Being that this is the first book in a series, I believe it is necessary to immerse the reader in the culture and history of the environment surrounding the story. This story moves very, very slowly, but I do believe the author’s intent is to make sure that the reader is fully immersed into the culture.
I really like the characters and fully enjoyed the background history, even to the point of looking up the Shetland Islands and some of their history.
I don’t normally read books in a series that do not stand alone. The series needs to have all of the novels released in full and all in print first. I am an impatient reader and don’t like having to wait months for the next book to be released. This is off-putting to me and I lose a lot of the excitement while waiting for the next novel to be published. It also requires another review when the next novel is finally published. I didn’t expect the book to be a cliff-hanger, which I consider it to be since it ends so abruptly and is unresolved.
It was also somewhat predictable. I knew long before the story told you who would be the heir and the direction the story was going. But predictability isn’t always a bad thing.
There are two stories woven into one. The story of a Scottish laird and his nephew, a Scottish chief, and, a young woman, Loni, whose parents died in an auto wreck when she was young and who was raised by her grandparents in a Quaker community.
The sudden death of the laird throws the whole small Shetland Island into chaos as a will cannot be found. Even though all knew the uncle’s intent was to leave the lairdship to his nephew, the chief, without a will everything is thrown into probate with the Scottish government. The island people are starting to suffer financially as the probate stretches on and the government finds a lost heir to the uncle’s estate in America.
Loni had left the Quaker community where she had always felt like a black sheep. She went to college and ends up working for a fellow college friend who is rising fast in the ranks of the financial world in Washington D.C. Loni is notified that she is heir to a cottage, etc. in the Shetland Islands. That is where the two stories become one.
I do have some difficulty believing that even though Loni was raised in the Quaker community, attended college, and worked for a large financial firm in Washington D.C., that she would still be as naive about her boyfriend as the author portrays. She makes excuses for his rude behavior towards her. She also has a “list” for a husband and, yet, she accepts dating someone who certainly doesn’t fit the list.
All in all though, I did enjoy the story and will read the subsequent books in the series.
Book review by Jonell Loeffler.
This book was donated to the Solid Rock Library in exchange for an honest review.