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The Dramatic Conclusion to Michael Phillips's Shetland Islands Saga
Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whale's Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider--and a woman, at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.
What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.
But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island's most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.

464 pages, Paperback

Published July 4, 2017

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Michael R. Phillips

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Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.

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217 reviews45 followers
August 4, 2017
"The Legacy" is a heartfelt story of faith and family. I love anything to do with Scotland, so I was eager to pick this book up. I've also read some of Michael Phillips's other books and have enjoyed them immensely, especially the classic "Stonewycke" series. I'm very glad I did read "The Legacy", even though I haven't yet read the first two books in this series!

"The Legacy" by Michael Phillips is the third book in the "Secrets of the Shetlands" series. The beginning of the book summarizes the plot from the first two books well. The narrative does of course refer to events in the other books of the series as it is the continuation of Loni and David's story (the characters living in present day), but instead of focusing on Loni and David, "The Legacy" also tells the story of their ancestors. We also get to see the conclusion of Loni and David's story, and while it's this portion of the book that had me wishing I had read the prior books, it isn't too confusing to read on its own.

The physical book itself is beautiful and has a map of the island in the Shetlands where much of the story takes place, as well as a family tree. Even though it is a longer book, it's written in short chapters, which makes for a fast-paced read. The story shifts between 2006 and 1924 and is told from multiple characters’ points of view. Some of the characters in the book are of the Quaker faith, which I found interesting to read and learn more about.

There is a theme of family heritage woven throughout the whole story. The setting in the Shetland Islands is breathtaking and evocative. The descriptions are so well written that I felt like I was transported to these islands. The reader is introduced to a slower paced life and the story is also told in a slower way, making the reader slow down and think. You really settle in and immerse yourself in the island and that culture. There is also a deep spiritual and theological element. I know Michael Phillips loves George MacDonald and draws a lot of inspiration from this writer (MacDonald is even mentioned in the book).

My only critiques are that this book isn't really a stand-alone, although I was still able to understand and enjoy the story. It is also told at a slower pace (I did enjoy that, but some may find it slower than they would like). There are also many characters and several concurrent plots, which can get confusing.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and would especially recommend it to fans of Michael Phillips or George MacDonald and those who love Scotland.

Content, Rating and Genre: This is a clean read. I give this book 4.5 stars. This is Christian Fiction (with a dual timeline—historical and contemporary).

I want to thank Michael Phillips and Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255
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Author 1 book18 followers
September 1, 2017
Little town...it's a quiet village. Every day like the one before...
Until Loni Ford, American business woman, gets word of an inheritance passed down through scottish ancestors she wasn't before aware or even now sure she had!
In this epic conclusion to Phillips family saga, past and present parallel to reveal missing and correlating pieces of history that will now shape the future of Whales Reef and the lives of Its chief and laird, Loni and David.
Gripping and dramatic, rich and flowing, the Legacy is woven artfully up and down and tied together in a mind and soul satisfying tapestry of redemption, destiny, loyalty and love.
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1,816 reviews98 followers
July 14, 2017
"Everyone is writing two life stories . . . . Few, however, take in hand the authorship of the most important of the two, that inner autobiography it falls to each of us to write for themselves."

Most ancestral lineages showcase property and possessions, but in the case of this novel, inheritors will gain a for more important legacy, a legacy of faith. When Loni Ford inherits land in the Shetland Islands, she has no idea how far away from her career in Washington, DC that one excursion will take her. Many years prior, young Emily Hanson, a devout Quaker, had precisely the same experience, only in reverse. Her trip as a travel companion from New York to the Shetlands significantly altered the course of her family history.

Michael Phillips thoroughly guides his readers through a complicated narrative surrounding those whose lives were either eased or complicated by their devotion to honor and integrity. For scattered among them were those who did not have their best interests in mind, shadowing the truth and bringing unnecessary heartache. Will Loni "Alonnah" Ford, chief of Clan Tulloch and David Tulloch, the laird of Whales Reef, eventually inherit their happily ever after?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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Author 39 books74 followers
June 4, 2017

The Legacy

by Michael Phillips

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Pub Date 04 Jul 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of The Legacy through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Loni Ford finds herself the heiress of Whales Reef a remote island in the Shetlands.

This book takes us from 2006, to, 1924 New York Harbor. In 1924 Emily leaves New York and heads to Scotland.

Robert Glendeening is a London Journalist who is from London.

In 1924 Island explorations begin. Emily goes to Whales Reef to research a paper for The Quaker College she attends.

Emily befriends a young man named Brogan while at Whales Reef.

This book spans eight decades,

After Emily goes back to the states Brogan shows up.

I give The Legacy five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!!!
187 reviews2 followers
August 7, 2017
This book was a good ending of his shetland series. I have read several of Phillips' books and they all have a deeper underlying theological challenge woven in the surface and simpler storyline. This series was long and at times could have been more succinct, but the author always has a reason for the details.
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1,378 reviews71 followers
February 13, 2019
Loni and David continue to grow deeper in love. Loni reads letters from the past as well her great-grandmother's journal. Emily went on a trip to the Shetlands in her youth and met her future husband, Brogan. Together the stories of Loni and Emily combine into a beautiful picture.
380 reviews4 followers
October 20, 2018
This is a great continuation of a delightful series. It brings to the forefront some of the history of Scotland and deals with the difficulties of moving from a modern U.S. city to a Scottish Island with some conveniences unavailable. The characters are very well written and very realistic. I also enjoyed a "cameo" appearance of a character from one of his other series.. Definitely enjoyed this author and would recommend this series.
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8 reviews2 followers
October 13, 2018
Journey to another land and time with faith, love, community loyalty, and deceit

Great story that takes you on a journey to another country and another way of life. Read all three books to complete the journey of love, deceit, being a stranger, skepticism, and acceptance with tradition and faith weaved in.
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468 reviews
September 3, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
The Legacy by Michael Phillips, © 2017
Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 3

a long anticipated read of ~ The Legacy ~ the third and final book in the series

My Review:

Over the years Ernest would discover that the hunger to write one's inner biography on the hidden tablets of the heart was rare even among Christians.
At length he became more circumspect in sharing his journey with others. He realized that the hunger he felt could not be transmitted by enthusiasm or even by example. It must be birthed from within. Why such hunger had come alive in his heart in the years of his youth, when most young men were chasing much different dreams, was a mystery he had still not successfully answered. Whence came the hunger to know God?
--The Legacy, 154

This tale is so riveting, so introspective as to take it on as your own discovery of intent of the heart. I love the history recounted as it was made, the current flow of life amid the Shetlands, and the people becoming so dear. This is the third book in the series and begins with discovering the previous generations and their longings. It flawlessly brings you up-to-date with the happenings of the first two books, without interrupting the current story needlessly. For those new to the series, as well as those continuing on, there are hints to dreams of the lasting remnants the Shetland area of Whales Reef has left with them.

I am fascinated with the village life ~ the cottage shops, with the women selling their wares from their homes; the fish and chips ~fried potatoes~ served inside newspaper; the ways and livelihood continuing from generations before them, and most definitely the roles of the laird and chief handed down.

I loved the women from nowaday's Loni and the telling of her great-grandmother, Emily, as each arrival from the United States is a reckoning to the older and younger inhabitants of Whales Reef who mainly have not been away from their beloved homeland. I especially liked the meeting between Emily and the Herb Woman who includes her in a special way by inviting her into her home.

I thoroughly enjoyed the history and personage of these people from a land I will but read of in books. Very enJ*O*Yable. The painted word picture of their daily lives came alive on the page. As you may sense, I loved this series!

***Thank you, author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Legacy, Book 3 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
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Author 12 books22 followers
August 21, 2017
The Legacy
Secrets of the Shetlands #3
By Michael Phillips

This book is the conclusion to Michael Phillips's Secrets of the Shetlands series which takes the reader on a journey through time and place. This is a story told on two fronts the past and the present and both take place in America and the Shetland Islands. And as anyone who has read Michael Phillips in the past will readily agree his stories are a delight and the reader does not get lost with the changes between time.

Loni Ford has come to Whales Reef (Shetlands) because unknown to her she has familial ties to the land, ties that have given her unexpected inheritance. And this inheritance is more than one of monetary gain but rather the gift of knowing the part of her history that has been missing since her parents' deaths when she was but a young child. But Loni's arrival in the Shetlands was not without its drama as the island residents had to come to terms with an American, and a woman at that had inherited what they felt rightfully belonged to one of their own. And some claimants to the inheritance are not best pleased adding another layer to a complex story

But time has made Loni a favorite among the locals and her deepening feelings for David Tulloch seem to parallel the very journey her great-grandparents undertook in 1924. But will Loni be forced to choose between the long-held traditions of the Shetlands or the modern life she has created for herself in Washington, D.C.? But in 1924 it was Brogan Tulloch who was faced with choosing the life of the Islands and the role of chief and laird to the village or following his heart to the United States and a future with Emily Hanson.

But throughout is a thread of faith in both the past and present, one that binds the stories together in a legacy that has a definitive effect on the Island and those who call it home. Altogether this is a beautiful story that one has come to expect from Michael Phillips. If you haven't read the two previous books please do before starting this one. One can easily read this book on its own but the series as a whole is just some much richer. And don't be scared off by the occasional comments by the locals that tend towards the brogueish tongue - it will grow on you and adds a delightful touch.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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2,813 reviews51 followers
December 18, 2017
This novel was the concluding piece of the story that began in The Inheritance and continued in The Cottage. Therefore, this novel was also a well written and quite interesting Christian historical fiction novel with well developed characters. I enjoyed learning more about the personal histories of many of the characters and seeing several of them either start to change or continue to change and grow throughout the course of the book. Overall, it was good ending to a great series, and it as well as its predecessors has earned a place on my favorites' list.
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689 reviews317 followers
August 2, 2017
Be prepared to be transported to the Shetland Islands and immerse yourself in the Village of Whales Reef! Michael Phillips has spun a well-written tale of love and loss, of loyalty and deception, of faith and forgiveness, set in a location that I long to visit myself. In this book in particular, I was utterly charmed by the people of Whales Reef, and greatly enjoyed reacquainting myself with the Island's Laird, Loni, and the chieftain, David, as they dance ever closer to "till death do us part". The Legacy, although touted as contemporary fiction, really dives into the past as well, and readers will be brought full circle in discovering how the past led to the present, and the impact that this had on the inhabitants of the Island. Phillips has done a great job at bringing his characters to life such that you will truly become immersed in their tale and become vested in how things turn out. If you have already read the first two books in the series, you will be well aware that Phillips writing style tends to be quite detailed and does not hurry at the fast pace that modern novels often do. As someone myself who usually chooses novels that speed from start to finish, I encourage you to give this book and the whole series a try. There were many moments where the characters would utter something so profound about life that I had to stop and read it a few times to savour it. What I most love about this book and indeed all of these novels is the way that they remind us of what really matters in life, and how the heart will only be satisfied by our journey with God, our relationships with family and friends, and by how we invest in and love others around us.

With a masterful blend of contemporary and historical storey lines, Michael Phillips does a fine job at drawing the "Secrets of the Shetlands" series to a close. Readers who have been faithfully following these characters since the first book of the series will enjoy this heart-warming conclusion that Phillips has penned. I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
623 reviews15 followers
August 25, 2017
For me, and I’m sure for many readers, it is always a bittersweet moment when you reach the final pages of a series that has worked its way deep into your heart and imagination. As one of my favorite authors, many of Michael Phillips’ series are very dear to me; but perhaps none quite so much as his latest work entitled “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2017, “The Legacy” is the final installment of the Shetland saga, and masterfully closes a narrative that weaves the past and present into a beautiful and unforgettable tale.

“Secrets of the Shetlands” includes three books: “The Inheritance”, “The Cottage”, and now, finally, “The Legacy”. These books should definitely be read in order, and in fact are so closely tied together that they could easily be all one book (aside from the fact that a volume with all three titles included would be well over 1,300 pages in length!). Certainly one of the most intriguing parts of the series is the fascinating back-and-forth between the previous and current generations of lairds and chiefs and villagers of the little Shetland island known as Whales Reef. Also, the characters are three-dimensional and truly feel “real”. Most importantly, however, are the spiritual truths that are deftly woven into the fabric of the novel so that they come to life, often in ways that non-fiction books about the same topics never could; this is Michael Phillips‘ signature writing style that I have come to know and appreciate deeply.

In the end, if you are looking to take an enthralling, thought-provoking, perhaps even life-changing journey through the pages of fiction; if you enjoy reading stories set in Scotland; if you enjoy Christian Fiction at its very best; or if you have previously loved any of Michael Phillips’ numerous other novels; don’t hesitate to find your own copies of the “Secrets of the Shetlands” novels. Since all three installments are now available (and “The Legacy” is probably the best one of them all) there is simply no reason not to read this incredible story asap!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”
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34 reviews7 followers
September 4, 2017
The Legacy is the final book by Michael Phillips in his Secrets of the Shetlands trilogy, following The Inheritance and The Cottage.

The Legacy pulls together all the loose ends, weaving the present with the past. As Loni and David grow closer, they have life altering decisions to make and a murder to solve.

Loni also continues to read her great-grandmother’s journal, which ties together the past events into the present and builds a bridge between the generations.

The Legacy also finds transformation for several key characters, who also end up finding their happily ending in their journey. We are even introduced to a new and exciting main character.

I also appreciated that Phillips showed there are consequences for our actions, we don’t all have a happily ever after, there are struggles within ourselves and we often have to seek within ourselves to find the answers we long for.

I loved that the chapters are very short and the book was divided into sections. Each section usually only had a few chapters and I found myself able to read a section a night.

The transition between the past and the present was seamless and complimented one another.

Michael Phillips is a masterful storyteller, who loves his subject and has well researched his details with both Scottish history and way of life and the Quakers.

As I neared the end of the book, I found myself unable to put it down, until I was finished. However, I was saddened to finish. I was saddened to say goodbye not only to Loni {Alonnah}, David and their friends, but also to Brogan, Emily, Sally and Ernest in the earlier generation.

I highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys historical fiction, Scottish fiction and Christian romance. I also recommend that you read the books in order: The Inheritance, The Cottage, and The Legacy.

The Secrets of the Shetlands is a treasure to read that will transport you to another time and place.

*Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion.
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523 reviews5 followers
August 18, 2017
Excerpt: For him the land was life. It was a legacy that had been passed down to him and that was his responsibility to love and protect and pass along to his descendants with the same devotion. It is what he called the Deuteronomy legacy. The land was a biblical symbol for something deeper—a permanent family legacy that can only be passed down from fathers to their sons and daughters.

The author narrates this novel with the alternating stories of Emily Hanson, a young American Quaker student, and Brogan Tulloch, a young Scottish gentleman, whose story begins in 1924, and David Tulloch, a young Scotsman and Chief of the island and Loni Ford, an American businesswoman who inherits the position of Laird of the island, whose story begins in 2006. The stories move between the United States and the small island of Whales Reef in the Shetland Islands. The island of Whales Reef is a unique place with a very quaint cast of characters.

Both stories incorporate faith and forgiveness, romance and all its difficulties, and a bit of mystery and intrigue thrown in as well. The alternating stories at times felt too different to be incorporated into the same novel. I eventually settled into the differing storylines, but it made for a more complicated read. This is the first novel I have read by this author. I find that while he does deliver a definite message filled with inspiration, he also incorporates a great deal of minute detail.

The story is a bit unrealistic in the fact that everyone in both stories winds up marrying the perfect spouse and that an obscure American inherits a Scottish legacy and winds up with a small fortune. I will state that I have not read the first two books in the series. Readers of the first two novels in the series will probably find the tale more interesting.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
323 reviews
August 29, 2017
I understand this is the third book in a series. I have not read to the first two books and I feel like I missed a great deal. I don’t feel like it can be read and truly enjoyed as a standalone.
Scotland is some place I would love to visit. The author captured the beauty of the landscape, the historical background, and the heart of the people that live there. While I enjoyed his attention to detail in all aspects, at times it made the reading rather slow and cumbersome. There were points I had to push to get keep going as my interest waned.
Loni unexpectedly inherits a small island in the Shetlands. The Scots strongly steeped in tradition and family ties were not happy with an outsider suddenly being thrust upon them in a position of leadership. The resident’s rejection makes Loni’s adjustment even more difficult, causing her to question what path to take. As a unique twist to the story she finds herself falling for the local chieftain, David Tulloch whom the islanders believe to be the true heir.
The story switches back and forth between Loni and David’s present day romance and that of her great-grandparents through old journals written by her great-grandmother. I especially liked the latter parts. They were relevant to me for a couple of reasons. I have a diary kept by my uncle that describes my father’s and his life growing up. Also I have a friend doing a genealogy search for me on my family history. There is something special about knowing where you came from and who your past family was. It gives you grounding and a feeling of belonging. I see this in Loni as she reads the journals. The most important thing is finding strength and inspiration from your spiritual heritage. Over all I had trouble sticking to the story, maybe because I hadn’t read the first two books.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I stated are my own.

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68 reviews16 followers
October 28, 2017
I'm a huge fan of Michael Phillips and an even bigger fan of this series! I loved the first two books in his Secrets of the Shetlands series (The Inheritance and The Cottage) and have been waiting to read the final book three! Now that it's out one can read all three in succession - no need to refresh the family tree and history as you read the next one!
I thank him for providing the family tree and the map as I referred to them often to refresh my memory and assure myself I was on track!
What I love about this series is the generational span - and how the characters are connected to each other and the land! Such a great historical fiction piece - and enjoy the flipping back from past to present as we discover Loni's great-grandmother's journal!
This being the third book I was wondering what could happen next - it seems in the first two we introduced the characters, discovered much about them, learned about the island of Whales Reef, and met it's people. After a sketch start in the eyes of the residents it seems that Loni was on track to earning their trust and their friendship! David, the chief of Whales Reef and Loni have now formed a friendship and a bond, after a rocky start!
So what drama could befall book three!
I loved how the story flipped back and forth and told the story and explained the connection to the island for Loni. Her story is finally clear, her history finally discovered, and how she became the one to inherit Whales Reef! I also appreciate and love the Christian Fiction genre and love how this book includes God, his purpose and how we are all connected through him!
Not all easy, not without drama - but enjoy the ride - it's a great series and one of which you don't want to be interrupted!
Thank you to Bethany House and Baker Publishing for the free copy to read and review through their Blogger program! The opinions and thoughts here are 100% my own!

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217 reviews4 followers
August 29, 2017
I enjoyed this last novel in the Shetlands series. Phillips has done a masterful work in tying the end to the story of Loni and David. I love everything Scotland, so the imagery was a treat. I appreciate the attention to details on landmarks and in bringing the Scottish culture to life.

The Legacy focuses on the past and the present (1924 & 2006). Told from a third person point of view, the reader gets insights into the characters' thoughts making it easier to connect with them in a deeper level.

The story switches back and forth from 2006 to 1924, telling the story of Loni's great-grandmother, Emily. We get a front row seat into the beautiful past while watching present events unfold.

Something that has hooked me into this series is Phillips style of writing: very meditative, deep conversations within the characters- I appreciate this very much as a person who is very contemplative herself.

The novel does move a bit slow, so this might disinterest some readers, I personally don't mind but it's not everyone's cup of tea.

This is not a romance novel. It has a bit of romance but it's not the main focus of the novel, so any negative reviews complaining about the lack of romance is quite unnecessary. The series is about self discovery through, faith, family, and culture not about romance.

I have enjoyed learning about the Quakers and how their beliefs compare and contrast to my own. It has influenced me to study other Christian denominations and church history.

I couldn't have asked for a better ending to the series.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
1,036 reviews7 followers
August 24, 2017
“The Legacy” was a fine conclusion to Michael Phillips’ Secrets of the Shetlands series. This particular volume was lengthy and there was some repetition from the previous two books; however it did serve to catch me up on things I had forgotten during the months between reading them. Although mostly a continuation of Loni and David’s story, readers might just find a bonus romantic tale or two within the pages.

As the story bounces between the present with Loni and David and the past with the story of Brogan and Emily, it can be just a bit slow at times but so many questions are answered by the story of Loni’s great-grandparents that everything finally makes sense. “The Legacy” is not a lightweight book that can be easily read in one sitting but is one with plenty of meat to chew on, especially when it comes to matters of faith and what it means to be centered in God. Theological discussions are scattered throughout so those who do not like that should probably avoid this book. I personally reached the end with much to ponder and am quite happy that I had the opportunity to read the entire series.

I enjoyed spending a few hours with Loni, David, and even Hardy as well as going back in time with Brogan and Emily. It was a satisfying read with a strong theme of forgiveness that I will remember for a long time.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required.All views expressed are my own.
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1,352 reviews24 followers
August 27, 2017
This is by far the best series Michael Phillips has written..... at least that I have read. I loved the first two books, and have been eagerly waiting for this third and final book in the series.

This book goes back and forth between the past and future more than the two previous books did, focusing on Loni's great grandfather and great grandmother's meeting, dating, marriage, and the rest of their lives. To be honest, I was a bit distracted by this at first and wished the author would stick to the modern day story...... but then I got caught up in the story of Brogan and Emily. Though their story and Loni and David's story were all fictional, it was neat the way the author showed the legacy of a family down through a few generations. The book flowed well as Phillips went back and forth between the past and present, weaving them together to make one great and entertaining story.

This is a long book, but it was one I had difficulty putting down. Though not the suspense I normally read, this and the books it follows were all gripping reads and Phillips excelled in his writing in the whole series.

The Legacy takes the reader from the small Shetland Islands across the sea and back, and across the years and back. The ending result was a great read that I enjoyed, though I was sorry to see the series end. I highly recommend this series, it is definitely worth reading.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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985 reviews6 followers
September 3, 2017
This was an enjoyable conclusion to the Secrets of the Shetlands series. It definitely helps to read these books in order. It was interesting to see how the situation with Hardy was going to play out as he was accused of murder. I liked how the new minister was introduced and what he brought to the story. It was very cool to see Hardy's transformation and the minister's influence. Learning more about what led to World War II was fascinating. It was also exciting to see Winston Churchill enter the story! I always love the rich history Michael Phillips brings to his books. I liked the back and forth of Brogan and Emily's story in 1924 and David and Loni's story in 2006. It was interesting to learn more about Emily's Quaker faith, and to see that it was as strong as David and Loni's. I especially liked seeing how David treated everyone so well, even Hardy who treated him terribly, and what a witness he was because of that. There's a little bit of romance as David and Loni are committed to each other and there's several other people forming couples in their sphere. There were also several wonderful secondary characters. I would recommend this story if you like a gorgeous setting and wonderful characters you can really get to know over the course of the series.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
August 4, 2017
This book was a satisfying conclusion to this Secrets of the Shetlands series. I like how everything was wrapped up neatly, with quite a few surprises, by the end. The author goes into great detail within Emily and Brogan's story, tying it together with Loni, David and their friends stories. How he kept everything straight is amazing. Now, I don't know if I would call it a dramatic conclusion to the series but this novel answered questions about Loni's family's past and solves a mystery. Probably my favorite part is the change in Hardy. I also like how each person's faith is subtly woven throughout their lives and actions. Their faith is not flimsy but strong, vibrant, and growing. You can see Christ and His teachings through the behaviors of the characters.

When you read this series, you need to read the books one after another. Each book picks up where the one before left off and they refer to incidences and characters mentioned throughout the stories quite frequently. A "Cast of Characters" was really needed since some characters are only mentioned a few times but become an important part the memories and saga.

This book was provided by Bethany House for review without compensation.
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316 reviews8 followers
August 29, 2017
My Thoughts:
I have savored the Secrets of the Shetlands series! I just loved it. It has mystery, romance, history, and science all woven together into a lovely story that spans a century of family history. It's a series that requires patience. Three long books create an atmosphere of old-fashioned, up-to-date, nostalgic small town, big city dichotomy. If you are a patient reader, who likes to take time to enjoy long stories, I think you will enjoy this series.

The Legacy is book three, the final book of Michael Phillips' Secrets of the Shetlands. As the final book, it ties up loose ends in some surprising ways. The confusion that was begun in the first book, was made clear, and tangled up stories of the past and present came to a point of clarity. Ah, this is all so enigmatic, is it not?

Let me just say that I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and this book was no exception. I was, in fact, sorry to see it end.

Disclosure: I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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552 reviews
July 12, 2017
I love this book cover... there is something so romantic about the sheep, the fog, the couple and the house/estate in the distance.
This the dramatic conclusion to Secrets of the Shetlands. So be sure not to miss the other two books because one really needs to read the first two books to understand all that is going on in this dramatic conclusion.
Lone Fors had an unexpected inheritance and a title that goes with he inheritance. But, remember, the "natives" consider Loni and outsider. So how can an outsider play such a great role in their community?
Of course, Loni begins to love the people and Whales Reef. So, when one of the locals turns up dead it seems that Loni and David will have to deal with this problem too.
The community is not quite to the trusting place yet. So Loni and David have more than a challenge on their hands they have a murder.
This is a wonderful and, yes, dramatic conclusion to a most satisfying trilogy!

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
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July 27, 2017
Michael Phillips draws the Secrets of the Shetlands series to a close with The Legacy. I always struggle saying goodbye to characters, and Loni, David, Audney, and the rest are no exception!

While at times I found the pacing a tad slow, I enjoyed reading Emily's and Loni's parallel plots. Brogan turned into a joy of a character, as did the new reverend; Phillips bravely introduced new characters late in the game - and succeeded. I also found the side plot of Brogan's father and Winston Churchill fascinating! Churchill is such an institution, I was concerned that he might be under- or overdone, but I needn't have worried. Phillips' careful hand and exquisite development brought him to life and made me curious to dig deeper into his own life and history. (I'm sure this means a[nother] trip to Blenheim is in order!)

I know Phillips enjoys bringing previous characters into new books, so I hope to see Loni and David appear in future works. The Legacy is a winner!

Disclaimer: I received a free eARC of The Legacy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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July 30, 2017
The legacy is a story of love, faith, happily ever afters and murder. What a combination - This book is part of a trilogy and to know some of this is to know the other two books - but not necessarily. Loni was given the whole Island as a willed gift - can you imagine being told - hey - guess what you inherited an island. Man would that be cool - but then again - the people there did not appreciate that and they did not like her and didn't want her there.. Time goes by she starts to fall for the people there in the Island - and all of a sudden BAM - A MURDER - who is it? well let me tell you who - it was . no way am I going to tell you - you have to read the book - it is so good I can't ruin that for you - it is so cool - Loni gets help trying to figure out who it was from David - the Chieftan - cool eh? well you will get shocks - I tell you that - get this book you will love it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed here in this review are all my own.
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2,005 reviews1,210 followers
August 13, 2018
Wow! What an end to a very interesting trilogy!


Loni Ford wants to make sense of her life. Is she the laird of the sleepy Scottish village on the Shetland Island of Whalers Reef as set down by the inheritance she was just handed? Or is she the best friend and assistant to a successful investment analyst in the fast-paced world of Washington DC?

As she spends time on the island with the villagers, as well as the handsome clan chief, she learns a history that was a complete mystery until just recently. In her great grandfather’s private study (which had been unopened for generations), Loni poured over journals and letters from the great grandmother she never knew, but to whom she feels a deep connection.

This is how we read the book, two women’s lives, Emily and Loni, and their related history dating back to early 20th century, into a fascinating tale through World War II, joining with Loni’s current life in 2006.

This was my favorite of the three books, but the others were very good, too. I wasn’t sure I’d complete the series, but I’m glad I did.
45 reviews3 followers
July 17, 2017
This trilogy would make a wonderful PBS series :). The characters are solid and believable, patient and thoughtful, while the villains are truly aggravating. The spiritual and historical content is deep and well researched. Without a spoiler, my favorite moment from all three novels was in this third and final installment, when one of the characters went to get tea during WWII and saw someone he recognized. Soooo good! With that said, I also found myself skimming through some of the slower segments of this story. I wonder if it wasn't written in mind of a TV series, because there is almost too many good characters with their own side stories. It could have used some lighter moments, it is a very long story and is mostly serious. I respected some of these fictional characters so much that it made me reflect on some of my own short comings and how I can strive harder to be God's vision of me.
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221 reviews6 followers
September 9, 2017
This book is another long one, 466 pages in length. Unlike the first two books, this book does not have a lot of action in the story to make it fast-paced. It was a little harder for me to get through it, but the story did help to tie up many of the questions the first two books bring to light in Loni's past. Michael Phillips brings in a lot of the Quaker's ideologies and he also includes his favorite author George MacDonald too. I thought it was fun how he brought in some familiar references from another of his series, The Secret of the Rose. Overall, I thought that this book was more just factual in telling their stories and really didn't draw me in to the story like the first two. But I did like how the author wrapped things up, and gave the reader the hidden story from the past.

**I received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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