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In Golden Splendor (Heirs of Ireland #2)

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Irish immigrant 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 ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by B Books (first published June 18th 2013)
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Updated: warning for some mature elements)

do different from the first one but still good!!!! and less gross because no insane asylum! there are some typos. ALL the books I have read from this publisher has typos,so annoying. The Characters were so different from the first book but still so real and believable. And we still have some of the same characters from the first book and that was great.
Shari Larsen
This is the 2nd book in the Heirs of Ireland trilogy, picking up in 1849, about 3 years after the first book, Flight of the Earls, left off.

Clare has returned to New York from Ireland, bringing her siblings Davin and Caitlin with her. Caitlin becomes involved the abolitionist movement, Clare is still writing for the newspaper, and 11 year old Davin decides to set out on his own to find his oldest brother Seamus.

The main focus of this story though is Seamus; haunted by his past as an Army deserte
Karen Korb

My Thoughts On The Book: If you are a fan of reading about Ireland and its rich history, the history of immigration to America and America in the early to mid 1800’s then this is definitely the book for you. It is one of the most well written books I have read in a long time. I could not put it down and you won’t be able to either.The characters and settings are so life-like that the reader feels as if they are actually in the story.Michael Reynolds is an awesome wordsmith! He story unfolds with
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I just got the most wonderful opportunity to review an incredible new series, The Heirs of Ireland by Michael K. Reynolds. I haven't read the first book in the series, but picked up In Golden Splendor which is the second novel he just completed and it's simply a compelling historical story that you can't put down. This takes you into the heart of the Gold Rush days where people were literally coming from all over the world to get their stack at a claim in California in hopes of striking it rich. ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
What a captivating read, from the moment you turn the cover you are in a page turner. There is action around every corner, whether it is beauty of the country side, or murder by known or unknown assailants.
We get a glimpse of the Irish Countryside, but more of the majestic western part of the United States.
We follow Seamus Hanley throughout the book, from his beginnings in Ireland to the California Gold Rush. From his rescue of a trapped horse, to the fantasizing over the picture of a woman he
Jill Kemerer
I loved Flight of the Earls, book one in the Heirs of Ireland series, so I couldn't wait to read the next installment. In Golden Splendor follows Seamus Hanley (Clare's troubled brother from book one) after his poor decisions in book one have landed him in a remote mountain area. Soon Seamus embarks on a journey of redemption where a beautiful stranger unlocks his future.

I loved the setting of this book. Pre-Civil War western America never felt so alive! Michael K. Reynolds does a tremendous job
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In his continuing saga of The Heirs of Ireland, Michael K. Reynolds does not disappoint in crafting another fine story of the Hanley family, especially Seamus Hanley.
Seamus heads west to the gold fields and along the way, he encounters many colorful characters. For example, Winn, a pretend-preacher; Shila, an Indian boy, and a most sought-after woman named Ashlyn.
Throughout the journey west, the characters develop well and their search for gold and relationships, leads them to new love and redem
Fast-paced, and transportive, In Golden Splendor captured the adventure of those brave enough to enter and explore the rough expanse of the West. At turns humorous and melancholy, I felt a connection to Seamus and the internal struggles he faced.
I've had the pleasure of meeting, and being taught by author Michael Reynolds. He is passionate about what he does, and motivated to reach his reader in creative ways.
I loved the first book but this one is even better! An excellent book for fans of historical fiction and the gold rush era.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book of a three book series following the Haney siblings from Ireland to the United States in the mid 1800's. Great characters and plot. Looking forward to reading the final book of the trilogy.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I really enjoyed this fact, it's one of my favorites and I'm in the process of rereading it for the third time. It has decent action and a few hidden treasures that make the book wonderful.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love Christian novels, Irish-American history, Gold Rush history, and historical fiction!
Recommended to Desiree by: Michael K. Reynolds
This past Monday, I had the privilege of interviewing Michael K. Reynolds who penned the Heirs of Ireland Series: Flight of the Earls (January 2013), In Golden Splendor (July 2013), and Songs of Shenandoah (January 2014). It was a wonderful experience and I certainly learned a lot! Thankfully, I was prepared for the interview because he was gracious enough to send me a copy of In Golden Splendor which I now consider among my favourite books.


First things first: the cover of In Golden
Lisa Johnson
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: In Golden Splendor (An Heirs of Ireland Novel)
Author: Michael K. Reynolds
Pages: 352
Year: 2013
Publisher: B & H Books
In this long awaited sequel to Flight of the Earls, In Golden Splendor is the story of Clare’s brother Seamus who came to America with her from Ireland. I believe this to be a very well written, excellent and exciting story. To top it all off when I turned the very last page I read the next novel is due to be released in January 2014 titled Songs of the Shenandoah. The a
Janka H.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Heirs of Ireland series is taking its readers into the pure adventure of the Wild West and gold fields and farther - into the land of grace and forgiveness.

The first book in the series was about the oldest of the Hanley children clan, Clare, and her journey from famine-plagued Ireland to the New World. This one is about her brother Seamus, the one of with a bad reputation and with a hidden pain in his heart. Seamus was never much loved or respected by his father, but the o
Kathleen E.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friday, August 9, 2013
In Golden Splendor ~ An Heirs of Ireland novel by Michael K. Reynolds, ©2013

September 1849. Seamus Hanley intercepts a letter of urgency with the request of help needed to find her father in the gold fields of California. The young lady has sent her photo and the request to her childhood friend and she hopes "her intended." She has not heard from Captain Barlow in months and is in dire straits to find her pa being quite alone with no one to seek him. San Francisco seaport i
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Many tales come together in this one novel!!!

If you are Irish or intrigued by the Irish people, if you love history, if you want to read a story of redemption set in the fascinating Gold Rush period, then you need to consider reading In Golden Splendor by Michael Reynolds.

Four journeys intersect in this one tale: The journey of Irish Immigrants to the new lives they hoped for now that they are in America; the journey to the hills when the lure of gold took men away from good sense; the journ
Sharon Clark
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

‘In Golden Splendor‘ is the second book in Michael K. Reynolds’ fantastic Heirs of Ireland Series. Historical novels used to be one of my favorite genres and I was an avid reader so I read a lot of them. ‘In Golden Splendor’ is the best I’ve read. A distinction it took away from ‘Flight of the Earls‘.
Seamus Hanley is the main character among a host of characters that range from the surprising, and entertaining to villainous, and inspiring. Brother Chuck is someone you wish you had as your own fr
Where do I begin with this book? It was truly a delight for this Christian fiction and history fan – having not read Flight of the Earls I was not properly introduced to Seamus or his family, but that did not deter me from becoming quickly engaged in this larger than usual book at 352 pages, to sit and read a book this large is a luxury for me. Thankfully, it was my birthday yesterday so my children and husband indulged my reading fixation and I was able to finish this book and am so glad that I ...more
Reading Michael K Reynolds Book 2 of the Heirs of Ireland trilogy due to release July 15th. Definitely not to be missed!

Seamus is back in the forefront of this epic western adventure that sees him travelling from his life of isolation in the Rockies to the bustle of San Fransisco. All to answer the plea of an unknown beauty's letter he's discovered in a stage coach crash. Seamus's harrowing journey alternately had me holding my breath and heading for tissues as Reynolds imaginatively recreates t
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
God comes to us in golden splendor........."

My reaction to this, the second in the Heirs of Ireland series is, "magnificent!" I was impassioned by Flight of the Earls, and equally impressed with In Golden Splendor. The author shares impressive knowledge of the history of mid-19th century America and the gold rush. It is obvious that much research went into the writing of this indepth novel. and the terrain traversed by a young Irish immigrant, an Army deserter.

Seamus Hanley's uncertain future i
Tina Peterson
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Golden Splendor was everything I thought it was going to be. The story opens with a scene from Seamus's boyhood that shows the struggle he had growing up with an abusive father and the death of his baby brother who drowns. Seamus has everything against him and the bad decisions he makes as he grows up don't help either.

Although the book is 433 pages long (yes, it's a long one) the writing is very well done and I found In Golden Splendor held my attention. In fact, the writing reminds me much
Dana Kamstra
Characters: In Flight of the Earls, we meet the Hanley family. In this sequel, readers follow the story of Seamus Hanley a bit more closely. Seamus is a man who, though usually well-meaning, constantly finds himself in one sort of trouble after another. Despite that, he is a man with a mission, as unlikely as it seems, to find a woman whose picture he carries. He doesn't have a reason to find her, he just feels the need to. But throughout the novel, one thing after another breaks Seamus down, bu ...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I LOVED Michael Reynolds first book The Flight of the Earls in the Heirs of Ireland series so I was thrilled to read In Golden Splendor.

Unlike the first book, I had a really hard time getting into this story. For some reason it just didn’t grab me like the first. There were so many characters that the story bounced between and I wasn’t immediately getting the connection between all of them. Of course by the end I was hooked and invested in all of their stories. I just usually don’t like to think
Chloe Smith
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what happened in Reynolds' In Golden Splendor, if we're being brutally honest. It seemed as if Reynolds might have gotten writer's block halfway through, and just tried to finish it before a deadline. (view spoiler) It just seemed as if he got lazy halfway through. We were assigned this book and the first book for class, and my teacher stated, out ri ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read by this author, so I didn't really know what to expect, but I am happy to say that I loved this book!
The story drew me in from the very first page, and I found myself really hating to put the book down! It was that good! I loved Seamus and Ashlyn, they were both such awesome characters! I loved how their was a large family aspect to this book. Oh, and I especially loved the scene in which the title came into play! I know this is going to be a short review but there really
Audrey Grant
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Having lived the last 27 years in Alaska, I know the harsh conditions of hiking the mountains in the winter and how what sounds impossible can truly happen!

I also loved that it dealt with the Irish immigration and how it affected so MANY parts of the United Stated. Most immigration books are set in one place, IE: Chicago or New York...this book showed the part they played through out our land.

Sometimes, you read books and things seem too impossible for one person to go through
Elizabeth Gaskins
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I so much enjoyed In Golden Splendor!! I started with Flight of the Earls and I was in raptures at Clare Hanley's journey! She quickly became one of my favorite heroines! This book deals more with what happened to her brother Seamus after the Mexican/American War. I was really excited to get to see what happened to him after all he went through in Five Points and the War and truthfully I wasn't disappointed!

Seamus's story was fast-paced and action packed. Every chapter something amazing happened
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Worn out, Seamus Hanley has seen too much of life for his years. Growing up in an abusive home, carrying the guilt of the death of his brother, the weight of worry for his life-each has taken it's toll. But when Seamus witnesses the fatal accident of a U.S. Army postal carriage, he finds a letter. A letter containing a plea of help, and a photograph of the young woman who wrote it. Suddenly, he finds himself on the Oregon Trail to find this woman...and the journey there will change him. But not ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Irish immigrant 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 Ame ...more
I wasn't sure whether I was going to read this book, I wasn't that impressed with Flight of the Earls , but I decided to give it a try hoping it would be better than the first one. I have to say that it was about the same, if not a little worse, than that one.

The story is told from a couple different perspectives and there are a lot of characters so it can get a little confusing to remember who everybody is. There is also a lot of descriptions, which is nice but it can slow the story down and
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Michael K. Reynolds is the author of a series of Irish historical novels being published by B&H Publishing Group. His debut Irish historical novel, Flight of the Earls, released January, 2013.

Heirs of Ireland Historical Saga
An epic and sweeping Irish 19th century historical series written with a cinematographic eye. It features gripping suspense, memorable characters and breathtaking settings.
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Heirs of Ireland (3 books)
  • Flight of the Earls (Heirs of Ireland #1)
  • Songs of the Shenandoah (Heirs of Ireland #3)
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