Fiction Friday: Songs of the Shenandoah

*On Fridays I will share what I’ve been reading, whether fiction or non-fiction. The books here can range from fiction of any genre, to personal development, to how-to, and anything and everything in between.

The Stats

Title: Songs of the Shenandoah (An Heirs of Ireland novel)
Author: Michael K. Reynolds
Publisher/Year: B&H Publishing Group in 2014
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Synopsis/Thoughts

Clare and Andrew Royce are watching their newspaper empire in New York whittle down around them as they continue to fight for the cause of those less fortunate. Seamus and Ashlyn Hanley return to Ashlyn’s childhood home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in an attempt for Seamus to forget his recent past. And David Hanley is all grown up, wealthy beyond his imagination, and intrigued by Clare’s unusual nanny, Muriel MacMahon who claims she is going to be a doctor. All the while the drumbeats of war are echoing, and it’s soon that all three Hanley siblings find their fates intertwined in the War Between the States. 

In this conclusion to the Heirs of Ireland series, readers are taken on a journey spanning years before the first shot is fired through the devastation on the battlefield to the rebuilding of broken lives after the fight. This is a fine conclusion to the series, with historical details filling in the backgrounds of the Hanley’s day-to-day lives of trying to not just survive, but thrive through the pain and destruction that war, fear, and hatred can bring. 

– Melinda

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