Friday, January 4, 2013

CFBA: Flight of the Earls by Michael K. Reynolds (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Flight of the Earls
B&H Books (January 1, 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.


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.


I was really excited to read this book, as the synopsis sounded so intriguing. It started off pretty good, slow paced but that was kind of understandable as there were a lot of details that needed to be given. It wasn't until about halfway into it that the pace changed, instead of being slow or even a nice pace, the story seemed to feel very rushed and jumbled.

The romance in the book was very low key, so if you're looking for a historical romance, this isn't it. And, since everything was so rushed, I felt left out of the story - things were just told, not lived out. From one scene to the next could be weeks apart, with very little conversation in those scenes.

I'm not sure whether I will read the next book in this series.

 ***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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If you'd like to read the first chapter of Flight of the Earls, go HERE

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