This is the second in the Heirs of Ireland series. If you want to get the full benefit of this book, you must read the first one. There was nothing in the promotion material inviting me to review this book indicating it was a sequel. There is nothing on the book, front or back, indicating this is a sequel. But sequel it is and much of the story line in this book is based on action from the first one, which I have not read. So my review may reflect a bit of disgruntlement.
in the fist novel, Irish immigrants travel to America in the 1840s.
As this novel opens, the siblings are separated. Some are in New York
City. This novel centers on Seamus, a brother who was apparently in
the U. S. Army during the Mexican/American War, then went over to the
Mexican side. He is now living in the Rocky Mountains, avoiding
possible capture as a deserter. He sees a stagecoach crash ans finds
a letter with a beautiful woman's photo inside. Seamus is immediately
taken by the photo and decides to go to San Francisco, where the
letter indicates the woman resides.
reaches San Francisco on Christmas Eve, 1849, so we read about the
tragic fire of that day. We learn a bit about the gold rush too,
seeing the drive to find the gold and the lengths to which some would
go in their search. There is interesting interplay between cultures,
the Irish, Chinese, African-American and Indian. That part was very
interesting. Important in the novel was understanding the action of
God as he provided opportunities for Seamus to show his good
the background material from the first novel, I had a difficult time
getting emotionally involved in this novel. I did not feel the
emotional impact of Seamus' deserter status, not having read the
account in the first novel. An “Uncle Thomas” plays a large part
in the end of this novel. His unseemly character must originate in
the first novel. Not having read it, his impact seemed a bit out of
the blue for me.
you like historical novels, you'll like this one. It did hold my
interest but not as well as if I'd read the first one.
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purpose of this review.