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 in 1849. But after witnessing a deadly stage coach crash, he finds purpose in the scattered wreckage - a letter with a picture ... Read More
Moved by her written plea for help, he sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. Finally, 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.
In Golden Splendor, An Heirs of Ireland novel from author Michael K. Reynolds is a dashing adventure on the American frontier, filled with peril, grief - and a chance for a new beginning at the end of the journey.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 15, 2013
- UPC: 9781433678202
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 433
- Publish Date: Jul 15, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 1433678209
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- Haunting & unforgettable by Nancee on 6/20/2016
God comes to us in golden splendor........."
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.
- Prejudice by MaureenT on 8/9/2013
What a captivating read, from the moment you turn the cover you are in a page turner. There is action around every corner, whether it is beauty of the country side, or murder by known or unknown assailants.
We get a glimpse of the Irish Countryside, but more of the majestic western part of the United States.
We follow Seamus Hanley throughout the book, from his beginnings in Ireland to the California Gold Rush. From his rescue of a trapped horse, to the fantasizing over the picture of a woman he has never met.
We find Gods Hand over Seamus, I wanted to cry when the Indian Boy Shila made the ultimate sacrifice. God's Grace was every where, he answered prayers right and left, ones in a way that was never expected.
This book in long, but you won't mind it, in fact, I wanted it to be longer, routing for good over evil. There are even a few chuckles to be had.
I hope you take the opportunity to also enjoy the fabulous read. I am so glad I didn't let the size of this book intimidate me.
I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
- Engrossing epic adventure, excellent sequel by Carole on 8/9/2013
In Golden Splendor by Michael K. Reynolds is book 2 in the Heirs of Ireland series. This epic adventure is a wonderful sequel that continues the story of the Hanley family, who immigrated from Ireland in the 1840s. Dramatic settings range from the beautiful Rocky Mountains and Sierra Mountains to San Francisco's Barbary Coast. We see the blending of many cultures in America's West during the Gold Rush, along with racial prejudice and greed. This novel captures the indelible hope and spirit of the Irish people in a way that both entertains and inspires.
Michael has a wonderful gift in being able to create a riveting story and memorable characters woven around historical events and settings that the reader can almost physically see and feel. His descriptions are so vivid that these settings become major characters. Clare and Andrew from the first novel, Flight of the Earls, play a part in this story, but the main focus is on Clare's brother, Seamus.
After a tragic accident back in Ireland, Seamus heard his father say, "You took my last chance to have a son I could be proud of," and he spent many years proving his father right. When the story opens, Seamus is living as a frontiersman in the Rocky Mountains, hiding from shadows of his past, haunted by his own foolish choices and shallow pursuits. But God has plans for a Seamus who is looking for something to fill the emptiness in his soul, and we see a slow but steady journey of spiritual awakening toward redemption and transformation. Michael injects some great humor here, for no one who has read the first book will believe the vocation into which Seamus is drawn, yet it really isn't surprising as the reader gets to know him better.
The publisher created a cover image that beautifully incorporates all that this story is about - from the picture of Ashlyn that drives Seamus to help, to the ghost ships in the bay, which hauntingly depict the greed for wealth. "From all over the world, they come here to this place. Stepping up to the shores, dripping wet with their desires. . . . Harsh was a community where most of its citizenry stayed only as long as it took to get off the ship, provision up, and head for the hills."
While the title, In Golden Splendor, certainly refers to the Gold Rush, there is a second and deeper meaning that refers to that which is true gold. As Seamus studies the Bible and comes to realize that there is power in God's words, Reverend Sanders says to him: "God comes to us in golden splendor and His radiance in our lives far outshines any other treasure, any other accomplishment, and our lives become richer the more we understand this."
In Golden Splendor can certainly stand alone, but I highly recommend reading Flight of the Earls first, as the characters' backgrounds are so important in fully understanding this story. This series is a gem in the Christian fiction genre, and I highly recommend it to all readers. I hope we will see much more from Michael in the future.
The third story in this series, Songs of the Shenandoah, releases in January 2014.
This book was provided by FIRST Wild Card Tour and B&H Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.