Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flight of the Earls by Michael Reynolds

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Flight of the Earls
B&H Books (January 1, 2013)
Michael Reynolds


Michael K. Reynolds is the writer and producer of Emmy and Telly Award-winning film campaigns and has more than two decades of experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He owns Global Studio, a marketing agency, and is also an active leader in church and business, speaking in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.


It’s 1846 in Ireland. When her family’s small farm is struck by famine, Clare Hanley and her younger brother, Seamus, set out across the ocean to the Promised Land of America. Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure, tragedy, and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes. Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.

My review:
   This isn't a book I would normally pick up, but it turned out to be a great read. The book is set in the 1800's and focuses on the potato famine in Ireland and the Irish immigration to the US. This book wasn't suspense, yet I did have a hard time putting it down once I caught my interest. The author does a great job of describing the poverty and desperation of the people of that time. I haven't read much about the Irish, much less about their immigration to the US, but I enjoyed learing a little more about it, and the author has captured my interest enough that I plan on reading more of the series as it comes out.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Flight of the Earls, go HERE