About the book:
The Dramatic Conclusion to the Secrets of the Shetlands
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 Whales Reef. How can life ever be the same with an outsider--and a woman at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this traditional 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 and wonders whether she's cut out for it.
Loni would hardly let herself acknowledge that she's falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some. Or has she merely been seduced by the simple, peaceful way of life that exists here?
Yet life in Whales Reef is rarely without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong neighbors, and when a dead body is discovered, suspicion is cast in the direction of the Tulloch family. How Loni and David face up to this challenge will profoundly shape their relationship, as well as the future of the island.
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.