In 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.
Like Being Drawn Into an IMAX Movie!Big, Beautiful
October 29, 2013
I 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
In 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.
Michael K. Reynolds in his new book, "In Golden Splendor" Book Two in the Heirs of Ireland series published by B&H Publishing Group takes us into the life of Seamus Hanley.
From the back cover: Was this a fortuitous moment, the one that had evaded him all of his life?
In 1849, 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. After witnessing a deadly stagecoach 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 sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. Pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters, one of them willing to make 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. But there is little time for rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.
Irish ancestry, the history of immigration to America and America in 1849, get ready for an epic that will draw you into its pages and never let you go. This time the focus is on Seamus, who came over to America with his sister, Clare, in 1846. Now, three years later, Seamus is in hiding but an event draws him out and he discovers an urgent letter and a photograph asking for help. So Seamus sets off from the Rockies to San Francisco to find this woman who needs help and help her. There are those who would like to kill Seamus and the journey is treacherous but God provides support along the journey so that Seamus makes it just in time to see San Francisco burn. Michael K. Reynolds writes vividly! He presents scenes that are so rich in detail and color you feel as though you are there. "In Golden Splendor" is all about family. An Irish family. While the focus is on Seamus, Clare's story continues as well. "In Golden Splendor" is first class adventure as Seamus not only battles his environment but the pain within him that makes him withdraw. This second book of the series continues to be filled with great characters that we come to love and root for. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series which brings us into The Civil War.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."