This novel, the second of two, is the story of a family who came to America when life was harsh in Ireland. I hadn't read the first novel, but I was able to follow this one pretty easily.
This particular novel was mainly about Seamus, the oldest brother in the family. Living as a hermit in the mountains, he finds a letter and picture of a beautiful woman when he goes to the scene of a mail wagon accident. Strangely he feels a compulsion to find this woman and give the help she says she needs in the letter.
Even though this novel could be read as a stand alone, the other family members have a story line running through the novel also. I'd like to go back and read the first one so that I know what is going on.
I enjoyed this read. It was lengthy and occasionally slow, but that was because it was following multiple family members over a course of time. There was a definite inspirational message, but the book wasn't preachy. The characters were interesting to get to know, and I really liked the setting.
I can recommend this one with 4 stars, and I'll probably be looking up the first one and waiting for more novels about the Hanley family.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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.
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