In Golden Splendor, Heirs of Ireland Series #2
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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Heirs of Ireland
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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.
nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Hanley Family Saga continuesMarch 25, 2015nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, Seamus Hanley made his way from Mexico to Colorado. After seeing the wreckage of a wagon carrying mail, he notices a letter from a woman named Ashlyn. She sent the letter to her boyfriend asking for his help in finding her father. She included a picture of herself. When Seamus reads the letter and sees the picture, he decides he will go to San Francisco and figure out how to meet her.
Davin and his friend, Nelson boarded a ship hoping to go to San Francisco to find his brother, Seamus, and eventually found him. Seamus took both boys with him when he went in search of Ashlyns father.
This has many subplots that kept my interest. Many of these characters were in the first book, so I was able to keep up with their adventures. This is a story of greed, love and redemption. This is the second book in the Heirs of Ireland series. The author gives a realistic picture of the events in our history
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CaptivatingApril 12, 2014Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Golden Splendor kept me captivated from page one. No doubt a real page turner all of the way up to the last page. I really loved following the adventures of Seamus in the second installment of the Heirs of Ireland #2. I also loved to be able to keep up with what's going on with Clare, as well. I'm ready to dive straight into Book #3 to see what happens. In Golden Splendor is one of my favorites I have read of all time. Michael K Reynolds definitely is a true storyteller of Irish American history.
I highly highly recommend this book!
LifeDanceWAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Like Being Drawn Into an IMAX Movie!Big, BeautifulOctober 29, 2013LifeDanceWAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
(Ok...ok, I jumped on the opportunity to read this one because I had read the 1st and couldn't wait to dive into the 2nd book that continues Seamus' journey. I'm a sucker for redemption stories!)
My interest in this book: 1) It's the 2nd in the series 2) The author is AMAZING at casting history 3) I couldn't wait to find out more about the lives of these characters that I've already spent so much time invested in.
Ideas expressed/message/plot: You are worthy to be used by God. Listening to and confidently resting in the whispered words, "Trust Me."
Favorite Characters, quotes/lines: Seamus was the driving force behind this story as was expected (and desired). I loved watching his journey! One of my favorite lines: "God-man."
Often in a story there will be one scene that remains in my memory; this book has multiple; scenes that came to life, that meant something to both the character and the reader. THAT is the ultimate in experiencing a book. Well done, MKR!
When I finished this book I felt: *sigh* That was a GOOD read. It was like being drawn into an IMAX movie. So huge, so real, so beautiful. It was solid through and through, lacking nothing. I am intrigued on where the 3rd book will take us!
Overall: I would recommend this book to any historical fiction fans, teen+.
5 stars and definitely bookshelf worthy (but don't let it be lonely! Be sure to have [[ASIN:1433678195 Flight of the Earls: An Heirs of Ireland Novel]] right
BookLoverKarenOregonAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Characters shine like gold!September 20, 2013BookLoverKarenOregonAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Golden Splendor is a compelling read laced with lush historical detail. Reynolds has a gift for creating a cast of characters that remind me of a Charles Dickens novel--even the most minor characters catch your attention, like flakes of gold hiding in the dirt.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from B&H Fiction for the purpose of review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
SCATHERINEHSSan Diego CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ANOTHER IRISH-AMERICAN ADVENTURE FROM REYNOLDSSeptember 1, 2013SCATHERINEHSSan Diego CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Simply read the prologue from "In Golden Splendor" from author Michael K. Reynolds and you are hooked. Then, this beautifully written tale grips you until the last page.
Descriptions of characters and scenes are breathtakingly real.
You will fall in love with Seamus, Clare, Davin and Ashlyn and admire their faith and courage in oppression. You will cry and you will cheer.
For those of us who are history bluffs, Michael K. Reynolds continues to educate us with additional facts.
"In Golden Splendor" brings us Michael K. Reynolds at the top of his form.