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Songs of Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds January 9, 2014

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Songs of the Shenandoah

B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
by
Michael Reynolds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael K. Reynolds is a writer with more than two decades of experience in crafting fiction, non-fiction, journalism, copywriting and documentary production. He is the author of a series of Irish historical novels published by B&H Publishing Group. These highly acclaimed books are available in bookstores and libraries across the nation and beyond.

Michael is the writer and producer of an Emmy and Telly award-winning series of documentaries titled, Crystal Darkness. These thirty minute anti-meth films have been heavily promoted and broadcast in cities and states throughout the United States and Mexico. They have been viewed collectedly by more than 10 million people and the message has reached more than 30 million to date.

He also has wide experience as a speaker and on-air personality and has been interviewed on a variety of newspapers, radio stations and televisions networks throughout the nation.

Michael earned his B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, San Diego and lives in Reno with his wife and three children. He is active in marketplace, marriage, small group and men’s ministries as a leader and speaker.

ABOUT THE BOOK

At the onset of the Civil War, Seamus heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for General Stonewall Jackson’s brigade. As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare ministers in a different way—by being a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the Gold Rush, struggles to find love and identity in a fallen world. It’s a clash of loyalties and beliefs that threaten the entire family, each of them trying to hear God’s encouragement in the midst of the tragedy of war. The dramatic conclusion to the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland Series.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Songs of the Shenandoah, go HERE.
My thoughts:

Any book that has Irishman and the Civil War in it I am bound to enjoy. This book made me want to go back and re-read another book with those two components, Gone With the Wind.

Songs of Shenandoah is a beautiful epic tale. The last book in the Heirs of Ireland series will make you sad to say good-bye to these beloved characters.

I only read the last two books and I did not feel lost at all. I think you could even read this book alone and still fully understand the story.

This book has everything a great story needs. Strong characters who you will love, a tense plot that will have you gripping the pages at times, romance and a bit of mystery too. What more could you ask for?

My favorite story line was that of Davin and Muriel. I really liked both of these characters and kept hoping for Davin to come to know and trust God. But, you’ll just have to read the book yourself to see if that happens 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: In Golden Splendor by Michael K. Reynolds July 16, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:22 pm
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In Golden Splendor
• B&H Books (July 15, 2013)

by
Michael Reynolds

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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of In Golden Splendor, go HERE

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.

Grab a copy your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Christianbook.com.

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.