ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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 of a beautiful and captivating woman named Ashlyn living in San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush.
Moved by her written plea for help, he abandons all and sets out on an epic journey across the wild and picturesque American frontier. While being pursued by those who want to hang him, Seamus encounters fascinating characters including a young Pauite Indian who makes the ultimate sacrifice in helping Seamus to cross the snowy Yosemite Valley.
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.
My thoughts and giveaway:
I was first drawn to this book because of the Irish hero, of course, because I am married to my own Irish hero 🙂 So I was excited to read this book.
This is one of those books that took me a couple of chapters before really getting into it. But by the fourth chapter I was hooked.
What a great adventure this book is, somewhat of an epic tale. And of course there is romance. Once you are caught up in the story you really can’t help reading it faster because you can’t wait to see what will happen next or who Seamus will meet.
I would’ve liked to have seen more motivation for why Seamus had to find the woman in the picture, I felt that lacking a bit and that made that part of the story hard to believe.
Overall, a great read for those who love historicals with adventure and romance.
Visit Michael’s website here.
Win a copy by leaving a comment by July 22nd at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.