Friday, November 11, 2016

The Cottage - Book Review



As a reviewer for Bethany House, I get emails every month with books available for review.  Sometimes I request one and sometimes I don't. When I saw the book 'The Cottage' by Michael Phillips, it caught my eye as it takes place in Scotland.



If you've read here for any length of time you know I love Scotland, and the story line was intriguing as it had to do with an American woman who has inherited the Lairdship of a whole island in the Hebrides.

It wasn't until I had finished the book that I realized that this was a second book, and I am hoping there is a third!

This is not heavy reading, but it was perfect for reading during this fall election cycle.  It has a very nice storyline, as the main character learns of her family heritage, and learns to love the people of the island, even though she is a sassenach, and looked on with suspicion.

The author also brings in a storyline from a series of books he wrote many years ago - The Stonewyck Triology.

Bethany House supplied me with the book, but the opinion is all mine!

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like something I would enjoy., I love Scotland!

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  2. Michael Phillips has long been one of my favorite authors. In fact, I own nearly everything he has written! I have added this book and the first one in the series to my wishlist!

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  3. ooh - thank you for the review.
    going to amazon to have a further peek.
    :)

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  4. the 1st in the series is:
    The Inheritance (Secrets of the Shetlands)
    {both books are now on my list}
    thank you again. :)

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  5. Okay, there's a word I must look up, though I think it means an "outsider" from context. You would be drawn to a story of Scotland. I still remember that you talked me into watching Monarch of the Glen and I lasted as long as Archie did. =D

    That inheriting an old house is a common theme in literature and one I like very much.

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  6. Ohhhhh...I was wrong! Good thing I looked it up!

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  7. I was wondering where Michael Phillips had gone. Our library used to have a big collection of his titles but they are now removed, Maybe they'll get this new one, Thanks for the review, I'll look out for it!

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  8. Reading back through your blog a bit and so glad I found this post. I read a number of books YEARS ago written by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella also set in Scotland (The Stonewycke Saga). I then read a series set in Russia and began reading the Secret of the Rose which I have (somewhere) but never finished. I love his writing, but between child rearing and working from home have not read much fiction in years. I am glad to be reminded of his writing now that I have time to read more.

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