I'm so thrilled to tell you about "Flight of The Earls," an amazing work of Irish fiction that just blew me away with it's elegance and brilliant writing.
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.
In “The Flight of The Earls,” the first installment of author Michael K. Reynolds’ “Heirs of Ireland” series, the advent of the Irish potato famine and its subsequent effect on the Irish people is the core of a brilliant and captivating story of one family’s trials, tribulations and triumphs in the face of disaster.
Clare Hanley’s family made the gut-wrenching decision to send Clare and her brother, Seamus, to America in hopes that they might be able to make something of themselves and send help back to the ones they left behind. But when Clare and Seamus reach New York City’s shores, they found life was just as hard, if not harder than it had been back home. Until they were rescued by a sponsor, one Patrick Feagles, a savior who would soon turn out to be the very devil in disguise for the Hanley siblings.
It would take all of their strength of character and fortitude of faith to carry Clare and her brother through their oft-times horrific experiences, but their convictions and loyalty to family would be the saving grace of the two.
Michael K. Reynolds shows his mastery of storytelling in this fast-paced and mesmerizing story, with exquisite attention to detail and characters that make the entire tale come to life upon the pages. This is the first of what promises to be a much-looked-forward-to series of the Irish-American experience in America and their many contributions to the building of this nation.
Michael K. Reynolds has more than two decades of writing experience in fiction, journalism, copywriting, and documentary production. He wrote and produced the Emmy and Telly Award- winning Crystal Darkness series of anti-meth films and owns Global Studio, a social marketing agency. Also an active leader in church and business, he is a noted speaker in both ministry and corporate settings. Michael lives with his wife and three children in Reno, Nevada.
Check out his website at www.michaelkreynolds.com
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My thanks to Michael Reynolds for providing the review copy of this amazing book. I was not compensated for my opinion.