SONGS OF THE SHENANDOAH
The Heirs of Ireland trilogy comes to a bittersweet close as it gives the ans- wers to the series’ questions and allows readers to spend one last book with characters who are unforgettable in their charm, wit and strength. The cast members have grown and matured; they’ve also given readers a believable story of Irish immigrants who have made it in America just before the Civil War. Reynolds is an amazing writer and researcher: He knows how to keep readers coming back for more.
Clare Royce is a happy wife and mother, but another passion is consuming her. She wants to help those in slavery become free, and perhaps with the help of her husband’s newspaper she can succeed. Seamus, Clare’s brother, is convinced by his wife to take the post as minister to General Stonewall Jackson and his soldiers, knowing he will have his work cut out for him. Their youngest brother, Davin, has found riches beyond his wildest dreams in the Gold Rush, but has yet to find love — or his own identity — in a time of war. By relying on themselves and God, Clare, Seamus and Davin must each decide which side they’re on, even if it means cutting ties with family. (B&H, Jan., 448 pp., $14.99)