“In Golden Splendor” Heirs of Ireland book #2 by Michael K. Reynolds, book review
1849 is a time of great change in America and around the world. Wars and famine still make the headlines. America is the land of opportunity and many immigrants want to escape and come. Gold has been discovered in California. So many changes…
Ashlyn is trying to keep home and hearth together while her father seeks his fortune on the gold fields. She has not heard from him is ever so long and the bills are piling up. She writes to her solider friend for help. Will he arrive in time?
Seamus is an Irish immigrant but seems to be a lost soul. He is pegged as an US Army deserter but just wants to find his family and make it right. He witnesses a stage coach crash in the Rocky Mountains and while unable to help the driver, who dies on impact, he salves some supplies that help with his desperate food situation. And in one of the packages, he find a letter and picture of Ashlyn. He decides to travel and help her.
And so this novel follows these two as they try to live and survive in the harsh world.
I enjoyed this novel, although it did take some concentration to keep the characters straight in my mind and understand their relationships. The plot is exposed a little at a time, sometimes a little too slow for me, but it did keep me reading. This book does show some of the harsh conditions that people were forced to live in during this time and how desperate they could become. But also the kind heartiness of others comes through and how the church ministered to those in need.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, B and H. All opinions expressed are my own.
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• B&H Books (July 15, 2013)
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.