Sunday, 21 July 2013

Book Review: In Golden Splendor

 ISBN: 978-1-4336-7820-2

 From the Back:

Irish immigrant Seamus Hanley is a lost soul, haunted by his past as a U.S. Army deserter and living alone in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains in 1849. But after witnessing a deadly stage coach crash, he finds purpose in the scattered wreckage -- a letter with a picture of a beautiful and captivating woman named Ashlyn living in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush.
Moved by her written plea for help, he abandons all and sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. While being pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters including a young Pauite Indian who makes the ultimate sacrifice in helping Seamus to cross the snowy Yosemite Valley.
Battered but changed for the better, Seamus reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve as the city burns in the tragic fire of 1849. But there is little time for rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.

My Reflections:

This book sounded like an interesting and engaging book and I was pretty excited to have the opportunity to read it. Unfortunately the story line had so many characters I found it challenging to keep the story straight in my head. Although I did enjoy the fact that all the characters demonstrated solid values like forgiveness, love and hope, that was the thing that spurred me on.
 I am thankful I did!

Even though this book didn't capture my interest as expected I was pleasantly surprised that a male writer could dish up a good romance just as well as his female contenders.

The second Heirs of Ireland novel centers on Seamus Hanley, brother to Clare, the lead of Flight of the Earls. The storyline is fast paced, with twists and turns and a few surprising events. my addled brain eventually adjusted to the many charterers by this point.

Seamus Hanley proved to be an inspiring character, a man running from a past he could not escape. From Ireland to the Rocky Mountains to San Francisco, Seamus encounters many along his journey that slowly help him become the man God created him to be.

This book has all the aspects you would want in a historical christian fiction, humor, action/adventure, family, love, danger, history, suspense and most importantly a faith based message.

So if you are looking for a complex, yet deep and thought provoking read, laced with a little romance I would say this is it!

I received this book free of charge in return for my honest review from B and B media Group. Thank you B and B!

About the Author:

Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He owns Global Studio, a marketing agency, and is also an active leader in church and business, speaking in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.

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