FLIGHT OF THE EARLS
This first novel of a family saga has something for everyone: romance, mystery, intrigue and family secrets. The characters are well thought out and memorable. The historical details are bold and inspiring, without being over the top or overwhelming to readers. Reynolds is a talented author who brings the 1846 Irish migration to New York alive for readers.
In County Roscommon, Ireland, Clare Hanley is worried for herself and her family — there is very little food, and the crops have been hit with black goo. Her father decides that Clare and one of her brothers will travel to New York and get jobs and send money back to them. Clare, Seamus and their friend, Pierce Brady, have problems from the moment they set foot on land. As they overcome each barrier, they learn more about their family’s secrets and are not sure who to trust. Will the luck of the Irish smile down on these newest immigrants? (B&H, Jan., 424 pp., $14.99)