My reaction to this, the second in the Heirs of Ireland series is, "magnificent!" I was impassioned by Flight of the Earls, and equally impressed with In Golden Splendor. The author shares impressive knowledge of the history of mid-19th century America and the gold rush. It is obvious that much research went into the writing of this indepth novel. and the terrain traversed by a young Irish immigrant, an Army deserter.
Seamus Hanley's uncertain future is affected by many varied incidents throughout his search for a beautiful young woman whose picture he discovered in a letter. His travels from the Rocky Mountains to the coast of California are filled with unforgettable moments. I find it difficult to put into words the effect this novel held for me. I experienced numerous emotions throughout the reading of this book. There are numerous impressive passages. The one below took my breath away.
"There spinning beneath them, breathlessly and seemingly miles below, was a valley finely taylored in a stunning cloak of white and generously covered with snow-flocked forestry.It lay at the base of a symphony of granite that reached like grateful hands up to the heavens."
The poetic descriptions throughout this book add grandeur to adversity as Seamus traverses the mountains and unpredictable countryside, having no knowledge of what lay ahead.
I highly recommend this unforgettable novel of haunting memories that touched my heart and brought tears of both sadness and joy. This series is an impressive set of novels, books that I will read again. I can hardly wait to read book 3 in this series, Songs of the Shenandoah!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Michael K. Reynolds in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
After 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
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.