In Golden Splendor by Michael K. Reynolds

Leah Courtney
The setting of In Golden Splendor is one of my favorite- Irish immigrants, the old west, California gold rush days. All of this adds up to a good read.

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.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
In Golden Splendor
• B&H Books (July 15, 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.


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

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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