Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds:
~~Authentic Immigration Account
If you love historical family sagas, you'll love Flight of the Earls that takes you, almost through the lens of a camera on this journey of hope.
I gained a new view of the 1840's Potato famine in Ireland, it's devastation and the hope the Irish people brought to the shores of America. With everything lost in the homeland, striking out in America was less risky than staying in Ireland.
If you love a plot driven historical, you'll enjoy this read. Personally, I prefer a more character driven novel. So, about half way through, I finally realized the reason I wasn't completely connecting with the characters was that this is much more of a sweeping saga than a deep point of view romance novel--although there is romance, never fear. Once I rearranged my perception to a plot driven story, I enjoyed this tale that could have been my own Irish ancestor's story. The stark determination of these immigrants will draw you deep into the story and won't let you go until they find the hope they searched for.
The plot centers around Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus as they set sail for America's shores. Settling in New York City, Clare must face her fears, discover love, and adventure. But her new freedom is shadowed by a terrible secret that threatens to destroy her and her family.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael K. Reynolds’s debut novel, Flight of the Earls, about the Great Irish Potato Famine was recently nominated for RT Book Reviews 2013 novel of the year award in the category of Inspirational Romance. In Golden Splendor, set during the San Francisco Gold Rush, received similar high acclaim and Songs of the Shenandoah, the Civil War-era conclusion to the trilogy was just chosen as a Top Pick in RT Book Reviews.
Michael is the author of a popular Christian Blog called Real Life. Real God. and he has been rated as one of the top 50 Christians on Twitter. He lives in Reno with his wife and three children. You can learn more at http://www.MichaelKReynolds.com.
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