni emphatically states in Michael Phillips’s novel, The Legacy.
~ What ~
Third in the Secrets of the Shetlands series, this four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy a fictional Christian story about the generational legacies of Whales Reef, a small island in the Shetlands. With no profanity, the topics of war and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this historical tale, American Loni Ford has accepted her inheritance of lairdship of a small Shetland Island and is in love with David, its clan chief. When she returns to America to decide whether she should give up her job, she learns her Quaker great grandmother, Emily Hanson, experienced the same continental challenges of falling in love with a Scotsman. Through journals and letters written, Loni must determine the course of her life through love, loyalty, and friendships in two countries.
~ Why ~
Including the history of generational relationships, the book captures the beautiful landscape, climate, and people of the Shetland Islands. Adding a family tree at the back of the book helps the reader connect the relational dots of the Tulloch clan. Having Quaker ancestors, I appreciated the explanation of the differences between the religious sect and others.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a romantic historical fiction about lairds, chiefs, and family roots may pass on this one. Others may not be interested in its Christian content that includes discussions on the Quaker religion. Some may find the read containing too much detail and confusion of characters with decades that jump back and forth between chapters.
~ Wish ~
Having read both prior books in the series, I loved one the first one and found the second one interesting. I was hoping this conclusion would tie everything together, but I felt it initially dragged for the first third, focused mainly on the romance of Loni’s great grandparents, and switched to eighty pages of letter writing from the past.
~ Want ~
If you like generational stories where the characters come from different backgrounds and social status five thousand miles apart, this one might interest you, but I was disappointed with its conclusion.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am evaluating freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.