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.
If ever you’re looking for historical fiction, this is it. Mr. Reynolds does a fantastic job of transporting the reader to 19th century Ireland (and later America) and making you feel as though you are going through the same struggles as the Irish went through. The novel portrays, often, overwhelmingly sad and harsh incidents that you know were only to common at the time. I thought the author did a good job of fleshing out the various characters in the novel. Clare felt like a real person and you could understand the workings of Seamus and the rest of his family. The novel was probably not as romantic as I usually read (though there is romance) and at times I felt like I wasn’t entirely sure of where the novel was going, but overall it was well-written and a satisfying read. Spiritually, Clare has to learn to lean on God even though she experiences some really tough time and you can see the importance of evangelizing in this novel.
**I recieved this novel from netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**