Monday, July 15, 2013

In Golden Splendor


Title:  In Golden Splendor (An Heirs of Ireland Novel)
Author:  Michael K. Reynolds
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  B & H Books
                In this long awaited sequel to Flight of the Earls, In Golden Splendor is the story of Clare’s brother Seamus who came to America with her from Ireland.  I believe this to be a very well written, excellent and exciting story.  To top it all off when I turned the very last page I read the next novel is due to be released in January 2014 titled Songs of the Shenandoah.  The author did a top notch job of writing a very intriguing story of Seamus’ precarious journeys from being an ex-soldier to something the reader doesn’t probably expect him to become.
                Like all of us, Seamus’ character is one who is seeking nothing but solace after leaving civilization due to the shame of his past actions and consequences.  While he knows Clare wants to hear from him and loves him, Seamus can’t stand to be whom he is and sees no hope in his future.  Until one day in the high mountains, he opens a letter than draws him back into civilization as he travels to the west coast.
                Seamus’ many encounters with different types of people teach him much about himself, that he longs to be shed of.  It isn’t until he reaches California and seeks out the woman whose picture he has carried with him all along the way that he knows in his heart that she needs to be rescued; however, he isn’t sure from what or whom.  On top of this, Davin has been shanghaied because he longs to find his brother Seamus and longs for adventure that living with his older sister and her family doesn’t bring.  Let me tell you these are just a few of the nuggets I can give to you, the reader, because if I reveal too much more, it would ruin your own enjoyment of the story.
                Michael K. Reynolds is quickly becoming quite an acclaimed author as far as I am concerned.  These novels focus on the history of Irish-Americans in the early to mid-1800s, along with other history occurring.  My emotions ran the whole gamut with each page turned and chapter read.  I awaited with eagerness the twists and turns of the plot.  There is murder, mystery, suspense, gold digging and above all the love of God becoming a reality for someone who felt too far removed to receive it.  As you read, you might be surprised to see that many characters also for various reasons felt they were beyond God’s redeeming powers or love.
                I think many today struggle with the truth that none of us are beyond redemption as long as we draw breath.  The actions of laying down one’s life for a friend drove home the reality of God’s love for a couple of players in the pages, so don’t be surprised if you can relate to them.  In Golden Splendor will hold your heart captive until the end, and then you may look up and discover that you too will have a different perspective about many things.
                My rating is 5+ stars!
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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