No thriller here, but a long and leisurely mosey through the lives of seemingly unconnected people at first. There was great character development but it seemed to me like too many characters to remember in too many different places. I WILL buy the 2nd book in this series because toward the end the story finally captured me and I got hooked. I felt like this book ended in the middle of a conversation. Actually, I'm sure it did. Left me hanging, which annoyed me, yet the characters are too good to just drop off the face of the earth for me, so I need to continue and see what happens aside from Loni and David falling in love which I'm sure they must. If they don't I'll be disappointed!
This story starts out slow and stays that pace for most of the book. I had a hard time really engaging at first. If you're ready for a summer read in your lawn chair, by the pool, lake, or in a hammock, this is it. Historical depth and a little mystery and danger flavor this nicely. It turned out to be much more than I thought it would at the start.
The setting is certainly a treat for the imagination. The Shetland Islands. David, our main man, is integrity on two legs and makes for a marvelous hero.
*I received this book from the publisher free in exchange for an unbiased written review.
About the Book:
The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.
Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal 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. . . .
Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.