The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Secrets of the Shetlands, book 2
Category:  Christian fiction, historical fiction, literature/fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  October 4, 2016
Format: advanced reader ebook (eARC)
My Rating:  4-stars


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 Whale's 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.


I highly recommend any book written by Michael Phillips.  The Cottage is no exception.  It is a beautiful romance and a compelling Christian fiction read.  As is common in Phillips’ written works, The Cottage is a lesson-filled book.  It is a comforting read, a relaxing read, while at the same time a spiritually and morally challenging read... if you are listening.  I pray that you listen.  I'm going to encourage you now to read The Inheritance, the first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series, if you haven't already and to then read The Cottage

I believe that sharing a few lessons that I picked up from the story and then a couple of great quotes can speak for themselves to the value of the story.  Enjoy!


  • You cannot judge character at first glance.  
  • You cannot expect a level of openness from someone that you will not give yourself.
  • There is honor in not speaking unkindly of another person, even when it may cause great jeopardy to yourself and/or those you care about.  This requires character; a portion of which comes from understanding the need to place the entirety of our lives in Gods’ hands.
  • The value of a legacy

Quotes (unless the quote is specifically cited it has been pulled from dialogue within The Cottage)

I went up to my study. The familiar faces of my books welcomed me. I threw myself in my reading-chair, and gazed around me with pleasure. I felt it so homely here. All my old friends present there in the spirit ready to talk with me any moment when I was in the mood, making no claim upon my attention when I was not! I felt as if I should like, when the hour should come, to die in that chair, and pass into the society of the witnesses in the presence of the tokens they had left behind them.
— George MacDonald
A wise man knoweth when he has contracted foot-in-mouth disease.
Thou knowest what is expedient for my spiritual growth,’ he said in a quiet voice. ‘Let Thy will be mine, and let my will ever follow Thine. Breathe knowledge of your will into my spirit, and give me courage, humility, and good cheer to do it. Make me your pure, dutiful, and humble disciple and your obedient son.
— Kempis’s Imitation of Christ.

As a reviewer for Bethany House Bloggers, I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.