Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Songs of the Shenandoah (Heirs of Ireland Trilogy Book #3)

Title:  Songs of Shenandoah (Book #3 of Heirs of Ireland Series)
Author:  Michael K. Reynolds
Pages:  448
Year:  2014
Publisher:  B & H Books
I can understand why authors have a hard time after completing a series having become so engrossed with the characters, story and history.  For me, this is one of the hardest series to read the last book for as I just fell in love with everything about the Heirs of Ireland.  The series began with Flight of the Earls followed by In Golden Splendor to this final book.  Personally, I cannot wait to see what this author presents next to his followers and audience.
What began as a take on a family from Ireland coming to America grew in proportion to the timeframe of the story about the Hanley clan.  Clare, being the oldest and now a parent and having to face the potato famine, decides to embark on an adventure to care for her siblings.  Over time Clare, Seamus, Devan and Caitlin grow to adulthood with each having unique experiences giving them a strong family tie.  There is adventure and danger woven in the texture of the story that covers a lot of historical events like the Underground Railroad, The Civil War, The Sanitary Commission and much more.
In this third and final book, we say goodbye to an adventure that will be revisited by readers who love an excellent historical trilogy.  In Songs of Shenandoah, the audience will be taken with how the family tries to retain their tight bond through trials and adversities.  My personal heritage is from the Emerald Island and that is what drew me to the series originally and never have I read such captivating tales about Irish immigrants!
History is more captivating when told in a story format or maybe even a biographical writing.  However, history has much to remind us about those who lived before us and left a heritage, both good and bad.  As I grow older, I appreciate learning more each time about historical people, places, nations, etc…  The knowledge and entertainment I gain only make me want to read more, especially when the story is infused with faith.  Grab this trilogy and get set to become ensnared by this masterpiece that is truly awesome!  I have all three novels and without a doubt know that I will be reading them many times over the coming years.  My friend is also building her home library to include the trilogy.  How about you?
My rating is 5+ stars!
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