Friday, October 28, 2016

The Cottage by Michael Phillips, © 2016

Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 2
—the seashore, the moors, and cliffs—
My Review:
What a beautiful story of trust and hope. Both the island's laird and chief find out where their heart's lead. The people of Whales Reef finally become aware they are cared for and do not need to worry about themselves and their outcome. The author has made these people come alive. I would like to meet the village baker and have some of her oatcakes and tea. I was glad she and Alonnah Ford were able to come to an understanding. A new person indeed takes a time to know and be known; thankfully without a word spoken comes rest. This is the first series I have read by Michael Phillips and I am so looking forward to Book 3 in this series!

The scenes are so beautifully written as each segment of the story unfolds. I especially liked Loni's meadow and David's place of solitude. They are beautiful in their descriptions of where they have come and to where they are going. Faithful in being understood and their conversations confidential unto themselves. A deep friendship of earnest exposure of self and the freedom to exercise this little by little.

Truth prevails and comes to the surface. I would like to have a wrap from Loni's special sheep. What a beloved land and people, encouraging and forthright in expression, I have continually enjoyed meeting them.

Whoever has the loudest voice is not always the right voice. The story expands very fluidly. A great read!

Cover Art

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 Whales 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.


***Thank you to author Michael Phillips and to Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of The Cottage, Book 2 in the Secrets of the Shetlands series. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


  1. I wish I had gotten a copy of this book. It's one of the best covers this year and I love the premise!

    1. I enjoyed the first story in the series ~ and have not read this author before. This second book was pensive and flowed very well as they learned to trust, and continued to do what they knew to do ~ what was right.