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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Land of a Thousand Dreams...Review

About the book:
In Book Three of BJ Hoff’s bestselling Emerald Ballad saga set near the middle of the 19th century, Irish patriot Morgan Fitzgerald, felled by a gunman’s bullet, strives to restore his life and reclaim his future. But even as he takes steps to provide a home for Belfast orphan Annie Delaney and nurture his love for the beautiful, mute Finola, he finds himself again locked in a fierce battle with the powers of darkness.

In America, Morgan’s friends Michael Burke and Nora Whittaker discover that the “Land of Opportunity” also teems with poverty, injustice, and corruption. From the opulence of Fifth Avenue to the squalor of the city’s slums, he fights against not only the evil running riot through the streets, but the immoral schemes of an old enemy bent on destroying Michael, the woman he loves, and his only son.

Readers will be mesmerized by a drama that spans an ocean, taking them on a journey of faith and love that encompasses the dreams of an entire people seeking not only survival, but a land of hope where they can live in freedom and peace.

Book 3 of the Emerald Ballad series does not disappoint.  Like the first two, it moves easily between New York and Ireland.

Michael plans to bring down Patrick Walsh, even as his wife Sara and Evan Whittaker befriend Patrick's wife Alice.  Alice is completely ignorant of Patrick's illegal and immoral activities and as she finds herself spending more and more time in the slums of New York, it's inevitable that she will discover that her husband isn't the honorable man she believes him to be.

However, I think it's more Morgan's story than any one else's.  Even amidst trial and heartache, Morgan finds a family, and hope for his future.  Finola's story fleshes out a bit and Annie starts coming into her own. 

The story has its sad moments, but this is an enthralling story about the goodness of people and how the light of Christ that shines through people can help and influence so many.

Captivating and easily recommended.  I'm looking forward to the remainder of the series.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.

* * * *
4 Stars

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