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Irish Historical Novelist | Michael K. Reynolds

I’m passionate about putting pen to paper through a wide array of mediums which include novels, non-fiction books, journalism, copywriting, songwriting, speaking and film. My series of Irish historical novels have been blessed with tremendous reviews. The Heirs of Ireland series covers the journey of Irish immigrants in the 19th century and is published by the good folks at B&H Publishing Group.

Songs of the Shenandoah | JUST RELEASED!
The concluding novel of the Heirs of Ireland series it brings the story of the Hanley and Royce families to a close with surprising twists and high-level drama. It was recently awarded a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews making the series one of their highest rated of all time. Get your copy today:


Songs of the Shenandoah | The Storyline
At the intense onset of the American Civil War, Irish immigrant Seamus Hanley heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for a legendary general’s brigade.

As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare reaches out in a different way from New York City–as a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the California Gold Rush, struggles to find love and purpose in a fallen world.

In this dramatic conclusion to the Heirs of Ireland series the clash of loyalties and beliefs threatens an entire family as each member tries to hear God’s encouragement in the midst of the tragedy of war.

What they’re saying about Songs of the Shenandoah:
“Songs of the Shenandoah is destined to become a classic. Reynolds has penned a sweeping epic that will leave the reader breathless. Do not miss this masterpiece!”
— Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo

“The Heirs of Ireland trilogy comes to a bittersweet close as it gives the answer 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.”
–Patsy Glans, RT Book Reviews

By turns romantic, dramatic, suspenseful and colorful, as well as being rich with powerful prose and dialogue, Songs of the Shenandoah is a sweeping conclusion to the Heirs of Ireland trilogy. It will be one of your best reads of the year.
–Bestselling author Murray Pura

In Golden Splendor | Book Two
Enjoyed Flight of the Earls? Then you’ll be sure to love the next novel in the series, In Golden Splendor. The second book in the Heirs of Ireland Series, it continues the sweeping saga of the Hanley family, this time through the Old West, historic San Francisco and the Gold Rush. A powerful sequel full of romance, adventure and suspense. Get your copy today:


In Golden Splendor | The Storyline
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 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 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 rest, as an even greater, more harrowing adventure involving Ashlyn is about to begin.

Flight of the Earls | Book One | RT BOOK REVIEWS NOMINEE FOR 2013 NOVEL OF THE YEAR
Flight of the Earls, a tale of Irish immigration in the 1840’s, has been receiving outstanding reviews. Here is what the story is about:

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.

Five years prior, Clare’s older sister Margaret and her Uncle Tomas emigrated in similar fashion and were not to be heard from again. But Clare must face her fears as she lands in the coming-of-age city of New York. There she discovers love, adventure and a terrible secret which threatens to destroy her family and all she believes.

Flight of the Earls is the first book in a historical novel trilogy based on Irish immigration in the 1840s.

The debut novel of the Heirs of Ireland Series, Flight of the Earls, is available at a bookstore near you and online at these and many other fine retailers:


What they’re saying about Flight of the Earls:
“This first novel of a family saga has something for everyone; romance, mystery, intrigue and family secrets. The characters are well thought out and memorable. The historical details are bold and inspiring, without being over the top or overwhelming readers. Reynolds is a talented author who brings the 1846 Irish immigration to New York alive for readers.”
Romantic Times

“From the Irish potato famine to the seedy streets of New York, Michael K. Reynolds takes the reader on a moving adventure. The writing sings, the story thrills, the characters are unapologetically realistic, and the message of hope and trust shines even in the grit. A novel not to be missed!”
– Award-Winning Author Sarah Sundin

“I heartily recommend Flight of the Earls and look forward to the next. Michael K. Reynolds is an author to look out for.”
– Bestselling Author Lauraine Snelling

“The questions, fears, and hopes of a generation come to life through this novel. I found my emotions wrapped up in the middle of it … a sign of good fiction!”
– Bestselling Author Tricia Goyer

“Michael K. Reynolds has given us a stunning debut novel…a soaring chronicle of immigrant America and beleaguered Ireland that will keep you reading late into the night.
– Bestselling Author Stephanie Grace Whitson 

“An entertaining amalgam of drama, action, and memorable, endearing characters, with a page-turning plot rich with historical significance. Such a talented writer and a natural storyteller…”
– ACFW Editor of the Year Julee Schwarzburg

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