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|In Golden Splendor
An Heirs of Ireland Novel by Michael K. Reynolds
|With more than 35 million people in the United States today of Irish ancestry, the history of immigration to America remains a popular topic. Michael K. Reynolds weaves a page turning gold rush story of Irish immigrants in his new novel, In Golden Splendor (Broadman & Holman, July 2013). 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 not 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 the rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.