Friday, February 28, 2014

Book Report: Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds

Winner of last week's give-away for Julie Klassen's book: Kari Davidson!
Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds: 

~~Sweeping Saga
~~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.

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
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Have you ever been to NYC?
Do you have Irish roots? 
Is a visit to Ireland on your bucket list? Or have you already been?

Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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  1. I have not been to NYC. My grandma is from Northern Ireland where she still has a living sister. I just came into contact with my cousins over there. One cousin is wanting me to visit soon but finances won't allow it at the moment but hopefully one day.
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

    1. So wonderful Amy! Great that you can be in contact.

  2. Never been to NYC. Really have no desire to go. We are a camping family when we go on vacation. On my bucket list is a vacation trip to Niagra Falls, though I'll probably never make it there. My husband is not much of a long distance traveler. Don't know of any close Irish roots, but I think all of us have ties there somewhere along the line.

    1. I haven't been to NYC either--nor do I really want to go. I'd be camping too Gail. But I would LOVE to go to Ireland!

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on plot-driven and character-driven novels. You're right about having to change your reading mindset and expectations!

    Heidi Reads...

    1. Sure Heidi. It helps to know the difference I think.

  4. Thanks for the review, Anne!!

    I love historical fiction based on actual events - I don't know a lot about The Potato Famine, and would love to read more about it. I would also love to go to Ireland, as well as Scotland (the country of some of my ancestors) - I've heard both are beautiful!! I've been to New York City several times, but only for quick visits, and that is enough for me - could never be satisfied living there, even with all the wonderful stores, restaurants, and broadways shows!!

    "Flight of the Earls" sounds like an exciting book - which I would love to read!!

    1. I wouldn't mind seeing a broadway production, but I'm not certain I want to venture there without a tour guide. Will see, my son is visiting with the choir this week and they will sing in the Lincoln Center!

  5. A school or church choir, Anne? What an honor to sing in the Lincoln Center!


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